April 2020, Vol. 247, No. 4

Features

Drones Become Additional Inspection Tool in Permian Basin

By David Culler, General Manager Energy-Utilities, PrecisionHawk The Permian Basin of West Texas and Southeast New Mexico is a key driver of energy growth in North America. Not only does it hold vast economic importance, but it is also one of the most well-studied geologic regions of the world.  Drone use in data collection is becoming more common. (photo: Precision Hawk) Data collection, inspections and safety within the basin have become increasingly important among oil and gas enterprises there, and drone technology has emerged as a front runner to transform operations. Drones can reduce the number of on-site visits, provide real-t

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