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Projects utilise subsea 3D inspection technology

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World Pipelines,


Subsea technology and services company, Cortez Subsea, is enjoying success in the global inspection market thanks to its 3D technology. In the last 12 months, the company has penned myriad contracts in the sector with the accumulative value of more than £1.5 million.

Projects utilise subsea 3D inspection technology

The work offshore Malaysia has been conducted with the MCS Photo Realistic 3D Cloud (PRC), a cutting-edge subsea camera and software system which scans structures and pipeline sections to create a 3D cloud of millions of points presenting an as-built of any scanned object.

General Manager of Cortez Subsea in Malaysia, Murray Ross, is leading on the projects. He said: “The PRC provides a quicker, safer and extremely accurate ROV deployed subsea measurement solution. In fact, it measures with plus or minus 1 mm accuracy.

“Coupled with our other technologies, it can provide us with a competitive edge and allows our clients to be confident they are promoting operational excellence by utilising advanced inspection techniques.

“The data from our PRC can be transmitted in real-time. Using an ROV and the PRC for inspection activities significantly reduces the time required in comparison to traditional techniques including divers. For example, in spool metrology, in one case, we noted it took 15 min. for an ROV with PRC to fly and video the route of a spool from the pipeline to the riser in comparison to two hours required for a diver to perform the same activity using the traditional taut wire process.”

In support of project wins in 2019, Cortez, which currently employs 50 people globally, will continue to recruit for its worldwide team.

Managing Director of Cortez Subsea, Alasdair Cowie, said: “We consult our ‘technology toolbox’ to ensure we are bucking the trend in an industry still adjusting to the lower oil price and to ensure we increase our focus on efficiencies to meet our customer’s needs.

“2019 saw as welcome many new clients to our portfolio which is testament to our investment in new technology, innovation and partnerships.”

Read the article online at: https://www.worldpipelines.com/contracts-and-tenders/03032020/projects-utilise-subsea-3d-inspection-technology/

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