Image from BP advertorial
Image from BP advertorial

All eyes on safety

Autonomous machines such as unmanned autonomous vehicles (UAVs) and robotics are the newest tools in various stages of research and implementation for addition to the oil and gas industry’s safety arsenal. Not only will these remote operators be able to function in environments that might pose a danger to humans, they will also be able to collect data that will transform the way energy companies monitor their operations, leading to improved safety, reliability and operational efficiency. On unmanned platforms advanced drones and a variety of robots could make it possible to more effectively keep tabs on oil and gas operations both onshore and offshore.

By inspecting pipelines and infrastructure such as tanks, rigs and power lines, autonomous machines will help protect workers, communities and the environment. And as they enhance safety, they will also streamline inspection processes.

Thanks to data that can be supplied by autonomous machines, oil companies are gaining the ability to more effectively inspect and monitor their infrastructure:

The growing capability to more quickly monitor and analyze enhanced data streams will boost safety and increase efficiency.

In challenging conditions and remote locales, autonomous machines will be able to bring the right tools for the job.

This is an elaborate advertorial laying out an extensive set of use cases for UAVs and other autonomous technologies along the lines of the classic 4 Ds. If nothing else it’s a positive image piece for our industry.



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