“The remote technology approach also enables easy and quick involvement of health, safety, security and environment technical experts in the process,” Albini continued. “In addition, the ability to discuss technical issues on the fly with suppliers can identify possible improvements to productivity, or help to anticipate potential delays.”
Benefits span technical assurance
DNV GL has found that the application of remote technology to its inspection, verification, and marine assurance services has increased efficiency by cutting the time that customers need to wait for an inspector or surveyor to become available (Figure 2).
“The savings our customers are seeing help to enhance quality and safety, and also free up spend for previously unbudgeted activities,” said Rolf Benjamin Johansen , global business development and innovation director, DNV GL - Oil & Gas.
The company is seeing rising interest among its operator, supplier, and EPC customer base worldwide in using such digital technologies. These are already being used in projects across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
“I believe the oil and gas industry will very quickly adopt remote technology for technical assurance activities across the value chain,” said Richard Bailey , director of inspection, DNV GL - Oil & Gas. “It is easy and intuitive to use.”
Technology delivers instant access to deep technical expertise
Instead of booking a survey weeks in advance, remote technology enables easy, instant connection with the most relevant expert for the job. The inspector or surveyor may be in Aberdeen and the survey in Abu Dhabi, for example.
Good connectivity is obviously fundamental for this. “We have solutions for 99% of environments in which we conduct surveys and inspections,” said Johansen. “If there are weaknesses in connection, we can put in place robust technologies to overcome these in order to complete the technical assurance work.”