With improvements in technology, drones can now act as proxies for the human eye, removing the need for an inspector to be physically present inside an asset in order to collect visual data about its condition. In fact, the visual data collected by the Elios 2 is of such high quality that it has been approved by formal inspection bodies as a formal inspection tool, making it a reliable method for collecting inspection-grade visual data inside an asset like a boiler or FCC unit.
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Benefits of Using a Drone for Oil & Gas Inspections
Harm reduction. Sending a drone into a confined space instead of a person helps companies reduce the potential for harm to inspectors by removing the need for them to enter potentially hazardous situations.
Savings. Drones help companies dramatically reduce inspection costs by removing the need for building costly scaffolding and reducing turnaround times, often by several days.
Increased inspections. With cost reductions come the possibility for an increased frequency of inspections, increasing the longevity of key assets and leading to even greater savings over time.
Assets in Oil & Gas that Drones Are Helping Inspect
The Elios 2 is a drone that sits in a fixed cage, allowing it to collide and continue flying. This unique design makes it a perfect tool for collecting visual data inside confined spaces, where collisions are likely due to the complexity of the environment.
Here are the key assets in the Oil & Gas industry where the Elios 2 is helping with indoor inspections:
- FCC Units and Cokers
- Storage Tanks
- Chimneys and Smokestacks
- Offshore Rigs, Jackups, and Drilling Ships