Livingstone drone company completes offshore oil rig inspection in Canada

WATCH THE BIRDIE; A Cyberhawk drone at work
WATCH THE BIRDIE; A Cyberhawk drone at work

Livingstone-based Cyberhawk Innovations – which operates aerial drone inspection machines – has completed an offshore ROV inspection for an international oil company.

The multiple workscope project was completed over the course of two weeks in Newfoundland, Canada.

Cyberhawk drones inspected the live flare, the platform underdeck and the roof of the giant concrete gravity base, and conduct numerous thermal surveys in order to maximise the mobilisation. A back log of complex inspection and survey work was competed whilst the Cyberhawk team was on the platform.

Health and safety regulations mean that frequent inspection of offshore assets is required to verify the integrity of the asset and maintain an operating licence. Due to the short weather windows available, the speed of a drone inspection and the ability to capture large amounts of data in a short time presented a significant advantage.

Malcolm Connolly, technical director and founder of Cyberhawk, added: “Carrying out the underdeck inspection workscope alone would have taken weeks of complex over-side work for a rope access team, or months for scaffolding to be erected.

“Add to that the challenging weather conditions on the Grand Banks and this would realistically have resulted in an inspection campaign spanning over the whole summer.”

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