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The Rise of Drones in the Oil & Gas Industry
As drone technology continues to advance, more and more industries, including oil and gas are increasingly using them for a wide variety of applications. These unmanned aerial vehicles/drones are helping the industry to save costs and time while improving efficiency and safety to optimized production. Drones have several benefits that enable oil and gas companies to reduce costs, improve efficiency and competitiveness. Generally, the devices are used in all phases of oil and gas activities and have the potential to support the production and distribution.
Drones are used for collecting data sets which can be used to optimize the whole inspection and maintenance process by helping to predict failures. In order to conduct human-led inspections, shutdowns are necessary to minimize risks and prevent physical harm from coming to inspectors but while using drones oil platforms don’t have to shut down for inspections. This is a huge cost benefit as shutdowns cost oil companies millions of dollars in lost revenue a day. Drones can collect data through the use of thermal cameras and various sensors, which have also been used to keep equipment and petroleum products from overheating. They are being used to create 3D maps of work zones to plan and select the right spots for erecting facilities. Drones are effectively eliminating delays for human performed inspections as well as time spent attending to preventable accidents. This helps oil and gas industry workers stay on top of things and keep productivity going at a consistent rate and many oil and gas leaders can view a comprehensive picture of the field from the safety and comfort of an office to plan and make decisions.
Dronitech is a national leader in drone services, inspections, training, who has developed an end-to-end solution that provides clients with quality data while avoiding safety risks and operational downtime. Dronitech’s automated platform provides high-quality aerial data for all inspection and maintenance requirement, in a safer, more efficient manner, without causing any operational downtime.