The Dutch DroneQ Robotics the Canadian ROV manufacturer SEAMOR Marine sign a partnership!
DroneQ Robotics is an Unmanned Technology Systems Operator and Integrator, which today focuses on the application of drones and ROVs (subsea robotics), with the main focus on offshore energy, industry and port services.
DroneQ Robotics’ mission is to contribute to emission reduction, cost reduction and increase efficiency and safety through the development, innovation and deployment of unmanned technology and pursuit of autonomy. DroneQ Robotics has a strong focus on working with like-minded experts in their own field and works closely together on solutions to help organizations meet their challenges, both strategically and operationally. The DroneQ Robotics Operations and the Development &Innovation projects for both drones and ROVs include the building blocks People, Process & Technology and DroneQ Robotics continuously monitors the market to optimize the DroneQ Robotics building blocks.
John Troch: “Sharing vision and ambitions between DroneQ Robotics and SEAMOR Marine has led to a mutual conclusion that we share the same values, the same ambitions and the same drive to pursue the highest level of quality. We have established the existence of a solid basis for long-term cooperation. By joining forces, we can make a difference together and make the future today!”
The partnership covers three main areas:
- ROV Operations – deploying seamor marine advanced ROV technology to deliver high quality DroneQ Robotics subsea services to customers
- ROV Development & Innovation projects – collaboration in demand-driven underwater robotics Development & Innovation projects to address customer challenges
- Dealership – DroneQ Robotics has been appointed official Dealer for SEAMOR Marine and brings their ROV solutions to the North Sea region in general and the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany in particular, with possibilities to operate outside this region as well
The collaboration between DroneQ Robotics and SEAMOR Marine brings the many benefits for customers:
- Cost-effective operations: optimal balance between quality of subsea services such as inspections and light work:
- Similar or better inspection capabilities and light work tasks of the SEAMOR Marine ROVs compared to the large Work Class ROVs
- Modular design of ROVs that enable customization options for specific customer needs and minimize necessary maintenance
- Flexible use of services through multiple deployment possibilities: from fast deployment to long-term projects
- Smaller ROV teams needed to perform ROV operations
- Limited ROV Launch and Recovery infrastructure needed to enable significantly shortened ROV mobilization and demobilization times
- Depth range of 600m and 22.5kg payload capacity provides a versatile and flexible ROV platform for visual, sonar and video inspections, cathodic protection inspections, wall thickness measurements, surveying, high pressure Jet cleaning, manipulator tasks and more
- Benefit from DroneQ Robotics 20 years of experience in Inspection Services and maritime Disaster &Incident Response
- Benefit from more than 15 years of experience in designing, building and maintaining ROV systems by SEAMOR Marine
- Benefit from the collaboration of DroneQ Robotics and SEAMOR Marine in unmanned technology Development &Innovation
- Take advantage of the extensive network of organizations and businesses to realize the needs and requirements of customers
- Choice of options for customers to purchase ROV services and/or SEAMOR Marine solutions, with the possibility to integrate both the services and the products into their own operational processes
Curious how the services and solutions of DroneQ Robotics and SEAMOR Marine can help your organization? Send your question to:
Robin Gang Li
Eemshaven, 7 July 2021
Today DronePort Eemshaven was officially opened by Groningen Seaports CEO Cas König and EMS Maritime Offshore Managing Director Marcel Diekmann.
DronePort Eemshaven is an initiative of the DroneQ Robotics, Offshore Wind Innovation Centre (OWIC), EMS Maritime Offshore and Groningen Seaports. The airport for drones is located at the Heliport Eemshaven and is aimed at the offshore wind sector. Training, developing and testing with drones and ROV’s will be an important part of the activities.
See the video of the opening here…
DroneQ Robotics, Offshore Wind Innovation Centre (OWIC), Growind and Topwind will collaborate in research, development and innovation in the field of drone inspections of wind turbines.
In collaboration with DroneQ Robotics and OWIC, Growind makes its turbines available for testing purposes. This enables innovative inspection methods on realistic wind turbines in the operation. This also makes it possible to integrate drone inspection activities into a realistic wind energy operation. Growind and Topwind have an interest in efficient operation as a large part of the turbines are more than 10 years old and operational costs increase.
Read the full press release here: Press release DroneQ OWIC Growind_definitief
DroneQ Robotics launches global ROV Services to complement Drone Services
DroneQ Robotics is a Next generation Unmanned Vehicle System Operator & Integrator, where operational processes and autonomy are important factors for operations in the air, on land, on water and underwater! Areas of activity include unmanned aerial systems (drones), unmanned surface vessels (USV) and underwater drones (ROVs).
DroneQ has more than 20 years of maritime experience and has its roots in offshore, civil sub- and surface construction and maritime Disaster &Incident Response. Tasks carried out include support in offshore drilling activities, pipeline and cable laying activities, construction and commission activities and inspections of oil and gas extraction rigs, pipelines, cables and surface and other undersea installations with UAVs and ROV’s (Remotely Operated Vehicles) or underwater drones.
DroneQ has built up global knowledge and experience in destructive and non-destructive inspections, registration and reporting at all levels, from senior management to technical stakeholders. DroneQ applies this knowledge and experience to state-of-the-art Drone Command Centers from which Unmanned Vehicle operations are planned, managed, operated and consolidated to transport cargo, collect valuable data for customers, securely store, edit, analyze and share with customers, using innovative technologies and processes.
DroneQ Subsea Services with ROV Operations
DroneQ Robotics, specialist in industrial drone inspections and long-range cargo drone logistics for the Offshore Energy industry, has launched DroneQ Subsea Services to compliment the Aerial Services on underwater drone or Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) Subsea Services.
