PV’s are found in upstream, midstream and downstream systems. The many conditions in which PVs operate result in a wide range on inspection requirements. Inspection is therefore handled on a case-by-case basis, either using a time-based or a risk-based inspection approach.
above storage tanks
Aboveground storage tanks (ASTs) are designed to store fluids such as crude oil, intermediate and refined products, chemicals, waste products, water, and water/product mixtures. The vast majority of ASTs is constructed out of carbon steel and can be inspected by magnetic crawlers.
Robotic inspection can provide significant advantages over current methods of inspection and have the ability to operate in hazardous, harsh and dirty environments. The petrochemical industry has just begun to explore the potential of robotic devices for these inspections.
The PETROBOT Project
The PETROBOT project aims to develop a series of robotic solutions which can be used by inspectors to conduct remote inspection of pressure vessels and aboveground storage tanks widely used in the oil, gas and petrochemical industry. The project also aims to open up the oil, gas and petrochemical markets for inspection robotics by developing new robotic inspection solutions and validating these in real world use cases, namely off-line internal inspection of pressure vessels and in-line inspection of aboveground storage tanks.
This unique partnership approach ensures that processes such as pre-inspection cleaning, screening, inspection and engineering analysis can be carried out more efficiently and effectively.
The objectives of the PETROBOT project are:
- to minimize the exposure of personnel to potentially hazardous conditions
- to reduce downtime
- to save resources by utilizing robotic technology
- Avoiding or minimizing the need for human entry into assets and thereby increasing safety
- Ability to move humans farther away from hazardous environments and thereby enhancing their safety in the workplace.
- Minimizing and shortening operational disruptions and asset downtime, which result from inspections
- Eliminating or reducing costs associated with performing inspection tasks.
Our contribution to the Petrobot project are 2 robotics platforms - the FAST platform and the BIKE platform. Both platform were adapted and tailored to the individual tasks required in the project. Furthermore the 3D laser pointcloud generation technology was used in the project.
The BIKE platform is a very compact magnetic wheeled robot capable of inspecting power plant facilities and multiple applications in the oil&gas industry, such as vessel or pipe inspection. The innovative locomotion concept is capable of climbing complex structures and passing obstacles. see it in action High mobility This robot can climb vertical walls, follow circumferential LEARN MORE →
The solution for automated remote inspection of pipes, drums and vessels – whether you are looking at NDT applications such as Ultrasonics / Eddy Current or visual inspection – with the modular FAST platform you have an all-in-one system. View Applications Due to its modular design the FAST platform can be adapted to new applications LEARN MORE →
This technology enables the operator to steer a robot safely through a previously unknown and potentially dangerous 3D environment. The operator is presented a (live) 3D visualization of the environment and the robot itself. This kind of information is by far superior to onboard camera images and allows for complicated maneuvers while avoiding obstacles (i.e. LEARN MORE →