Bureau Veritas has joined RECOMMS — Remote Evaluation of Coatings/Corrosion on Offshore Machinery and Marine Structures/Ships — to develop drones capable of inspecting steel structures in enclosed spaces.
The joint investment project’s primary objectives are to develop a steady, stable and reliable drone that can follow programmable flight paths, either pre-determined by 3D imagery software or flown by a pilot, using 3D simulator ship-specific training programs developed in unison with the drone design.
This will lead to the development of a complete and marketable inspection drone when delivered with the required software package.
Key investment partners for the confined space ambitions include Akzo Nobel, Barrier Group, Bureau Veritas, Drone Ops, Hempel Paints A/S, Marine Technical Limits and a major oil company. Safinah Ltd, coating specialists and consultants, are the project managers for RECOMMS.
In the first phase of development, the drone will be designed to carry an unobstructed HD camera as well as lighting and batteries with suitable strength, durability and longevity to perform structural and coating inspections within a ballast tank whilst providing clear images fit for comparison with close up inspection.