As Sensat celebrates its 3rd birthday we look back and reflect on some of the major milestones we have hit over the past year. Despite the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to announce a year of growth for Sensat, from conducting the largest drone mapping project to building our customer base and welcoming new team members.
Following a successful $10 million Series A funding round led by Tencent in 2019, Sensat has gone from strength to strength, significantly exceeding its revenue targets, developing its data capture and SaaS business models, and adding to its tier-one civil infrastructure customers, bringing the number to over 45.
Most notably of these tier one accounts, Sensat was selected as one of the first 5 companies to join the HS2 Accelerator Initiative for being a leading digital innovator in civil infrastructure. Digitally mapping the entire phase-one route of HS2, we achieved 47 drone flights to map 147km of track. These flights gathered 18.4 billion data points to create visuals of terrain that are 100 times more accurate than satellite data. Utilising our market-leading drone data capture methods, we delivered significant time and cost savings to the project. Fewer team members were required on-site, keeping more workers safe, and instead, using data visualisation for cross-team sharing and facilitated decision-making.
And this is just one of the cool projects we can shout about.
We also conducted one of the largest drone mapping projects in the UK, covering 120 miles of highway, providing 23 billion data points and 85,000 high-resolution images in just 30 days, using fixed-wing drones to remotely capture topographic data. On top of these major road and rail projects, Sensat took on the aviation sector to map Heathrow’s latest airport extension. Using Sensat’s services it was estimated Heathrow saved 100,000 man-hours alongside £20m throughout the data capture phase of the project. Our solution allowed the site to be surveyed 180 times faster and cheaper than ever could have been achieved through a traditional ground-based survey.
In collating the data from projects, this year alone we have captured over 112 square kilometres of UK infrastructure sites, over 100 billion data points and 340,000 high-resolution images. Through this data capture process, our drones have flown over 10,400 km over the past year. The equivalent of flying from the UK to Malaysia. Other significant milestones for Sensat include decreasing time from appointment to capture from five to two days and adding terrestrial and mobile scanning as a default capture offering.
Sensat’s cloud visualisation platform has undergone some major advancements over the past few months too. Most notably, the launch of our new 3D mesh support feature for .GLB and .DWG files, allows 3D project assets to be visualised in the full context of a site project. Users can create a data-rich digital representation of a site by adding BIM design models to the platform and visualise them in the full context of all of the site’s assets and survey information, grounded in geospatially referenced data. All this can be accomplished in a highly performant, frictionless 3D environment.
Turning our focus inward, Sensat has also grown over the past year. We have doubled our team of experts, with a focus on bringing in a breadth of experience across product development, operations and marketing. Commenting on these recent hires, James Dean, CEO and Co-founder of Sensat, said: “We have extended our team at a pivotal time not only for the industry but also for our growth as a UK tech startup. Our hypothesis is that leaders who have experienced rapid growth and scale will be better equipped to help Sensat navigate its own scale journey.
“In the coming years, Sensat looks to continue to transform the industry by building robust digital infrastructure sites using our drone data capture and cloud base data visualisation platform. The digitisation of the physical world has an exciting role to play in the civil infrastructure industry, helping boost productivity, performance, profitability and most notably sustainability. We look forward to the journey ahead,” Dean continued.
Our team is growing rapidly and we are always looking for exceptional people to join us. If you would like to know more, please view our open positions.
Sensat prides itself on being industry leaders in drone data, quality and accuracy. Through the use of drones, we are able to collect and visualise up-to-date and highly accurate data that is valuable throughout the different design and construction stages of any infrastructure project.