Safer Inspections

Ultrasonic testing (UT) and visual inspections require long hours of work at height to precisely inspect pipes, pressure vessels, and storage tanks. Using the Skygauge inspectors will perform their jobs safer and faster.

Current Methods are Dangerous

Currently, workers must use ropes, boom lifts, and scaffolding to access all UT inspection points on an asset. With these methods, workers face a higher level of danger because of the risk of falling. The Skygauge aims to make their jobs safer by keeping workers on the ground.

The Safer Method

Using our drones, companies will reimagine how they perform their inspections. The Skygauge aims to eliminate work at height, reducing the risk to workers. Beyond safety, implementing the use of drones for oil and gas asset inspection is proven to result in up to 80% overall cost reductions. Using the Skygauge for inspection will result in safe productive work while maximizing margins.

Reasons to Start

Our number one priority is reducing worker risk. Because it is a known fact that falls from height are still to this day one of the principal causes of fatal accidents and injuries within the workplace. Most recent data from OSHA indicates that falls from heights remains to be the leading cause of workplace fatalities.

As of today, 566 out of 1623 occupational deaths in the U.S. are due to falls. That’s approximately 35% of all workplace deaths. With robotics, we will achieve a higher degree of safety by not having the worker at height.

Drone inspections enable companies to remove the unnecessary risks associated with workers performing both inspections, contact, and visual on tall structures.
Metal structures in refineries, such as pipes, pressure vessels, and storage tanks, need to be regularly inspected for corrosion. Inspections are done to prevent unexpected downtime, maintain compliance with regulation, and to ensure a secure work environment.

Unplanned refinery downtime is a major drain for companies in the oil and gas industry. It not only costs significant amounts of time and money but can have a ripple effect in deferring future schedules, production, equipment maintenance, etc.

In refineries, downtime is inevitable, but with Skygauge it can be significantly reduced by performing inspections 5-10 times faster and getting back to operation sooner.
Reduce costs and maximize your margins by making inspectors more effective at their job. When performing inspections the largest cost is worker time. These staff are specialized technicians that receive a premium for working in hazardous conditions. We estimate that over 80% of their time is spent on accessing inspection points.

The inspections themselves are performed relatively quickly and most of their time is spent accessing all areas of the structure. Using the Skygauge, inspectors will access inspection points 5x to 10x faster. The Skygauge maneuvers more effectively into inspection locations saving workers time.

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