Using drones, as opposed to traditional methods, is much faster, requires less preparation, and is more cost-effective. This enables oil and gas companies to conduct multiple inspections to detect damages or unusual activity on pipeline infrastructure.

FREMONT, CA: Traditional inspection methods are both costly and dangerous. These typically necessitate heavy and expensive equipment that takes time to deliver and assemble in the field. Workers are also at risk as they climb and work from this equipment or hang from cranes, aeroplanes, or helicopters while performing inspections.

Generally, delivering and setting up inspection equipment from one facility to another is physically demanding, time-consuming, and expensive. Other difficulties include:

◘ Toxic gases and chemicals in the environment can cause health problems.

◘ Some manual inspections necessitate the shutdown of some operations, reducing production and revenue.

◘ It takes time and causes delays in getting data from the field to the managers or operators in the control rooms. In addition, this lack of near real-time visibility may cause delays in responding to issues that require immediate attention, potentially leading to larger problems.

◘ The company must plan ahead of time, organize teams, acquire inspection equipment, coordinate with relevant departments to shut down operations, hire additional skilled and semi-skilled personnel, and occasionally engage a third-party inspection service provider.

What Applications Do Drones Have in The Oil and Gas Industry?

As businesses strive to improve operational efficiency, they must abandon traditional inspection practices, costly in terms of equipment, manpower, and time.

UAVs provide a low-cost, safer, and faster method of monitoring and inspecting pipelines, storage tanks, production facilities, wells, the environment, security, and seismic activity, among other things. This enables businesses to identify faults, damage, leaks, corrosion, and security risks such as theft, encroachment, and other issues requiring attention safely and timely.

Oil companies can generally use UAVs for exploration, operations, production, and product delivery. As an example,

◘ For preliminary site evaluations prior to dispatching workers during exploration,

◘ Monitoring and inspecting the manufacturing facilities while they are being built and operating

◘ Storage tanks, pipelines, and other structures are being inspected.

◘ Collect and provide vital topographical information that businesses can use to determine the best location for their facilities.

Drones can provide a wealth of useful information and keep operators up to date on a variety of topics in logistics and security. They can, for example, monitor the facilities on a regular basis, record their findings, and notify the appropriate authorities if there is unusual activity. When the operators review the videos or images, they are better able to identify potential risks or areas for improvement.

Drones make it easier to conduct visual inspections of storage tanks, pipelines, and other oil and gas infrastructure parts. Early detection ensures prompt response and repairs, preventing additional damage, losses, and accidents

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