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The health and safety of workers is one of the very top concerns for the oil & gas industry. From safety gear monitoring to hydraulic exoskeletons and telemedicine for remote areas, today’s oil and gas sector is becoming safer and more productive all the time.

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Safety gear monitoring with machine vision

This computer vision solution recognises when an employee is not wearing appropriate protective gear or clothing. Using a local camera network connected to a cloud-based recognition server, it recognises the facial features of individual employees, along with what they are wearing. The solution automatically logs when an employee is in breach of regulations, giving operators access to records through a digital dashboard. It is ideal for assisting large sites to enforce health and safety rules. Benefits include reduced injury rates, injury claims and health and safety violations.

90%

Reduction in injury rate and related claims

45%

Reduction in policy violation

Industrial exoskeleton to boost human strength

Designed for heavy lifting tasks, this exoskeleton reduces physical tension and allows workers to lift heavier weight while minimising injuries. This technology augments individual workers’ strength with high-performance hydraulics, enabling them to lift weights of up to 100 kg with 80% less muscular effort. With this increased lifting ability, one worker can often handle a lifting task that would otherwise need several personnel, as well as being able to hold uncomfortable positions for longer. The technology is built from aluminium alloys and carbon, and its materials can withstand temperatures of up to -15C. It helps reduce physical strain on workers, as well as increasing labour efficiency.

66%

Better labor effectiveness

2-4x

Cheaper than vendor average

Telemedicine for remote medical diagnosis

Ideal for hard-to-reach and inaccessible sites, this technology allows doctors to conduct medical assessments remotely. The telecommunication technology is integrated with equipment such as stethoscopes and otoscopes, so medical professionals can collect information during video consultations for a full telemedicine solution. The technology is also capable of sending images and continuously tracking a patient’s vital signs. With this technology, hard-to-reach facilities can always access reliable medical assistance, making on-site medical teams no longer necessary, thus eliminating transport costs.

Video recognition of gas leaks

Developed for production sites that deploy gas, steam and liquids, this video-based system automatically detects leaks in pipes and other equipment. Using a local camera network that feeds into a recognition server, it recognises escaping gas and alerts a nearby operator. Improved response time means that the operator can act quickly to prevent further damage or loss of resources. Companies using the technology will potentially reduce pollution and safety risks, as well as the chances of equipment breakage.

Drones for offshore monitoring and inspection

With these unmanned aerial vehicles, operators can monitor hard-to-access structures and equipment remotely. Equipped with multiple sensors and real-time data relay, they reduce inspection costs and lower health and safety risks. The vehicles can be used for a variety of applications including pipeline and well inspections. For example, they can check equipment integrity on vertical structures, look for methane leaks and other anomalies. They can also be used to monitor cooling tower integrity and inform 3D imaging. Operators using the technology can spot leaks more easily, reducing environmental risks.

$6m

Projected annual savings in maintenance in remote locations

99%

Reduction in inspection time per km of pipeline

Geospatial planning for congested areas

Offshore operators can improve safety in congested areas with this geospatial awareness platform. Ideal for busy ports and rigs, it creates visualisations that operators can use to plan vessel routes and optimise schedules. The solution assesses real-time data from multiple sources, such as vessel route plans, operational activity and exclusion zones to avoid conflicts between vessels and fixed assets. It then creates a temporal planning chart, similar to a Gantt chart, with time-stamped spatial data. Benefits for operators include optimised schedules, improved safety and environmental compliance, plus better decision-making that leads to reduced cost of ownership.

Operational excellence platform to manage risk

This operational excellence software platform delivers a single, shared overview of the operational risk facing an oil and gas facility. It works by aggregating data from sensors, systems and human activity, using a range of modules to show where work activities are happening on the plant, how they align with safety rules, and what impact they have on the asset’s risk level. The solution’s mobile app also allows users to manage permits and isolations, and to track incidents and near-misses. With a holistic, company-wide view of operational risk, the facility benefits from dramatically reduced wait time and downtime.

$6.5m

In annual savings

~75%

Reduction in crew waiting time

~47%

Reduction in annual downtime

Computer vision to monitor safety compliance

This computer vision system mitigates the risk of industrial safety breaches. Using CCTV in combination with machine vision, it can identify and report on safety issues when they happen on site. The system runs visual information from the camera feed into digital models that can assess safety compliance based on past events. It takes numerous factors into account, including the number of workers in a space. Ideal for hazardous sites, the system identifies imminent dangers and automatically alerts workers to any safety violation.

Our team has decades of collective experience, spanning all areas of industrial operations.

Dr Nick Mayhew

Chief Commercial Officer

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