ABS has published Guidance Notes on the Use of Remote Inspection Technologies. They cover pilot-operated Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (“drones” to most of us), Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles and Robotic Crawlers.
Use of these Remote Inspection Technologies (RITs) can reduce risk for Surveyors and inspectors by lessening the need to access potentially hazardous locations at height, or other hazardous inspection areas, according to John McDonald, ABS Senior Vice President, Western Hemisphere Operations.
“This guidance facilitates safer, more effective and efficient, use of these technologies,” said McDonald, adding that they build on the ABS Guidance Notes on Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, and “demonstrate our commitment to continually address new technologies that support safer and less intrusive surveys.”
Using digital technology and high definition cameras, ABS can collect, trend and provide value to our clients with new RITs in a safe and effective way.
Developed through extensive marine and offshore trials and testing, the Guidance covers a range of areas, including equipment specification, data management, associated management systems, recommended standards for service providers, training requirements and potential operational limitations of RITs.