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NERA partners with the Wood on AI inspection solution


The power of revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI) technology has been harnessed in a new real-time inspection solution capable of autonomously detecting and categorizing equipment anomalies.

The Augmented Machine Vision Solution (AMVS) was developed under a 12-month, AUD $ 288,600 partnership between Wood and NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) – the independent NFP, federally funded, matching grant Industry and stakeholder funding established to stimulate growth in the energy resources sector. The goal of the partnership was to develop and deliver a solution for the inspection of critical industrial equipment, in particular for subsea oil and gas infrastructure.

Azad Hessamodini, President of Growth and Development at Wood, said: “By combining Wood’s deep domain knowledge with cutting-edge AI technology, AMVS will deliver a safer and faster inspection approach that can provide operators with more accurate and up-to-date information. information to help maximize the production of their assets. This is a game-changer for inspections that we know are susceptible to human error and inconsistency.

“This project fits perfectly with our objective of developing innovative solutions that allow more connected operations for our customers. We are delighted to have once again succeeded in our partnership with NERA.

The state-of-the-art, technology-driven solution revolutionizes the way asset inspections are conducted in harsh and high-risk environments with the potential to be implemented in a range of other process and intensive industries. manufacturing, increasing the speed and accuracy of problem detection, response and resolution. .

Historically, inspections have required technicians to travel abroad to manually review many hours of footage recorded by inspection devices. The new solution uses an AI engine to “watch” the images, looking for potential flaws and flaws that need to be further inspected or repaired. Not only does the new technology flag any anomalies, it also eliminates the need for technicians to travel to dangerous offshore locations and is faster and more accurate.

With reduced safety risks and associated process improvements, the solution has the potential to generate savings of AU $ 2.8 billion per year for the offshore energy sector alone. Improvements through better connected operations can also be achieved through faster turnaround times and lower costs for crew and ships.

NERA Managing Director Miranda Taylor said she was delighted that NERA was part of this groundbreaking project, developing new skills and solutions in Australia to improve safety and reduce costs around the world.

“This project improves the inspection of infrastructure which has long been a labor intensive and dangerous activity. Through this project, we are helping reduce the need for technicians to spend long hours at sea examining images of equipment by using software developed by Wood to examine images under the control of technicians who can remain safely. down.

“We are delighted to see potential opportunities emerging for this solution to be deployed in a number of other areas.

“This project is another prime example of what can be achieved when Australian businesses receive the support they need to accelerate technology development – export growth, job creation and improved workforce security. ‘work,’ she added.

This is the latest collaboration between Wood and NERA who have previously worked together on the Transforming Australia Subsea Equipment Reliability (TASER) project, which aims to improve the design of subsea equipment and reduce costly and time-consuming interventions in subsea equipment. Australia’s difficult warm offshore waters. environment. As part of the project, “living laboratories” were created to assess the effectiveness of innovative coatings, materials and technologies against lime deposits and the growth of marine organisms on underwater equipment.

Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/business-news/20092021/nera-partners-with-wood-on-ai-inspection-solution/


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