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Drones in Oil & Gas - Thematic Research

Drones in Oil & Gas - Thematic Research


Unmanned aerial vehicles - UAVs or, more commonly, drones - have become integral to the oil and gas industry over the last few years owing to their increasing usability as technology has advanced. This is bolstered further by falling hardware costs and easing government regulations. The industry’s steady transition towards digital transformation using sensors, cloud computing and the Internet of Things (IoT) is providing an added impetus to drone usage.

Drone adoption in the oil and gas industry initially revolved around strategic deployments for remote monitoring and surveillance of assets during regular operations and in emergency situations. Recent advancements in sensing and imaging technologies are enabling drones to be deployed in a wide range of settings for performing inspection and predictive maintenance of critical infrastructure. Drone makers are also collaborating with oil and gas companies to develop custom drone platforms that can be equipped with different types of data collection technologies for obtaining real-time insights.


  • Overview of the emergence of drones as a theme in the oil and gas industry and its impact on operations.
  • Detailed analysis of the emerging use cases for drones across the oil and gas value chain.
  • A brief overview of the major application areas for the drones in the oil and gas industry.
  • Assessment of the overall drones market across different industry verticals.
Reasons to buy
  • Understand the importance of adopting drone technology in oil and gas operations.
  • Identify the key applications and trends for the drones theme.
  • A review of some of the case studies highlighting the growing capabilities of drones in addressing business challenges across the oil and gas value chain.
  • Identify and benchmark key oil and gas companies based on their exposure to drones theme.

  • Introduction
  • Impact of drones on the oil and gas industry
    • Drone usage across the oil and gas industry
    • Drone-related developments in the oilfield services sector
    • Technology and regulatory highlights
    • Case studies
      • Table Figure 1: Drones are enabling periodic aerial surveillance at Alaskan oilfields
      • Table Figure 2: Inspection of offshore and onshore oil and gas production platforms
  • Players
    • Table Figure 3: Who are the big players in the drones industry by end-user market?
  • Trends
    • Applications of drones in oil and gas
      • Table Applications of drones in oil and gas
    • Technology trends
      • Table Technology trends
    • Macroeconomic trends
      • Table Macroeconomic trends
    • Regulatory trends
      • Table Figure 4: Different countries apply different approaches to regulating drones
      • Table Key regulatory trends
  • Industry analysis
    • Market size and growth forecasts
      • Table Figure 5: At $17bn, the global drones market is forecast to grow at 9.1% CAGR between 2018 and 2028…
      • Table Figure 6: In 2018, the government drone market was worth $12.6bn and the civilian market $4.4bn
    • Competitive analysis
      • Table Figure 7: Chinese firms are in a strong position in both the government and civilian sectors
    • Timeline
      • Table Figure 8: The story of drones so far…
  • Value chain
    • Table Figure 9: The drones value chain
    • The hardware layer is a fundamental component in the drone value chain
      • Table Figure 10: Drones value chain: Hardware layer
    • The software layer is getting increasingly crowded
      • Table Figure 11: Drones value chain: Software layer
    • DaaS providers are the new entrants in the industry
      • Table Figure 12: Drones value chain: Service layer
  • Companies section
    • Oil and gas companies
      • Table Oil and gas companies
    • Public companies
      • Table Public companies
    • Private companies
      • Table Private companies
  • Technology briefing
    • Anatomy of a drone
      • Table Figure 13: Anatomy of a conventional drone & Anatomy of a quadcopter drone
    • Key technologies within a drone
  • Glossary
    • Table Glossary
  • Appendix: Our "Thematic" research methodology
    • Viewing the world's data by themes makes it easier to make important decisions
    • Traditional research does a poor job of picking winners and losers
    • That is why we developed our "thematic engine"
    • How do we create our sector scorecards?
      • Table Figure 14: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard
    • What is in our sector scorecards?
    • How do we score companies in our thematic screen?
    • How our research reports fit into our overall thematic research ecosystem
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