Drone technology has been utilised by numerous industries with the oil and gas inspection sector by UAV being no exception. The use of Drones to carry out inspection on Oil Rigs and Jack-up Ships is an innovative technology, that is providing a solution for efficient and cost effective manner for inspections.
Drones inspection techniques improve both time and safety of structural inspections. Which in turn makes Drones very attractive in terms of reducing costs and producing accurate data adhering to safety rules at the same time.
Utilising drones and in particular the Asctec Falcon 8 for oil and gas operations as well as ship inspections can reduce costs due to their efficiency, mobility and speed. The safety can also be improved by eliminating the need for humans to be put in danger to carry tasks.
In terms of inspection work of rig platforms or jack-up legs. Drones are capable of producing high quality imagery, with simultaneous real-time data sent from the Drone camera to the operator on a boat or rig for real-time analysis.
Things like corrosion detection, analysis of cracks, spillage and leak detection are easily carried out by drones rather than manually. As far as maintenance and planning go, the information gathered by a drone can be invaluable. Promoting Drones in becoming the preferred technology for inspection work.
Increased time effectiveness
Less Health and Safety Risk
Decreased time taken without effecting Quality
Ease of deployment on site
Inspection of inaccessible locations
Decreased downtime on site
The use of scaffolding to inspect Oil Rigs or Jack-up Ships is a time consuming method. It also requires an increased amount of planning and downtime and not to mention risking a humans life in order to gain full coverage of the required task. Using Drones to carry out inspection work eliminates the time consuming aspect of “setting up” the easy deployment of a drone will have the inspection work taking place in a matter of minutes.
The client is able to see what is being captured via a live feed to help the fully CAA qualified pilots to maximise the battery life to fully capture the clients demands.
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