University of Strathclyde - Robotic telepresence NDE

Technology Organisation

University of Strathclyde

The University of Strathclyde is a public research university located in Glasgow, Scotland. Founded in 1796 as the Andersonian Institute, it is Glasgow's second-oldest university, with the university receiving its royal charter in 1964 as the UK's first technological university. It takes its name from the historic Kingdom of Strathclyde.

University of Strathclyde - Robotic telepresence NDE

Project summary

Working in collaboration with the University of Strathclyde, the OGTC is funding a new robot crawler equipped with 3D laser scanning and non-destructive testing technology. Existing crawlers are typically deployed only when there is clear line-of-sight for the operator. The University's solution will construct a virtual, dynamic 3D representation of the inspection site meaning it can be operated safely from a remote location.


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Potential Industry Value

The robot has the potential to approximately halve the time taken to complete NII scopes on pressure vessels, due to the autonomous capability and faster data capture. This will lead to a proportionate reduction in direct cost to the operator for completion of these scopes. The additional costs to support the inspection will also be lower, for example, lesser requirement for offshore accommodation and fewer mobilisations by helicopter. The cost savings for completing inspections would depend on the required NII strategy type but would be expected to be in the region of £25k per vessel. Therefore, for a facility carrying out 20 inspections per year the saving would be approximately £500k.