Insitu signs remotely piloted aircraft services contract with QGC

Insitu has announced a contract with QGC, to leverage Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) to deliver automated infrastructure inspection and management services for its operations within Queensland, the company said.

In a first-of-its-kind program in Australia, the contract in the Surat Basin represents a significant move towards the use of autonomous air vehicles and advanced analytics in the area of broad acre infrastructure operations and maintenance.

The BVLOS flight operations are conducted in the Surat Basin over a broad area of Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved airspace encompassing over 700,000 Ha. The employment of RPAS has provided multiple increases in both efficiency and safety:

The data collected by the RPAS is automatically processed and analyzed in near real-time with actionable information (including equipment check lists and operational status) before being delivered directly to field operators and supervisors, and management staff in the headquarters facility in Brisbane.

Insitu is an industry-leading provider of information for superior decision making. With its headquarters in Bingen, Wash., and offices in the US, U.K., and Australia, the company creates and supports unmanned systems and software technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and understanding sensor data. For more information, visit