API Guide for Developing a UAS Program in the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
The case for using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in the oil and natural gas industry has grown significantly over the last few years and continues to grow as new systems, applications, sensors, and techniques are developed to make UAS operations more tailored to the industry. These systems have the potential to significantly reduce safety risks to personnel, cut operational costs, and increase efficiencies across a variety of tasks. However, much is unknown and untested about these systems, the operators, and the potential limitations of their uses in complex industrial environments where safety is of paramount concern. API’s Guide is intended to serve as a roadmap for operators who want to incorporate UAS safely into their operations. The Guide lays out considerations for operators developing a program, such as data protection, developing standard operating procedures, contingency planning, and risk management. The Guide is intended for owners and operators, as well as service providers that are considering entering the industry.
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