DEME, a leading premier Belgian dredging, hydraulic engineering and environmental solutions group, provides solutions for global challenges – overpopulation in coastal areas, increasing seaborne trade, and the rising global demand for energy and strategic resources – worldwide, daily.


“We are considering drones to improve the safety of our crews on our construction sites.” Says Lorentz Lievens, head of the survey department. ‘To create digital terrain models, our land surveyors must work amongst continuously operating bulldozers, excavators and dumper trucks. Additionally, on several sites it is not possible at all to use traditional land survey techniques, for example on recently reclaimed land. To remove them from hazard, we would like to create the DTMs using drones. “

Additionally, the offshore wind division is looking for a solution to inspect the foundations of the offshore wind turbines for corrosion. Today this is done manually using rope teams, which is not efficient and inherently unsafe. Drones are a good potential alternative.

“Airobot supports DEME to select and evaluate the state-of-the-art unmanned technology”, says Jan Leyssens, Managing Director at Airobot. “Together with DEME, the Xena-1 from Altigator has been selected to which we’ll add our own collision avoidance technology and centimetre accurate GNSS receivers from Septentrio”. Airobot also assists DEME to integrate the drones into their operations and organized the pilot training together with Fortio…

“We believe that the knowhow and expertise of the Airobot team can help us to introduce drones in our operations to make them safer and more efficient” says Lorentz. “Airobot wants to provide a complete solution to our customers”, adds Jan,” and believes in partnering with local suppliers to lift the drone technology to a higher level”


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