Drones Achieve Savings for Severn Trent Water
Since Severn Trent made the strategic decision to invest in this new technology, and partnered with Commercial Drone Experts COPTRZ, they have made savings of over £750,000 in the last year alone. In their second year, they are expecting to double this figure, with more savings beyond that. Other utility companies have found similar savings, and this is expected to grow as the technology develops.
By using their UAV fleet for inspection work, Seven Trent has removed the need for scaffolding being put up. This allows them to save time and increases the safety for their staff, due to them not needing to climb the scaffolding during inspections. The amount of time taken for the actual inspection is also shortened with the drone doing all the work for them.
Steve Coulson, Founder and Managing Director at COPTRZ, explains: “It’s great to see more companies seeing the benefit that drone technology can have for them and their business. Not only do they save money, but they also save time and improve safety. This example is only one of many, and I’m sure in the future there will be a huge number of companies that decide to make the small immediate investment, to unlock the huge savings potential moving forward.”
Duncan Turner, Severn Trent’s Drone Team Lead: “It’s been an incredibly exciting time to be involved with UAV's at Severn Trent. It feels like we are at the forefront of innovation which is unlocking new ways of working within the business using this cutting edge robotics technology. With our customers at the heart of what we do we can pass on the saving making sure our customers' bills remain low and are helping to keep our water Wonderful on Tap.”