[Editor’s Note: The “Specialist Contractor of the Year” award was sponsored by Kubota.]
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The UAV division of Kilcullen-based Murphy Surveys Ltd has been voted ‘Specialist Contractor of the Year at the 2016 Plant & Civil Engineer’s ‘Plant, Construction & Quarry’ Awards.
The Award was presented for the company’s specialist approach to site surveying and inspection using unmanned aerial vehicles, and was sponsored by Kubota. It was given at a ceremony at the Ramada Hotel in Belfast.
MurphyUAV launched in 2016 by the parent company, which itself has achieved remarkable success in the surveying industry.
MurphyUAV integrates across surveying, inspections and building information modelling (BIM) to bring clients the best solutions to their requirements and provide the highest standards of deliverables all in one location, taking out the need to seek out data from various sources.
Because the division has the support of the team of Murphy Surveys and the services they offer, MurphyUAV can provide more than just a flight team and presents its clients with actual complete datasets, taking out any need for a third party involvement.
“Through implementing the UAV technology, we can access areas which may have otherwise be deemed inaccessible,” says Julian Deeks, Director MurphyUAV. “Areas such as rooftops can now be accessed, and the data collected can be merged with internal scan data from the Murphy Surveys BIM team to create more fully rounded point clouds of a building, both internally and externally.”
The operational nature of MurphyUAV also leads to greater health and safety standards as the remote drone pilots can carry out inspections in areas which may have been considered too hazardous previously.
Looking to the future MurphyUAV looks set to continue to grow; it has been accredited by both the IAA and more recently the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) meaning that it can now also operate in the UK.
With 14 separate categories, the annual ‘Plant, Construction & Quarry’ awards, organised by the Hillsborough based publishers of Plant & Civil Engineer magazine, 4SM (NI) Ltd, is regarded as the premier event in the Plant, Construction and Quarry calendar, attracting entries, support and sponsorship from all the leading players in the industry.