Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), more commonly known to the general public as drones, is seen as a major step forward in aerospace. The Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is suggesting the use of UAS could grow into a $140 billion dollar global market.
In the oil and gas industry, the technology can be be used to collect data, while reducing exposure of personnel to hazardous situations, at the same time saving both time and money. Some examples include: flare stack inspections, pipeline monitoring, and 3D mapping.
When it comes to pipeline and tank monitoring, sensors on board a UAS can help detect corrosion, leaks, or even theft from pipelines or facilities.
With UAS regulations becoming less restrictive, its speculated demand of quality UAV systems and operators will quickly surpass supply. Not unlike other areas of the oil and gas industry.
(Source: Oil & Gas Financial Journal)