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By Rich Handley

PrecisionHawk Acquires Drone Company Uplift Data Partners

PrecisionHawk, a provider of drone technology for enterprises, has announced that it has purchased Uplift Data Partners, which specializes in the delivery of turnkey inspection services for the construction, building information management (BIM) and real-estate industries. The construction sector has experienced a rapid uptake in the adoption of commercial drones, the company reports. Drones are among the leading technologies transforming construction processes, since they can help companies to decrease the need for lengthy visual inspections, reduce planning time, improve worker safety and identify problems.

Uplift Data Partners has provided drone services for several national and global brands. Its nationwide network of commercially trained drone pilots will join PrecisionHawk's Droners.io network of more than 15,000 drone pilots, while Suzanne El-Moursi, Uplift's CEO, will join PrecisionHawk's executive leadership team.

"This acquisition displays PrecisionHawk's commitment to strengthening our technology and expertise in high-growth markets," said Michael Chasen, PrecisionHawk's CEO, in a prepared statement. "By combining PrecisionHawk's leading-edge products and services with Uplift's industry experience and training standards, our customers will receive best-in-class aerial data and analytics for complex construction and facility inspection projects through a simple and easy to procure process."

Uplift Data Partners was formed in 2015 as an integrated subsidiary of Clayco, an architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm. Through the acquisition, Clayco will exclusively source its construction projects to PrecisionHawk, and will serve on the firm's Board of Advisors to support the growth of its services and software in the construction industry.

"PrecisionHawk is leading the commercial drone market by combining superior technology with deep expertise in the markets that they serve," said Bob Clark, Clayco's CEO, in the prepared statement. "Through this acquisition, Clayco customers gain access to a new level of technological sophistication for more scalable and robust operations, while continuing to benefit from Uplift's deep understanding of the demanding nature of engineering and construction industry drone missions."

"Our mission at Uplift is to support the modernization of the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry by creating tools and training that improve the accessibility of drone services, thereby delivering true value to construction projects," El-Moursi said in the prepared statement. "The construction industry is uniquely rugged, yet defined by innovation and intelligence, and we are thrilled to join PrecisionHawk, a company that is both aligned to this mission and committed to the growth and expansion of the industry."

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