Sao Paulo, Brazil (PRWEB) August 30, 2012
Groupo JBL announced the completion of its first annual flare stack inspection contract with Petroleum giant, Petrobras. Using a specially-equipped industrial Airstar International remote-controlled helicopter, Groupo JBL provides real-time video inspection of Petrobras’ oil platform and refinery flare stacks. According to JBL’s CEO, Leandro Jardim, their Airstar “Camcopters” are equipped with photo and video camera equipment for real-time, comprehensive monitoring of the tower structure and subsequent natural gas flame discharge profiles. With a Groupo JBL operator safely on the ground hundreds of feet below the high temperature flare stack flame-discharge, the HD camera and video footage can be collected and evaluated for a comprehensive visual inspection report.
The helicopter safely and quickly collects data on both the flare stack’s physical condition and flame discharge levels. This data can be interpreted in real-time if desired. Optional thermal analysis of the flare stack structure can be realized by adding an IR (Infrared) Photography module to Groupo JBL’s Airstar platform, thus HD photos, video and IR photography can be simultaneously collected during a single inspection mission.
Despite the inaccessible height of these towers, Petrobras and its operators are required to inspect the flare stacks periodically from a horizontal profile, directly at the top of the tower very near to the open flames. This vantage point was previously obtained by use of a manned helicopter operating at many times the hourly cost of an unmanned platform. “Our unmanned Airstar Camcopter system allows us to cost-competitively service these major customers yet provide them with the comprehensive inspection findings which they require”, says Jardim. Mr. Jardim also credits the excellent equipment support and flight training provided by Airstar as further keys to his program’s success and lasting 15 year relationship with his supplier.