LONDON – Neptune Energy is working with 3D technology specialist Eserv on digitalization of the Cygnus gas platform in the UK southern North Sea.
Through the use of 3D and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies, Eserv generated a digital map of all of the Cygnus field’s three bridge-linked jackets.
This allowed Neptune to detect asset integrity issues early and plan fabric maintenance work.
The working arrangement also allows engineers and integrity technicians to conduct much of their traditional work from onshore, Neptune added, reducing the need for travel offshore while also leading to improved collaboration between offshore and onshore teams.
Cygnus produces around 6% of the UK’s domestic gas needs. Under the digital transition, onshore teams can go on a virtual ‘walkthrough’ of the entire platform, plan work and monitor changes in the physical structure, spotting potential issues early.
The AI element of the technology, Neptune added, is being ‘trained’ to identify thousands of individual components, valves and other plant equipment, and is also ‘learning’ how to recognize potential integrity issues such as corrosion.
Eserv’s flagship AS-TEG product is said to give the control of its critical, as-built data, also allowing image analytics and machine learning to objectively and accurately build an interactive topsides visual database, with actionable insights to better manage asset integrity.
The company claims AS-TEG has in cases cut offshore survey and inspection costs and work cycle times by 50%.