Unmanned Inspection

Offshore ultrasonic testing (UT) and visual inspections poses higher risk to workers. The work requires long hours at height, in confined spaces, and has limited access to healthcare in an emergency. Limiting manned involvement is a new frontier for the industry.

Hazardous Inspection Areas

Currently, worker must use ropes and scaffolding to access all UT inspection points on an offshore platform. These environments have higher winds, waves, and the risk of getting lost at sea. Reducing manned involvement is the key to reducing worker risk offshore.

Confined Spaces

Currently, workers must use ropes or scaffolding to access all UT inspection points inside a ship. These enclosed environments lack airflow and workers must be cautious of suffocation. Worker risk is further compounded when the work is performed at height in these confined spaces. The Skygauge aims to eliminate confined space entry to make inspections safer.

The Safer Method

Using our drones, companies will reimagine how they set their inspection regime. The Skygauge aims to eliminate work at height and confined space entry to reduce the risk to workers. Beyond safety, implementing the use of drones for offshore inspection is proven to result in up to 80% overall cost reductions. Using the Skygauge for inspection will result in safe productive work while maximizing margins.

Reasons to Start

Our number one priority is reducing worker risk. Because it is a known fact that falls from height are still to this day one of the principal causes of fatal accidents and injuries within the workplace. Most recent data from OSHA indicates that falls from heights remains to be the leading cause of workplace fatalities.

As of today, 566 out of 1623 occupational deaths in the U.S. are due to falls. That’s approximately 35% of all workplace deaths. With robotics, we will achieve a higher degree of safety by not having the worker at height.

Drone inspections enable companies to remove the unnecessary risks associated with workers performing both inspections, contact, and visual on tall structures.
Metal structures inside the cargo hold and ballast tanks need to be regularly inspected for corrosion. Inspections are done to prevent unexpected downtime, maintain compliance with regulation, and to ensure a secure work environment.

Planned and unplanned downtime is a major drain for companies in the shipping industry. Dry dock time and not utilizing the vessel costs a significant amount to owners.

In shipping, downtime is inevitable, but with Skygauge it can be significantly reduced by performing inspections 5-10 times faster and getting back to operation sooner.
Reduce costs and maximize your margins by making inspectors more effective at their job. When performing inspections the largest cost is worker time. These staff are specialized technicians that receive a premium for working in hazardous conditions. We estimate that over 80% of their time is spent on accessing inspection points.

The inspections themselves are performed relatively quickly and most of their time is spent accessing all areas of the structure. Using the Skygauge, inspectors will access inspection points 5x to 10x faster. The Skygauge maneuvers more effectively into inspection locations saving workers time.

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