This flight is momentous for RSK, as it provides a unique perspective: literally, in terms of what we can survey in hostile environments and because oil industry and other clients in Iraq will be able to see their facilities and assets safely and cost-effectively.
Maintaining asset integrity, minimising environmental impacts and maximising the safety of people are prime considerations for businesses worldwide. So, stakeholders, whether business partners, employees or local communities, welcome anything that makes meeting these goals easier. Mapping and surveying using UASs is a game changer in this regard, in addition to offering cost savings over traditional methods. The survey for an oil industry client in Iraq is a good example.
James Maxwell, RSK’s UAS operations manager, explains, “To demonstrate the capabilities of the UAS to an oil company client, we carried out a live flare stack inspection, provided a survey-grade, 3D point cloud of oilfield facilities and took some detailed images of key equipment used on a live minefield that would have been unobtainable without the UAS for safety reasons.
“During the flare stack inspection, the client’s representative was able to view a live feed from the UAS and communicate with the pilot if he felt specific areas required further investigation. As well as high-resolution imagery, we collected video to help the client visualise the movement of gas and air around the flare tips. The data gathered will help in assessing the flare stack’s status without a costly shutdown.”
James continues, “The UAS enabled cost-effective, safe, quick and thorough investigation of an asset that could otherwise have cost millions to shut down. Our client was extremely pleased with the results.”
RSK chief executive Alan Ryder adds, “This first UAS 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 the country after having proven its success worldwide, including elsewhere in the Middle East. Many thanks to the team for making it happen.”
RSK secured all the necessary permissions to fly the UAS in southern Iraq and has qualified, experienced equipment operators. Our aerial surveying team has more than 15 years of UAS experience and offers a turnkey service for aerial surveying, which includes obtaining permissions, providing kit and personnel, undertaking the survey and delivering the results via its own Visivi software. Visivi is a collaboration tool for asset constructors, regulators and contractors. Simple to use, bespoke and cloud-based, it combines georeferenced aerial imagery with client-specific vector mapping to enable virtual site visits and improved project collaboration. More information can be found on RSK’s Visivi website.
“The UAS is a fantastic tool but it is useless without the ability to process the data and turn it into something useful to support clients’ day-to-day activities and decisions. RSK can offer the full package, from providing aerial survey photography, to supplying detailed analytics and reporting of the data, through to delivery using our cloud-based asset management tools,” says James.
For more information about UAS surveys in Iraq or elsewhere in the world, please contact James