High Cost of Pipeline Surveys
Conventional pipeline surveys are an expensive and time-consuming process. Both offshore and onshore personnel are required to integrate the equipment, monitor the system and process the data.
Slow Speed of Pipeline Inspections
The speed of traditional pipeline inspection surveys is slow. This is as a result of the use of video and having to traverse closely to the pipeline, due to lighting limitations and poor visibility. This impacts the number of days required to complete a survey.
Data Quality and Poor Visibility
The quality of the acquired data determines how much meaningful information can be extracted from the survey. Murky underwater conditions with poor visibility pose a challenge when gathering and processing data. Obtaining sufficient quality subsea imaging data is challenging in these poor environmental conditions. High resolution data needs to be collected as fast as possible.
Surveying a pipeline of this length is a significant challenge in itself. The mission planning, execution and evaluation are complex and involve cross functional collaboration. The significant pipeline length of 889 km increases the implications of issues for all aspects of the mission. There is potential for more difficulties with every kilometre of pipeline.
Data Handling, Quality Assurance and Workflows
Data handling including real-time QA, data storage and post processing is a skilled service that requires significant experience from of a team of experts. Workflow integration is crucial to the mission, as Cathx Ocean need to integrate seamlessly and efficiently with the existing customer workflows.