Forssea and DeepOcean have worked closely to develop the Autonomous Inspection Drone (AID). Last Aug.2021, we successfully tested the AID on subsea templates at AkerBP’s Skarv field, 210 Km west of the Norwegian coast in water depths of approximately 400m.
The AID comprises the most advanced subsea positioning & navigation systems available in the market. However, it is the embedded software developed by Forssea that brings the most disruptive smart features that transform this standard ROV into a fully Autonomous Subsea Drone: dynamic positioning, auto-docking, path-following, and object-tracking modes. First, an inspection path was pre-programmed using DeepOcean’s 3D Mission Planner.
During this trial, we could successfully manage the inspection missions remotely with the AID being fully controlled from DeepOcean’s Remote Operations Center (ROC) in Killingøy (Haugesund), which is more than 1200 Km far from the Skarv field!
The capability of accurately repeating an inspection path over a subsea structure with the AID brings many benefits: structural conditions can be better compared periodically regarding asset integrity management; tasks can be performed more efficiently with simultaneous work during subsea operations (thus reducing the number of days required for executing offshore operations and also reducing costs of interventions); operational risks for offshore personnel can be minimized due to remote control from onshore centers; etc.