This interview was originally published on June 27th, 2016 by Jeremiah Kapowicz. You can view the article in its entirety at http://www.expouav.com/news/latest/oil-gas-companies-utilizing-unmanned-aircraft/.
Unmanned aircraft like drones have created a number of opportunities in the oil and gas industry as organizations realize what kind of an impact these tools can have around key concerns like safety and efficiency. Various oil and gas companies are looking to incorporate UAVs into their operation one way or another, but challenges associated with that endeavor are often related to the people involved as much as the process.
Todd Chase is the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Manager for Oceaneering, a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily serving the offshore oil and gas industry. He is responsible for developing and integrating UAS throughout Oceaneering’s global network of asset inspection and data management services, and has some critical insights around how drones are and are not most appropriately being utilized in this industry.
He presented some of those insights and experiences at AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL event, and I thought it would be great to follow up with him around some of the things he talked through in that session. We discussed his transition into the oil and gas industry, what sort of standards and practices have been established, whether or not oil and gas companies are looking to hire drone service providers or establish their own in-house operations and plenty more....[CLICK HERE TO READ MORE]