Autonomous Pipeline Inspections
Use of aunonomus drones (Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV)) to inspect near shore (3-12m depth) subsea piplines, required for integrity and safety. Historically this was completed by surface vessels, the use of USV’s represented a cost saving of $900K (USD).
Capable of operating 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. Fitted with a multi beam echo sounder the XOcean USV was controlled remotely via satellite, real time images were available to at operations centre where the pilots were responsible for avoiding collisions.