Subsea 7, one of the world’s leading subsea engineering and construction companies servicing the oil and gas industry, have collaborated with SeeByte to develop an Autonomous Inspection Vehicle (AIV). The software for AIV has been designed to dynamically control this unique hover-capable vehicle, which is to be used routinely in Subsea 7 Life-of-Field projects (LoF) for general visual inspection.
This unique technology has the potential to revolutionise LoF projects by providing operators with a cost-effective, low-risk inspection system to aid field survey, integrity management and intervention activities.
Features of AIV include:
- A unique ability to operate directly from a host facility such as an FPSO or Platform as well as from infield support vessels
- The AIV has no tether which enhances vehicle manoeuvrability and the capability to access confined spaces
- The AIV carries an array of navigation tools and sensors that are powered by its own onboard battery power source, which will allow for up to 24 hours of autonomous inspection.
- Future developments beyond this initial Mark 1 AIV will provide additional sensor capability along with abilities to provide asset contact measurement and eventual light intervention tasks.