Oil and Gas
The future of drone utility inspections
Oil and gas pipelines can be visual inspected when assets are exposed above ground, enabling the photographic detection of corrosion, cracks and hardware damage. LiDAR terrain mapping is useful when the pipe is buried, allowing for land movement detection, vegetation encroachment analysis and the identification of violations of the utility’s right of way. Flir and other infrared camera manufacturers make specifically tuned IR equipment to detect fugitive gases. Oil and gas pipeline inspections are an ideal application of Sharper Shape’s A6 BVLOS drone inspection services.
Oil and Gas Transmission and
Plan & Capture
Process & Visualisation
The Unique A6
Oil and gas transmission pipeline inspections lends itself perfectly to Sharper Shape’s Consolidated Linear Inspection service and the A6 heavy-lift hexacopter. Flying the Sharperscope Drone 5.0 multisensor payload, we can collect all of the data types required for analyzing the health of the pipeline and the Right Of Way, in a single flight operation.
Shaper Shape’s Viewer and Inspector applications play primary roles in oil and gas inspection operations.
The Sharper Inspector provides an optimized environment for human experts to examine inspection data, as well as providing an environment for running software plug-ins to extend the system’s functionality.
The Sharper Clearance Analyzer has the unique ability to algorithmically detect and classify vegetation and encroachment issues throughout the inspection zone. Issues detected are colorized to visually highlight all identified areas of concern.
Access from Anywhere
The cloud-based Sharper Viewer provides a platform for easily access and review of the utility’s system inspection data – from virtually anywhere in the world where an internet connection can be secured.
Sharper Shape’s Oil and Gas Inspection service delivers a range of visual maintenance and engineering information – as well as a detailed LiDAR corridor encroachment and vegetation management model – all within the responsive online Sharper Viewer application. Optionally, data can be output in a variety of formats to fit into the customer’s existing maintenance workflows.
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