mark wilson em&iEM&I was invited to speak about its portfolio of innovative solutions for the global asset integrity sector at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference (OTC), which recently took place in Houston, Texas.

EM&I regional general manager for North America Mark Wilson spoke at the Technical Session: ‘Continuous improvement. More for less.’

One of the themes of the OTC this year was how oil majors will continue to develop their budgets to cope with lower oil prices.

Mark’s presentation, ‘Cost effective asset integrity in a $50 barrel world’, related to the overall theme of the conference as he focused on innovative technologies that have emerged from the Joint Industry Project (JIP) known as Hull Inspection Techniques & Strategy (HITS), which EM&I have been leading on behalf of the FPSO Research Forum for the last five years.

Innovations such as the ODIN diverless Under Water Inspection in Lieu of Drydocking (UWILD) and the NoMan remote camera technologies were discussed in detail.

These have already been proved on a number of projects worldwide for UWILDs and tank inspections to be more economic, efficient and safer than traditional methods, often saving over 50% or more, and reducing the People on Board (POB) requirement by more than 70%.

Mark Wilson summed up at the end of his presentation: “This is a major step change for the industry as we move into robotics and digitisation, with the ability to carry out essential inspection and maintenance work while the asset is on-hire, on station and in operation”.

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