Exxon is using drones — to scout for whales

This article originally appeared on http://www.marketwatch.com/story/exxon-is-using-drones—-to-scout-for-whales-2016-07-12. [Editor’s Note: Exxon has been scouting for whales for 20 years using other methods.] Drones are quickly becoming a game changer in the oil and gas industry, as the flying robots perform otherwise costly and dangerous inspections of pipelines, offshore rigs and refineries. Exxon Mobil Corp. XOM, +1.30% is one […]

Shell using Drones for Oil and Gas Inspection

Drones take flight to benefit resources industry

[Editor’s Note: Shell will be using the drones to monitor natural gas wells and infrastructure that previously required on the ground inspection.] Shell has welcomed the announcement of the Queensland Government’s $1 million support of a research project involving the use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), or drones. The Advance Queensland project is a […]

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Companies Are Turning Drones into a Competitive Advantage

This post originally appeared on https://hbr.org/2016/06/companies-are-turning-drones-into-a-competitive-advantage. [Editor’s Note: American Railroad BNSF partnered with the FAA to test drones for bridge inspection and air quality monitoring.] Armed with an array of sensors, commercial drones are about to become a new source for digital information. We expect the drone market to surge to nearly $7 billion by 2020 globally, […]

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Emirates Steel uses drones to keep an eye out for gas flares

This post originally appeared on http://www.thenational.ae/business/technology/emirates-steel-uses-drones-to-keep-an-eye-out-for-gas-flares. [Editor’s Note: Emirates Steel will continue to use drones for inspections as part of its annual maintenance plan.] Emirates Steel is pioneering the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at its plants, which is helping to save millions of dirhams for the Abu Dhabi-based company. The country’s largest steel maker […]

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Automated Charging Stations Enable Continuous UAS Deployment, Monitoring

[Editor’s Note: Skysense is mostly focused on security and defense but their system has also been used in agriculture, oil and gas and logistics.] Drones are already making headlines about how they can dramatically cut costs for one-off inspections. Replacing $2000/hr helicopter surveys, accessing hard to reach areas, inspecting hazardous locations or rapidly surveying large areas […]

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Maersk hopes drones can deliver sweet savings

[Editor’s Note: Markus Kuhn, a supply chain manager at Maersk, sees lots of additional opportunities for using drones, including inspecting equipment.] Shipping giant Maersk Group made headlines earlier this year when it used a drone to deliver a bucket of cookies to a tanker at sea. That was just the beginning of an effort the […]

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Silent Falcon Completes Oil and Gas UAS Inspection in New Mexico

[Editor’s Note: The purpose of the flights was to visually inspect the assets and to detect leaks.] Silent Falcon UAS Technologies has announced that the solar electric Silent Falcon Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) successfully performed flights to demonstrate the effectiveness of using the Silent Falcon to inspect and monitor oil and gas production and distribution assets. The flights were […]

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North East firms partner to develop life-saving drone for oil and gas sector

This post originally appeared on http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/business/business-news/north-east-firms-partner-develop-11240257. [Editor’s Note: The drones would be used for inspecting oil tankers and offshore platforms.] Two North East companies are partnering on a life-saving innovation that could revolutionise how large marine structures like oil tankers and offshore platforms are inspected and tested throughout the world. Currently, such work – which is […]

UAV Inspections of Dogger Bank Meteorological Masts

[Editor’s Note: Dogger Bank is approximately 150 kilometers from the UK coast.] Cyberhawk Innovations has completed an operation and maintenance inspection project on Forewind’s Dogger Bank meteorological masts using UAVs. The project saw a team of three from Cyberhawk, including offshore UAV pilots and a mechanical engineer, mobilise to the Round 3 development site to undertake UAV […]

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Five Jobs Set to Grow in Oil, Gas: Remote Vehicle Inspection

This post originally appeared on http://www.rigzone.com/news/oil_gas/a/144292/Five_Jobs_Set_to_Grow_in_Oil_Gas_Remote_Vehicle_Inspection. [Editor’s Note: Drones are being embraced by oil and gas companies as a way to increase safety and cut costs.] In a series of articles examining areas of employment growth in the oil, Rigzone has so far focused on the Internet of Things, Big Data and cybersecurity. Here, we take […]

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Scottish drone inspection firm opens Houston office

This post originally appeared on http://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/scottish-drone-inspection-firm-opens-houston-office/. [Editor’s Note: Cyberhawk has completed more than 200 live flare inspections in Europe, Asia, Middle East, Africa and North America.] Scottish firm Cyberhawk Innovations, an aerial inspection and survey specialists using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), is launching a Houston office in the USA, coinciding with the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. The […]

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Forecasting the future of oil and gas operations

This post originally appeared on http://www.oedigital.com/drilling/item/12299-forecasting-the-future-of-oil-and-gas-operations. [Editor’s Note: Drones are being used for routine offshore installation inspections.] A new report from DNV GL paints a very automated future for many oil and gas processes and sectors. Melissa Sustaita sets out the details.  Image from OE staff. Over the next decade technologies will unfold that will take […]

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Drones Offer Hope for Fighting Arctic Oil Spills

This post originally appeared on http://www.hakaimagazine.com/article-short/drones-offer-hope-fighting-arctic-oil-spills. [Editor’s Note: Jessica Garron, a researcher at the University of Alaska, sees drones playing a big role in future oil spill response.] Jessica Garron’s eyes light up when she talks about the fire. It was less than a year ago when Garron, a researcher at the University of Alaska, watched […]

Cyberhawk UAV performs first commercial oil and gas inspection in Qatar

[Editor’s Note: Cyberhawk’s client base continues to grow in the Middle East, where they’ve been operating since 2012.] LIVINGSTON, Scotland — Cyberhawk Innovations, a leader in aerial inspection and survey using unmanned aerial vehicles, has completed the first ever commercial oil and gas inspection in Qatar. This allows the significant cost benefits of Cyberhawk’s drone […]

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Sharper Shape Gets $3.25 M Investment

[Editor’s Note: Andrej Srsen, Straightforward Capital’s managing director, sees Sharper Shape’s software solution being used in other industries, including railways, oil and gas and wind power.] Sharper Shape has announced US$3.25 million in new funding (€2.9 million) led by Straightforward Capital, a European venture capital firm with thorough experience in the energy sector. In addition to […]