- Robotized data harvesting supported by automated data analysis techniques that results in clear maintenance recommendations and generates relevant warnings or alarms
CHALLENGE2: ABOVE GROUND STORAGE TANK INSPECTION, CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE
- In service (i.e. partially full tank) robotic cleaning (preferably) or out of service robotic cleaning.
- Coating removal and coating application.
- Internal tank inspection, with focus on wall to floor weld, in service (preferably) or out of service (nonflammable liquid). Autonomous operation in tank with appurtenances and/or unclear content (e.g. poor visibility).
- Development of NDE methods to enable high-coverage wall thickness measurements using robotics.
CHALLENGE 3: PRESSURE VESSEL INSPECTION AND DAMAGE CLASSIFICATION
- Internal visual inspection through a ‘4 inch’ nozzle.
- Adding further inspection capability to robots (ACFM etc.) to enable accurate classification of damages (deformations, erosion, corrosion, pitting, crack-development etc.).
- Resident robot performing regular in-service inspections.
- Inspection of space between vessel wall and insulation (possibly using nanobots).
CHALLENGE 4: PROCESS PIPING INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE IN CHALLENGING ENVIRONMENTS
- Robots with the ability to climb over obstacles and to move and inspect on top of and underneath isolations / Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) Inspection (e.g. moisture and corrosion).
- Autonomous inspection involving challenging geometries or obstructions, such as elbows, bridges, junctions, valves, underneath supports etc.
- Inspection of road crossing pipes.
- High-coverage robotic wall thickness assessment (external and internal).
- Resident robots for online internal inspection.
- Robotic removal and re-mounting of insulation.
CHALLENGE 5: REMOTE OPERATORS
- Autonomous surveillance, anomaly detection and facility mapping.
- On-site robotic operator, teleoperated with autonomous capabilities (e.g. autonomous mission planning, localization, path planning etc.), to perform manipulation tasks such as opening valves, pushing buttons, taking samples, opening doors and other tasks that reflect the day-to-day operation needs.
- Robotic operator with the ability to perform temporary repairs.
- Develop semi-autonomous robots to function as first responders (e.g. provide situational awareness) and ultimately as emergency responders (e.g. robotic firefighters).
CHALLENGE 6: OFFSHORE INSTALLATION INSPECTION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
- In-service use of Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) for inspection of ballast tanks, development of new UUV inspection techniques (such as the capability of measuring wall thickness) and development of an increased level of autonomy.
- Robotic removal and application of coatings in ballast tanks.
- Robotic solution to perform wall thickness measurements and coating repair in splash zones.
- Robotic solution to autonomously remove marine life attached to submerged structures.
- Robotic solution to autonomously clean the helipad.
- Resident Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to provide autonomous monitoring of the state of the installation.
- Resident UUV for subsea inspection, maintenance and repair.
Application Deadline: 19 December 2019 at 16:00 CET
Illustration Photo: Unmanned underwater vehicle from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) (credits: U.S. Navy Photograph by Mr. John F. Williams / Flickr Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0))