Robots provide step-change improvements for offshore inspections

Unmanned aerial drones and waterproof crawler robots are changing the way that rig, platform and vessel owners perform inspections. These two new technologies bring better data while being safer, faster and less costly. Aerial drones can deliver streaming video of derricks, jackup legs and external rig surfaces, supplanting the need for rope access teams. Crawler robots reduce the need for divers and confined-space workers by providing real-time video and ultrasonic testing (UT) data, both above and below the waterline, and in tanks, empty or full. SkyNetUAVS has now set up shop in Houston with further plans to have a site in Louisiana.

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