November 2021, Vol. 248, No. 11


A Guide to New Robotics, Drone Technologies for Pipelines

By Nicholas Newman, Contributing Editor  There are an estimated 1.24 million miles (2 million km) of gas and oil pipelines worldwide. For example, Europe alone has 87,000 miles (140,000 km) of gas pipelines and another 24,850 miles (40,000 km) carry oil and related products.   A remote-controlled robot is used to check the internal condition of a pipeline. Today, the pipeline industry can buy a wide range of technologies for automating, managing, monitoring, repairing and improving safety of pipeline infrastructure and operations.    Modern pipeline technologies include aerial and subsea drones, robots, sensor nets, artificial intelligence, soft

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