5 December 2017
WYG was Highly Commended at the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s Estate Supply Chain Awards in November. We proudly accepted the commendation for Best supply chain collaboration alongside long-standing partners James Fisher Nuclear Ltd and Sellafield Ltd.
Our project entailed using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, introduced by WYG to Sellafield Ltd. as a visual inspection tool for buildings and infrastructure assets on Sellafield’s nuclear licensed site. They denote a remarkable feat in stakeholder and risk management by eliminating both the costs of scaffolding or mobile platforms and the health and safety risks associated with personnel working at heights.
Our keen exploitation of UAVs presents many other benefits for building survey work outside of reduced costs, yielding more comprehensive survey coverage, access to previously inaccessible areas, as well as shorter survey planning and delivery time.
Alex Grainger, Principal Project Manager at WYG, commented on the commendation: “The award is a greatly appreciated recognition of a journey that has taken 10 years and required much collaboration between us, our CNSL partners James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) and Sellafield Ltd.”
He added: “UAV technology is something that WYG has championed for inspection use for many years, and to see it implemented and providing such cost savings to our client is very satisfying.”
More proposals are ongoing to inspect a wide variety of ageing assets on the Sellafield site, including internal and external buildings, roofs, road and rail bridges and landfill sites. The benefits of the approach have also been recognised by both Magnox and EDF, prompting WYG and JFN to discuss implementation proposals for other nuclear licensed sites.
Further enhancements to the service are planned to deliver more value from information generated by the surveys. These include generation of 3D point cloud data to produce accurate 3D models, software to support repeat inspections for improved automated monitoring of asset degradation, and a thermal camera to overlay heat loss data onto a visual image.
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