Fiat Chrysler Automobiles And Arcadis Use UAVs To Protect Workers From The Dangers Of Aerial Inspections

Published 11 September 2020 by Bill Pennington & Rodolphe d’Arjuzon &
EHS Services Risk Management Worker Safety Case Study Market Insight

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Executive Summary

This report is one in a series of case studies on the adoption of EHS technologies at prominent industrial firms. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), a €108 billion ($126 billion) London-headquartered automobile manufacturer which employs over 200,000 staff across 16 countries, partnered with global services firm Arcadis to adopt UAV technology within its operations. FCA had planned to use worker-controlled manlifts to conduct at-height voltage cable inspections across twenty-six manufacturing facilities across North America. By partnering with Arcadis to us UAV technology for aerial inspections, FCA was able to reduce overall inspection times by half while simultaneously removing workers from a high-risk activity. Additionally, the high levels of efficiency gained from leveraging the UAV allowed FCA to complete additional work within the original project budget.

Table of contents

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Turns To UAVs As A Cheaper And More Efficient Solution For Aerial Cable Inspections
Routine Voltage Cable Inspections Put Workers At Risk Through Hazardous At-Height Work
Fiat Chrysler And Arcadis Move Past Industry Standard Approaches For Aerial Voltage Cable Inspections By Using UAVs
Fiat Chrysler Reduced Costs, Lowered Worker Risk, And Completed Additional Projects Within Initial Budget

About the authors

Bill Pennington

Research Director, Environment, Health & Safety

Bill leads the Verdantix Environment, Health & Safety practice. His current agenda focuses on EHS and sustainability services, product stewardship as well as benchmarking EHS technology buyer’s budgets, priorities and preferences globally. Bill comes from a background of corporate EHS roles in the manufacturing and logistics industries. He holds an MBS degree in sustainability from the Rutgers University.

Rodolphe d’Arjuzon

Global Head of Research and Finance Director

Rodolphe co-founded Verdantix in 2008 and directs the firm’s research strategy across all practice areas. He also leads the Environment, Health & Safety practice on an interim basis. Rodolphe has over twenty years of experience in technology research and strategy consulting. He previously worked for Barclays Bank and L.E.K. Consulting. Rodolphe holds a PhD in Physics from Cambridge University.

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