Drones or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), which were initially used for military applications and later stormed into the entertainment space, have now started soaring in the energy industry, performing various cumbersome functions. Energy sectors like solar, wind, and oil and gas extensively rely on inspections to maintain safety standards to power the world effectively.
Even when it comes to energy production, there are a lot of operations that are unsafe for humans to be around. For instance, manual inspections are time-consuming and often are extremely life-threatening. In order to mitigate the risks for workers in such scenarios, companies are using drones to inspect and assess the condition of assets, such as energy distribution networks, power plants, pipelines, and rigs. In addition, drones are also used for conducting surveys and routine maintenance of energy infrastructure in a safer manner; reducing costs and delivering greater value.
With a game-changing feature of heat mapping, drones also provide real-time data to the analysts. Aerial imagery using drones can be of great help in gathering data from a different angle to better understand the operational picture and enhance the decision-making process. For example, in addition to ground-based photography, aerial images of a wind turbine site captured by the drones offer more actionable insights to key energy stakeholders Also, a thermal camera attached to the drone can carry out visual inspections to detect conductor hot spots or broken insulators.
As a multitude of such drone applications drastically transforms the energy realm, Energy CIO Insights has compiled a list of top 10 energy drone solution providers to guide organizational leaders in harnessing the power of drone technology to tackle today’s business challenges, reduce workload, and increase efficiencies.
Through our cover story, featuring DroneDeploy, we bring to you an organization that provides cloud-based software for real-time drone mapping and robust processing capabilities. The company is also providing users with powerful cloud photogrammetry. Another featured company is AeroVironment, which offers state-of-the-art tactical unmanned aircraft systems, tactical missile systems, pseudo-high-altitude satellites, and commercial information solution for its customers in defense and energy industries. We are also glad to feature Scopito, a Danish startup, which offers a software platform to enable organizations in effectively managing their visual inspection data for prioritization of maintenance resources, critical fault prevention, compliance, and general risk assessment.
With several innovative technological capabilities and success stories up its sleeves, these firms are constantly proving their mettle in the energy sector. We hope this issue of Energy CIO Insights helps you build the partnership you and your firm needs to foster a technologically-driven energy drone solutions.
We present to you Energy CIO Insights’ “Top 10 Energy Drone Solution Providers – 2019.”