When you think of “drones,” what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the toy drone your 10-year-old neighbor constantly crashes into your yard. Maybe it’s that rumour you heard about a futuristic fleet of Amazon quadcopters lightly touching down on your front step to drop off a package.
Pipelines require a lot of data collection in order to operate smoothly and safely. Traditionally, this data has not been cheap or easy to obtain. Pipeline industry professionals are increasingly turning to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, to help them meet these challenges.
According to McKinsey, the UAV industry is expected to grow to $26 billion by 2026. The oil and gas industry is expected to benefit significantly from this growth.
When you couple intelligent algorithms and predictive capabilities with the precision of geographic information systems (GIS) and drone technology, you get razor-sharp analysis on aerial insights. Equipped with advanced mapping software, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — more commonly known as drones — use sensors to capture, measure, transmit, and store multiple layers of data, detecting trends and patterns in real time.