OIL AND GAS

OIL AND GAS SECTOR

The Oil & Gas sector requires meticulous inspection and surveying of their assets. Not because it is a good business practice but also because it is essential to protect and enhance the integrity of structures for these volatile natural resources.

In the Oil and Gas sector, the demanding functions are:​
• asset management and monitoring to assess production performance.
• environmental and safety compliance.
• overall integrity and other factors.

While the needs are simple , the complexities, risks and scale involved are vast :

• pipelines span thousands of miles.
• manufacturing facilities offer potential exposure to hazardous chemicals.
• and production platforms are often remote, for example, in deep water and arctic environments.
Maintenance, integrity and surveillance activities are costly to plan and execute, and must be done regularly to avoid
leaks, production outages and unplanned shutdowns
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Aerotechs (UAVs )offer an attractive complement to replace conventional approaches to facility management, there are even greater untapped opportunities for cost savings through activities such as automated data acquisition automated maintenance, integrity and surveillance workflow, and data analysis to generate predictive insights on facilities. These insights can be used to drive operational decisions and improve business processes, such as shortening lead time to problem detection or predictive maintenance in industries with field force operations.
Making a immense difference in the oil industry Decrease maintenance and survey costs. A UAVs can be used to automate simple tasks and therefore reduce manpower costs. UAVs have the potential to reduce these costs significantly while providing highly accurate data through the use of multiple sensors on the same platforms. Reduce safety exposure. In areas that have been exposed to contamination or are potential security threats, UAVs enableorganizations to explore these areas and even deliver supplies without exposing employees to the associated risks. For example, UAVs were used in Japan, Fukushima to assess the nuclear reactor damage recently. Increase production. In the energy sector keeping refineries and rigs up and running ensures the flow of product to customers.
UAVs can be used to avoid unnecessary shut-downs or reduce the disruption to operations- which keep oil and gas moving. Facts are that UAVs are poised to become the next major tools to impact the oil and gas industry.
Already causing major shifts in other industries, oil and gas could be the next target of UAVs technology. The estimated impact of UAVs technology is expected to Billions in the years to come.
Until now methods of surveying, detecting, and locating leaks in the oil and gas fields have been insufficient and costly to conduct. Workers have risked their lives to climb high-rising stacks and inspections have caused lengthy activity shutdowns. UAVs are very effective and safe solution to all of these problems.

Aero Techs UAVs Solution for oil and Gas Industry

1- FLARE STACK INSPECTIONS:
UAVs Obtain detailed visuals of flare stack heads, without the need to climb the stacks, and risks personnel is eliminated and production time is left uninterrupted. Even inspect the flare stacks while in production, which saves lots of time and money. Avoiding a shutdown can save more than $3 million. Repairs and maintenance are no longer costly and time consuming. What UAVs can survey in few days could take up to six to eight weeks with conventional inspectors.
2- PIPELINE INSPECTIONS
UAVs and Drones have become the most economical type of platform for the inspection of the thousands of miles of pipelines transporting oil and gas around the globe. These infrastructures must constantly be monitored to reduce the potential for undetected leaks, which in the past have caused life threatening fires and explosions. With thermal imaging the temperature differences between fluid and soil can be picked up easily and oil and gas leaks detected.
Hovering at low altitudes over the pipelines with special cameras and sensors, operators can send information to the assessor showing the pipe’s condition.

3- OFFSHORE OIL A & GAS PLATFORM INSPECTIONS
Working offshore complicates inspecting oil platforms, and puts workers at a higher risk. Lengthy shutdowns can damage efficiency and operations are forced to go offline. Converting business operations to using drones can help minimize these complications. Send real-time information to the operator on the rig while flying within meters of the offshore platform. 4KHD video and still imagery can be provided from all angles – vital information that canbe used to assess and plan necessary work in advance.
4- TAILINGS POND INSPECTIONS
Currently safety checks on tailings ponds are done in person or expensive fly-over inspections that require endless safety precautions. Using drones for this application makes gathering information in dangerous environments possible and extreme weather conditions no longer have to be a barrier to carrying out such inspections.
5- OIL SPILL AND DAMAGE DETECTION
UAVs and Drones are ideally suited to help avoid the massive damage that can result from oil spills. With the use of the right sensors drones can be used to measure and quantify oil spills, with the ability to assess where the oil is spreading, how quickly it is moving in the water and the specific areas it has reached. This real-time information can determine where to send response vessels and recovers time previously spent on the process of damage detection.
6- GAS EMISSIONS MONITORING
With most advanced sensitive optical sensors that are available with drones can help monitor gas emissions over critical sites and large areas that are otherwise difficult to cover. They make surveying, identifying and correcting leaks a manageable task and . UAVs help reduce the cost of carrying out such inspections and allow safe 3D mapping and LIDAR survey of drill sites, gas pipelines, landfills and other urban operations.