It seems like drones are appearing more and more in our day-to-day lives. The United States government uses them in combat. Amazon is ironing out the wrinkles of a drone delivery system for its vast array of products. And now, the oil and gas industry is employing these flying sentinels to keep an eye on pipelines and projects across the world.
Get ready to meet the newest tool in the ongoing struggle to make oil and gas extraction safer, cheaper, and more efficient.
SkyX Wants to Watch Over Your Pipeline
Founded by a former Israeli fighter pilot, SkyX is currently doing what it can to raise money to build and deploy a fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. These UAVs have state-of-the-art cameras and sensors built right in and serve a variety of purpose:
Damage Inspection: The UAVs deployed by SkyX routinely patrol pipelines for leaks and spills. Drones can cover more ground and provide immediate feedback to those people who can repair potential problems. The result is a repair process that can not only address issues more rapidly, it can get to more problems than normal.
Mapping: Before a potential oil and gas project gets started, a drone can cover the same ground as a surveyor, only with much more speed.
Surveillance: Let’s be honest, here. Fracking is an increasingly controversial topic in the United States. As a result, their some fracking opponents who have zero problem sabotaging an oil and gas project to meet their own ends. Considering the amount of land a pipeline can cover, for instance, it’s difficult to police all parts of it all the time. Drones can help cut down on the strain of security officials while increasing the overall scope of protection.
What Makes SkyX Drones Special
SkyX’s proprietary software allows its drones to always be on the job, rather than needing to periodically return to base. This technological advancement allows SkyX drones to cover more territory than conventional options.
“We believe our technology can significantly cut costs and improve efficiency – helping the sector as a whole,” said Didi Horn, the company’s founder.
A Continued Devotion to Improvement
The implementation of drones on the oilfield is just the latest advancement in the oil and gas industry. While opponents continue to proclaim that the industry doesn’t care about its customers, those people actually running fracking projects, oil extraction ventures, and the like, are committed to improving day-to-day operations.