Cognite and Aker BP have announced a collabration to test Cognite’s robotic systems on the Aker BP-operated Skarv installation in the Norwegian Sea.
The strategic initiative will explore how robots and drones can help make offshore operations safer, more efficient and more sustainable.
Cognite’s robotics systems will be tested to gauge their performance in autonomous inspection, high-quality data capture, and automatic report generation.
These include aerial and underwater inspections, responding to leaks, performing work that takes humans out of harm’s way, and providing onshore operators with telepresence on offshore installations.
Boston Dynamics’ quadruped robot ‘Spot’ is also part of the Cognite-Aker BP initiative.
Both companies have already tested Spot’s mobility in simulated oil and gas environments to ensure that it can access locations in these facilities too difficult to access through traditional automation.
“Digitalization will be one of the differentiators between the oil companies of the world, in order to be able to deliver low cost and low emissions, says Aker BP CEO, Karl Johnny Hersvik.
“Our vision is to digitalize all our operations from cradle to grave in order to increase productivity, enhance quality and improve the safety of our employees.”
“Exploring the potential of robotics offshore underpin our digital journey.”
Cognite’s main software product, Cognite Data Fusion (CDF), will serve as the data infrastructure for the initiative.
CDF is a cloud-based industrial data operations and intelligence platform that integrates seamlessly with existing IT and OT applications in the cloud, edge, and on-premise.
It’s been designed to enrich industrial data and provide an open, unified industrial data model that is easily accessible for humans and applications, enabling better analytical operations and data-driven decisions.
“The key to Aker BP and Cognite’s robotics initiative is that it combines industry-leading hardware and software,” notes Cognite CEO, Dr. John Markus Lervik.
“By ingesting data collected by robots into Cognite Data Fusion, Aker BP engineers will be able to see it in context with data from across the company’s operations and make data-driven decisions that improve efficiency and safety.”
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