DroneQ Robotics uses ROV Operations for both Offshore operations as well as port and domestic ROV operations. Offshore ROV operations include inspections of wind turbines and production platforms on tubes, structures and other undersea structures, pipeline and cables. Port and domestic ROV operations include inspections of hull, screws and rudders, cathodic protection inspection, port infrastructure such as locks, quays and jetties. Domestic inspections of objects such as bridges, dams and dikes, pumping installations and other water management installations are also part of DroneQ Subsea Services.
With over 20 years of experience in the various areas of the Offshore Energy industry and a strong focus of dedicated partnerships with innovative technology partners, DroneQ is a reliable partner and able to anchor Drone and ROV Operations in customers’ operational processes, creating a very strong value-added service.
Addressing business drivers that improve the CO2 footprint, reduce costs, improve efficiency and safety challenges DroneQ to be highly innovative and versatile in the use of unmanned technology, focused on maximizing autonomy and use of artificial intelligence and other maritime emerging technologies!
DroneQ Innovation Factory
The services of both Aerial and Subsea Services as integrated DroneQ Services have the advantage that DroneQ can perform combined underwater and air inspections and use mature DroneQ processes and procedures that guarantee maximum quality of services and predictability for customers. It also allows DroneQ to share the DroneQ technology development and innovation platform and strategies. This creates measurable benefits for both technology and cost efficiency.
DroneQ participates in several leading innovation programs with leading organizations such as Maritime Emerging Technologies Innovation Park (METIP), Offshore Wind Innovation Centre (OWIC) and Saxion University of Applied Sciences, in collaboration with SMEs and global enterprises in the Offshore industry. DroneQ has the capabilities and organizational structure to quickly and efficiently bring new developments and innovations to daily global operations.
DroneQ Drone Command Centers are built with processes and procedures that make it comply with the new ISO standard 21384 for unmanned aerial systems Part 3: Operational procedures. This provides a solid foundation where DroneQ is demonstrably in control of Drone Operations and can demonstrate compliance with laws and regulations and policies and procedures of DroneQ and its customers. ROV Operations are performed in the same way, ensuring maximum standardization and security of ROV Operations.
DroneQ has years of experience in maritime disaster and incident response, and operates according to the processes and procedures that enable fast and efficient mobilizations and deployment of both drone and ROV operations. Versatile high-tech and innovative technology, combined with crystal clear processes and highly trained, experienced and motivated staff address the many above and underwater challenges that customers can face.
MARITIME HYDROGEN DRONES
The Korean company Doosan Mobility Innovation (DMI) and Development Company Noord-Holland Noord (ONHN) have entered into a partnership for research, development and innovation of maritime drones, equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell, developed by Doosan Mobility Innovation.
DMI will make its fuel cell maritime drones available for testing and demonstration flights to validate and explore maritime and offshore applications. The pilots are facilitated by METIP, the Maritime Emerging Technology Innovation Program. METIP is made possible by the Region deal Maritime Cluster Kop van Noord-Holland. With this Regio Deal, the Government, the province of North Holland, the municipality of Den Helder, the partnership De Kop Werken! and other (public and private) partners to an integrated approach to strengthen the living, living and working climate in the Kop van Noord-Holland.
METIP partner DroneQ Aerial Services, is the drone operator that participates in the operation of the Doosan fuel cell drones and the execution of the various European drone projects. John Troch, co-founder of DroneQ: “The Doosan hydrogen fuel cell drones have a flight duration of 2 hours and are resistant to bad weather conditions, which makes them extremely suitable for complex maritime applications”.
Drone Delivery for Offshore Energy from Den Helder, offshore capital of The Netherlands.
By signing the partnership between the Dutch DroneQ Aerial Services and German long range cargo Drone manufacturer Phoenix-Wings an important base towards long range Drone Delivery has been made. The partnership will open new possibilities in the current project Maritime Logistics: Drone Delivery for Offshore Energy, a project of the partnership Energy Reinvented, METIP and DroneQ. This project includes setting up a Drone Command Center initially in Den Helder, offshore capital of The Netherlands. These Drone Command Centers will be the operations centers from which drone operations such as drone deliveries will be executed on land, within port areas, remote islands and maritime and offshore. Other locations are being considered.
The Maritime Logistics: Drone Delivery for Offshore Energy project is an effort by a consortium of significant organisations of members of Energy Reinvented and members of METIP such as DroneQ Aerial Services (Unmanned Vehicle Operator & Integrator), development company NHN, UAS legal expert and drone operation center software developer Airhub, telecom company KPN, drone manufacturers AceCore, Phoenix-Wings and others, logistic operators DHSS, Peterson Offshore and Ritmeester, UAS innovation and test center Space53 and other partners in the areas of GIS, sensoring and artificial intelligence.
The challenges are numerous, ranging from legal matters such as BVLOS and (partly) autonomous operations, sheer distances to cover and payload capacity, interaction with manned air traffic, weather conditions on the North Sea, connectivity, embedding in operational processes, social and business acceptance and many more. Challenges which will be addressed by the huge amount of expertise, experience and innovation-willingness of the consortium partners! Secondary goal is to setup the operation in such a way that it can be copied and adapted for deployment in other regions than the North Sea as well.
The goal is to start pilots early 2021.
Read more about the project in our earlier bog: https://www.droneq.nl/droneq-and-metip-for-offshore-energy/?lang=en
DRONEQ AERIAL SERVICES AND PHOENIX-WINGS SIGN PARTNERSHIP
MAKE THE DIFFERENCE TOGETHER
One of the expertise of DroneQ is Drone Logistics: drone delivery of high priority/high value goods such as medicines and medical supplies, documents, spare parts and other cargo. Hundreds of hours of designing and testing of technology, processes & procedures and people, cooperation with professional international logistic operators and trial flights over land and over sea, delivering at land-based destinations, offshore vessels and ships underway has resulted in building up significant experience and expertise. In our never ceasing commitment in pursuing for innovation in long distance drone delivery we have had extensive conversations and discussing our vision, ambition and strategy with the German based Phoenix-Wings. Conversations that have led to a conclusion that both DroneQ and Phoenix-Wings have a very similar vision concerning long distance drone delivery with significant payload and autonomy, which form the base for a mutual value-add that has resulted in a signed partnership between DroneQ and Phoenix-Wings!
