P&GJ, Insitu present innovative webinar on how drones are changing the O&G industry

January 2017

P&GJ (host) and Insitu (presenter) held a webinar that generated over 400 registrants on November 15, 2016 titled “Data Delivery: How Remote Sensing Technologies are Driving the Digital Future of the Oil and Gas Industry” to educate industry professionals on the benefits of drone technology in the oil and gas industry. The two speakers were Charlton Evans, Commercial Aviation Products Manager for Insitu Mission Systems and John Leipper, Solutions Architect for Insitu Mission Systems.

During the webinar, Insitu showcased two case studies that utilized their remote sensing technologies.

The first case study was for ConocoPhillips in the Chukchi Sea and involved using aerial views to assess ice floes and marine life. Because the Chukchi sea has harsh conditions, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) allowed for the collection of data without putting humans at risk.

The second case study, Chevron ETC Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Drill, was hosted by Chevron in Richmond, CA. The study researched the benefits of UAVs in shoreline cleanup assessment techniques (SCAT), utilizing imagery, geospatial awareness and data collection. UAVs were also deployed at night to measure spill response operations with the challenge of night flight.

Leipper said, “The manned workflows are currently commonplace. In the case of SCAT, we have a human observer who walks along the shoreline to assess the oiling states. This exercise placed an emphasis on using the UAS video to ease the transition from traditionally onsite manual inspections like SCAT and changed those workflows to UAS-based workflows.”

UAVs offer pioneering technology for the oil and gas pipeline industry from geospatial awareness, tracking oiling conditions, pipeline leak detection and inspection to identifying right-of-way intrusions.

Evans said, “We work with customers to determine data needs and then work towards getting the right payloads into the right part of the sky to do the collection so that you as a customer get the information you need.”

Evans concluded, “Efficient assess monitoring results in fewer shutdowns of systems, better maintenance of systems, increased safety and low risk— basically a better way to monitor our infrastructure and make sure it’s working as designed.”