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