Robotics Assisted Offshore Oil Platform Operations and Inspections

Starts: Thu, Jan 26, 2023 9:00 AM CST
Ends: Thu, Jan 26, 2023 10:00 AM CST
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Offshore drilling activities over the last decades have left thousands of offshore oil platforms in bad condition and abandoned because of impropriate maintenance and operation. To extend the life time of existing oil platforms that have been deployed for more than 20 years, timely inspection and maintenance of the oil platform’s underwater and topside infrastructures are of great importance. Autonomous robots are highly demanded for unmanned inspections and operations which can extend the lifetime of subsea assets as well as unmanned operation of such offshore assets. This webinar talks about some key technologies that enable such robotics assisted inspections and operations. Firstly, we will discuss a robotics assisted smart touch technology which allows us to detect the bolt looseness of flanges in pipelines and valves with portable smart sensor integrated with underwater and ground robots. Secondly, we will present a door opening tool which allows a light weight service robot to open and close a water tight ship door. Thirdly, we will introduce a valve inspection and operation tool which allows the service robot to operate and inspect a valve remotely. Lastly, we will discuss establishing an NSF Industry-University Cooperative Research Center for Underwater Robotics and Communications for Inspection and Monitoring (URCIM) which will facilitate potential technology transfer opportunities between universities and oil and gas industry.?





 


Presenter: Dr. Zheng Chen?

Dr. Zheng Chen is a Bill D. Cook assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Houston. He received B.E. degree in Electrical Engineering, M.E. degree in Control Science & Engineering from Zhejiang University, China in 1999 and 2002, and Ph.D degree in Electrical Engineering from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2009. Dr. Chen joined the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Virginia as a research associate in Sept. 2009. In July 2012, Dr. Chen joined Baker Hughes as a research & development engineer specialized in control systems. From August 2013 to May 2017, Dr. Chen was an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Wichita State University. His research interests include electroactive polymer artificial muscle, bio-inspired underwater robots, underwater cyber physical systems, control of hydraulic fracturing equipment, and renewable energy systems. His research is supported by NSF, Subsea System Institute, and Baker Hughes. Dr. Chen received many prestigious awards, such as NSF CAREER Award in 2017.



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