An investigation into the application of UAV’s (drones) for cargo and ballast tank inspections of on-station FPSO’s
Marine Technical Limits (MTL) are the FPSO Inspection and Repair Specialists. Over the past 8 years we have been supporting the use of micro-ROV’s to undertake class approved “autonomous” ballast tank inspections on FPSO’s. During this time we have gained a solid understanding of the challenges faced in utilising ROV’s and have been able to advise our clients to ensure that inspections are carried out with optimal efficiency.
In addition to our ROV work, for the past 4 years we have been actively following the development of UAV’s. Encouraged by the rapid development of UAV technology and the eagerness of operators to adopt drones to improve inspection efficiency, MTL have undertaken a program of research and development to better understand the capabilities and limitations of using UAV’s for Cargo and Ballast tank inspections.
Utilising our new virtual reality training facility and bringing together some of our top naval architects, 3D CAD designers and software developers, we have created a highly accurate virtual reality environment to simulate a wide range of drone inspection scenarios.
Using this simulation, we are able to demonstrate the opportunities and challenges associated with UAV inspection. This enables us to advise on the appropriate use of this technology and identify scenarios where efficiencies can be gained.
If you would like to learn more, we would welcome the opportunity to discuss our findings and allow interested parties to experience the simulation first-hand.
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