Drone flying over a pipeline in the middle of a green pasture.

Transform asset inspection in the oil and gas industry with specialized AI Machine Vision

Inspect pipelines, refining facilities and offshore rigs using drones that leverage cloud and AI to extract meaningful insights from the data.

How it works

There are two distinct approaches. For fixed assets, drones are flown manually. This approach is used for refineries, offshore rigs and terrestrial drilling facilities. For linear assets such as gas and oil pipelines, autonomous drones with charging stations provide the ideal solution. For both approaches, the inspection area is first surveyed. Inspection missions are then flown and the drone data is sent to the cloud for analysis.

This is usually done post-mission, manually uploading the data from the drone to the cloud. However in emergency situations, such as damage after a natural disaster, analysis can be done in real-time, based on the live streamed data at 1080p quality resolution.

The integrated AI service provides the analysis for both optical and thermal scans. Alerts are built-in and can be tailored to actions desired by the customer, e.g. dispatching a work-order notification for maintenance and so on. This decision-making takes place on the data integrated enterprise dashboard, a core deliverable in the solution.

3D model with the operation of this monitoring done by the drone of an oil plant.

Replacing costly, laborious, and time-consuming inspection methods

There are thousands of miles of oil and gas pipelines, crisscrossing the country. All have to be inspected regularly for proper maintenance. Automated drone operations with cloud relay of sensor data are a game-changing tool for organizing and analyzing huge amounts of visual data.

Solution highlights

Oil extraction station with a transparent view

Extraction facilities

Onshore oil extraction facilities can use drones to maintain their equipment health, leading to reduced downtime and lower maintenance costs.

A night image of a refinery.


Exterior inspections of refineries is well suited for drones. Optical and thermal cameras can capture the most minute anomalies, which a trained AI can identify.

Oil platform or Offshore Rig in the sea

Offshore rigs

Drones with an aerial vantage point offer significant advantages over traditional inspection methods, which are high-cost and high-risk missions.

A drone flying over an oil pipeline in a green landscape.


Gas and oil pipelines are linear assets which can be inspected using autonomous, high-endurance drones with automatic terrain following.

Spartacus PIPELINE: An autonomous inspection solution for linear assets in the Oil and Gas sector

By combining cloud connected drones with charging stations, centralized operations management and autonomous flights, pipeline inspection data can be stored, categorized, and analyzed using AI. The AI enabled insights deliver a far more robust maintenance matrix that companies can use to lower costs and improve efficiencies.

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