Monitoring critical infrastructure is an inherently daunting task. In the US alone, there are over 4 million miles of power lines and pipelines, spread over millions of square miles of diverse terrain. Aging infrastructure, geohazards, and increasingly severe weather, are making matters worse while population growth and new building development are pushing closer to critical infrastructure – making the consequences of failures catastrophic. Operators must deal with these compounding factors with limited resources. Traditional inspections using ground and aerial patrol, solely relying on the human eye, are no longer sufficient. We need better tools.
After completing a PhD in aerospace engineering at Stanford, Enview’s Co-founder and CEO, San Gunawardana, traveled to Afghanistan where he was embedded with the U.S. Army as an engineer. While there, San prototyped tools and techniques to save lives by detecting and preventing threats, such as bombs and ambushes.
San saw how the military used nation-scale imagery and LiDAR to generate 2D and 3D maps to inform safety-critical operations. San recognized that this 3D data contained incredible value, but also that its impact was limited by speed and cost due to the significant manual effort required to extract actionable insights. He realized that there was an opportunity to combine computer vision/AI with large-scale cloud computing to rapidly and automatically generate actionable insights from this data.
After returning from Afghanistan, San reconnected with a former colleague from ICON Aircraft and fellow Stanford alum, Krassimir Piperkov (KP). KP brought nearly two decades of business and entrepreneurship experience. Together, they launched Enview. It became San and KP’s hypothesis that automating 2D and 3D geospatial analytics would remove a major bottleneck that makes it difficult for clients to protect their critical infrastructure and communities.
Enview’s early customers verified this hypothesis by rolling out Enview to their entire networks. Over the last five years, Enview has helped clients take the limits off of 2D and 3D data analytics, prevent threats from becoming incidents, and protect critical infrastructure. We’re proud to be recognized as an up and coming critical tool for clients and to have a seat at the table helping solve some of our most pressing challenges including wildfire prevention and humanitarian assistance and disaster response.
Companies and governments around the world look to Enview to identify threats to their critical infrastructure before they become incidents. To deliver on this promise, we focus on two things: speed and accuracy. Through the artful fusion of human and machine intelligence we reveal what previously could not be seen by traditional patrols or satellite imagery and deliver those results faster than ever before.
Co-Founder & CEO
After finishing a PhD in aerospace engineering at Stanford, San went to Afghanistan where he combined data analytics and remote sensing to detect threats and prevent incidents. San is excited to apply those insights to help the energy sector solve impactful problems. San has done computer vision at NASA, built imaging satellites with the Air Force, and was an early employee at ICON Aircraft.
Co-Founder & COO
Krassimir is applying over 15 years of experience in corporate strategy and aerospace to grow Enview’s business. He was previously Director of Strategy and Business Development at ICON Aircraft, where he assisted in closing about $100M in venture financing. Krassimir holds an MBA from Stanford GSB. He is also an avid airplane and UAV pilot.
Eleanor has a PhD in aerospace engineering from Stanford where she did computer vision and Bayesian inference for hazard detection. She has worked at JPL and NASA on spacecraft that were sent to the Moon and Mars, contributing to navigation, sensor fusion, and embedded software. At Enview, Eleanor is excited to use intelligent algorithms to directly impact people and the planet.
VP Strategy & BD
A professional with 10 years’ experience consulting with electrical T&D and pipeline operators throughout the world, Nick was previously Senior Vice President & Business Area Director at Trimble Inc (NM Group) where he led the introduction of technology-driven programs for electric utilities in North America. Nick holds a BSc and MBA from Durham University (UK), is a Chartered Geographer and Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
VP of Engineering
Dave has led the definition, architecture, development and delivery of many Geospatial and Design products at companies like Autodesk, Airware, 3D / Eye, ATP and Applicon. He believes that successful products combine customer focused user experience with APIs for easily moving data within the enterprise. Dave is excited to apply his experience to meeting the needs of Enview’s clients.