Consider These UAV Applications

In the Canadian oil fields, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used for surveying land and inspecting equipment. For dangerous and dirty jobs such as inspecting flare stacks, oil and gas companies are better off assigning this task to a drone. When coupled with a high-resolution digital camera, thermal camera, or another type of sensor, these flying systems are able to extend operational reach, reduce inspection time, keep staff safe, and provide cost-effective tools for advancing imagery.

Applying the Imagery from a UAV

Combining a UAV with processing software advances the use of captured imagery. Consider the Hexagon Aibot X6; it carries any top or bottom-mounted sensor to capture imagery that is geo-referenced. The user can download captured imagery with coordinates into processing software or a GIS to further leverage the UAV’s capabilities.

For example, oil and gas applications include oil rig and equipment inspection, volumetric measurement from point clouds, quick and inexpensive surveys of mining operations, slope analysis, 3-D visualization, and much more. Think of the possibilities!

Here are some other applications for UAVs:

Natural Resources

  • Environmental surveying
  • Forest/land coverage
  • Internal waterways
  • Habitat mapping
  • Wildlife surveys
  • Ice-flow monitoring
  • Mining operations
  • Oil and gas exploration
  • Agricultural monitoring

Public Safety

  • Forest fire management
  • Search and rescue
  • Traffic accident monitoring
  • Crime scene surveys
  • Hazardous gas detection


  • Arctic surveillance
  • Border security and integrity
  • Critical infrastructure protection

Utilities and Communication

  • Power line inspection
  • Utility corridor work
  • Pipeline monitoring
  • Infrastructure protection


  • Local area mapping
  • Change detection

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