Autonomous Inspections Securing Safe Production by Supervision of Events and Disturbances That Cannot Be Covered by the Future Automation and Control Systems

Autonomous Inspections Securing Safe Production by Supervision of Events and Disturbances That Cannot Be Covered by the Future Automation and Control Systems

06 Sep 2018, 11:45 - 12:15

Gordon B
Language:
English

Session Title: Autonomous Inspections Securing Safe Production by Supervision of Events and Disturbances That Cannot Be Covered by the Future Automation and Control Systems      

1145-1215: Autonomous inspections.

Phil Buchan, Commercial Director, Cyberhawk Innovations

Abstract

Over the last decade, drones have become an established inspection solution in the energy industry thanks to proven benefits including seven figure cost savings, inspection which is on average four times quicker than traditional methods, and the avoidance of personnel working at height or in hazardous environments.

Autonomous drones are expected to create even further efficiencies for the oil and gas industry, and we are often asked when we should expect to see these as commonplace offshore. Extensive further development, however, is still required. This technology is further along the roadmap in the wind sector, where autonomy can be more easily achieved given the relatively standardised shape, colour, size and proportions of a turbine.

In oil and gas, every platform is different and offshore conditions are more extreme and potentially hazardous. For an industry which has safety at its core, autonomous drone technology will need to be proven and far better established before operators begin to even trial this on their platforms.

We will eventually see this in action however, likely starting with basic inspection tasks in low-risk areas, supervised by a highly trained pilot before eventually progressing to more complex tasks which can be supervised by a trained member of pre-existing staff.                                                     

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