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25/08/21

Sub-'See' Digital

Shabnum Hanif, Ocean Infinity’s Offshore Business Line Director discusses how Digital Twin technology can enhance offshore Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR).

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It’s become commonplace to see more and more digital visualisation tools being used in many industries. The term Artificial Intelligence (AI) itself is almost used in our vocabulary as much as ‘milk and two sugars’.  

Thinking about all these newly available technologies (from robot dogs to driverless cars), frankly implores the question; have we really become that digital and what does this mean for subsea operations?

The offshore industry is increasingly using Digital Twin technology to sustainably enhance efficiency, safety, and to support the extension of asset life expectancy.  Any asset, be it renewables, oil and gas or, any type of critical infrastructure (tunnels, damns etc) can be digitally depicted. Inadvertently, the use of Digital Twin technology further reduces maintenance and operating costs. This can only be a bonus right?

So what is a ‘Digital Twin’?

A Digital Twin delivers a digital representation of a physical asset, system or process designed to detect, prevent and predict analytics to optimise business value. This real-time virtual representation of physical assets and its behaviour, delivers a shorter response time therefore allowing operators to obtain greater insights to better enhance Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR). 

Ocean Infinity’s Digital Twin solution can be used throughout the entire project life cycle.  From design and engineering, construction, operations, through to decommission stages.  With extensive expertise in the 3D visualisation, simulation and digital twinning of offshore assets, we provide the next-generation data visualisation and interface to support the planning and execution of offshore operations and to process, contextualise and deliver the acquired data. Our solution combines an ecosystem of applications that can work both independently and simultaneously to provide value-added benefits in every phase of a project and deliver a true digital asset life cycle management. Spanning offshore management of subsea and top-side operations to remote onshore monitoring; this platform accomplishes a holistic view of all marine operations. 
 
All applications are connected and can continuously provide new data and insights to allow the end user to have the most up to date version of the reality. Additionally, the platform can also be connected to different third-party systems such as ERPs, GIS DBs, and documentation systems, to provide one single view of assets and operations. All data is maintained and securely accessible through the life of the field and across all applications. 

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Creating a virtual digital replica of the entire environment, collecting video, telemetry, positioning, and other sensor data (laser scan, MBES, sonar, geo-locate imagery and video) during the operation, as well as processing and streaming the information onshore to command centers via secured cloud access, allows for a complete traffic, operations, and data management control system for multiple autonomous and remote vehicles.

The Ocean Infinity Digital Twin solution is a key enabler to allow the usage of crewed and uncrewed  vessels, Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for inspection and environmental monitoring operations such as monitoring sand wave migration across the site, scour growth at the foundations, the positions and condition of the cable and the cable protection system as well as the condition of the jacket structure.

By enabling the creation of a Digital Twin even before construction starts, this spatial computing platform not only increases profitability of field development in inaccessible areas, but also increases production efficiency of operations. 

Simply put, digitalising assets and subsea structures truly optimises offshore operations.

Given the added benefits of using digitalised platforms onshore to assess and assist with offshore operations, it’s no wonder the world has gone AI mad.

If you’d like to learn more on how this toolkit can be applied to your offshore assets, please get in touch with a member of our team: info@oceaninfinity.com.

Shabnum Hanif, Offshore Business Line Director

With a Postgraduate qualification in Psychology, Shabnum initially started her career as a Clinical Psychologist in Edinburgh, helping and supporting young adolescents.

Finding a new passion in corporate growth and development, she joined the Oil & Energy industry in 2010 to head up the data division for a consultancy offering geology and geophysical (G&G) support.


She has helped to support many new clients with their offshore subsea campaigns and over the past few years, has championed the model of supporting offshore operational campaigns, onshore.


In November 2020, Shabnum joined Ocean Infinity as the Global Offshore Business Line Director; assisting various marine projects and supporting clients in their transition towards using uncrewed technology for safer offshore operations with a lesser environmental impact. This can all be achieved by Ocean Infinity’s upcoming Armada Fleet; the world’s largest robotic fleet of vessels.
Her genuine interest and engagement with clients assists with the true understanding of the overall requirements.

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