DroneQ and Phoenix will collaborate in thriving to enhance technology and processes, jointly participate in projects such as Drone Logistics: Drone Delivery for Offshore Energy and many other projects to come and provide state-of-the-art drone delivery services to organisations and companies, both internationally on land and maritime! Drone Delivery Services can be deployed from Drone Command Centers which can be located at strategic locations such as Den Helder, Eemshaven, Rotterdam, Vlissingen and Enschede for instance.
Both companies engage the partnership with enthusiasm and determination to make the difference together!
DroneQ Aerial Services is a Dutch next-generation UNMANNED VEHICLE SYSTEM Operator & Integrator, where operational processes and autonomy are important factors for operations in the air, on land, on water and underwater!
DroneQ has about 20 years maritime experience and has its roots in the Offshore, civil under-water and emergency incident response. Among the very various tasks are drilling support, pipe- and cable laying support, construction and decommissioning of offshore installations and inspections of oil and gas production installations, pipelines, cables and surface and other subsea installations with UAVs and remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and accumulated worldwide knowledge and experience in destructive and non-destructive inspections, commitment and reporting at all levels, from senior management to technical stakeholders. DroneQ applies this knowledge and experience with the service from state-of-the-art DRONE COMMAND CENTERs from which UAS operations, Unmanned Aerial Systems, are planned, managed, operated and consolidated for customers to collect valuable data and securely store, process and exchange this data with customers with innovative technologies and processes.
Phoenix-Wings is a young German company with the goal to deploy highly automated fleets of cargo drones with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capabilities for cargo applications. The company is working with partners worldwide to realize and operate drone services for local needs and applications.
Situated in Munich – one of Europe’s centers for future flight technologies – and backed by the parent company SF Express, Phoenix-Wings thrives on rapid development. The highly experienced team covers the complete range of unmanned aircraft design to serial production, the development of guidance, navigation and control algorithms, as well as flight testing and operation.
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DroneQ Aerial Services conducts indoor inspections of industrial boilers and storage tanks.
Indoor inspection of industrial installations such as boiler boilers from power plants and storage tanks are time-consuming, costly and complex activities. Building complex scaffolding in often hard-to-reach places is not only costly activities but also carries not to be underestimated risks, despite the high safety requirements. Often this work in combination with rope access work is carried out in environments where the air quality is poor and the light conditions leave to be desired.
The use of drones in these environments is a useful addition that can reduce the risk to people and equipment and allow inspections to be carried out faster, cheaper, safer and more efficiently. DroneQ is an expert in complex and challenging drone operations and has invested a lot of time and effort to conduct such operations in a safe and responsible manner, enabling demonstrable cost savings to be achieved. Knowledge and experience in industrial inspections and drone operations is a requirement in this. Elements that DroneQ owns and uses for these kinds of complex and challenging projects!
For a video impression of an indoor inspection of a 65m high boiler of coal-fired power station go to: www.droneq.nl/
DRONEQ Covid-19 protocol in effect
In the shadow of inspiring developments such as Dutch Drone Delta, Drone2Go and the start of the project Maritime Logistics: Drone Delivery with the partnership with Energy Reinvented, we also unfortunately see Covid-19 in the shadows. In addition to all the other known (and unknown) security measures that we as a professional drone company have to take from laws and regulations, we also follow the guidelines of the government regarding Covid-19. This is to protect ourselves, but certainly also of our customers and other stakeholders.
In addition to government guidelines, we also closely follow the guidelines of the organizations for which we conduct drone operations. On top of that, we at DroneQ have also established a Covid-19 protocol for a number of things that we comply with at all times, as long as the measures are in place. This not only from a safety and risk management perspective, but also to ensure the continuity of droneq services for as long as possible.
DroneQ has already built everything securely in the Cloud from a business continuity, including collaborating on documents and communication tools such as video conferencing. We used our knowledge of information and data security to safeguard the 3 pillars in it: continuity, availability and confidentiality. As a result, we are able to carry out most of the project and flight preparation remotely and thereby reduce the risks. If there are still points for improvement, we would like to hear about this!
If drone operations require the need to watch, we will ensure that this is facilitated via the Internet, or that external monitors are present on site.
METIP, DroneQ and Energy Reinvented start collaboration for a broad application of marine drones for the benefit of the Offshore Energy industry Oil, Gas & Wind.
On Thursday 8 October 2020, John Spee (North Holland North NHN Development Company) and John Troch (DroneQ Aerial Services) Energy Reinvented Digital Energy corona-proof meeting in Nieuwegein gave a presentation that explained the cooperation between Energy Reinvented and METIP (Maritime Emerging & Enabling Technologies Innovation Platform) and showed the Energy Reinvented members how drones could provide support to the Offshore Energy Industry Oil, Gas & Wind. The presentation was the start of the Maritime Logistics: Drone Delivery program for offshore energy. Energy Reinvented’s participants include Siemens, Shell, TNO, Aramco, Damen, NAM and many others.
The main objective of the partnership is to work together in areas such as Logistics to optimize the operational process, reduce the CO2 footprint, achieve a cost reduction, increase safety and efficiency by embedding maritime unmanned vehicle technology in business processes of organizations and gradually work towards autonomy.
DroneQ and METIP focus on maritime applications with Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS – Drones), Autonomous Surface Vessels (USV) and Underwater Drones (ROV). Maritime unmanned vehicle applications include Logistics (Drone Delivery), Security, Inspection, Gas detection, Surveying, Maintenance and other applications.
