Aerial Data Management


Aerial Data Management

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are able to enter environments that were previously difficult to reach or completely inaccessible, remain in the air for upwards of 20 hours, gather terabytes of footage and data, work completely autonomously when needed, and provide a significant increase in safety over manned aircraft. Because of these powerful advantages, there are countless applications for inspections with UAVs.

Below we have provided just a few examples, but contact us to discover exactly what UAVs can do for your business.

Fugitive Emissions

The Challenge
  • Potent greenhouse gases damage the environment and can cause harm to people; these include methane and nitrous oxide emissions.
  • These emissions are emitted in large quantities by landfills, mines, refineries, agriculture, power plants, and factories.
  • Release of these emissions from agricultural and industrial sites can lead to the loss of valuable gas. It can also create a threat to personnel as high concentrations can become explosive.
Our Solution
  • With the use of aerial observation, hi-tech methane detection sensors, and pre-programmed flight paths, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can locate, continuously monitor and quantify leak rates of all hydrocarbons such as methane.
  • UAVs can provide fast acquisition of accurate, large-scale data to aid in leak detection and maintain the safety of inspectors, whilst complying with the Environmental Protection Agency Regulations.
  • This is a faster, more cost-effective way to gather information as opposed to manned aircraft capabilities.

Flare Stacks

The Challenge
  • Flare stack inspections can require lengthy and expensive shutdowns, can create safety concerns for personnel, and can increase environmental risks.
  • The method of inspection is to shut the flare stack down, erect scaffolding and use cranes or even helicopters to get workers close enough to the flare tips to inspect them.
  • Hiring or using such equipment can be expensive, but highest cost imposed is the need to shut down the plant.
Our Solution
  • No need to shut down the plant or risk the safety of inspection personnel as they are not required to climb the stacks.
  • Save invaluable production time and reduce the costs for inspection.
  • By streaming real-time data directly to your experts and ours, action can be taken to mitigate and contain leaks; irrespective of its location.

Pipeline ROW

The Challenge
  • Pipeline rights of way (ROW) are inspected regularly by foot patrols; this is time-consuming and puts personnel at risk with environmental elements and undetected emissions inhalation.
  • Worker safety is jeopardized by sending workers into dangerous locations; having to climb heights or travel through rough terrain.
  • Operations occasionally need to shut down equipment during inspections, which causes a costly loss in production time.
Our Solution
  • Ensure the safety of the public and security of the pipeline, by providing real-time continuous overhead watch.
  • Ensure that ROW and pipelines are clearly defined with no hindrance to routine inspections or maintenance.
  • By providing a live feed, enable crews to undertake emergency repairs quickly and reduce their exposure to a potential hazard.
  • With the ability to provide predictive insights, establish future pipeline operations and improvements.

Spill Response

The Challenge
  • In order to ensure safety of respondents, abide by regulatory requirements, and protect the environment, there must be a spill response and preparedness plan in place.
  • Being able to identify and provide detailed information regarding vulnerabilities to an area’s communities and natural resources.
  • Understanding the extent of the spill to allow personnel to prepare and respond to the incident.
Our Solution
  • Survey and identify spills quickly, making it easier to see where the spill is spreading and reduce potential damage to communities and the environment.
  • Increase the situational awareness and reaction of first responders to the incident and increase the safety and ability to make better decisions in the repair and clean-up efforts.
  • Improve regulatory compliance efforts and overall cost association in spill response efforts.

Pit Volumetrics

The Challenge
  • For aggregate operations, volumetric data is a critical information.
  • Gathering economic, accurate and timely collection of such data remains elusive for most operations.
  • Being able to see drainage basins and routes in and around the pit will reduce the time required to create drainage plans and increase their effectiveness.
  • Being able to accurately measure the volume extracted from the entire pit, and by each project quickly, frequently, and affordably can aid in developing drainage plans.
Our Solution
  • Determine elevations throughout the pit and surrounding area and make volumetric calculations.
  • Produce topographic maps to assist in developing a drainage plan.
  • Examine trends during a consistent period and produce highly accurate real-time data analysis.
  • Stockpile density and cost factors can be included to calculate stockpile weight and their value for stockpile inventory reports.

Offshore Platforms

The Challenge
  • Throughout their lifecycles, pipelines, offshore installations, wells and, well control equipment need their integrity ensured for safe operation.
  • Any structural failure of a major element of an offshore structure can happen due to corrosion, fatigue, overloading or impact from outside sources. Any anomalies like these need to be correctly documented and assessed for future operations.
  • Maintain integrity, stability, and buoyancy of offshore installations and mitigate these risks before they occur.
  • Conduct offshore operations safely and in a pollution free manner by preventing fires, explosions, and spills; then prioritize interventions based on the inherent hazard.
Our Solution
  • Lower the costs of offshore operations through efficient and accurate data collection and processing.
  • Increase the safety of operations by eliminating the need for personnel to perform some tasks, including working at heights.
  • Fly within a few feet of an offshore platform and send real-time information to the operator on the rig/work boat; allowing them to assess the platform and plan any work needed in advance.
2017-03-28T23:52:30+00:00 January 31st, 2017|Aerial Data Management Applications, Applications|