Robots, Drones Take On Dangerous Oil Work In US GoM
Before MaggHD, dubbed “Maggie” by BP, the dangerous inspection job was reserved for highly paid specialist technicians who did their jobs while rappelling along the platform.
The energy industry has turned to robots and drones to cut costs and improve safety in some of the world’s tougher working environments. Drones inspect gear high up on floating rigs. Robots crawl underwater to test subsea equipment for microscopic metal cracks. Remotely operated mini submarines can replace divers.
Big oil producers such as BP and Statoil are racing to create the oil fields of the future, where smart devices replace workers. They have the potential to cut costs, save lives, and reduce the scope for human error.