As the oil and gas industry in Australia continues to expand production, field new projects and introduce new collection techniques, the use of proven unmanned systems technology to enhance management of these assets will drive increased efficiency and environmental compliance while delivering improved safety outcomes. Integrating Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) into the industry will increase the rate at which information pertaining to equipment, people and the environment is collected, analysed and provided to operators to aid production.
The nature of the industry means equipment is generally operated from remote locations that require extensive manpower to monitor and maintain. Introduction of Insitu Pacific RPAS enhances operations, allows increased safety and provides immediate situational awareness in the event of an emergency. Applications for RPAS monitoring use include pipeline subsidence, remote infrastructure inspection (well-heads), disaster response and more.
Insitu Pacific’s “tool box” of unmanned platforms offers an extensive range of capabilities for oil and gas companies to conduct small and large scale Photogrammetric/LiDAR survey tasks.
For survey applications requiring reliable, highly accurate, aerial photogrammetric survey without the use of ground control points, Insitu Pacific offers an integrated camera and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) / Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) solution. This solution is based on board the RPAS to provide direct geo-referencing to the camera where it is stored with each image captured.
The payload’s navigation solution is combined with Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) to create high precision aerial imagery. The solution includes both airborne and ground segments to provide highly accurate results which are then post-processed to produce survey imagery that meets standard industry requirements.
In addition to the standard aerial imaging camera, we offer a near Infra-Red (IR) variant to support creation of Normalized Difference Vegetation Index (NDVI) imagery for vegetation assessment and monitoring.
Insitu Pacific’s proven RPAS capabilities coupled with a precision, long range Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) payload enable the cost-effective replacement of manned aerial survey assets. Data collected is output at the same accuracy levels as manned aerial assets, and provides additional benefit through increasing safety by removing the pilot and crew from the potentially dangerous remote flying task.
Monitoring for Oil and Gas
The oil and gas industry relies on the safe transportation of large quantities of potentially hazardous or environmentally damaging chemicals across vast distances. By monitoring the environment around collection and transport infrastructure with Insitu Pacific’s RPAS, the industry can ensure ongoing compliance against statutory regulations and rapidly detect and respond to any potential issues.
RPAS payloads assist in the collection of data across a significant portion of the light spectrum. Whether monitoring a pipeline for leaks or the soil for contamination, our unmanned systems and payloads support collection of information in a safe, efficient and cost effective manner.
Inspection for Oil and Gas
Oversight of oil and gas operations in Australia involves significant infrastructure often located in extremely remote areas and the transport of potentially hazardous products across significant distances. To ensure collective public safety and protection against environmental contamination, the regulatory bodies for the industry mandate stringent compliance requirements. These requirements warrant the need for a significant labour force to travel long distances to inspect and maintain the equipment. This exposes these teams to risks that are easily mitigated by the introduction of RPAS. Inspection teams have the ability to conduct accurate inspection, monitoring and mapping of infrastructure and the surrounding environment, whilst reducing the cost and risk to industry.
Implementing a long-range, long-endurance RPAS capability that can rapidly and accurately conduct remote inspection enables teams to focus on maintenance – lowering equipment downtime and thereby increasing productivity.