As oil prices continue to fall and budgets tighten, UAVs are emerging as an essential cost saving tool within the Oil & Gas sector.
For activities such as pipeline monitoring and facility inspection and security, multi-rotor and fixed-wing UAVs are offering a cheap and more efficient service compared to traditional methods such as helicopters. In global regions where pipelines stretch across thousands of miles, unmanned systems are reducing theft and vandalism and improving the safety of security staff.
The development of sensors have allowed for off-shore flare stack inspection and maintenance without the need for disruptive shut-downs, the use of cranes or expensive helicopters. The ability to identify hairline cracks and faults, as well as detection of poisonous gases is saving time, money and lives for Oil & Gas operators across the globe.
A major consideration for energy companies is the early detection, response and recovery to oil spills. With the negative PR associated with such disasters, the ability to respond quickly and effectively can be vital to recovery. In addition to response, UAVs allow for environmental analysis of activities to ensure minimal damage and disruption is caused.
BP UK Technology Director Harry Cassar will discuss “Using ground, marine & aerial vehicles to achieve cost, time and safety efficiencies in Oil & Gas” at The Commercial UAV Show. His session will include:
- Understanding the impact of the falling costs of Lidar for 3D mapping
- Assessing the future impact of robotics technology in the energy sector
- Analysing the value to B.P of UAVs for facility security, surveillance and E.P
For the full Commercial UAV Show speaker line up please visit the website and download the programme.