Vaarst brings state-of-the-art robotic technology to U.S. oil and gas industry

World Oil Staff February 09, 2023

(WO) — Vaarst, a company advancing human and machine collaboration with highly accurate 3D, ML and data fusion, is introducing its world leading SubSLAM® X2 technology to the U.S. market, following a strong year of activity across the UK, Europe and Africa.

Vaarst's new robotic technology for the oil and gas industry
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As an alternative to conventional video imagery and other 3D modelling systems that require scalebar deployment and post processing of results, SubSLAM® is the first real-time intelligent data collection system to deliver 4K resolution video with simultaneous high-quality live 3D dense point clouds at sub-millimetre accuracy.

New technology for offshore oil and gas

SubSLAM® has proven to be an industry game changer, allowing fast visualization with even faster analysis and measurement of critical infrastructure and components, for asset owners operating across the subsea sectors of civils, marine sciences, offshore renewables and oil and gas.

Developed in the UK, SubSLAM® addresses many time-consuming disadvantages of conventional inspection procedures while delivering more detailed, quantifiable data faster than ever previously available. Applications across projects range from asset integrity, UWILD, subsea metrology for construction projects, decommissioning, pipeline inspection, cable pre-lay inspection, boulder removal, and coral reef inspections.

Five SubSLAM® systems are being introduced to the U.S.: two deep water systems, which can operate in depths down to 2000 m and three further systems, which will operate in shallower waters down to 300 m. A 6000 mcapable system is expected to be available from Q3 2023.

The systems, which will make their debut off the U.S. East Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico, are initially being made available to potential users such as operators, developers, drilling companies, service companies, universities engaged in marine science, and others on a trial or rental basis to give them the opportunity to test the capabilities of the system and to compare the results and benefits against more dated systems and ways of working. They will also be available for purchase on a license or outright ownership basis.

Subsea technology that reduces operators’ carbon footprint

Mounted on any ROV carrying out a visual inspection, SubSLAM® can record all data in a single flight, in a fraction of the time of other systems, negating the need for unnecessary additional mobilizations. Equipped with machine vision sensors and fast onboard processors, 3D reconstructions are modelled whilst high resolution 4K video footage is being captured.

Alternatively, if work has to be carried out over a longer period of time, multi-session dives can be carried out, with SubSLAM’s® ability to recommence surveying at the exact point it left off.

With the ability to carry out real-time 3D inspections while gathering video footage in a single flight, SubSLAM takes away the need for the additional mobilization of vessels, ROVs and personnel required with other systems. This delivers considerable time and cost savings while reducing the carbon footprint of end clients.

The 3D data can be streamed live to any device in the world to multiple recipients without the requirement for any special software on devices. Onshore engineers can remotely track progress, spot issues and react proactively, as the underwater survey is ongoing.

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