Energy & Infrastructure

Mining, Oil and Gas, Renewable Energy, Utilities, Airports & Civil Engineering
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Industry Types & Benefits

  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas
  • Renewable Energy
  • Utilities
  • Airports
  • Civil Construction and Road Planning

Mining

Mining is notoriously one of the most dangerous industries around the world. Due to their size, isolation and the hazardous work conducted in mines, drones have become very valuable assets for large mines and quarries. Conducting manned aerial surveys at mine sites were notoriously unreliable, inaccurate, and expensive. Mine sites using drones are seeing improved data accuracy, reduced downtime and reduced labour costs resulting in more efficient operations whilst maintaining high safety standards and security. 

Mining applications that a Carbonix RPAS can support are:

  • Monitoring and inspection
  • Noise and Dust pollution assessments
  • Mine Exploration
  • Automatic surveying and mapping
  • Stockpile management
  • Haulage road optimisation and tailings dam management
  • Perimeter security
  • Emergency response
  • Blast radius monitoring

Oil and Gas

Oil and Gas facilities require regular inspections and maintenance for safety compliance, to monitor structural integrity and failure mitigation. Conventional aerial inspections with manned flights are costly, hazardous and are less accurate than autonomous drone surveys. By gathering regular and more accurate data through repeatable drone surveys, Oil and Gas companies can better understand the state of their infrastructure, maintain security and safety, and provide comparative data for future predictions and further risk mitigation.

Oil & Gas applications that a Carbonix RPAS can support are:

  • Remote infrastructure inspection, monitoring and surveillance
  • Inspection and predictive maintenance
  • Environmental and safety compliance
  • Methane detection and management
  • Hazard reduction
  • Perimeter Security
  • Linear security
  • Vegetation and Erosion monitoring
  • Emergency response
  • Material handling

Renewable energy

The Renewable Energy market has experienced rapid growth in the last decade accounting for over 20% of some world’s human energy use. Drone technology has been adopted far and wide in this sector as it is proven to increase data accuracy, reduce labour costs and reduce false positives. Generally, traditional infrastructure surveys are carried out locally using multirotor drones, reducing the need of climbing hazardous infrastructure unnecessarily. However, powered lift UAVs in turn can complement this technology by covering larger areas far quicker which means less down-time and real time issue identification.

Renewable energy applications that a Carbonix RPAS can support are:

  • Planning new developments
  • Monitoring and inspection
  • Detecting safety issues
  • Terrain mapping
  • Site productivity monitoring
  • Warranty Enforcement

Utilities

The Utilities Sector covers many kilometres of infrastructure in every country around the world. This infrastructure needs to be inspected and monitored frequently to maintain efficiency, reduce waste, and comply with both environmental and safety standards. A considerable amount of this infrastructure is located on private land where permissions may take days to obtain. Companies that have adopted drone technology for remote monitoring are able to gain access to and inspect this infrastructure in real-time with no permission needed. This greatly increases a company’s ability to highlight any issues with their infrastructure in real-time and determine the course of action required and reducing false positives.

Utilities applications that a Carbonix RPAS can support are:

  • Transmission Tower Checks
  • Water pipeline infrastructure inspection and monitoring
  • Substation Upgrades, Maintenance, and Inspection
  • Enhanced Security

Airports

Airports and drones – two words that out of context, terrify all involved. However, if used properly, drones can give airports a fast and fundamental way to observe what is going on from above and in real-time. Airports around the world run like clockwork, delays and disruptions can cost airlines and airports thousands of dollars for every minute of shutdown time. There are many factors that can shut down an airport, from foreign object detection, security breaches and emergency situations. Having a readily available Carbonix UAV at your disposal allows you to be on-scene and identify problems faster than conventional methods. A faster response reduces shut down time and normal operations can resume sooner whilst maintaining safety and operational readiness.

Airport applications that a Carbonix RPAS can support are:

  • Runway integrity surveys
  • Bird deterrents
  • Perimeter security
  • Foreign object detection
  • Building surveys and new development planning

Civil Construction and Road Planning

Civil engineering companies using drones are already seeing the huge potential in how remote sensor technology can give them for planning, inspecting, safety and environmental compliance and for material estimations. If a Highway construction company was to mistakenly add a quarter-inch of extra material over a 15km stretch of road the final bill could be in excess of a quarter million dollars in unnecessary cost. To avoid such errors, managers are able to use precise data to give more accurate estimations and provide them with a readily available drone at their disposal. This further reduces the need for expensive manned flights and reduces labour costs. 

Civil engineering applications that a Carbonix RPAS can support are:

  • Road Planning
  • Site Planning and inspections
  • Logistics Planning
  • Live Feed inspections
  • Volumetric measurements
  • Way Point flying
  • Thermal imaging scanning

Introduction to drones in energy

Energy and infrastructure sectors are already benefiting greatly by implementing fixed-wing and power lift drones for various roles such as exploration, infrastructure inspection, emergency response, increased safety and security and improved site management roles. The geographical isolation of many facilities in this sector means that engineers can fully utilise the autonomous functions within a Carbonix UAV in addition to the Beyond Visual Line of Site (BVLOS) functionality. This will ensure you get the most out of your drone and further reduce your operation costs, increase productivity and efficiency and move to a more autonomous way of working.

 

Drone applications in the energy and utilities sector:

  • Remote monitoring and inspection
  • Automatic mapping and surveying
  • Environmental and safety compliance
  • Emergency response and surveillance
  • Planning New Developments and upgrading facilities

 

Benefits of using drones in the energy sector:

  • Improved Data Capture and Accuracy
  • Improved Efficiency and Facility Management
  • Quick Response Alert
  • Quick Return on Investment
  • Large area coverage / extended range
  • Reduced labour costs
  • Reduced false positives

 

Benefits of using a Carbonix Drone in the energy sector

By employing a Carbonix UAV instead of or in addition to your current multirotor UAVS, you will further improve your efficiency, further reduce your labour costs, gather accurate and comprehensive data detailing site conditions in a very short time without disrupting work and maintain secure links with no compromise.

  • Extended flight time and range vs conventional multirotor drones
  • BVLOS applications
  • Autonomous flights and mission repeatability
  • Easy assembly and transportability
  • Take off and land from all terrain

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