Chris Blackford is the COO and co-founder of Sky-Futures. Formed in 2009, Sky-Futures is recognised as one of the leading companies in the drone-based inspection and data analysis market. Sky-Futures platform supports drone-based inspections of major infrastructure with smart data analysis delivered via 3D ‘digital twins’ of structures and a range of in-house developed Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools. The combination of drone technology and Expanse supports organisations in reducing inspection risk and improving Operational Expenditure over an asset lifecycle through risk-based condition monitoring and data trend analysis. Sky-Futures have clients in over 27 countries and work in a range of industries including utilities, power, telecoms, engineering, oil and gas and airports.