UAVs pinpoint riser defects offshore Dubai
Cyberhawk has inspected more than 350 risers on 63 offshore platforms for Dubai Petroleum over a one-month campaign, as part of a framework agreement.
The inspection, performed by the company’sunmanned aerial vehicles, generated more than 90 engineering inspection reports.
Dubai Petroleum wanted detailed updates on all its risers which are traditionally a difficult area of an offshore platform to inspect, Cyberhawk explained.
In the under deck and the splash zone, options for access via abseiling or scaffolding are limited, time-consuming and expensive.
Based on the UAVs’ scanning input, the operator was able to plan contact-based inspections or repairs, Cyberhawk said, and now that a full inspection has been completed on all the risers, defects can be tracked over time to analyze their long-term degradation.
During the campaign the company generated daily reports to notify Dubai Petroleum of potentially serious defects.
It also inspected three elevated flare stacks and 24 bridges.
Dubai Petroleum’s Asset Integrity Manager said: “The speed and efficiency with which this project was completed has proven that the scope and application of UAV inspection can be expanded for our requirements…”