ING Responder in the Oilfield
Ian Glenn, CEO of ING Robotic Aviation – our most recent partner – is hoping his drones can be just as indispensable to the oil and natural gas industry as they have been to the Canadian armed forces. A recent article by the Financial Post notes how the company is looking to take the human equation out of monitoring, inspection and mapping.
This connection between the technology industry and energy industry has thus far been surprisingly distant; this is all set to change this year as focus moves on to bringing these two booming industries together.
The Responder has many applications, but ING is looking to perfect its role in the oilfields. They have already been working with Irving Oil on the East Coast and hope to extend their services to tailing ponds and pipelines traversing remote locations across Canada.
Flare Stack Inspection
It does not, however, stop here. The ING Responder can also be used for Pipeline Inspection applications such as helping to prevent large spills – much like the recent 60,000 liters spilled in Alberta. For inspection of such disasters thermal imagery technology is used (as opposed to a normal camera) for better enhancement and identification requirements.
To prevent such incidents as well the UAV can fly along the pipeline, allowing the operator to recognize changes in temperature coming from along the pipeline situated underground. If a change in temperature is noted, it is possible that there may be a crack or leak that needs repairing. Having the ability to now recognize these extreme threats only means that better prevention of spills is now more possible than ever.