ABP partners with PwC and Aerodyne to transform their asset management policies

PwC’s specialist drone digital transformation team was utilised to support drone adoption and transformation in asset management

ABP partners with PwC and Aerodyne to transform their asset management policies
ABP partners with PwC and Aerodyne to transform their asset management policies

ABP partners with PwC and Aerodyne to transform their asset management policies

After completing an 18-month programme, Associated British Ports (ABP) have successfully embedded drone technology into their asset management practices and policies. PwC’s specialist drone digital transformation team was utilised to support drone adoption and transformation in asset management.

While Aerodyne Group was selected as ABP’s drone service provider for their extensive experience and world-class technology. ABP’s 21 ports and rail freight terminals around Britain present exceptional marine, road and rail access to domestic and international markets. They include 87km of quay and 1.4 million sqm of covered storage.

In the press release, ABP’s Group Director Safety, Engineering and Marine, Mike McCartain, mentioned that after an initial proof of concept with PwC, they realised drones could offer significant value to their asset and property inspections. They are safer, faster and more cost-effective which will enable them to optimise operations as well as reduce risks.

He also added that the cloud platform they’ve built with their partners gives their teams simple and intuitive access to the drone information. It also includes the ability to build inspection reports in the browser in alignment to their existing asset management systems. He undoubtedly considers this a big step forward in ABP’s digital transformation and safety journey along with making use of the latest available technology.

Steve Russell, a Partner at PwC, said that it can be complex to implement drone technology and their team of digital transformation experts have supported ABP through the drone case for change, vendor selection and implementation, ensuring a scientific and low risk approach to creating technology work for his or her business.

Founder and Group CEO, Aerodyne Group, Kamarul A Muhamed, mentioned that they are honored to be selected as exclusive drone solution provider for ABP. Globally, their clients have benefited from optimised management of their critical assets and infrastructure leveraging on their solutions.He also added that they are committed to provide consistent quality services while complying to established regulations and standards.

Development within the past 6 months are focused on extensive site testing with Aerodyne across 8 locations within the UK. Analysis and data collection from the flights demonstrated considerable cost saving and benefits; safer operations, 25% more cost-effectiveness; and 55% less time consuming compared to traditional methods for selected assets.

With Aerodyne and PwC, ABP worked to develop a drone visual asset management system. The system enables the teams to monitor asset condition dashboards, asset management information and create inspection reports. ABP’s next project is the development of an in-house drone capability to enrich the Aerodyne solutions and it has retained PwC’s specialist drone team to assist with this critical implementation.