Live video streaming of inspection and repair offshore reduces personnel numbers

20 October 2020

ROVOP has delivered its first remote platform-based inspection, repair and maintenance workscope, which can help reduce the number of personnel required offshore.

The provider of subsea remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) carried out remote visual and NDT inspections of hull sections, flowlines, umbilicals and risers, along with chain inspection, measurement and cleaning on the Balmoral floating production vessel for Premier Oil. Using the communications and modelling technology, ROVOP worked with Premier Oil to develop a robust live video streaming service back to shore. Two-way open communications allowed the inspection and data recording engineers to run the workscope remotely from onshore, resulting in three less people needed on board the vessel. 

The cloud-based viewing platform allowed those working from home to view the inspection work as it unfolded. They were able to see exactly what the ROV and inspection engineers were seeing in real-time.  Data, which would once have taken weeks to return from offshore to be analysed, was captured as those watching onshore were able to influence the operation live, making the campaign more efficient. 

Paul Hudson, ROVOP’s sales and marketing director, said: “At ROVOP we are always looking to push the operational envelope by deploying the latest technology and the best people to solve problems and deliver results. Reducing numbers of people offshore has clear benefits in terms of risk, cost and overall efficiency and, of course, it is particularly relevant when dealing with the challenges presented to the offshore industry by the coronavirus pandemic. This project underlines how digitalisation and collaboration can address some of our most pressing industry challenges.”

David Robertson, diving & ROV engineer with Premier Oil, added: “Through a lot of hard work and collaboration with respective network technology companies, we managed to de-risk personnel travelling to an offshore installation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Executing work of this nature from an installation is always challenging due to bed space requirements. We have proven that inspection activities can be done with a significant reduction in manpower offshore, which potentially paves the way for cost and greenhouse gas reductions across our other assets in the future”.

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