UK-based manufacturer and industrial trainer Advanced Industrial Solutions has formed a partnership with unmanned aerial system (UAS, drone) provider RectrixAS to bring a range of services to the offshore oil and gas, wind and construction industries. Together the companies will offer specialist services including visual surveys, thermal inspections and risk assessments using a UAS for inaccessible places such as offshore oil platforms or offshore wind turbines. For Advanced Industrial Solutions the addition of drone inspections to its existing service portfolio, which includes rope access, will almost entirely rule out the need for expensive and risky scaffolding in the energy industry.
Mark Patterson, business and strategic development manager at Advanced Industrial Solutions said: “Some of the locations we work in can be hugely difficult to inspect and survey using conventional methods. Oil platforms, for example, can be hundreds of metres high and many miles offshore making inspecting and maintaining these structures difficult and expensive. The benefits of using drones for these operations are extensive. You can significantly cut costs on using scaffolding and it’s much quicker. Inspection services can be performed on many areas such as flare stacks, refineries, petrochemical plants, tank batteries, drilling rigs and many other production sites from a safe manageable distance. Linking up with RectrixAS allows us to give our customers an alternative option for surveying and inspecting which will add considerable value to our service offering.”
Stockton-based RectrixAS, which was set up 18 months ago by fully qualified drone pilots Chris Young and Alex Westwood, has Civil Aviation Authority permission to fly and is successfully building its business with a number of new contract wins in the construction, oil and gas and wind sectors. Mr Young said: “Drones are becoming increasingly sophisticated and are perfect for some of the work that Advanced Industrial Solutions does. The sensitive zoom capabilities on the cameras allow us to keep a safe distance from the structure but still get the data the client needs. The advancement of thermal imagery on UAVs also means they can identify any hot spots which could indicate a failure of a component.”