Safety is paramount when conducting Drone Delivery flights and requires intensive preparation. Not only the legal framework is an important part of this, but also flight safety itself. A comprehensive risk analysis for these specific circumstances is carried out. Things like the flight environment, flying over long distances beyond the drone pilot’s sight and flying over water require specific risk mitigation measures. Landing with a drone in a high-metal environment, potential disturbances by radar and high-power transmission equipment on board the ship, offshore installations and offshore wind turbines are included in the risk analysis. Permits for flying over longer distances (BVLOS=Beyond Visual Line Of Sight) require, among other things, detailed operational procedures and emergency procedures, modifications to drone and support equipment, being able to navigate and communicate with the drone over 4G, 5G or Iridium (satellite), drawing up a flight communication plan before, during and after flight.
DroneQ has developed a comprehensive development and test program within the Maritime Drone Initiative (MDI), part of METIP, with respect to Maritime Logistics: Drone Delivery, where drones are equipped with a so-called payload delivery system that allows the pilot to release the payload remotely. The package in which the cargo was transported has also been designed, tested and optimized to ensure that the cargo has as little impact as possible on the flight performance of the drones and the cargo is protected to the maximum. On-site testing is part of this process to obtain maximum assurance that safety during the operation would remain within the risk acceptance frameworks.
The conditions in maritime environments are of a different order than those above land. Issues such as strong winds, salt haze and rapidly changing weather conditions make the conditions in which maritime drones must continue to operate within the framework of acceptable risk level into a special field. This not only places high demands on the operator, but also on the equipment itself and on the operational processes and procedures.
An important element of Drone Delivery is the ability to operate within the processes and procedures of the Logistics Supply Chain, in which Drone Delivery processes need to be seamlessly integrated. Logistics is a special field in which everything has to be right in order not to run the risk of stagnation of the supply chain. Not only the supply chain process must be a well-oiled machine, processes must also be set up and regularly tested to ensure continuity of service. Especially in the dynamic world of Offshore Energy, a reliable supply chain is crucial! This requires a professional and reliable partner in this field. Drone Deliveries will include operations on land, in ports, to offshore wind turbine parks, offshore installations and ships and will focus on transporting reserve parts, tools and measuring instruments, documents, medicines and other high-value supplies by drone. The ambition is to automate as much as possible and to enable autonomous deployment, which will be introduced in phases. In addition to drones, Autonomous Surface Vessels (USVs) and underwater drones (ROVs) will also be among the focus areas.
In addition to Maritime Logistics: Drone Delivery, other disciplines using drone applications will also be highlighted, including Security, Inspection, Surveying and Maintenance.
The power of METIPs MDI is to operate from a platform where a consortium of companies that are each experts in their own part of the Drone Delivery process and jointly bring in expertise, experience, knowledge and activities to take Maritime Logistics: Drone Delivery to the required level and maintain it. Innovations in areas such as communication technologies, Artificial Intelligence, automated offshore drone bases and other operational innovations set the bar even higher for these consortium partners. The process-based project approach of applying existing technology, adapting existing technology that may require a specific demand to develop a special drone for example, can be addressed from the ecosystem of METIP partners and makes the collaboration between Energy Reinvented and METIP unique. Never before has the development and application of maritime drone support for offshore energy been formed on this scale.
In addition to DroneQ Aerial Services (Drone Operations & Integration), the METIP are core partners for the Energy Reinvented collaboration, including Development Company NHN, Airhub (Legal Consultancy & Drone Operations Management Systems), and Space53 (Drone Test & Innovation center). For each project, this core team is supplemented as needed by other specialist partners from the METIP/MDI partner ecosystem. Logistics operators such as DHSS and Peterson Offshore also joined the consortium.
The Development Company Noord-Holland Noord (NHN) is a private law implementation organization of municipalities in North Holland North and Province of North Holland. NHN is a permanent point of contact in the region for issues related to the development of the region. The organization knows what is going on and brings together entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and governments. NHN has set up the Maritime Emerging & Enabling Technologies Innovation Platform (METIP) and Maritime Drone Initiative (MDI) program, which are part of the Region Deal Maritime Cluster Head of North Holland.
More info: John Spee – Email: email@example.com – Tel. +31 6 513 573 95
About DroneQ Aerial Services:
DroneQ is a next-generation Unmanned Vehicle Systems Operator & Integrator,where operational processes and autonomy are important factors for operations in the air, on land, on water and underwater! DroneQ has its roots in the Offshore, civil sub- and upper water construction and incident and calamity response and has conducted inspections of oil and gas extraction installations, pipelines, cables and surface and other subsea installations with UAVs and ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) for over 20 years, building knowledge and experience worldwide in destructive and non-destructive inspections, capture and reporting at all levels , from senior management to technical stakeholders.
More information: John Troch – Email:firstname.lastname@example.org – Tel. +31 6 111 999 55
Airhub provides drone legal consultancy and its expert in laws and regulations, permits and waivers. In addition, Airhub has developed a Drone Operation Management System. The AirHub platform consists of a Drone Operations App (iOS and Android) and the Drone Operations Center (web-based application). Both developed for planning, conducting and logging drone operations. From the Drone Operations Center (DOC), remote drone flights can be conducted by a real-time connection to a paired drone.
More info: Stephan van Vuren – E-mail: email@example.com – Tel. +31 6 343 411 24
Space53 is a public/private partnership; one joint portal for national and international parties. Unique in Western Europe, because Space53 has an airport, a safety campus and lots of special outdoor and indoor spaces to investigate and test both large and small unmanned systems. In addition, there is close cooperation with research and educational institutions, such as the University of Twente, Saxion and ROC of Twente.
More info: Marc Sandelowsky – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org – Tel. +31 6 249 692 69
DRONEQ PERFORMS DRONE DELIVERY ON SAILING SHIP
Following the successful pilot of a Drone Delivery on the Pioneering Spirit, the largest ship in the world of Allseas, DroneQ Aerial Services has been commissioned by Dutch Drone Delta to carry out another challenging project: delivering a package on a sailing inland container ship “Duancis”. In collaboration with Airhub, Port of Rotterdam, KPN and Antea, among others, we meticulously prepared this assignment. Dutch Drone Delta is an innovative organization of collaborative companies and also this next phase in Urban Air Mobility and specifically in Drone Delivery was characterized by its innovative character.
