API Unveils Drone Usage Guide

API Unveils Drone Usage Guide
The oil and gas industry's list of UAS applications is growing.

The presence of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as “drones,” is expanding within the oil and gas industry. Seeking to promote worker and operational safety as the industry’s list of UAS applications grows, the American Petroleum Institute (API) recently published a new guide to help oil and gas companies establish a framework for using the technology.

In a written statement emailed to Rigzone earlier this week, a manager in API’s midstream and industry operations group pointed out that API created the guide as new systems, applications, sensors and techniques enable more oil and gas industry-tailored UAS deployments.

“The industry works to continuously integrate the latest technology, including the use of drones, to enhance safety and increase efficiencies in operations,” noted Suzanne Lemieux. “However, before adopting their use, operators need to consider data protection, standard operating procedures, contingency planning and risk management.”

API’s free 32-page Guide for Developing a UAS Program in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry covers the following topics:

  • Defining use cases
  • Assessing UAS capabilities
  • Drone program elements
  • Data and security considerations
  • Flying drones in controlled and uncontrolled airspace

“Safety is always our industry’s top priority, and this guide ensures owners, operators and service providers that are considering entering the industry all introduce UAS into operations in a thoughtful way,” concluded Lemieux.


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