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Robots Could Replace Thousands of Oil & Gas Jobs, Cut Drilling Costs

Mar 30, 2021

Robots could replace hundreds of thousands of oil and gas jobs globally and reduce drilling labor costs by several billion dollars by 2030, if there is an industry push for such a transition, Rystad Energy has found.'Even when the Covid-19 downturn is finally past us…

Rovco's Robotics Spin-off Vaarst Open for Business

Mar 24, 2021

Vaarst, an offshore robotics technology spin-off from ROV-services firm Rovco, was formally launched Wednesday.Vaarst says its goal is to revolutionize the offshore robotics sector - 'leveraging intelligent data flows for smart asset management…

iFROG: Robot for Cleaning and Inspection of Offshore Wind Monopiles Completes Trials

Dec 02, 2020

An amphibious robot called iFROG capable of working in teams to clean and inspect monopiles above water level and up to 60 meters below (~6 bar), has successfully completed trials at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth…

Ocean Infinity to Expand Armada Fleet with 'World's Largest' Robotic Vessels

Nov 23, 2020

Marine and offshore survey company Ocean Infinity, which recently announced plans to build the world's largest fleet of unmanned surface vessels - the Armada, is now adding what it says are 'world's largest marine robotic vessels' to the Armada fleet…

Shell, Ocean Infinity on Uncrewed Seep Hunting Mission

Nov 18, 2020

Oil and gas giant Shell has teamed up with offshore robotic ship operator Ocean Infinity to combine expertise and assets to execute multiclient seep hunter projects.'The combination of Shell’s specialist seep hunting expertise and Ocean Infinity’s ‘Armada’ fleet of robotic ships…

Boston Dynamics Dog Robot 'Spot' Learns New Tricks on BP's Mad Dog Platform

Nov 13, 2020

Boston Dynamics’ dog-like robot ‘Spot’ is learning new tricks.Working on an oil platform operated by BP nearly 190 miles (305 km) offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, the company is programming Spot to read gauges, look for corrosion, map out the…

Unmanned Marine Systems, Squared

Nov 09, 2020

Unmanned platforms and underwater vehicles have been providing new ways for ocean scientists to study the ocean in more detail and over longer periods. What happens if one can deploy the other?The advantages of unmanned systems deploying others are multiple…

In a World's First, Spider-like Robot Deployed on Offshore Wind Turbine

Nov 05, 2020

In what has been described as a 'world's first' a spider-like robot recently achieved its first blade walk an offshore wind turbine in the UK, opening door to significant offshore inspection cost cuts.Developed by BladeBUG, with support of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult…

Panther Wins GOM Pipeline Inspection Deal

Sep 03, 2020

ACSM chose an electric Saab Seaeye Panther XT robotic vehicle for pipeline inspection in the Gulf of Mexico. The Panther inspected 261 pipelines totalling 2,340 km in four fields in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), at depths ranging from 15 to 130 metres…

R&D: Robotics Advances Inside the ORCA Hub

Aug 26, 2020

Many of the more advanced mechanics of robotic systems are being developed as part of the Offshore Robotics for Certification of Assets (ORCA) Hub in Edinburgh. It’s a publicly funded project led by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh)…

Robotics: Autobots Transform in the Offshore Energy Sector

Aug 25, 2020

Robots and robotics have slowly been entering our lives, in various shapes and forms (and fictional characters), from self-driving household vacuum cleaners to highly automated manufacturing systems. Now they’re heading for the offshore world – in just as many shapes and forms…

INTERVIEW: Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics, at Total E&P UK; Total’s “Stevie the Robot”

Aug 10, 2020

Total has been working on robotics for some years now, having launched the Argos challenge in 2013 and now getting ready to put the Taurob designed Stevie robot through its paces in a trial at Shetland Gas Plant. We spoke with Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics…

CGG's Sercel Buys Stake in Autonomous Robots Start-Up

Jul 08, 2020

France-based seismic data company CGG has informed that its subsidiary Sercel has acquired a 34% shareholding in AMBPR, a start-up company that designs and markets autonomous robots.The AMBPR robots are used for repairing (sanding and painting) of large metallic structures…

Spider-like Robot to Change Offshore Wind Blade IMR Game

Apr 28, 2020

A spider-like robot designed for inspection, maintenance, and repair of offshore wind turbine blades has successfully passed its turbine walking test.During the trials, which took place in early March at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult’s National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth…

Europe Gets Testing Center for Offshore Wind

Jan 19, 2020

The first real-time maritime robot testing center for offshore wind in Europe is being established.The European Atlantis center will be in Viana do Castelo and involves an investment of 8.5 million euros. It is coordinated by INESC TEC, and…

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