The desire to deploy DJI’s new flagship, the M300RTK drone, meant that a new payload release system and matching package had to be developed and tested. DRONExpert. Drone Delivery, in addition to SAR services and Security & Inspection, is an expertise of DroneQ that is often shaped by research, testing and knowledge sharing with professional logistics companies. The assignment of Dutch Drone Delta fits seamlessly into DroneQ’s vision and strategy. DroneQ Aerial Services site Den Helder develops this expertise by participating in the Maritime Drone Initiative, part of METIP, as part of our Maritime Logistics: Drone Delivery program. Through a lot of research, testing and collaboration with professional logistics partners, this expertise is developed and used as an integral part of the entire Supply Chain end-to-end process!
The export of the contract took place on Sunday 13 September on the Nieuwe Maas in Rotterdam and was marked by challenges. There was flying in urban areas and within the controlled airspace (CTR) of Rotterdam Airport. Coordination and approval of Rotterdam Airport was therefore a requirement. On the day of the flight the weather conditions were also challenging: wind force 6-8 with showers. The fast flowing river and the limited delivery area on the “Duancis” added an added complexity. All in all a wonderful challenge which went very smoothly, thanks in part to the excellent preparation by and with all parties!
During the flight, tests were also carried out by KPN regarding the 5G network and by Antea with regard to the sound. Another great result and we are already looking forward to the next challenge!
For more information see Port of Rotterdam and watch the video: Port of Rotterdam News and Press Releases
DroneQ Aerial Services adds far-reaching automation and artificial intelligence to wind turbine inspections using drones.
DroneQ has its roots in offshore, civil sub- and upper-water construction and calamity response and has conducted inspections of oil and gas extraction installations, pipelines, cables and surface and other subsea installations with UAVs and ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) for over 20 years, building knowledge and experience worldwide in destructive and non-destructive inspections, capture and reporting at all levels, from senior management to technical stakeholders. This knowledge and experience applies DroneQ with the service from a state-of-the-art DRONE OPERATION CENTER from which UAV operations, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, are planned, managed and executed for customers to collect valuable data and securely edit and analyze, store and share it with customers with innovative technologies and processes.
DroneQ’s drone operation is set up from an ISO structure, where DroneQ is always demonstrably in control of the drone operation. DroneQ DRONE OPERATION CENTER is designed in the field of processes and procedures in such a way that it can meet the new ISO standard 21384 for Unmanned Aerial Systems Part 3: Operational Procedures! In addition, this design makes it possible, with DroneQ’s expertise in ISO processes and procedures, to embed the DroneQ operational processes in a relatively simple way in the operational processes of customers, which means greater added value for customers. The DroneQ operational processes are integrated into a Drone Operation Management solution which allows the DroneQ Operations to be unlocked in a very fast and uniform manner for the DroneQ drone teams and clients, so that the ISO setup is not a slowing factor but rather has accelerated the service!
DroneQ is constantly looking for innovative technologies to optimize service and make it more efficient, and strives to simplify or automate the parts of the operational processes wherever it can and at the same time gradually strive for autonomy. In addition, increasing quality, repeatability and thus transparent predictability are important factors. Wonderful technologies that are not properly embedded in processes are like loose sand that makes the mechanism squeak and crack.
In the field of wind turbine inspections, DroneQ Aerial Services has joined forces with Sterblue and inspection workflows and artificial intelligence in pre-analyzing wind turbine inspections seamlessly integrated into the DroneQ operational drone processes. This not only makes DroneQ wind turbine inspections fully automated, which achieves efficiency and reduction of inspection time, uses innovative artificial intelligence to significantly increase the quality of inspections and results, but also significantly increases the predictability of the quality of wind turbine inspection services. The collaboration between DroneQ and Sterblue also includes improving the solution through intensive collaboration and knowledge sharing. So it goes far beyond just using a nice tool! Using 3D models of the wind turbines, the collection of inspection data and its analysis is prepared and carried out in a secure manner, with the integrity and security of the data at the heart of it and enabling the cooperation between DroneQ and clients to be achieved in an excellent way.
This service is suitable for both onshore wind turbines and offshore wind turbine parks at sea!
For more information: John Troch – email@example.com
DroneQ Aerial Services shares its vision of the 2 EASA standard scenarios in an interview by Dronewatch
Dronewatch is committed to informing the drone community in an understandable and clear way about all the details of the new European drone rules. The EASA texts are often written in official language which does not read too easily. It is therefore good that Dronewatch gives the full overview and also clearly articulates it.
DroneQ Aerial Services is a participant in Space53 and in that context Dronewatch has requested DroneQ’s views on the first two EASA standard scenarios.
Read the article and interview here.
DroneQ Aerial Services conducts first EVLOS Drone Delivery flight on world’s largest ship: behind-the-scenes look
On Friday 22 May 2020, the pilot set up by Dutch Drone Delta, Allseas and the Port of Rotterdam Authority took place: DroneQ Aerial Services successfully delivered parts to the largest ship in the world, the ‘Pioneering Spirit’ of Allseas, with a drone. This is the first time that a drone in the Netherlands delivers a package to a ship. The aim of this pilot is to see if and how drone delivery can contribute to more efficient transport in the Port of Rotterdam. A project of Dutch Drone Delta, which focuses on exploiting opportunities for the Netherlands in the field of passenger and freight transport by air with drones (Urban Air Mobility).
