AIS, RectrixAS Join for Drone Ops in Offshore Energy Sector

Advanced Industrial Solutions (AIS) has formed a strategic partnership with a drone provider, RectrixAS, to bring a range of services to the oil and gas, wind and construction industries. 

The companies will jointly offer specialist services including visual surveys, thermal inspections and risk assessments using an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) – or drone – for inaccessible places such as oil platforms or offshore wind turbines.

For Advanced Industrial Solutions the addition of drone inspections to its existing service portfolio, which includes rope access, will almost entirely rule out the need for expensive and risky scaffolding in the energy industry, the company said.

Mark Patterson from Advanced Industrial Solutions said: “Some of the locations we work in can be hugely difficult to inspect and survey using conventional methods. Oil platforms, for example, can be hundreds of metres high and many miles offshore making inspecting and maintaining these structures difficult and expensive. 

“The benefits of using drones for these operations are extensive. You can significantly cut costs on using scaffolding and it’s much quicker. Inspection services can be performed on many areas such as flare stacks, refineries, petrochemical plants, tank batteries, drilling rigs and many other production sites from a safe manageable distance.

“Linking up with RectrixAS allows us to give our customers an alternative option for surveying and inspecting which will add considerable value to our service offering. The company shares the same ethos for high quality and focussed customer service and we expect there to be significant business opportunities together.”

Chris Young from RectrixAS said: “Drones are becoming increasingly sophisticated and are perfect for some of the work that Advanced Industrial Solutions does.

“The sensitive zoom capabilities on the cameras allow us to keep a safe distance from the structure but still get the data the client needs. The advancement of thermal imagery on UAVs also means they can identify any hot spots which could indicate a failure of a component.

“We are a new and ambitious company and originally approached Advanced Industrial Solutions with the concept of a partnership after recognising the potential to work together. Our services complement each other perfectly. We provide the expertise in terms of sophisticated kit and piloting the drones and Advanced Industrial Solutions brings the technical and engineering know-how and global customer-base.”