ABERDEEN, UK – Apache Corp. is deploying digital inspection technology at its UK North Sea operations developed by Arup and EnerMech subsidiary MInteg.
The Arup Inspect MInteg (AIM) is said to have cut inspection time on the Beryl Alpha platform topsides while at the same time delivering better quality inspection data.
The digital service replaces offshore working-at-height inspections with remote visual inspection tools, also allowing operators and offshore asset owners to access their inspection data round the clock or to take decisions on repairs, replacements, or improvement measures.
Gaming technology was used to create a baseline geometric digital twin of the Beryl Alpha platform to capture inspection data, without the need for rope access work.
More than 60,000 images, including 360° panoramic views, captured high-resolution inspection data.
Jim Saunderson, integrity manager for Apache’s North Sea operations, said: “The enhanced data capture and storage within the 3D model has aided our post-inspection review by removing any ambiguity and enabling users to challenge information beyond what is captured in reports.
“We can see opportunities of this data enhancing the quality and efficiency of our inspection plan going forward…”
Arup and MInteg will continue to work with Apache on digitalizing and streamlining future asset inspections.