The development of a complete robotic and instrumentation system for a remotely operated oil & gas platform poses several technological challenges. These challenges may be partitioned into six categories as seen below. The purpose of the offshore robotics lab facility is to target all these challenges except the challenge of preparing the system for offshore conditions.
The research activities in the lab include:
Robot sensor data analysis
Analysis of the sensor data collected by the robot (camera images, sound, vibrations, temperature, gas, etc) in order to automatically identify the normal trends in the process and to detect deviations during automatic inspection rounds.
The pictures below show some of the current capabilities of the robotic system.
Automatic tool change
Opening and closing manual valves
Picking up and moving objects
Contact person at SINTEF Applied Cybernetics: Aksel Andreas Transeth