UAV Industrial Applications for Oil and Gas Industries
The use of Unmanned Aerial Systems in the gas and oil industries continues to grow, saving time and money while enhancing employee safety and data accuracy. Custom applications for gas sensing and surveying means gas and oil field exploration and gas leak or oil spill detection can be carried out more safely and efficiently both in onshore and offshore environments.
UAVs have a wide range of applications for oil and gas. Assessment of fields and assets in hard to reach and remote locations saves large sums of money each year for companies utilising UAS to their full potential. The use of UAVs has revolutionised gas sensing and surveying, and industrial drones are now becoming common place in the industry. As technology continues to move forward, we expect to see UAVs become the standard across the industry, while flight times and the number of possible applications continue to increase.
Energy Sector Asset Inspection
Unmanned Aerial Systems provide access to otherwise inaccessible or remote equipment in the energy, oil and gas sectors including pipeline integrity checks as well as oil well and oil rig inspections. Often key assets are located in remote production fields making the use of larger land-based vehicles impossible, UAVs allow operators to conduct BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) inspections and surveys over vast, inaccessible areas and hostile terrain.
By mounting an array of state-of-the-art sensors to one of our UAV platforms, operators will be able to detect gas leaks and noxious chemicals by flying at lower altitudes than could otherwise be achieved by use of larger aircraft. Find out more about UAS sensor and payload integration.
High Endurance UAVs
When it comes to surveying prospective oil fields, pipeline routes or gas sensing across large landscapes the range and endurance of the UAV is crucial. That’s why we partnered with Intelligent Energy to produce our long-endurance hydrogen fuel cell powered UAVs. By extending the flight time by 4 or 5 times that of an equivalent battery-powered UAV we have also extended the range of a gas sensing survey by 4 or 5 times meaning we can survey larger areas more quickly. Hydrogen fuel cells are also quick to refuel reducing down-time between passes, and you won’t need to transport spare batteries to site.
Watch the first commercial operations of our Hydrogen fuel cell powered Sensus UAV in partnership with Intelligent Energy. Combined with parts per billion H2S and S02 gas sensors, developed in partnership with Flux Labs. These are the most sensitive UAV mounted sensors currently available.
The Benefits of Using UAVs for Gas Sensing & Energy Sector Surveys
UAS Energy Sector Services
We provide an end-to-end solution for our energy sector clients from concept and prototyping to operation and data capture. Our expert pilots and operators can help plan and execute effective flight plans and analyse the real-time data to make educated decisions and maximise data capture on-site.
Find out more about our energy sector services including power line, oil rig and bridge inspection, thermal imaging surveys and chemical detection.