Saudi Aramco’s Underwater Robot Passes Field Test

Marine Department acting manager Mohammad A. Al Sultan uses augmented reality goggles to watch video footage of the SWIM-R testing as Fadl Abdellatif holds the controller.

Saudi Aramco’s underwater inspection robot, the Shallow Water Inspection and Monitoring Robot (SWIM-R), was recently field tested at the Ras Tanura West Pier with the help of the Marine Department.

SWIM-R capabilities were validated by carrying out multiple inspection tasks on underwater pipelines. The robot performed visual inspection, marine-life cleaning, and ultrasonic thickness readings, as well as cathodic protection voltage measurements.

After the field test, the Research and Development Center (R&DC) presented the technology as a part of the stage-gate review process.

The Marine Department proposed to fund two additional units of SWIM-R for immediate deployment.

Moving forward, the entire project team will support the Technology Strategy and Planning Department during the deployment stage to ensure that the technology is deployed in Saudi Aramco facilities and commercialized for the global market.

The technology was developed by the Intelligent Systems Lab of the Oil and Gas Network Integrity Division (OGNI) at the R&DC in close collaboration and partnership with the Underwater Inspection and Repair Unit of the Industrial Services Marine Department.

The project resulted in 11 inventions, including seven that are filed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The project team consisted of seven research and development (R&D) engineers, one engineer on assignment from the Inspection Department, and two members of the Marine Department.

SWIM-R was designed, developed and field tested in less than two years, allowing for its deployment five months ahead of schedule, the company noted.

Share this article

Follow Subsea World News

Events>

<< Oct 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Deepwater Operations Conference & Exhibition

The Deepwater Operations Conference and Exhibition provides a unique experience for attendees and exhibitors to share…

read more >

24th Annual Africa Oil Week 2017

The Conference portraying five days of senior-level executive insights, with rich-content on corporate strategies and portfolio, exposure…

read more >

OTC Brasil 2017

OTC Brasil is organized by the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) and Brazilian Petroleum, Gas and Biofuels Institute (IBP)…

read more >

Rio Pipeline 2017

Rio Pipeline Conference & Exhibition has changed its branding design, to unify the whole pipeline community, in an even more complete event…

read more >