The use of drones are being utilized in various industries all the time, from the military to recreation, but could we see the use of drones in the oil and gas industry? Of course, the drone model DJI M300 is used quite frequently in refinery inspections. “The accuracy of measurement increases with every new DJI drone model” says, Italian Engineer and spokesman, Flavio Dolce.
DJI drones are the first choice when it comes to inspections in the oil and gas industry. They provide real time data which allows the maintenance teams to make quick decisions which saves money in the long run. A big challenge has been to fly drones close enough to structures in order to get a clear view, but also keeping a safe distance in order to avoid collision. The DJI M300 is paired with a Zen muse H20 multi sensor which has a laser rangefinder capable of viewing precise measurements of up to a distance of 1200m away, thus keeping a safe and accurate distance. This drone can carry out up to 45 minutes of observation at a time even in harsh weather conditions, making it the top choice in its class by refineries.
Shell Deer Park, in Houston, Texas is responsible for a vast production of gasoline, kerosene, and diesel fuel. They recently welcomed a fleet of M300 RTK drones for the regular inspections of their plant. They have since seen better productivity in maintenance, increased safety, and cost reduction since the implementation. This is just the first start in the new era of maintenance in the oil and gas industry.