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EXPLORATION • DRILLING • FIELD SERVICES


NEXT-GEN DRONES reduce INSPECTION COSTS


with the launch of three state-of-the- art unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which aim to reduce offshore oil and gas inspection costs by up to 50%. Although UAVs are typically used


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for visual inspection, ACE’s next- generation technology aims to deliver a step change in capability and functionality, delivering faster, more accurate and cost-efficient inspection. Rather than modifying an existing


design, ACE has worked with industry partners to design these new UAVs to meet specific requirements and tackle real challenges companies face in the inspection of offshore facilities. The technology offers a real-time,


high-definition video stream and data transfer from offshore inspections to onshore teams. This can reduce the size of offshore inspection teams and


ir Control Entech (ACE) and the Oil & Gas Technology Centre have reached a major milestone,


significantly improve the speed and efficiency of reporting. It delivers faster, smarter


and repeatable non- destructive testing. Using electromagnets to lock onto a structure, the UAV uses less power, enabling longer flight times and repeated readings at a single location. Advanced cameras accurately position the UAV and a bespoke data management system provides clients with instant access to results. Advanced technology enables the scanning of offshore structures to within 2mm accuracy, significantly improving the accuracy of re- engineering projects by obtaining point cloud data from inaccessible locations. ACE has already secured early-stage


technology trials with a number of major operators that will see the new


BRAZIL embraces DRONE TECH


technology specialist. The partnership will see D2R become the company’s official partner in Brazil. Texo DSI (UKCS) will provide a range of advanced UAV deployed survey and inspection solutions for projects and assets in Brazil. Ronnie Genther, principal contracts


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manager, Texo DSI (UKCS) says: “This is a significant step forward for the business. We have developed what we believe is the world’s most advanced


exo DSI (UKCS) has announced a strategic partnership with D2R Technology; a Brazilian oil and gas


UAV-integrated survey and inspection solution and are looking forward to working closely with D2R to deliver mission critical data acquisition operations for clients in Brazil.” Richard Silva, director, D2R


Technology comments: “This is a breakthrough for the Brazilian market, to have access to this advanced fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles for industrial survey and inspection. Both companies have a lot to share and learn from each other, but in reality the Brazilian market is the real beneficiary. D2R’s combined resources in terms of know-how of the energy spectrum within international oil companies, Petrobras, FPSO operators and drilling contractors, and Texo’s competency within UAV operations on a global level, are second to none. “The very complex and regulated Brazilian market imposes boundaries


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not easily understood by oil & gas companies. The ANP (Brazilian National Petroleum Agency), ANAC (National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil), DECEA (Brazilian Department of Airspace Control), DNV Classification of advanced UAV integrated offshore inspection & NDT applications and ABS Remote inspection/UAV internal vessel inspection accreditation are merely a sample of what is required from us to successfully operate and survey our client’s assets and sites.”


Since its inception, Texo DSI (UKCS)


has developed a suite of UAV-deployed survey and inspection services for the global energy sector, bringing to market a number of world-first technologies. l


For more information visit www.texodroneservices.co.uk


UAVs deployed on North Sea facilities. These trials will provide valuable feedback that will be used to further improve functionality and capability. The next phase of the project will see the development of a UAV for use in confined spaces, as well as R&D into flight control systems and improved flight performance through battery technology. l


For more information visit www.aircontrolentech.com


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