Drone-based inspection services provider Cyberhawk has secured a five-year contract with a major liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer to provide drone inspection, surveying, and data visualisation services.

As part of the contract, Cyberhawk will focus on compiling inspection data from offshore and onshore oil and gas assets in the Middle East.

Cyberhawk’s local partner and state-owned oil and gas company Manweir secured the contract.

The results will be delivered as detailed inspection reports via Cyberhawk’s drone data visualisation software ‘iHawk’.

Cyberhawk CEO Chris Fleming said: “This agreement is testament to the high standard of work that Cyberhawk has been delivering in the Middle East region for the past ten years.

“By working closely with the client and local authorities, we were able to obtain the Minister of Interiors permit to fly in-country. Our aviation and oil and gas pedigree were an integral part of the selection process and we are extremely proud our track record has been recognised.

The iHawk software allows users to view up-to-date, visual data in the Cloud.

Cyberhawk claims that iHawk allows managers to ‘intuitively access inspection data’ that highlights where they can monitor defects and degradation, before concluding on appropriate actions.

Manweir’s MD Kevin Bathgate said: “Manweir are extremely happy with our long-standing partnership with Cyberhawk and to be part of the client’s ongoing journey through digital transformation.

“Not only will this partnership lead to accurate data analysis, improved planning and efficiencies, but will also lead to a significant reduction to risk exposure related to employee safety and welfare.”

In March 2016, Cyberhawk Innovations completed an offshore remotely operated aerial vehicles (ROAV) inspection in North America for an undisclosed oil and gas company.