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
Performing a general visual inspections to detect cracks and anomalies on the inside of a sky-high chimney within an oil refinery.
Looking for cracks and corrosion on rafters, walls, and the roof sections of storage tanks during integrity-assessment turnarounds by performing close visual inspections.
Collecting close up images underneath a jetty to check its structural integrity, as well as the integrity of the piping it carries.
Offshore rigs, FPSOs, and drilling ships
Checking the inside of ballasts and tanks for possible anomalies of the structures on offshore rigs, FPSOs, and drilling ships.
Performing the visual inspection of critical production units of petroleum refineries, such as Fluid Catalytic Cracking (FCC) units and Cokers.
Asset decommissioning and rehabilitation
Assessing the extent of damages inside an asset to plan for its decommissioning or rehabilitation and evaluate the cost of the operation without putting humans at risk.
Oil and Gas Infographic
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
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
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
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
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.