Inspection robot controlled in real time from a control room onshore
ARGOS project - autonomous robots for gas and oil sites - presents:
Inspection robot operated from onshore in real time
K5 Complex – November 2021
Today, we are at the K5 complex in the Netherlands. We are running a pilot to confirm the possibility to remotely control our robots from onshore.
Its’ a world first because it has never been done before.
Offshore Installation Manager
Having the robots again on my site is an honor and it shows that TEPNL is a forerunner in digital innovation.
Robotics System architect
These tests are important at this stage of the project, so that we understand all the operational aspects of using the robots for inspection purposes, but maybe, in the future, for maintenance and operation.
The main benefit for the operators to remote control these robots is to have a perfect understanding of what’s going on offshore.
To have, from the robot, an immersive view, and also to facilitate its operation from a central place, such as here, central control room.
The robot is really easy to drive. It can go upstairs, it can go down, and it has an arm, which is elevated, and there’s a camera on it so you can see. And you can also adapt those cameras with needs you’ll have on the platform.
I was expecting a lot, but what I didn’t expect was the additional cameras, like the infrared, the head detection and the flare camera, which will sense out emissions, leak detection.
Today, in the tests here, the robots achieved a very good level of fluent remote operation, but also demonstrate the feasibility to program some autonomous missions.
So, you have alternative ways to see what your state of platform is, which is really good.
The results of the tests speak for themselves.
I’m very optimistic because we can already confirm that’s working!
I’m really proud that we are doing this. We are exposing the people less and less to the offshore environment.
At R&D, we are here to help them to manage this challenge.
That huge potential, we are only at the tip of the iceberg of what a robot can do. It’s a way forward for our industry.
Am I ready to work with robots? Yes, indeed. And I’m very keen on seeing the improvements where it can execute manipulate valves.
It’s important that TotalEnergies gets involved in the development of the operating room, because, simply, we are the ones to integrate the robots within our industrial control system.