Oil company Aker BP and AI technology firm Cognite have begun working on a project designed to assess the use walking robots aboard offshore oil and gas installations.
The companies are now conducting a number of trials using AI equipment on the Skarv installation in the Norwegian Sea, which will continue throughout the rest of the year.
The walking robots are being tested to gauge their performance in autonomous inspections, high-quality data capture, and automatic report generation.
Amongst the different types of robots being tested is Spot – a dog-like quadruped developed by Boston Dynamics.
Cognite and Aker BP have already tested Spot’s mobility in simulated oil and gas environments to ensure it can get in and out of locations within the facility that are too difficult to access using conventional automation.
“Our vision is to digitalize all our operations from cradle to grave in order to increase productivity, enhance quality, and improve the safety of our employees,” says Karl Johnny Hersvik, CEO of Aker BP.
Cognite’s main software product, Cognite Data Fusion (CDF), is serving as the data infrastructure for the initiative.
CDF – a cloud-based industrial data operations and intelligence platform – integrates with existing IT and OT applications in the cloud and on-premise.
“The key to this robotics initiative is that it combines industry-leading hardware and software,” says Dr. John Markus Lervik, CEO of Cognite.
“By ingesting data collected by robots into CDF, Aker BP engineers will be able to see it in context with data from across the company’s other operations and make data-driven decisions which will improve efficiency and safety.”