Safety is paramount when carrying out this pilot and that has required intensive preparation. Not only the legal framework was an important part of this, but also flight safety itself. A comprehensive risk analysis for these specific circumstances has been carried out. Things like the environment, flying over long distances beyond the sight distance of the drone pilot and flying over water require specific risk mitigation measures. Similarly, landing a drone in a high-metal environment, potential disturbances by radar and high-power transmission equipment on board the ship was factored into the risk analysis. Permits for flying over longer distances (EVLOS=Extended Visual Line Of Sight) require detailed operational procedures and emergency procedures, deployment and location of additional observers in the drone’s flight path, a communication plan for, during and after flight has been drawn up. The permission procedure of Port of Rotterdam has also been followed, as well as a procedure for the DroneQ observer to be allowed to board the Pioneering Spirit.
DroneQ has set up an extensive development and test program regarding the delivery of the package where the drone was equipped with a so-called payload delivery system which allows the pilot to release the payload remotely. The package in which the cargo was transported has also been designed, tested and optimized to ensure that the cargo has as little impact as possible on the drone’s flight performance and the cargo is protected to the maximum. On-site testing was part of this process to obtain maximum assurance that safety during the pilot would remain within the risk acceptance frameworks. The on-site testing was successful and did not give rise to modifications, an indication that the design, construction and testing process has proved effective.
Prior to the flight, an extensive briefing was held between the 5-member DroneQ drone team, reviewing every detail of the flight from second to second, communicating and conducting extensive monitoring of the drone system, in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Drone Operations Management platform developed by AirHub. Safety is paramount at DroneQ, Dutch Drone Delta and the port of Rotterdam!
The flight itself had an extra complexity as the weather gods did not cooperate and the flight was carried out with strong winds, wind force 6 with gusts of wind force 8. The point of delivery on the Pioneering Spirit creates its own thermals, which also varies at the different flight altitudes. It had been previously determined that at 10 meters above the helideck was the go-no go moment, a decision of the pilot at that time. The drone is equipped with a large amount of sensors and at 10 meters altitude the pilot keeps the drone stationary in place (type of dynamic positioning) and after controls, with special attention to interference by the many metal that drones are naturally sensitive to, was descended to the delivery point and released the payload, the drone has taken up altitude again and returned to the base.
The project has been a success thanks to the very enjoyable cooperation and enthusiastic efforts of all parties involved! This article describes only part of all preparations and implementation and is intended to give a high-over impression of such an operation. Despite the success of the pilot, an evaluation is still being carried out to go through everything in detail and to identify and execute any action points. We’re going to get ready for phase 2 again!
Port of Rotterdam press release: https://www.portofrotterdam.com/en/news-and-press-releases/premier-drone-delivers-package-to-vessel-in-the-port-of-rotterdam-for-the
NOS newscast: https://vimeo.com/422103502
DroneQ Aerial Services Supports Legal in the Air!
If drone pilots, both professional pilots or amateur pilots, do not understand all the risks and take that into account during the exercise of their work or hobby, this can pose a danger to people, objects, animals and all other things in our environment. It is therefore important that we deal with drones in a sensible way. Incidents are conceivable and can cause unforeseen material damage or injury to people but can also damage the social acceptance of the use of drones. Something that can have a negative impact for the commercial/professional drone pilots and companies. Social acceptance is an important factor in the development of the drone industry.
Like many of the fellow drone companies, DroneQ meets all requirements laid down in law and regulations and flies under a ROC, has properly registered, approved and insured the drones, uses the procedures as laid down in the approved Operational Manual (OM) and conducts prior drone flight Risk Analyses and sets up an Operational Flight Plan in which align with the authorities and customer are recorded and approved. As stipulated in the OM, all RPA team members have at least RPA-L, valid medical examinations and are “current” in terms of knowledge and experience. Anyone who is responsible for this profession knows that this is a considerable investment in money and time to do it in this way, and the operational costs keep returning to maintain this level. Project related exceptions, such as flying beyond 500m or flying in special areas, often require additional waivers or additional training such as EVLOS and extensive flight preparation. So there is a lot of investment done by DroneQ and the fellow drone companies who conduct the same work ethics to carry out drone flights responsibly!
Safe in the air
It should come as no surprise that not everyone adheres to existing laws and regulations or common sense. That makes the current corona crisis painfully clear. No adequate oversight and enforcement of this does not disadvantage the commercial drone pilots and companies that do comply with the laws and regulations. A trend also seen by trade brothers Frank Maters and Chris Reichgelt and who decided to take the initiative to establish Legal in the Air.
“We want to create a movement that calls attention to the importance of safe, legal drone operations, a kind of disclaimer: Legal in the air.”
“Not to act as a police officer but to draw attention to the dangers and to make it clear that this is a profession that many licensed pilots have put a lot of money and time into with us. All this so that they can continue to do this legally and thus pursue their passion.”
Am I My Brothers Keeper?
We see a tendency on social media to comment on media such as Facebook and LinkedIn when posting drone images that publicly question whether the images were obtained legally, whether laws and regulations were complied with. Those who post these images in many cases feel “obliged” to publicly refute these question marks in order not to obtain a stamp of illegal work. DroneQ Aerial Services wholeheartedly supports the Legal in the Air initiative and supports for a 100% to convey the importance of responsible conduct commercial drone flights within the framework of laws and regulations. However, we do not believe that we have a whistleblower or enforcement role and we find public questioning of drone posts does not fit with our professional ethics. We rely on our own strength and qualities and have no need to criticize or publicly question others, which might give the appearance that pilots or organizations might have obtained the images illegally. After all, even in posts about company outings or other events that are not drone related, no questions are asked whether everyone has given permission for posts of that photo. The question “Am I My Brothers Keeper” should be answered by everyone for themselves and everyone is free of course, but DroneQ Aerial Services answered that question for themselves with a wholeheartedly No. Ultimately, we all are responsible for our actions ourselves.
