October 2020, Vol. 247, No. 10


Transforming Pipeline Monitoring with AI, Drone Technology

By Gideon Gerber, Airborne Drones Comparable to the introduction of electricity, which transformed industries in the 1800s, artificial intelligence (AI) has already transformed society, creating massive change and huge economic value.  The oil and gas industry, pipeline monitoring in particular, is also deriving great benefit from the implementation of both drone technology and AI. AI can generate insight without human intervention, or limitations, by learning from masses of data which are processed at astronomical speeds. The more data, the more powerful the insights. AI finds out what works, and then amplifies this exponentially.  Drones, for example, overcome traditional pipeline moni

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