May 2020, Vol. 247, No. 5


Wider Horizon Coming for Drone Monitoring

By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor Oil and gas pipeline safety and smooth operations are crucial. Therefore, regulations require frequent inspections and continual monitoring to detect potential threats ranging from third-party damage, corrosion, fires, flooding, landslides and slips.  Photo: Precision Hawk Accordingly, deploying teams of people on the ground and helicopters in the air to cover the length of the pipeline network is a major cost for North America’s pipeline industry.   To put that in perspective, the United States has an estimated 518,315 miles (834,150 km) of transmission pipelines to police. Inspection and monit

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