How UAVs are Changing the Oil and Gas Industry

March 25, 2019

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As of 2019, UAVs have seen widespread adoption throughout the commercial survey industry. Faster, cheaper, and safer than nearly all other traditional forms of aerial and ground surveying, UAVs are quickly becoming the go-to method for most survey projects. No industry sees these benefits as clearly as the oil and gas industry. For oil and gas companies, UAVs can significantly reduce risk, improving both the accuracy and the timeliness of surveys and inspections.

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