Using drones to maintain the road and rail network

Research has shown that Britain’s infrastructure sector has suffered following ten years of austerity. Indeed, the UK has now committed to investing £29bn in our road network and £48bn in our rail network


Large companies are prioritising digitisation of the design, build, maintainance and operation of our built environment – to reduce cost, reduce overheads and remove people from risk. Meanwhile the UK Government is committed to supporting this new way of working – via the National Digital Twin – and actively investing to catalyse transition.


All of this means the focus is on developing algorithms and increasing automation to extract data. The technology is out there: intelligent systems to decide what to do; tools to confirm work is done. 


But they rely on high-quality data, at national infrastructure scale. This data will be captured by cars, aircraft, satellites, and by drones controlled by companies like

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