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Robotics in Oil & Gas: 6 Reasons they are here to stay

Author: Andrew Johnston

The future of robotics in oil & gas is likely to be characterised by continued development and adoption of advanced technologies and more sophisticated robots that can perform a wider range of tasks. Although the sector is in a mature state, it will continue to benefit from the adoption of robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) technology at every level.

In our opinion, there are several reasons why robotics will continue to be used in the oil and gas industry, which we discuss in this blog.


Inspection engineers flying drone offshore

1 Increased Autonomy


Robots are expected to become more autonomous and capable of performing tasks with minimal human supervision. This could include the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning algorithms to enable robots to adapt to changing conditions and make decisions on their own. (Possibly even making the brews during tea break in the near future!)


2 Reduced Cost


Robots can be more cost-effective than human workers in the long run, as they can operate around the clock without the need for rest, allowing routine and non-routine tasks to be carried out continuously and increase output.


3 Enhanced Safety


The use of robotics in the oil and gas industry is expected to improve safety by reducing the need for human workers to perform tasks in potentially hazardous environments. This could include the development of robots that are better able to navigate and operate in challenging environments.


Inspection engineer flying the elios drone


4 Greater Accuracy


Inspection robots are expected to become more efficient and capable of performing tasks faster and more accurately than humans, leading to increased productivity in the industry.


5 Data Collection & Analysis


Robots are expected to play an increasingly important role in the collection and analysis of data, allowing operators to make more informed decisions about the operation and maintenance of oil and gas assets.


6 Sustainable Future


Finally, the use of robotics in the oil and gas industry can also help to reduce the environmental impact of operations by enabling companies to perform tasks with a lower carbon footprint. This can be especially important in an industry that has a significant impact on the environment.


In summary I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog discussing why we feel robotics are here to stay and will play a huge part to come in the future. The use of robotic systems can be critical not only in replacing repetitive inspection tasks and reducing the cost of energy but also in reducing health and safety risks by supporting personnel. A win win for all!


Various terrestrial, unmanned vehicles and subsea robots are already playing critical roles across the value chain in the sector. I've put a couple real world applications below that show robotics playing that key role. Check the case studies below to find out more!

Real Life Examples of Robotics in Oil & Gas




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