Following the recent oil spill incident at Shell’s Gannet Alpha platform 112 miles east of Aberdeen, HiDef received a request from statutory advisor JNCC to conduct aerial surveys over a 1,200 square km area using their super high definition aerial camera platform.
HiDef mobilised within twelve hours of request and flew multiple sorties over the effected area capturing imagery of the oil slick and wildlife in the area, with reports and analysis delivered to the stakeholders within hours of the aircraft returning to base.
Finlay Benet of JNCC noted “It is the first time a digital platform has been deployed for this type of work. Having a permanent record of the actual survey is useful for assurance purposes, being able to plan the following days operational priorities from empirical data is invaluable, HiDef were able to deliver this.”
John Martin, HiDef’s Managing Director added, “We were delighted to have been selected to conduct this work, although the challenge was daunting. Aircraft, camera rigs and personnel were all moved to Aberdeen within two hours of being awarded the project; a full technical environment was commissioned at a local third party location and was ready for operation by the time the aircraft returned from their first sorties. This is the first time a digital survey supplier has been tasked to conduct emergency operations anywhere in the world.”