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Reference Number NIA_SGN0035
Title Beyond Visual Line of Sight Aerial Inspection Vehicle
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
Fossil Fuels: Oil Gas and Coal(Oil and Gas, Refining, transport and storage of oil and gas) 50%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering) 50%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2014
End Date 30 September 2015
Duration 19 months
Total Grant Value £567,111
Industrial Sectors Manufacturing
Region Scotland
Programme Network Monitoring
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (99.995%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , SP Energy Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , Northern Powergrid (0.001%)
Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/Project/NIA_SGN0035
Objectives The objective of this project is to :
  • Identify what operational requirements the GDNs and DNOs might have for RPAS BVLOS.
  • Create a simulation environment based on real sections of the GDNs and DNOs networks.
  • Use the simulation environment to develop the specification(s) that will achieve the GDNs and DNOs operational requirements whilst also meeting the CAAs criteria.
  • Use the simulation environment to demonstrate the specification to the GDNs, DNOs and CAA.
  • Deliver a specification(s), confirmed by the CAA that is one step towards developing a RPAS BVLOS for which CAA approval can be secured.
Expected Benefits: The success criteria for the project are:
  • The RPAS BVLOS requirements for the GDNs and DNOs are identified.
  • The costs of developing RPAS BVLOS capability are quantified and justified.
  • An RPAS BVLOS specification(s) is developed and agreed by the CAA..
The GDNs and DNOs are in a position to decide on whether to develop this specification(s) knowing that the potential system has the best chance of being compliant when presented to the CAA for approval.
Abstract The scope of this 1.5 year programme of work by VTOL Technologies is to develop an RPAS BVLOS specification that is endorsed by the CAA which can then be used to develop a RPAS BVLOS system (not part of this project).
The project will contain four stages :
  • Stage 1: BVLOS Requirements Gathering (6 months).
  • Stage 2: Developing the Simulation Environment (4 months).
  • Stage 3: Assessing Requirements (4 months).
  • Stage 4: An Industry Standard BVLOS Specification (4 months).
Publications (none)
Final Report Northern Gas Networks, Northern Powergrid, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, Scottish Power Transmission, SGN, UK Power Networks (2016) Closedown report (PDF 64 KB)
Added to Database 28/09/16