IRM services have traditionally been vessel based relying ROVs or divers.
The industry challenge to reduce costs has driven incremental savings; increasing inspection intervals, optimizing the supply chain and contracting methods.
Continuing to identify significant incremental savings is not sustainable; a more innovative approach is required that eliminates the need for the support vessel, whilst managing the risk in continued operations.
For almost 20 years, i-Tech 7 has been actively developing its autonomous subsea inspection vehicle capability. Our current Autonomous Inspection Vehicle (AIV) system, is essentially a hovering vehicle. Similar to a traditional ROV, the AIV can stop, perform its inspection task and then travel to and autonomously dock into a recovery basket. This current capability is an essential step in our path towards field-wide IRM services.
- Reduced cost and HSE exposure
- Enhanced access to onshore resources
- More efficient use of skilled personnel
- Operational flexibility
- Improved environmental impact
- Enabler for resident systems