FLY SAFE AND LEGAL
DroneQ has set up and operationalized a Drone Operation Center from an ISO structure and operational expertise, and Airhub has developed drone operation center software system based on their expertise in which operations can be planned, executed and managed. Through a partnership, these two are brought together, creating a clear added value for projects and customers. Far-reaching automation of operational drone operation processes is thus becoming repeatable and therefore more predictable, with uniform implementation of drone operations enabling organizations to be demonstrably in control. This also created the maximum preconditions for embedding drone operations in a customer’s operational processes. At the same time, it provides for a mechanism to demonstrate organizations adhere to be compliant to a framework of laws and regulations and enhancing efficiency at the same time.
DroneQ Maritime Aerial Services which focuses on high-quality land and maritime drone operations. The drone operations include industrial inspections, thermal and video inspections, Incident Response and disaster aerial support, environmental monitoring, gas detection, surveying and mapping, drone delivery and cinematography in the areas of the offshore industry, wind and solar, telecom and nature management. The goal is to collect high-quality data through drones, which helps customers make the right decisions for specific aspects of their business operations.
Airhub helps customers realize the full potential of drones within the organization. By providing organizations with the right equipment, training, support, software for drone operation management and guidance on policy issues and risk analysis, Airhub can help to get from an idea on paper to the launch of the operation, with accompanying improvements, in a safe and efficient way.
Airhub – contact Stephan van Vuren: firstname.lastname@example.org
DroneQ Aerial Services – contact John Troch: email@example.com
DroneQ in the news: Interview with John Troch by the NHN development company
‘Surveillance at sea using drones takes flight’
The North Sea is being used more intensively by, among other things, the construction of wind farms and busier shipping traffic. More supervision is needed. The most efficient means of doing this are drones. For this reason, the Maritime Drone Initiative North Holland (MDI) was established in Den Helder in October 2019. This cluster aims to develop into the knowledge and expertise centre for the development, testing, demonstration and validation of maritime applications using drones.
Read more on the NHN website: Go to the article
Coronavirus and DroneQ service
The Coronavirus and the measures imposed by the government undeniably affect us all, both in our operations and in our personal lives. It’s hard times for a lot of people in the world and we all have to settle in, stay sensible and make the best of it.
DroneQ has set up the organization from a business continuity model, allowing DroneQ’s drone operation to continue within the framework of measures imposed. For the time being, our service is available to customers without restrictions and we can continue to perform our drone support services. Inspections, mapping, photo and film assignments and all other tasks that DroneQ performs can simply take place. Of course, in addition to the precautions imposed by the government, we also advise the customer to take specific measures to heart when carrying out the assignments. The safety and health of humans and animals remain at the top of DroneQ’s priority list!
Where possible, we will offer as many coordinations and presentations as possible via our online platform, where they need to take place personally, we will do so in good agreement. DroneQ has more than 20 years of experience in secure data collection, secure data processing and data sharing and securely collaborate online between our own teams, partners and customers!
We advise you to continue to consult the RIVM reports: Go to RIVM website
DRONEQ will continue to develop maritime applications supported by drones within the MDI
NHN is a fixed point of contact for all activities related to the development of Holland over Amsterdam. NHN focuses primarily on supporting entrepreneurs, but also on marketing Holland over Amsterdam and improving the business climate, so that new companies are attracted and incumbents can grow. One of the projects nhn has set up is the Maritime Drone Initiative (MDI).
The North Sea is increasingly used by, among other things, the construction of wind farms, sustainable energy generation at sea and busier shipping traffic. More supervision is necessary. Maritime drones are a solution for this. For this reason, the Maritime Drone Initiative North Holland (MDI) cluster was established in Den Helder. Thanks to this initiative, Dutch companies will have the opportunity to develop drones. The MDI is home to Den Helder Airport. In and around this location it is possible to conduct tests and flights and give market demonstrations. By attracting start-ups and scale-ups, MDI contributes to the ambition to make more people work, live and undertake more people in the Noordkop. Moreover, it fulfils the need to create more jobs in the field of knowledge and technology, which younger generations are attracted to.
DroneQ Maritime Aerial Services Den Helder will work within the MDI to (continue) developing civil maritime applications using drones, establishing standard scenarios to enable test and operational flights and designing and realizing a Maritime Drone Command Center (MDCC) and raising awareness of these applications for the maritime sector through events such as presentations and demonstrations. Maritime applications including drones with more than 3 1/2 hours of flight time and
DroneQ, also a participant of the test and innovation center Space53, has also set up a Maritime Drone Center (MDC) in Den Helder. The MDC is the base for DroneQ Maritime Aerial Services which focuses on maritime drone operations, developing civilian maritime drones and developing the region in the field of support services using drones. The drone operations include industrial inspections, thermal and video inspections, maritime disaster and emergency aerial support, SAR missions, environmental monitoring, gas detection, surveying and mapping and cinematography in the field of the offshore industry, wind and solar energy, telecom and nature management.
More information: John Troch – firstname.lastname@example.org
Drone Operations specialist DroneQ and Unmanned Helicopter Systems specialist High Eye enter into a partnership.
The individual vision and strategy of the companies concerned, the drive and passion for the field and culture within both companies have led to the creation of a future fixed partnership in order to combine expertise, experience and understand which leads to a higher quality of service for customers.
High Eye is a beautifully dynamic Dutch company that designs, builds and sells unmanned helicopters. After 6 years of hard work, this has led to an absolutely top model unmanned helicopter for military and civilian applications, the Airboxer. This long range VTOL UAV has a flight time of more than 3 hours and is all weather proof. The Airboxer is designed to be deployed for a wide range of missions, both maritime applications such as coastguard and police tasks, as well as inspections, traffic control, mapping, surveys and situation monitoring with live feed from high resolution images up to date a distance of 50 km. A robust and reliable all-rounder for the demanding user.
DroneQ is a drone operations specialist and has set up an ISO ready Drone Operation Center and Maritime Drone Command Center from which a multitude of different drone operations are prepared, performed and managed. In addition to conducting drone operations for customers, DroneQ also has the experience and expertise to design and implement this state-of-the-art Drone Operations Center in customer operational processes.
