Barhale calls in drones for Anglian Water alliance

Barhale is turning to ‘eye in the sky’ drone technology to deliver a major alliance works programme for Anglian Water.

The civl engineering firm plans to spend £1.3m over the next five years with drone specialist Geocurve to help deliver the initial AMP6 term of its 15-year framework agreement, said to be worth up to £1.25bn.

It has been hailed as a ground-breaking deal by Strato Aero, US parent company of Geocurve, that starts to mirror North America where drones are used more commonly to survey work and check the progress of workers.

The drones will be used for inspection and surveying as Barhale delivers schemes ranging from the design and build of major infrastructure networks and treatment works, to tackling flooding, water quality improvements and maintenance of existing assets.

Barhale is working in collaboration with both the operational and asset management teams within Anglian Water and the wider supply chain to drive a more efficient working programme of maintenance and capital works.

Tony Dunleavy, CEO of Strat Aero, said: “We firmly believe this market is set to grow exponentially in the years ahead as UAVs transform business practices and provide considerable cost savings to customers across a diverse range of sectors.”

“Upon finalisation, the £1.3m Barhale contract will be the first the group has secured since we launched our broader strategy to become a full global solutions provider in the rapidly emerging high growth unmanned aerial vehicle sector.”