Clarus Subsea Integrity, an Acteon company, has introduced the iCUE digital anomaly detection app for rapid and accurate detection of anomalies by reviewing inspection video footage of subsea assets.
The iCUE represents the latest addition to the company’s Digital Integrity Management Services portfolio.
“What sets it apart is that the development was led by integrity engineers experienced in offshore inspections with in-depth knowledge of the actual assets and equipment that the app is trained to examine,” said Dharmik Vadel, vice president of Clarus Subsea Integrity.
“Not only does the Clarus iCUE design team know how these systems operate and what they were designed to do, they have the domain expertise in equipment degradation mechanisms and defect trending, they know which defects pose the greatest risks. Armed with this knowledge, the iCUE app draws upon a solid foundation of detection data that the others don’t. It is truly in a class of its own.”
By using the app to assess footage of subsea risers, pipelines or moorings, for example, operators immediately receive a more accurate account of conditions that might otherwise go undetected, the company explained.
To achieve this, the app automatically carries out an engineering assessment of the inspection footage.
Integrity managers can also use it to trend anomalies from multiple inspections conducted on an individual asset field life. This is useful when considering a possible extension for an asset that is approaching the end of its original design life.
“Cutting the cost of detecting anomalies in subsea assets is a vital element of Acteon’s strategy to reduce overall ownership costs by 30%,” said Paul Alcock, executive vice president of Acteon, parent company of Clarus Subsea Integrity. “The introduction of the Clarus anomaly detection app is one of many planned key steps forward in helping our clients realize significant benefits, financially and operationally.”
Acteon is firmly committed to developing a full-scale production level anomaly detection app. This App will be capable of detecting anomalies in real time as video inspection data is gathered subsea. To this end, Clarus has already produced one proof of concept app for a common subsea anomaly type, and plans to finalize a second by summer 2018, the company added.