(Innora Service Robotics) — The demand for floating oil rigs has steadily increased in the past decade despite the fluctuation in the price of oil. Flexible subsea pipes are used for carrying oil from the deep sea to offshore platforms and to floating production, storage, and offloading vessels. Innora Engineering has designed a subsea robotic crawler to inspect and detect defects in the underwater pipes — which may be in operation for as long as 30 years. Innora used principles from the design of human prosthetic hands to enable the robotic crawler to be able to grasp the pipes.
Until now, there was been no no mechanized means for deploying such inspection equipment in-situ and in deep-water. The need for inspections will be increasing because of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident and the pending new regulatory changes that will add higher safety requirements coupled with information-sharing to the drilling companies.Tags: Deepwater Horizon, Innora, robotics, subsea drilling