Revolutionizing Oil and Gas

Revolutionizing Oil and Gas Inspection with Drones

A Look at FalconViz's Success with SADARA and SIPCHEM

By: Mohamed Mashnouk | 16-06-2023

The oil and gas industry is one of the most critical industries globally, with massive investments in infrastructure and equipment. Regular inspections of this infrastructure and equipment are essential to ensure smooth operations, reduce downtime, and prevent accidents. Traditional inspection methods, such as manual inspections and scaffolding, can be costly, time-consuming, and sometimes even dangerous for workers. In recent years, drones have become a game-changer in the inspection of the oil and gas industry. That is where we come in, as here at FalconViz we have been at the forefront of using drones in inspection, as seen in our projects with Sadara and SIPCHEM in Saudi Arabia.


One of the most significant benefits of using drones in inspection is their ability to access areas that are difficult or even impossible to reach using traditional techniques. This is particularly evident in flare stack inspections where drones are employed to reach the tops, sometimes hundreds of feet above ground level. In the past, traditional inspection methods involved erecting scaffolding around the flare stack, which was not only expensive but also time-consuming. However, with the implementation of drones, inspections can now be completed in significantly less time, with enhanced precision, and at a reduced expense.

Drones have also emerged as invaluable tools in the field of confined space inspection, addressing the difficulties associated with accessing and ensuring the safety of human workers in such environments. FalconViz has successfully utilized drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras to inspect confined spaces in Sadara's chemical plants in Saudi Arabia. Thermal imaging cameras can detect temperature changes, which are indicative of leaks or other issues This proactive approach enables operators to promptly take corrective measures, mitigating the risk of accidents before they can occur.


FalconViz employs a diverse range of drone technologies for their inspection operations. This includes the utilization of fixed-wing drones, multi-rotor drones, and VTOL drones. Fixed-wing drones are specifically employed for extensive inspections, such as those involving pipelines and transmission lines, as they possess the capability to cover substantial distances within a short timeframe. Conversely, multi-rotor drones are well-suited for more localized inspections, including those of flare stacks, where navigating intricate and hard-to-reach areas is crucial. VTOL drones, combining the strengths of both fixed-wing and multi-rotor drones, are deployed for inspections that necessitate comprehensive coverage of expansive distances while simultaneously enabling access to challenging-to-reach locations.


One of the notable benefits of employing drones in inspection is the remarkable improvement in data accuracy and quality. Drones, equipped with the latest high-resolution cameras and advanced sensors, have the capacity to capture detailed images and data that are instrumental in analysis and decision-making processes. FalconViz effectively harnesses the potential of drones equipped with these to procure the required imagery for its clients. This data then plays a pivotal role in identifying and prioritizing maintenance issues, thereby minimizing downtime and enhancing operational efficiency.

In conclusion, the use of drones in inspection has proven to be a game-changer in the oil and gas industry. FalconViz, with its experience and expertise in drone services, has been able to provide significant benefits to its clients, such as Sadara and SIPCHEM in Saudi Arabia. The use of drones in flare stack inspection and confined space inspection has resulted in significant cost savings, higher accuracy and quality of data, and improved safety.