Take a look at some of our pervious work, including customer studies and research projects


Oil and Gas Land Services Benefit Assessment and Feasibility Study

Stage 1: Assessment

C9D realized the potential of aerial inspections in the oil and gas industry along with the rest of the drone community. However beyond the more commonly known applications such as flare inspections and pipeline monitoring, there a multitude of other applications that will significantly reduce costs. Specifically in land service companies, there are opportunities for drones in land lock scenarios, predictive and preventative maintenance data collection and analysis, environmental impact reduction during construction phases, regular progress and safety reports, and natural disaster appraisal re-assignment.

Stage 2: Technology Sourcing and Recommendation

Many drone platforms are capable of achieving the objectives identified in our assessment of the industry. Both fixed wing and multi-rotor, or true VTOL UAS, platforms would be required to carry high resolution cameras and other sensors. Although remotely operated UAS platforms would be able to satisfy the objectives; a turn-key fully-autonomous UAS platform would be more effective for certain scenarios. The drone could be programmed to collect data at regular intervals and report the data back to a centralized database with analytics and automatic reports. To date, such a turn-key solution does not exist, but is capable with existing technologies. C9D or one of our partners would offer the required R&D services after real-world field testing with a remotely piloted UAS.


Communication Tower Inspection Benefit Assessment and Feasibility Study

Stage 1: Assessment

After significant research on the cell tower industry we identified several key areas where UAS technology can be feasibly deployed to significantly reduce inspection costs and save lives. Read more about the dangers in the industry on PBS Frontline. C9D met with key stakeholders from the cell tower company to determine a list of requirements and based on the economical benefits and feasibility we proceeded to the next stage.

Stage 2: Technology Sourcing and Recommendation

With the list of requirements in mind we were able to identify key aspects of the UAS technology required. Although many of the existing platforms on the market were a good start for most of the inspection work required, one key requirement led to the need for a custom platform developed by C9D. Additionally, after selecting a platform and testing our solution in the field, our team identified many additional requirements not initially known. Testing and technology sourcing (stage 2 and 3) is an iterative process in order to determine the most effective and economical solution.

Stage 3: End-to-End Solution and Real World Testing

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After selecting a custom platform, our team performed initial critical flight, gimbal, camera and key functionality tests. Once confident in the UAS solution, our team worked with the communication tower company to do real world testing in the field. This process involved many iterations between the design and development phase as we learned more about key inspection requirements and integrated them into our platform. As our testing progressed we were able to provide the communication tower company with real usable data for their towers. To date the communication tower company has learned about feasibility and benefits in adopting UAS technology in their business. Further work to optimize costs, efficiency and integrate redundant safety features is currently under development.



Transmission Line Inspection Assessment and Feasibility Study

Stage 1: Assessment

Transmission line inspection has been an early target of the UAS inspection industry. With the aging power line infrastructure across the US, the market potential for significantly reducing maintenance costs is rapidly growing. Our team reached out to several power line inspection companies and confirmed the potential for UAS inspections. Significant cost reduction in both time and resources are possible by deploying a UAS in this industry. Individual tower inspections will be shortly followed by fully autonomous inspection systems.

Stage 2: Technology Sourcing and Recommendation

The inspection requirements for transmission lines are fairly straightforward. Both high resolution and thermal imaging cameras must be supported. There are many existing UAS solutions available on the market that can be suited for such transmission line inspections. One of our partner platforms was ideally suited for such inspections. Before fully committing to testing a partner platform our team used our existing UAS solutions to learn more through real world testing.

Stage 3: Real World Testing

Our testing led to new requirements that confirmed some our our partners platform capabilities. The video below shows some of the testing performed in the field.


Sporting Event Live Video and Marketing 

Stage 1: Assessment

Our team was approached by a new wakeboard park that was interested in utilizing aerial video to capture their new facility. At the same time our team investigated the potential of a live HD downlink for streaming to an audience or live broadcast. The sports industry can not only utilize aerial video for marketing, it can also be utilized for professional training. The perspective possible with aerial video are unmatched, and have only been historically performed for large well funded events or action sport movies with helicopters or complex expensive cable cam systems. Using a UAS was clearly the only economically viable solution to achieve the unique perspective required.

Stage 2: Technology Sourcing and Recommendation

Key requirements for aerial filming of sporting events include a stable aircraft, professional camera rig, smooth 3D stabilized gimbal, a high throughput data link, and redundant safety systems. These are available as off-the-shelf UAS platforms; however each requires assembly and customization to attain the desired final smooth vibration free video. One of our custom drones was already suited for the project.

Stage 3: End-to-End Solution and Real World Testing

Our team put together the following video after a series of flight tests. The live HD downlink displayed video for others to view and the resulting footage captured was assembled in a video showcased on questatx.com