The first-of-a-kind service for oil company clients in Iraq enables safer and more-cost-effective mapping and surveying of projects. The use of UAVs will enable RSK to offer engineering, science and technical support services to a wide range of clients, including multinational oil and gas companies and leading international consultants.
The key benefits of UAV technology are that it reduces the risk to staff by limiting the need to work at height, often in dangerous and difficult-to-access locations, improves inspection techniques and is quick to deploy and very cost-effective. This is because it can safely survey live assets such as flare stacks and thus prevent costly shutdowns.
Skilful piloting of the UAV
The proof-of-concept drone is a heavily modified DJI system constructed in country. It weighs between 3 and 6 kg, depending on the task and the configuration. Flight times vary between 10 and 20 minutes, according payload weight and weather conditions.
The plan is to bring new task-specific equipment into Iraq for jobs such as flare stack inspections, infrastructure assessments and site surveys.
RSK chief executive officer Alan Ryder said, “This first UAV flight is an important and exciting milestone for RSK in Iraq. We expect to see a big growth in this area of our business in Iraq after having proven its success worldwide, including elsewhere in the Middle East. The improved safety and associated cost savings that UAVs offer are remarkable.”
For more information about UAV surveys in Iraq or elsewhere in the world, please contact James Maxwell.