Robots Not Idle In Idle Iron

Robots Not Idle In Idle Iron

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This Wave Glider looks almost like a surfboard.  It's a remote operated vehicle or ROV.  Platform operators need real time data of conditions around the rig and this is cheaper than using a man in a boat.


"We say it's more cost effective, you don't have any manpower, it's an unmanned system, piloted remotely out of California we tell it where to be, what to collect and you get it in real time," says Tanya Copelyn with Liquid Robotics.  As the industry moves from shallow to deep water there are fewer places it's safe to send divers.  Simply put—robots are the future. 


In promotional video from Seatrepid you can see why you'd want a robot.  Robots can crouch near explosives and get close to underwater demolitions. 


"It's a dangerous situation so the robots are there to get hurt or killed so that the human doesn't get hurt or killed," says Seatrepid President Bob Christ.  They're also useful on land too.  This Industrobot is cleaning out the inside of an oil tank.


 "I think that nobody wants to see anyone exposed to hazardous environments and any steps that any company can make to remove the human element is a step in the right direction," says Hayden Nevaux with Offshore Cleaning Systems.  While the industry drifts to safer work solutions decommissioning still makes life unsafe for fish as platform habitat is destroyed with little replacing it. 

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