The Subsea Pipeline Inspection Paradigm - What Next ?

Shand, Calum (Shell UK Ltd)

OnePetro 

Shell in the UK has a vast network of more than 200 pipelines & umbilicals covering some 3000 kilometres. Historically, Shell has executed Side Scan Sonar Surveys along these pipelines using a Remotely Operated Towed Vehicle and subsequently followed up with ROV based surveys & inspections. However, in 2018, the respective Geomatics & Subsea Maintenance / Pipelines Departments decided to take advantage of new & emerging innovative technologies and compiled a minimal technical scope & tender document to tap into the latest that the market could offer. Consequently, Shell UK awarded DeepOcean (Norway) with a contract for their "Fast Digital Imaging Service" and embarked on a 45 day survey campaign. In 2019, the same subsea inspection project will be executed once again and the lessons learned ought to inspire and excite many different disciplines and communities, both internally within Shell and externally e.g OGA - Oil & Gas Authority & other valued stakeholders. The paper highlights the key technologies that were deployed and how the new deliverables & business insights take us down the road to Digitalisation including scope for future Machine Learning & Automation processes. Challenges arising from the acquisition and managing the associated data sets shall also be discussed. The speaker will spark dialogue at the end by asking the respective communities how robotics and artificial intelligence will change the industry landscape?