The Subsea Australasia Conference will feature a path-breaking new vehicle designed to enable subsea inspections of remote and challenging locations in the offshore oil and gas industry including areas under ice and those damaged by hurricanes.
Designed and built by Subsea7 and SeeByte Ltd, the Autonomous Inspection Vehicle (AIV) provides the industry with a valuable tool capable of making a positive contribution to Life of Field operations.
Currently going through performance and qualification testing, this pioneering commercial AIV will be able to undertake many of the inspection tasks currently carried out by Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV), including regular inspection of risers, pipelines and seabed equipment.
Subsea 7’s Vice President Asia, Dick Martin said the AIV represented the next step in the evolution of autonomous systems in the marine environment.
He explains that the AIV uses its sensors to recognise specific subsea infrastructure configurations, following which it will compare these images to its world model, identify their location and complete the mission within a predefined plan as opposed to the ROV, which has a human interface via a tether back to the mother vessel.
Martin’s presentation at this week’s Subsea Australasia Conference will outline some of the technical challenges in creating the vehicle and how the use of advanced simulation linked to practical testing is being used to ensure the performance of the system.
He explains that the AIV has been designed for agility and easy manoeuvrability around subsea infrastructure given the challenges associated with the environment, the specific visual data observation required and the variety of subsea infrastructure that needs to be recognised.
The AIV promises to be a particularly effective solution for fixed platforms in remote areas or areas where the flexibility of an instant visual inspection appraisal is desirable.
In addition to inspection of remote and challenging areas such as under ice, the AIV also offers convenient and quick post hurricane inspections and can be deployed for environmental monitoring as well as within the offshore renewable market.
Martin’s presentation will kick off an entire session devoted to advances in AUV (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle) technologies at the Subsea Australasia Conference.
The Subsea Australasia Conference is a joint initiative between Subsea Energy Australia, Subsea UK, the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) and the Australasian Oil & Gas Exhibition & Conference (AOG).
Organised by Diversified Exhibitions Australia , the Subsea Australasia Conference is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 22 February to 24 February, 2012.