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Much of this week’s newsletter has to do with the use of drones to improve safety, including the first ever inspection of a cargo oil tank on an operational FPSO, mining company Fortescue’s use of drones for stockpile measurement, and the notion of using drones for avalanche control. We also cover the groundbreaking flight by Boeing subsidiary Insitu to inspect a 132-mile stretch of BNSF’s rail lines in the national airspace in New Mexico as part of the FAA Pathfinder initiative.

Commercial UAV Expo 2015 exhibitors Trimble and Pix4D are mentioned in this week’s round-up. Returning exhibitors get first dibs for booking space at the 2016 show that will take place Oct 31 – Nov 2 in Las Vegas. After November 13th, the floor opens up to new companies. Learn more about exhibiting at the 2016 show here.

First ROAV Inspection of Cargo Oil Tank on Operational FPSO

Cyberhawk Innovations completed its first ever ROAV inspection of a cargo oil tank on an operational FPSO. The world-first took place on board the Gryphon FPSO, owned and operated by Maersk Oil.

Fortescue Using Drones For Stockpile Surveying, Mitigating Risk for Surveyors

Fortescue trialed a number of UAVs at Cloudbreak to perform stockpile volume and topographic surveys before purchasing a Trimble UX5 with Pix4D software.

Using Drones for Avalanche Control Would Improve Safety

The concept of dropping sticks of dynamite from drones near a ski resort is guaranteed to give OSHA second thoughts. But considering the way things are currently done, armed drones would be a serious safety improvement.

bizUAS Demonstrates Power Line Inspection Using a Drone

bizUAS was one of six teams across North America selected to give a live presentation on the inspection of energized power structures to representatives of the North American electric power industry.

Small Drone Makes Its Own Maps to Navigate Indoors | MIT Technology Review

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have demonstrated a small drone that can build its own 3-D map of an unfamiliar environment and then plan its own routes around a space.

Boeing Subsidiary Using Drone to Inspect BNSF Rail Line

The Boeing Company’s unmanned aircraft subsidiary Insitu is flying a small surveillance drone to inspect rail line for BNSF Railway as part of the FAA’s Pathfinder initiative.