Oil and Gas Industry Use Cases for Indoor Drones: An Overview of Assets and Applications

Professionals in the oil and gas industry are using indoor drones in a variety of ways—read this article to get the details.

Wondering how indoor drones are being used in the oil and gas industry?

The primary way they are being used is to collect visual data remotely during internal inspections. 

Below we'll cover information highlighting all the different use cases you'll find today for indoor drones in the oil and gas industry, including:

  • Key use cases for indoor drones in the oil and gas industry
  • An infographic highlighting the ways oil and gas professionals are using indoor drones
  • Case studies featuring the use of indoor drones in the oil and gas industry

Key Use Cases for Indoor Drones in the Oil and Gas Industry

Here's a list of the most common assets where inspectors are using indoor drones to support their internal inspections in the oil and gas industry, including notes about what inspectors are looking for and doing when inspecting them.

Chimneys / Smokestacks

Storage tanks

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Jetties

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Offshore rigs, FPSOs, and drilling ships

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Checking the inside of ballasts and tanks for possible anomalies of the structures on offshore rigs, FPSOs, and drilling ships. 

Refineries

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Asset decommissioning and rehabilitation

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Oil and Gas Industry Case Studies & Webinar

Want to learn even more about how indoor drones are being used in the oil and gas industry?

Read these case studies to learn the details of specific missions performed with indoor drones in the oil and gas industry.

DIESEL TANK INSPECTION TRANSFORMED BY THE ELIOS 2—CASE STUDY

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Personnel at an oil depot tested the Elios 2 for a diesel tank inspection and found that it helped them cut costs by 96%. Read the case study.

OIL STORAGE TANK INSPECTION SEES IMPROVED SAFETY, COST, AND EFFICIENCY WITH THE ELIOS 2—CASE STUDY

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PERTAMINA, the national energy company of Indonesia, hired Halo Robotics to overhaul a huge oil storage tank. The Elios 2 was used for the tank inspection, and results far exceeded expectations. Read the case study.

 LARGEST ENERGY COMPANY IN TURKEY TESTS ELIOS 2 AT MAJOR REFINERY—CASE STUDY

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Using the Elios 2 for an FCC unit inspection allowed Oil and Gas refining company Tüpraş to avoid sending an inspector into the confined space inside a reactor riser, thus keeping the inspector out of a potentially dangerous situation and saving the company time and money. Read the case study.

DRONES IN OIL & GAS: HOW CHEVRON USES DRONES TO IMPROVE SAFETY, REDUCE DOWNTIMES, AND SAVE MONEY—WEBINAR

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Watch this webinar recording for insights from drone program leaders at Chevron, one of the biggest companies in the Oil & Gas industry in the world. We’ll cover industry-specific drone applications for Oil & Gas, as well as ways that drones help improve safety, reduce downtimes, and save money. Watch the webinar.

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