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Commercial Drones taking flight in Oil & Gas

Breaking its image of being just a sophisticated tool for military or a hobbyist, commercial drones have emerged as a technology much more than that. They are effectively being used across various industries including oil and gas, construction and many more for collecting data, capturing images and for inspection purposes. Especially in oil and gas, UAVs have made a mark for the future course of development.

From surveying in upstream to pipeline inspection in midstream and facility surveillance in downstream, the significance of commercial drones is on a continuous rise. Commercial drones are becoming popular in the energy sector because of the advantages they offer to the industry.

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Reduced human intervention, accurate risk assessment, and significant cost savings render the industry a technology that brings efficiency throughout its value chain. All these factors are instrumental in encouraging the widespread application of commercial drone technology.

Global Market of Drone Companies

Over the past few years, commercial drones have strengthened their presence in the industrial world. The various areas of business in and around commercial drones are being explored by the big tech companies and others are investigating the industry-specific solutions with its help. These activities have created a positive sentiment in the global market of drones.

The Global Commercial Drones Market report by Technavio forecasts the CAGR of 36% by 2022. This substantial increase in the commercial drone market is a result of various factors including the increased investment in commercial drones, hike in the funding of commercial drone startups and government agencies taking the interest its applications.


Commercial Drones
Source: Technavio


Commercial Drones
Source: FAA

The substantial increase in commercial drones’ demand has also given the drone manufacturers an opportunity to enhance their business in the industry.

Leading Drone Manufacturers in O&G

Human and financial resources have their own limitations which has been realized by the energy industry. Drones have arrived just in time to overcome these barriers. Avoiding risky, complex and expensive methods, the oil and gas industry has started replacing humans with drones in areas like monitoring, inspection, prospecting, and exploration.

Some of the leading companies that can help you find the best drone for your business operations have been mentioned below:


Bluestream offers a wide range of topside and subsea services. It is an offshore and subsea company and provides customized solutions and state of the art equipment according to its customers’ needs.
Surface Demand Diving, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Rope Access and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are the services provided by Bluestream.

Drone Manufacturers
Source: Official website of Bluestream


DJI is a Chinese company and is one of the most recognized drone companies in the world. The company’s product portfolio combines advanced technology with dynamic designs. With the help of its global workforce, the company is transforming the drone sector. DJI has redefined the way inspection and surveying operations were performed in the industries.

Shenzhen Dajiang Baiwang Technology Co., which is a subsidiary of DJI, is the manufacturer of the quality products of the company.

Drone Manufacturers
Source: Official website of DJI

Industrial Skyworks

Houston’s Industrial Skyworks is one of the leading industrial drone companies. It facilitates the oil, gas and petrochemical industries with its asset inspection drone technology services. The company is recognized for providing the latest NDT drone inspection technologies for asset inspection and detecting anomalies.

Drone Manufacturers
Source: Official website of Industrial Skyworks

Terra Drone Corporation

Japan’s Terra Drone is a leading provider of UAV services and solutions. The company is widely recognized for its photogrammetry using drones. Through its intelligent proprietary software, Terra Mapper, the company assists its clients in drone surveying. Terra Drone’s UAV Traffic Management system gives a real-time location of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Drone Mnaufacturers
Source: Official website of Terra Drone

Viper Drones

Viper Drones is one of the well-known drone companies which provides commercial UAV systems. It has partnered with some of the world-renowned drone manufacturers to provide state-of-the-art system solutions. Viper has been widely regarded for assisting aerial inspection in geographically inaccessible regions.

Drone Manufacturers
Source: Official website of Viper Drones

In order to venture into this comparatively new industrial landscape and get detailed information of the drone manufacturers, one needs a platform that provides authentic information.

Energy Dais, an online collaborative platform for oil and gas, empowers all the industry stakeholders to find the right products and services at the best price in a single space. Drone manufacturers and service providers can showcase their potential to the entire oil and gas community. The platform effectively cuts down on the time and cost in finding the right business partner.

Energy Dais also creates an informed environment around drones and other emerging technologies in the world of energy.

Oil and gas industry has begun with the take-off of the UAVs targeting specific areas, and industrial inspection is one where it is in extensive use.

Drones for industrial inspection: Shaping the future of Oil & Gas

Back in 2014, energy giant BP got approval from FAA and became the first company to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) produced by AeroVironment over land. This episode opened the gates of the oil and gas industry for drone technology and just within 4 years, it has gained immense popularity in the market.

Drones are being used extensively in industrial inspection transforming the way inspections have been perceived till date. Quick launch, detailed data capture, and ease of customization are the few important features that have made drones an obvious choice for industrial inspection.

A new beginning

Commercial drones are slowly capturing the oil and gas market which marks the beginning of a new chapter for the industry. This being said, the technology still requires systematic management and here, Energy Dais has a greater role to play. Considering the large and complex value chain of the industry, this online platform will provide all the stakeholders with everything they need with respect to drones.

Visit Energy Dais to know how the portal is simplifying the business for drone manufacturers.


Niharika Vyas

Content Writer & Copywriter

With a background in Electrical Engineering, Niharika found her purpose in writing. She brings a fine blend of technical knowledge and writing skills on the table, for the oil and gas industry.

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Niharika Vyas

Content Writer & Copywriter

With a background in Electrical Engineering, Niharika found her purpose in writing. She brings a fine blend of technical knowledge and writing skills on the table, for the oil and gas industry.

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