How can drones help with Oil & Gas Assets Inspections?

Keep the downtime minimum with high-end drone solutions for your assets.

GIS Drones accelerate site, and asset inspections, decrease immediate risk to workers and enhance team communication through aerial inspection, surveying & mapping, 3D models, and critical integrations to automate analysis and reporting.

Drone Inspection of Oil & Gas Assets is the Gamechanger

It Saves Cost

Companies can save up to 78% on asset maintenance costs annually if they introduce drones instead of human inspectors.

Manual inspections have long been the industry standard. But unfortunately, it is not only time-consuming and labour-intensive but also dangerous for the workers involved.

Drones reduce costs associated with inspection-related labour. One study found that inspection times might be reduced by as much as 80% with the help of drones.

When hazardous manual labour is low, costs associated with medical care and safety gear like hard hats and gloves also go down. Organisations will also save money on surveyors’ travel time and expenses.

It Reduces Downtime

Oil and Gas production facilities can keep running while drones assess the infrastructure. For example, the flare stacks and boiler water tanks are supposed to shut down days before the manual inspection which causes millions of dollars. But with drones, it’s not necessary.

Drones can do thorough checks on infrastructure and property, saving more than 80% of the time. As a result, there will be minimum downtime in the immediate future and increased output overall.

It Enhances Safety

The risk of an accident is there when it comes to the Oil & Gas industry. It can be initiated from many sources in industrial settings, including combustible materials, toxic vapours, pressured gases, and many different types of machinery incidents.

Drones ensure the inspector engineer doesn’t need to come close to hazardous chemicals and equipment, climb high ladders, operate heavy machinery like cranes, or slide down tremendous heights while harnessed.

Oil & Gas exploration and distribution companies can perform frequent checks thanks to drones’ convenience, speed, and low cost. That way, UAVs can detect the issues before they become major.

2D Mapping & 3D Modeling Applications

Refinery Management and Enhanced Production

Performing routine inspections and safety monitoring is easy, posing less risk to workers using advanced drones.

Exploration and Construction Management

Drones can undertake rapid and precise site surveys for exploration and building projects, providing invaluable information at every stage.

Maintaining Pipeline Integrity

Our drones can inspect and monitor and manage long pipelines in different locations. They can identify leakages quickly and accurately using specialised sensors. It enables prompt decision-making in any emergency.

Applications of Drone Inspection in the Oil and Gas Industry

Flare Stack Inspection

Flare stack drone inspection while the stack is operational significantly cuts the cost up to 80%. In both onshore and offshore settings, stabilised drones collect data from vantage points that would be impossible to reach using traditional means.

Cutting-edge HD cameras and thermal imaging technologies conduct a visual examination and provide a detailed report on the state of the flare stacks.


Oil refineries, as an integral part of oil and gas businesses and the industry, require round-the-clock supervision. Therefore, an inspection of oil refineries calls for highly thermo-sensitive sensors capable of autonomous navigation.

Using those sensors essentially opens the door for drones; thanks to these UAVs’ thermo-sensors and in-built flight capabilities—the Oil & Gas business benefits from lower risks, reduced costs, and higher efficiency.

Chimney or Smoke Stack

Drone inspection of chimneys and smokestacks ensures efficient use of resources while drastically lowering the risk to humans.

The inspection includes high-quality lighting, thermal cameras and sensors, data assessment services, and precise measurement tools. GIS Drones fleet is equipped with caged drones that can fly in gps-denied spaces to inspect tight and inaccessible locations

Other factors include reduced inspection expenses and improved accessibility to inaccessible survey sites.

Pipeline Inspection

Pipeline inspection has historically been time-consuming, costly, and risky due to its reliance on physical labour. Pipeline inspection using aircrafts has challenges, such as high operating costs and limited access to narrow areas.

The accessibility, range, and simplicity of drones make them a viable platform for pipeline inspection in the Oil and Gas business at a reasonable cost. As a result of their low operating costs, quick turnaround times, and thorough inspections, drones are becoming the primary option for pipeline inspection. Surveyors also preferred them in the gas and oil industry as they can inspect while being close to the problem source.

Offshore Rig Platforms

Human inspection of offshore oil rigs and mines is time-consuming and dangerous, and sometimes impossible. The inspection can also be complex for several reasons, including oil spills, operating delays, structural defects, and damaged equipment.

We can provide essential and advantageous drone services in Dubai, such as extensive surveillance and analysis of offshore oil platforms, monitoring of oil leaks and gas emissions, and most importantly, security.

Storage Tanks

Organizations could use drones with capabilities such as thorough and automatic picture identification, relevant data for analysis and review, and more to do impromptu internal inspections of storage tanks.

In GIS Drones, we offer intuitive indoor inspection for storage tanks using state-of-the-art indoor caged drones with GPS-free stabilization. It ensures you make the drone hover within 10 to 20 cm of its original location above various surfaces for more than five minutes. Drones have saved a ton of money by drastically lowering the likelihood of injury to humans. They’ve also improved productivity and cut down on downtime.

Why GIS Drones for Oil & Gas Assets Inspection

Ensure Sites Safety

A remote inspection process can keep workers from having to risk their lives on the job site. GIS Drones gather information about the site’s current condition before a crisis strikes and then use that data to establish a response order.

Improve Inspections of the operation

Automated data collection for maps, 3D models, and vertical structures allows us to inspect assets remotely. We ensure almost zero problems and assets are up to code by working together to annotate and measure them.

Manage Site Inventory and Construction

Elevation maps, models, films, and panoramas can speed up site surveys for new locations and record the entire construction process. Our dedicated drone surveillance confirms that you can keep your system of record up to date with accurate site information.

Integrate with Internal GIS System

Exploration companies can integrate our data into any mainstream GIS system to view the complete survey and analyze data. However, we provide a state-of-the-art report with every technical detail in an industry-standard template.

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