Ratho’s Cyberhawk nets multi-million-dollar software contract with Shell

Drone-focused Cyberhawk has secured a five-year, multi-million-dollar software contract with Royal Dutch Shell.
CEO Chris Fleming praises Cyberhawk partnering with the oil major. Picture: contributed.CEO Chris Fleming praises Cyberhawk partnering with the oil major. Picture: contributed.
CEO Chris Fleming praises Cyberhawk partnering with the oil major. Picture: contributed.

The firm, based in Ratho on the outskirts of Edinburgh, uses drones to inspect the likes of wind turbines. Clients also include SSE, BP and Total, and it is the creator of cloud-based asset visualisation software iHawk. The latter will become Shell’s next-generation visualisation software platform for all onshore, offshore and subsea assets, as well as all global construction projects.

The contract follows the integration of iHawk at a construction project valued at more than $6 billion (£4.8bn) in the USA, where it is now being used by 800-plus monthly users, and it has been rolled out at further sites in the UK, Central America and Africa.

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Cyberhawk, which has been working with Shell since 2012 and used to be based in Livingston, will support the supermajor’s digital transformation strategy, providing a central platform for all digital and visual data sources, for example.

Following the completion of Shell’s drone audit earlier this month, the contract accompanies Cyberhawk’s global aviation authorisation within Shell.“This permits drone-based inspections and surveys across all Shell facilities and marks Cyberhawk as the first and only drone operator to be approved to work on all Shell sites globally,” the Scottish firm said.

Chief executive Chris Fleming said: “We are particularly proud of the collaborative relationship we have built with Shell… This contract is further validation of the strength of our iHawk software solution, which has already been deployed by a number of customers to transform the way they manage their critical energy infrastructure across multiple sectors including oil and gas, electrical utilities and renewables.”

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