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Technical Toolbox:  Drones; An Emerging Technology
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There have been many changes in technology over the years when it comes to increasing safety and productivity in the workplace. However, few technologies that have emerged in the past few years have as much potential as drones. Drones are now being used for visual inspection in the chemical, petrochemical, oil & gas, pipeline, and construction industries. Modern inspection drones can be outfitted with a variety of camera and lens types; including infrared, which allows them to be used for volatile organic compound emission surveys.

Imagine the productivity savings of using a drone to inspect a flare tower versus performing a conventional inspection. Cost savings would be achieved through the following:
  • No waiting hours for the flare tower to cool after shutdown so a person could safely climb the tower. This could quickly add up to thousands of dollars in production time savings.
  • Inspecting the flare could be done in as little as an hour with a drone, whereas a human would take several hours to climb up and down the tower.
The technology has progressed to allow drones to be pre-programmed on a flight path allowing for pre-programmed inspection routes that can be flown on regular intervals improving inspection repeatability and productivity. This is especially useful when executing pipeline inspections or performing a volatile organic compound emission surveys over a large area. The cost and ability to safely operate drones in a facility has dramatically increased in the last few years with the introduction of advanced collision avoidance systems and more reliable battery and motor technology. Many drones also have geofencing capabilities built in which means they can be programmed not to fly through specific high hazard areas in a facility. These technologies are available in several drones available off the shelf, lowering the cost of entry. 

Another major safety benefit of drones is the ability to take people out of harm’s way. This is especially true when using drones to do inspections in high risk locations. These locations could include any of the following:
  • Flare towers
  • Exhaust stacks/chimneys
  • Distillation columns
  • Tank roofs
While the potential of drones has not yet been fully realized, the technology has come along way over the last couple of years. The benefits of trying drone technology far outweigh the risks, and with ever increasing pressure on cutting costs, drones provide a unique opportunity to improve productivity and deliver cost savings. 


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The Integrity Blog
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Leave Room for Yourself

"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller

The personal significance of the above quote from one of my favorite movies has evolved since my high school days. In high school, Ferris' wisdom was a good reminder to get my head out of the books every now and then and have some fun. Stressing about grades and college, while a necessary evil, was not always conducive to a fun high school experience.

Today, Ferris’ words are a good reminder for me to slow down every now and then and make room and time in my schedule for me. This might sound kind of selfish; but with a driven family (four kids and my wife), a company to run, a Scout troop to guide, a baseball team to help coach, and all of the world’s problems to solve, I will be ineffective if I lose myself. If I never make time for reflection, relaxation (on my terms and on things I like to do), and recharging of my batteries I become vulnerable to losing myself; therefore, in reality, it would be selfish of me to NOT make time for myself.

I, like much of our society (at least here in the States), am pretty good at making a bed for myself that is busy and hectic, yet not always productive. Busyness does not always translate into productivity and results. Sometimes busyness is just an exercise in movement — full of aimless wandering and the delusion of accomplishment. Sometimes it is hard to recognize when we are stuck in a busyness loop.

Continue reading the Cognascents' blog to see how taking time for yourself is a crucial part of your success.


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Congratulations!
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There is a new member of the Cognascents family!

David and Wendy Gray welcomed a baby boy, Ben, on April 30th, 2018. Although he was born 5 weeks early, he weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and is home doing well.

If you see David, make sure to congratulate him on the newest member of the Gray family!

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AIChE Conference
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For those of you we got to catch up with in Orlando, it was great seeing you! We hope you were able to pick up one of our table games and get it solved on the plane ride home. It was a tough one this year!

For those of you we missed, we hope you enjoyed your time and added to your process safety knowledge. See you next year in New Orleans!

Congratulations to Preeti Sharma of Colonial Pipeline.  She was the winner of our DJI Spark drone giveaway!
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Because our client's needs are constantly changing, we are looking for better ways to serve. We've built a quick, easy-to-answer survey to analyze your current PSM situation. We would appreciate your input!

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