30-03-2020
UAVs take to the skies in the oil and gas industry.
David Willems
VP Business Development
and Strategy.
  The oil and gas industry is highly complex: asset management, environmental compliance and safety must all be addressed and guaranteed. For example, many organisations have invested heavily in deploying large oil pipeline infrastructure across an expansive geographic network, spanning countries and continents. This creates a need for activities such as oil and gas exploration, inspection and monitoring of pipelines. Pipelines must be routinely inspected to not only ensure its structural integrity for continuing safe operations, but also to monitor for intruders and other potential trespassers. The same can be said for oil fields out at sea. Traditionally, inspections have […]
15-08-2019
How UAVs can assist in resolving the Indo-Pacific challenges
David Willems
  The South China Sea is an area of great importance – economically, politically and militarily. Not only does one-third of the world’s shipping pass through it, worth around US$5 trillion annually, but according to various reports, it also promises to be rich in oil and gas reserves [1]. For decades, it’s been home to multiple territorial disputes involving China, Taiwan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Brunei. Ranging from impounding fishing vessels through to occupation of islands, these largely unresolved issues have contributed to growing tensions between China and US relations in Asia.   The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest ocean on […]
06-02-2018
Waiving the rules… New strategies for integration of unmanned aerial vehicles with naval assets.
  New strategies for integration of unmanned aerial vehicles with naval assets, discussed by UMS SKELDAR’s Head of Training and former RAF officer Ewen Stockbridge Sime. Since the birth on naval warfare the ships with the capability to understand the maritime space have prevailed.  Be that to evade an adversary or to position to attack.  This has led many maritime tacticians to try and expand their Maritime Domain Awareness or MDA. MDA is not a new concept nor is it complex.  As early as 2005, the US DoD (Department of Defense) released the National Plan To Achieve Maritime Domain Awareness […]
05-03-2016
Eastern Eye in the sky – Blog from the United Arab Emirates
Keeping an eye on Mideast assets The case for integrated civilian and military ISR/ C4ISR strategies UMS SKELDAR’s Middle East Operations Director and former RAF officer Ewen Stockbridge Sime, blogs from the United Arab Emirates where he is preparing for UAV test flights at Al Ain, as part of the UMEX 2016 , the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference, Abu Dhabi 6-8 March 2016. The demonstrations are being held for invited senior military and civilian guests from the GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE) and other key international observers including from NATO and embassy military attaches. Ewen […]