Capturing Tank Inspection Data

oil storage tanks

A Falcker Case Study

Falcker is a drone-based industrial inspection company located in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Falcker’s maintenance platform and mobile inspection app collects, stores, and provides key data insights to companies in the oil and gas industry. The precise, accurate data helps customers develop effective inspection and maintenance programs for its oil terminal tank assets.

Petrochemical companies today are tasked with performing regular inspections of critical assets like floating roof tanks and are essential to identifying and addressing potentially catastrophic issues that can be dangerous to workers and the environment. Traditional inspection approaches are manual and visual-based and produce inaccurate and inconsistent data that can impact the asset lifecycle and risk catastrophic failure. 

Falcker turned to Thread as a software solution for streamlining their industrial inspection workflows with drones and robots, aiming to take automated inspections to the next level. UNITI, Thread’s automated technology platform, supports Falcker’s tank inspection workflow and feeds data to their Software as a Solution (SaaS) asset care platform. In addition, Falcker is able to expand its services into new regions because of the scalability of Thread’s data capture methodology. The templated flight routine data ensures constant results no matter the pilot skill.

“Working for companies like Vopak, BP and Sabic, Falcker is a front runner in the application of drones used for asset inspection in harbour and industry. Consistent high-quality data acquisition and safety is essential for success. This goal can only be reached when drones are operated autonomously while monitored by the pilot responsible. We are proud to announce our commitment as a value added reseller for Thread’s edge computing hardware and software platform as we recognize their solution to offer next level flight planning and execution."

Falcker pulls capture tank inspection data from Thread’s UNITI technology platform to support these customer features:

360 Viewer:
Perform visual inspections based on a 360º view

Describe, allocate and share deficiencies

View previous documentation and reports

Work Items:
Schedule and follow up on inspection work

View and assign maintenance recommendations

Comprehensive inspection reports

Associate a checklist to an inspection

Activities logged for future reference

Thanks to the collaboration between Thread and Falcker, inspection data can be collected more efficiently and a foundation is laid for fully remotely controlled inspection flights.

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Avoid digitizing written notes & annotated line drawings. Instead, collect data digitally.

Combine design drawings, infrastructure plans, & inspection data in one place.

Turn reactive repair into proactively managed assets, reduce downtime, & optimize maintenance schedules.

Use Cases

Quickly pull asset data together into workorder & inspection reports before sending teams out.

Eliminate redundant truck rolls & unproductive field operations.

Enable rigorous & repeatable robotic & sensor data acquisition without the need for external contractors.


Remove integration & automation gaps, enabling teams to better focus on their work & get more done, faster.

Enrich engagement across various teams including engineering, workorder management, & field operations

Store all data in one place including automatically ingested imagery, manual uploads, digitized field notes, & more.

All data, no matter the format or the richness, is associated with an asset in UNITI.

Package outcomes into reports & work orders in UNITI or integrate with your work order manager.