Sky-Futures has announced a relationship with Flyability, the commercial drone manufacturer that develops collision-tolerant drone systems. The agreement designates Sky-Futures as preferred partners to Flyability in the delivery of the first commercial drone based internal tank inspections for the global oil and gas market. Sky-Futures Preferred Partner status will ensure priority access to drone hardware for inspections, delivery and technology development. Together, the companies will rapidly implement, develop and grow market leading internal tank inspection drone technology and associated software to significantly improve safety, cut cost and improve efficiency in the digital oilfield.
Current internal tank inspection techniques require people to climb inside dangerous and potentially chemically hazardous tanks. This process is fraught with danger, time consuming and delivers low quality data sets. The Flyability and Sky-Futures drone based solution allows inspections to take place without personnel entering the tank, significantly reducing risk to life and improving both the quality and repeatability of the data sets. This combination of benefits not only reduces risk and cost but, through the Sky-Futures Cloud and data analysis software, will allow clients to identify trends with identified anomalies.
All internal tank inspection clients will access the data and analysis through the Sky-Futures Cloud. This software combines automatic image recognition with analytics from the highly experienced Sky-Futures engineering and technology teams. Together with Flyability, the Sky-Futures Cloud supports secure and seamless transfer of data from the Flyability drone accessible anywhere in the world and at any time. The Flyability drone and Sky-Futures Cloud interoperability forms a game changing partnership for internal tank inspections that will offer clients an unmatched capability for analysis and predictive maintenance.
Adrian Karl, Sky-Futures CTO, said: “We are excited to work with Flyability to enhance our technology platform that helps power the digital oilfield. We’re focussed on providing inspection data that provides highly valuable, actionable information to our clients. Working with Flyability, we will be able to rapidly deploy this innovative internal tank inspection capability offering clients more efficient operations, planning and maintenance of their internal tank infrastructure.”
Patrick Thevoz, Flyability CEO, said: “This partnership with Sky-Futures is an important milestone on our path to increase efficiency and decrease risk for our Oil and Gas customers. Our collision-tolerant drone technology allows clients to perform inspections in areas out of reach of any other current technology, and we looking forward to delivering the data to our customers the fastest and easiest way possible.
Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling
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