Can Flying Robots Replace Oil Roughnecks?
Oil rig inspection is a dangerous business. Traditionally roughnecks dangled from a wire, in gale-force winds if needed, to manually log wear and tear on the girders. Assessments include giant chimneys - called flare stacks - that belch fire during million-dollar-a-day shut-downs. Increasingly, the industry has found that swapping abseiling humans for small drones equipped with high-definition and thermal cameras can save time, cut costs and improve safety. Bloomberg’s Olivia Solon explains more with Manus Cranny on “The Pulse.”