Drones are enabling oil and gas companies to inspect their infrastructures, collect and analyze data, to improve their operations, maintenance, and safety.   

FREMONT, CA: As drone technologies continue to evolve, more industries including, oil and gas, are increasingly using them for a wide variety of applications. These crew-less aerial vehicles are helping the industry to save costs and time while improving efficiency and safety. As drone technology continues to improve, they now have more abilities that enable them to perform a wide range of operations. 

The drones provide a cost-effective and safe solution in existing and new onshore and offshore sites. These devices can help oil and gas companies to carry out aerial, underground, and undersea explorations. Besides providing visual solutions, drones can carry out other functions like sampling and creating 3D maps of prospective sites and surroundings. The data provided by drones deliver valuable information that companies can use to improve operations, production, and efficiency and the ability to forecast breakdowns.

Drones will help streamline the purification and manufacturing processes by assisting in functions such as analysis, product segregation, and logistics. For instance, drones can carry samples, perform an inspection of the methods, and products as they move through different stages within the plant. Other than enhancing monitoring and inspection of the infrastructure which enhances operations and productivity, UAVs can be used for integrating other technologies, for example, teleconferencing to treat field workers in remote areas.

The drones are ideal for continuous monitoring of pipelines and other infrastructure. Most drones available in the market today have flexible and play payload, to perform complex inspection and process the data. Using other technologies such as artificial intelligence, wireless networks, analytics, robotics, IoT, cloud systems, and others, the oil and gas companies can access and process the data and make better data-driven decisions. Major benefits using the UAVs include improved safety, low cost, gathering, and providing detailed visual and other inspection data from critical assets.