One of the critical functions of the energy industry is asset management, as well as monitoring to assess production performance, safety and environmental compliance, overall integrity, and several other factors. The needs are fairly straightforward, but the scale involved presents complexities and risks: Pipelines span thousands of miles, production platforms are often very remote, and manufacturing facilities present the potential exposure to hazardous chemicals. Maintenance and surveillance activities are costly and time-consuming to plan and execute, and must be done carefully in order to avoid leaks, unplanned shutdowns, and production outages.
The typical aerial pipeline inspection involves a relatively fast and high (and expensive and dangerous) over-flight with either an airplane or a helicopter. That’s how it’s been done for decades, and the resultant inspection can be fairly accurate and fairly thorough. But, with the inherent risks and potential liability of pipeline transportation of volatile or environmentally hazardous product, there is a better method. Using a small, light aircraft designed for low-flying (10 – 400 ft. above ground level), and slow-moving (0 – 50 mph) specifically configured for precise, in depth inspection of pipeline corridors, we can provide your company with the security of knowing that your interests have been thoroughly, completely and accurately inspected.