How can asset owners keep track of the health of their property? And how can they save on unnecessary inspection costs without the risk of unexpected high maintenance costs?
Not long ago visual inspection was the only way to check the health of a rig or vessel, when cracks started to appear it was time for action. This meant waiting for the actual crack to get big enough to be seen by the eye, not an ideal situation. Improved satellite connections are allowing us to keep track of all vessels and other floating assets around the world. Not just their GPS positions, but also real time access to the motion and condition monitoring system on board.
Remote monitoring is becoming a “hot” subject in the entire maritime industry, from tow transports to integrity monitoring of oil rigs. Using ultra sensitive motion sensors allows early detection of possible malfunction, for example in one of the legs of a jack-up. The change in frequency can trigger inspection.
Collected data can be transferred to shore for post processing and analyzing. Combining the collected data with hind cast weather conditions can give insights in to (seasonal) changes in frequency and assist in determining a long term “Structural integrity management” plan.
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