Traditionally Oil and Gas companies have been performing visual inspections on flare stacks using binoculars, this is while the flare stacks are still in operation. This method does not allow the oil and gas company to check the assets from close proximity to allow for a detailed picture of the condition of the flare stacks. SIRON’s Drone Inspection Team are capable of capturing photos and video with excellent quality and clarity to enable inspectors to accurately assess the condition of the flare stacks. Further, the radiometric thermal camera mounted on the drone studies the performance and function, and identifies temperature anomalies on the flare stacks. With the data captured through drone-based flare stack inspection, a comprehensive non-contact inspection report can be generated, and appropriate recommendations can be provided to the operator.
Inspection data can take the form of high resolution radiometric and RGB images, ultra high definition video and also 3d model built inspections. The complexity of the inspection will determine the data output.
The use of drone technology in the oil and gas industry is not new, and its applications have been widely introduced across the world. SIRON’s Drone Inspection Team is experienced in implementing UAV technology in many ways, such as vertical structure inspection, storage tank inspections, pipeline surveillance, asset and facility inventory surveys, and gas leak detection using sophisticated sensors.
Please email or call today to see how our Drone Inspection Team can tailor services in line with your asset’s operational needs. We have offices in both Europe and the US which enable us to offer a fast response time to client requirements.
Drone Technology In The Oil And Gas Industry
The Latest advancements in sensing and imaging technologies are enabling drones to be deployed in a wide range of settings and industries. They are often used in performing inspections and predictive maintenance of critical infrastructure.
Drone makers are collaborating with oil and gas companies to develop applications that can be customized. This will facilitate different types of data collection obtaining real-time insights.
Listed below are the key trends of drone applications in the oil and gas industry over the next 12 to 24 months.
Monitoring and Surveillance
Drones are primarily used in the oil and gas industry for remote monitoring and surveillance. This covers infrastructure, equipment, tankers and trucks, and other assets. Drones can provide a 360-degree view for monitoring field operations. They can also observe the progress of facilities that are under construction and provide encroachment detection. Remote monitoring using drones is also enabling oil and gas companies to inspect unmanned production platforms.
Inspection and Predictive Maintenance
Drones can be customized to include ultrasonic sensors and visual inspection technologies, such as cameras and thermal imagers These are used for carrying out a close-range nondestructive inspection of oil and gas assets to detect flaws or defects.
This kind of approach is proving to be very efficient in the evaluation of pipelines, exterior surfaces, and sub-surfaces of storage tanks, and marine vessels. Merging drone data with advanced data analytics also allows companies to predict the current health of the equipment and potential project malfunctions.
Oil and gas companies are targeting methane reductions from operations to lend their support to the worldwide campaign against climate change and global warming. To achieve these objectives, companies are investing in a wide range of sensing technologies. These can be either permanently installed on the target asset, or mounted on drones, for obtaining real-time data. Oil and gas companies are investing in research programmers to develop laser-based sensors for detecting methane leaks.
Drones can provide a bird’s eye view of developments in the event of an industrial accident or a natural disaster. Real-time drone imagery and video analytics can also assist in mapping oil spills or fire incidents. This can enable companies in coordinating emergency response and directing resources to the right places while ensuring personnel safety.
SIRON has a large inventory of the latest state of the art Drone and UAV technology that allows us to offer clients a solution for their requirements. We can mobilize globally and have personnel based in Europe and the US. Please contact us with a description of your requirements and we will get back to you quickly with a solution to best fit your needs.
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