The unique combination of both companies and the specific expertises, the operational UAV processes and the unique features and qualities of the Airboxer enables the most complex and demanding drone operations for customers !
In addition to possibly carrying out missions, DroneQ Aerial Services will also offer support services such as Repair & Maintenance as a further processing, distribution and security of the data. In this way, the integral process of preparing missions up to and including delivering the relevant data can be delivered to the right persons. To deliver UAV equipment for specific projects, DroneQ base will work closely with High Eye to serve the customer optimally.
High Eye – contact Joost de Ruiter: email@example.com
DroneQ Aerial Services – contact John Troch: firstname.lastname@example.org
DroneQ is NNOW participant
To strengthen participation in enterprise cooperation in the North Of the Netherlands region, DroneQ Aerial Services has become a participant of the NNOW: Northern Netherlands Offshore Wind.
The NNOW group was founded in 2010 with the aim; “the business community in the Northern Netherlands that operates in the Offshore wind industry, or has plans in this direction, to support in its ambitions by jointly joining forces as a business community, knowledge institutions and government.”
DroneQ will carry out the activities and project related to the NNOW activities mainly from the Maritime Drone Center Den Helder. DroneQ has set up a Maritime Drone Center (MDC) in Den Helder. The MDC is the base for DroneQ Maritime Aerial Services which focuses on maritime drone operations, developing civilian maritime drones and developing the region in the field of support services using drones. The drone operations include industrial inspections, thermal and video inspections, maritime disaster and emergency aerial support, environmental monitoring, gas detection, surveying and mapping and cinematography in the field of the offshore industry, wind and wind and solar energy, telecom and nature management. With NNOW membership, we can bring our expertise within the trade association to a broader application.
More info: https://www.nnow.nl/
DRONEQ joined IRO
Today, DroneQ Aerial Services joined the trade association for the Dutch Suppliers in the Offshore Energy Industry: IRO!
DroneQ has its roots in the Aerial Photo and Film industry and Offshore, maritime salvage, civil under-water and calamity response and has carried out inspections of oil and gas extraction installations, pipelines, cables and more than 20 years surface and other subsea installations with UAVs and REMOTEly Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and have built up knowledge and experience worldwide in destructive and non-destructive inspections, commitment and reporting at all levels, from senior management to technical stakeholders.
DroneQ has also set up a Maritime Drone Center (MDC) in Den Helder. The MDC is the base for DroneQ Maritime Aerial Services which focuses on maritime drone operations, developing civilian maritime drones and developing the region in the field of support services using drones. The drone operations include industrial inspections, thermal and video inspections, maritime disaster and emergency aerial support, environmental monitoring, gas detection, surveying and mapping and cinematography in the field of the offshore industry, wind and wind and solar energy, telecom and nature management. With iro’s membership, we can bring our expertise within the trade association to a broader application.
DRONEQ in the Space53 ecosystem
As a participant, DroneQ has joined the Space53 ecosystem, boosting innovative clout and development and testing capabilities in a unique ecosystem that features Space53.
Space53 is a public/private partnership; one joint portal for national and international parties. Unique in Western Europe, because Space53 has an airport, a safety campus and lots of special outdoor and indoor spaces to investigate and test both large and small unmanned systems. In addition, there is close cooperation with research and educational institutions, such as the University of Twente, Saxion and ROC of Twente.
Space53 facilitates the complete innovation process of unmanned systems and makes everything necessary available:
- Technological knowledge
- Office spaces and technical workspaces
- Test rooms (inside and out)
- Training and training facilities
- All emergency services
- Ability to simulate lifelike situations
- Required permits that respond optimally to current and the legislation to be developed
- Launching customers, such as province of Overijssel, Safety Region Twente and the municipality of Enschede as a living lab for trying out smart ideas in real life
DroneQ will house its own Drone Operation Center in Space53’s uniquely converted former F16 hangar at the Technology Base at Twente Airport in Enschede. From the DroneQ Drone Operations expertise, DroneQ will work with other Space53 partners in drone operations, innovation and testing.
DroneQ launches the new DRONE OPERATION CENTER
Many requirements are placed on commercial drone operations, including obtaining the necessary permits under laws and regulations to performing risk analyses. The right organization that contributes to the safe and efficient planning and efficient planning and efficient operation of commercial drone operations are also complex and numerous. Things such as operational and emergency procedures, resource management to use the RPAS crew with the right certification, experience and skills, project management to meet customer expectations and maintain the maintenance state of it equipment must be used correctly.
To facilitate and maintain the high level of drone operations, DroneQ has set up a state-of-the-art Drone Operation Center (D-DOC) in which all these processes and procedures are optimized and made operational. The D-DOC scheduled drone operations, supports execution and facilitates customers in consolidating drone data and supports in analyzing and classifying the results of drone inspections, which include use artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning.
The DroneQ Drone Operation Center is prepared for future developments such as remote drone operations, autonomous drone operations and U-Space through a modular and universal process build-up. New technologies and changes to laws and regulations can therefore be easily implemented in D-DOC. DroneQ is working with
Drone Flight Company
(DFC) in the areas of laws and regulations and training and
, the innovation and testing center for the region and beyond.
DroneQ has a proven track record in the field of ISO and Cobit frameworks and has set up the D-DOC processes and procedures in such a way that the Drone Operation Center is in design ready for the recently introduced ISO standard “ISO 21384 Unmanned Aircraft Systems Part 3: Operational Procedures”. These underlying processes and procedures will be applied and established in such a way that DroneQ will comply with Design, Existence and Operation as intended under the ISO standard! This gives drone Operation Center customers assurance that drone operations of DroneQ are carried out by a high standard, but where a realistic pragmatism is above all else in the way drone operations are performed. Quality and customer friendliness remain at the top of what makes DroneQ a trusted and reliable business partner for their customers!
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