Drone station at offshore platforms
As offshore oil and gas platforms age, they require increased oversight. Inspections of the platforms by drones have demonstrated to be cheaper and more efficient than conventional inspections.[2,3] Drones can access hard-to-reach areas, and have reduced the inspection time of an oil platform from 8 weeks to 5 days while allowing operations to continue.[2,4]
Drones, stationed at offshore platforms, could conduct continuous inspections autonomously, reducing the trips that inspectors need to take to the platform. This would furthermore enable the effective monitoring of structures - not merely their inspection - that is needed for predictive maintenance solutions. Monitoring structures has shown to be able to improve uptime by allowing for the better scheduling and allocation of maintenance crews.
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McKinsey, 2014, Meeting the challenge of increasing North Sea costs
Weichenhain, 2019, Drones: The Future of Asset Inspection
The Explorer, 2020 , Stabilised drone platforms for offshore renewable energy production
Venables, M., 2018, Drones Begin To Deliver On Their Potential For The Oil And Gas Sector
Simonsen, R., 2020, Drone inspection of oil and gas constructions