BUCKHANNON — Whether you need someone to look out for leaks on natural gas pipelines or keep an eye on infrastructure, a new company called Global Drone Surveying and Inspections LLC is here to help.
“I was actually working for an oil and gas company, and I came up with the idea and pursued it,” Loudin said. “I just figured there had to be an easier way than walking the pipeline.”
With the help of four certified drone pilots and two drones, GDSI offers aerial inspection services and industrial grade drone inspection, including assessment services for energy industry companies, like Dominion Energy and the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
“We’re dealing with ACP on setting up,” Loudin said. “I’ve got a trailer — a mobile trailer — it’s kind of like a command center. It’s got a mobile TV in the front of it and a conference table for like 16 people so they can watch live telemetry.
“So as the drone’s flying, they can sit in the heated or
Here’s how pipeline leak detection works: GDSI connects a laser methane detection device to the bottom of the drone that’s capable of detecting
“We’re able to sit in one location and inspect miles of pipeline from one area in minutes,” Loudin said. “We can detect leaks, shoot live imagery and slippage on hillsides. You name it, we can do it with it.”
Indeed, pipeline inspection isn’t the only task GDSI undertakes. They also provide infrastructure inspection of
Loudin’s two drones are capable of traveling 3.1 miles in each direction, he said.
The company’s mailing address is P.O. Box 2404, Buckhannon, WV 26201.