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Remote inspection

With the maritime industry transitioning to remote and autonomous operations, the need for safe, efficient and sustainable remote inspection is ever-growing. We deliver remote inspections designed to provide the technical expertise and real-time insights for any offshore project. Applying advanced remote visual inspection technology and digital data delivery platforms, we can inspect assets even in the most challenging marine environments and conditions. 

Remote inspection activities are used to investigate failures and plan appropriate corrective and preventive maintenance. Early detection of errors can prevent significant failures and reduce project downtime. False positive diagnoses can also be identified through remote inspection before causing any unnecessary maintenance action. The core capabilities of our remote inspection solution include:

Remote Operations Centres (ROCs)

Our global network of ROCs provides an extensive range of remote capabilities including remote inspection and piloting support with the ability to conduct operations simultaneously, based on project requirements. Remote inspection technology based on advanced streaming and data delivery technology allows onshore inspection engineers to command and control uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) from a safe location with full visualisation of the ongoing operations. Live streaming is facilitated through a secure web interface and delivers quality controlled data accessible anytime, anywhere.   

USVs

The remote and autonomous USV fleet performs subsea inspections and the deployment of eROVs while being controlled from any ROC. The fleet is fitted with the latest in electronic hardware and software, which allows for a scalable and flexible project scope. Executing safe, fast and more sustainable operations, USVs are a unique solution for efficient inspection requiring no offshore crew.

ROVs

Deployed from a USV and equipped with the latest technology, our advanced eROVs are the world’s first designed to be remotely controlled from an ROC without needing a parent vessel or ROV pilot nearby. The eROVs accommodate a wide range of positioning and survey sensors, along with high-definition cameras for accurate inspection operations. Operating in water depths down to 500 metres, the eROV is a fully electric system that can perform tasks well outside the expectation of an ROV of its size.  

Digital data delivery

Our Sense suite provides state-of-the-art cloud processing, analytics and streamlined delivery of project data when inspecting marine assets. The unique software services execute and delivers live remote subsea inspection data to enable informed decision making to better manage and maintain assets safely and efficiently.

Remote inspection can be used to prepare and plan for safe and effective maintenance operations. It is also used to monitor parts of the asset or diagnoses of the site that are difficult to identify with standard asset monitoring. Remote inspection technology captures data autonomously, and transfers and stores them digitally, without the requirement of operator intervention. The stored inspection data can be useful for future reference to track how the condition of an asset has changed over time. Remote inspection can be applied to:

Offshore Wind

In the coming years, the renewables market is set to install approximately 5,000 turbines and over 15,000 km of cables. Access to turbines is costly and time consuming, and in periods of harsh weather conditions, the turbines can be inaccessible making operations and maintenance challenging. Remote and autonomous technology can be used to inspect a turbine and carry out maintenance tasks without accessing it. Visual inspections are critical to identify clear wear and tears as well as ’hotspots’, which can be caused by both friction and over-current that can lead to early symptoms of failure.

Ports and Harbours

Ports and harbours are crucial to global trade. A major disaster can cause a port to close for an indefinite time and can potentially release a huge amount of pollution into rivers and oceans. Continuous inspection of port assets and on-demand inspections after storms or other disasters, ongoing surveys to ensure navigable waterways, hull inspections, and much more are critical to managing and maintaining safe operations. Traditional inspection methods to provide around-the-clock management of these assets can lead to unacceptable gaps in coverage, missed errors, are costly and often limited by weather and water conditions. Remote inspection technology provides reliable and adaptable solutions to increase the effectiveness of port integrity and drive down costs.

Floating Assets

Maintaining and repairing floating infrastructures on the high seas can endure many technical and logistical challenges.  The aim is to ensure the safety of operators and reduce maintenance costs. The maintenance of floating structures is similar to that of fixed structures – it requires light maintenance activities through regular monitoring, inspection and maintenance of all elements, and heavy maintenance when it comes to intervening on large components such as the mast, blades, generator and electrical connection cables of a floating wind turbine. These inspection and maintenance operations are more challenging in the open sea, given the moving nature of floating assets, the depth of the water and their distance from the coast. The weather window and distance to be covered to reach the floating asset makes it difficult for large scale vessels to get to the site. Using smaller scale USVs adapts traditional maintenance strategies and can go on site to inspect underwater components and even carry out light maintenance operations.  

Oil and Gas

Inspection, repair and maintenance demand in oil and gas is anticipated to grow by $ 8.5 billion in the coming years. Using digitally distanced tools, technology and cloud-based platforms for on-site inspections and surveys are proving to be safer, timely and cost-effective. Inspectors and surveys located anywhere in the world can remotely visit and verify quality and integrity to fully comply with project requirements and industry standards. Performing remote inspections are shortening response times, reducing operational downtime and providing greater scheduling flexibility. 

  • Reduce HSSE exposure by minimising the need for offshore personnel and relocating them to safe remote onshore locations
  • Fast data delivery through advanced cloud processing, analytics and streamlined digital delivery platforms
  • Sustainable operations achieved by using smaller vessels and remotely operated vehicles with lower fuel consumption delivering a reduction carbon footprint
  • Assured project schedules through digitalisation of operations and cloud processing activities carried out by effective remote and autonomous solutions 

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