OGTC Invests in 3 New Robotics Projects
The UK’s Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) announced Tuesday that it has invested in three robotics projects in an effort to transform pressure vessel inspection, which it said costs the industry ‘hundreds of millions each year’.
The projects, which were selected as part of the OGTC’s first Asset Integrity ‘Call for Ideas’, comprise a non-intrusive inspection robot from Sonomatic, a robot crawler equipped with 3D laser scanning and non-destructive testing technology from the University of Strathclyde, and drone swarms for offshore visual inspection, also from the University of Strathclyde.
“From day one, developing and deploying new technology for pressure vessel inspection has been a key focus area for the Oil & Gas Technology Centre,” Rebecca Allison, OGTC asset integrity solution centre manager, said in an organization statement.
“We’re delighted to be investing in robotics projects with Sonomatic and the University of Strathclyde, which we believe can significantly reduce costs, improve efficiency and enhance safety,” Allison added.
Mark Stone, integrity services manager at Sonomatic, said the company was excited to be working with the OGTC.
“There have been significant advances in robotics technology, inspection solutions and data science over the past few years and the support from the Technology Centre will ensure these are soon available in a practical tool for field application,” Stone said in a company statement.
Willie Reid, director of the Strathclyde Oil and Gas Institute, also highlighted the institution’s excitement to be working with the OGTC.
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