Terra Drone group company has offered ConocoPhillips (Grissik) unmanned solutions for forest fire monitoring, vessel traffic monitoring, pipeline monitoring, and more
Sumatra, Indonesia – January 7, 2020 – Terra Drone Indonesia, a group company of Japan-headquartered Terra Drone Corporation, has successfully completed a pilot project for one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers, ConocoPhillips, in the South Sumatra province of Indonesia. Operating the Terra Bramor C4EYE and Terra Bramor ppX fixed-wings drones from Slovenia-based C-Astral Aerospace, another Terra Drone group company, Terra Drone Indonesia showcased the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance and security purposes to ConocoPhillips (Grissik), a unit of ConocoPhillips.
Drones are not new to ConocoPhillips, which has been using them for several years. However, the solution offered by Terra Drone Indonesia is an expansion to the utilization of drone technology, aimed at exploring applications and other benefits that can be obtained by ConocoPhillips. This solution includes forest fire monitoring, vessel traffic monitoring, pipeline monitoring, and plant enrichment mapping.
“The use of drones in the oil and gas sector can provide numerous benefits to energy producers, including time- and cost-efficiency, high-quality data results, and safer operations. For instance, aerial maps can help to identify encroachment and provide evidence for illegal activities along the ConocoPhillips pipeline easily,” says Michael Wishnu Wardana, Managing Director, Terra Drone Indonesia.
Further, since the drones are equipped with thermal cameras, they can be used to monitor the condition of surrounding lands while identifying points that are at high risk of fire (hotspots). The ground team can take immediate action if and when such a hotspot is identified. Additionally, in offshore areas, drones can be used to conduct vessel traffic risk analysis and reduce the potential for accidents. In case of emergencies, drones can act as first responders, relaying real-time information to the control room.
Terra Bramor ppX is one of the most acclaimed fixed-wings in its class. The drone can fly for up to 3.5 hours with an electric propulsion system, comes equipped with a multi-sensor camera, and can transmit data up to a distance of 40 km. Terra Bramor C4EYE, meanwhile, comes equipped with a zoom camera that can go up to 40x with automatic tracking features.
About Terra Drone Corporation
Established in 2016, Terra Drone Corporation has quickly become one of the world’s largest industrial drone solution companies employing over 550 drone industry professionals. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, and more than 25 branches are spread globally throughout Asia, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania. Terra Drone provides innovative enterprise drone services for oil and gas, utilities, renewables, mining, construction, and GIS sectors, among others.
Previous investments include Unifly, which specializes in unmanned traffic management (UTM); C-Astral, which develops high-endurance fixed-wing UAVs; RoNik Inspectioneering, which provides wireless inspection services for confined spaces; Ventus Geospatial, which has patented gas leak detection technology; and Inkonova, which has developed SLAM technology for underground mines. Going forward, we will continue to invest in technology companies with cutting-edge solutions for drones.
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