Petrobras Develops Technology for Remote Monitoring of Platforms

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 1/24/2022, Location: South America

Specialists from the Petrobras Research Center (Cenpes), and from PUC-Rio, developed a tool that allows the user to visualize and “travel” through the entire extension of the platforms from Petrobras, carry out remote inspections and plan preventive interventions, even in the most distant units, such as those located in the pre-salt, about 300 km from the coast. The tool, which optimizes maintenance planning, is available on 14 platforms in the Santos, Campos and Espírito Santo basins, and should be extended to all platforms in operation by the end of 2022. There are also ongoing studies for implementation in refineries.

“This tool, developed within the scope of the EF100 Strategic Program – which aims to make production systems even more efficient – allows for a reduction in the planning time of maintenance activities, which are very important in the operation's calendar. We also obtained an increase in efficiency in the execution of production stops, as well as a reduction in maintenance time”, reports the director of Exploration and Production at Petrobras, Fernando Borges.

To map each offshore unit, 3,500 to 5,000 photos are needed, which are applied to the engineering plant, allowing immersive navigation, similar to Google Street View technology, through which you can view anywhere in the world. , whether a street or a museum, as long as the area has been previously photographed by 360º cameras. New features will soon be added to the tool, such as image search and analysis, using artificial intelligence; intelligent search for maintenance information in company databases; and reality capture (point clouds) and gamification for SMS training, through integration with other components of the asset integrity digital twins solution.

“The objective goes beyond the development of an immersive navigation tool and involves the application of new solutions to integrate the tool with our work processes and company databases, in addition to including other methods of imaging assets and artificial intelligence technologies. (AI), such as deep learning, for image analysis and information search. Groups of AI Algorithms will be able to tell us, for example, where there are high corrosion rate spots that require repair, and in the future we will use robots to capture images, accelerating the frequency of records with real-time monitoring, connected with prioritization and repair planning”, explains the director of Digital Transformation and Innovation at Petrobras, Juliano de Carvalho Dantas.

The technology will also be used on the 15 new platforms that Petrobras will install in Brazil by 2026, the largest portfolio of new FPSO projects in the entire offshore industry.


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