The advent of hydraulic fracturing, new drilling techniques and developments in seismic exploration technology have transformed oil drilling, changing its artistic nature and turning it into a more exact science. The oil industry is increasingly turning to technology and automation as the key question for drillers shifts from "Will this well pay out?" to "How can I pay out faster and more efficiently within cash flow?" says ProPetro co-founder and CEO Dale Redman.
In the digital age, our capabilities for monitoring Earth processes are dramatically increasing, offering new opportunities to observe Earth’s dynamic behavior in fields ranging from hydrology to volcanology to atmospheric sciences. The latest revolution for imaging and sampling Earth’s surface involves unmanned aircraft systems, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles, remotely piloted aircraft, or, colloquially, drones.