Robots Developed for Autonomous of Inspection of Offshore Oil Platforms

Published by , June 4, 2018 12:10 pm

(EPMag) A group that includes Total, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre, Austrian manufacturer Taurob and the Technische Universitaet Darmstadt (TU Darmstadt) in Hessen, Germany, intends to introduce a mobile robot for autonomous operational inspection of offshore platforms.
A prototype, which received ATEX certification— meaning it conforms to the ATmosphere EXplosible directive for equipment working in flammable environment—can perform visual inspections, read dials, and measure gas concentration, temperature and level gauges and valve positions. It is mobile enough to move through narrow pathways, travel up and down stairs and detect and navigate around obstacles and humans. The ATEX-certified, autonomous robot will be enhanced, and an additional two versions will be developed with more robustness, greater reliability and improved functionality. The resulting devices, which will be deployed on an offshore platform in the North Sea for the first offshore trial, are intended to be simple enough for workers to operate without the need for onsite robotics experts.