Enhance Safety of Pipeline Surveys Using Drones


Drones have now emerged as one of the most preferred tools for carrying out pipeline inspections in industrial as well as domestic settings. Their increasing popularity can be attributed to the fact that pipeline surveys using drones are extremely cost-effective and reliable alternatives for making pipe surveys safer and more efficient. This is why drones are used extensively in industries that are prone to pipeline related hazards. 

In this brief discussion, we will explore how drone inspections can improve the process of pipeline monitoring and survey. 


First and foremost, compared to any other type of inspection, drone inspections can be carried out more frequently. These inspections are not only cost-effective, but also extremely fast to perform. Only a single drone is sufficient for detecting pipeline leakages across an entire pipeline. Human inspection requires much more time because the entire project is inspected section to section.

As human inspections are expensive and lengthy, pipeline projects often execute them in an infrequent manner. Unfortunately, this can very easily lead to missing out on potential safety hazards. Frequent drone inspections bring regularity and consistency, and fewer safety hazards and issues to deal with. 

Use of Sensors:  

Drone technology is compatible with all types of sensors. Thermal imaging cameras and different types of sensors can be used for addressing leaks and other repair-related issues before they turn into major concerns. 

When issues in sensors are recognized by drones, the unit of the sensor and its GPS position can be reported by them.  The project team is able to work on the problem without any delay because the sensor information is sent to them immediately. This prevents expensive downtime at the worksite, and improves the overall pipeline integrity in the long run. 

Minimum Human Involvement: 

Drones can be used without a crew, protecting people from exposure to tasks that are potentially dangerous. It is possible to fly drones through areas that are prone to fire or explosion. In the worst case scenario, the drone many get damaged, but it never puts human lives at stake. Use of drones can also eliminate many other threats that can pose security risks to human operators.   

Environment Friendly: 

In many cases, pipeline projects may have an adverse impact on the environment. By making use of drones, it is possible to minimise the impact of the project on surrounding nature, environment, and landscape by competing it quickly. Regular safety surveys can help identify and address issues such as plant and root intrusions before the pipeline breaks apart and leads to a potential spill.   


Drone inspections are not only a safer alternative for pipeline projects, but they are also less expensive. By improving pipeline safety, it is also possible to reduce operating costs and insurance rates. 

There is no denying the fact that leveraging drone technology is the future of pipeline inspection and rehabilitation. If you want to know more about drone assisted pipeline inspection and monitoring, please contact us at Austeck. Over the last three decades, we have been offering a wide range of advanced inspection tools for pipeline projects.