The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), which provides classification services for the offshore industry, recently certified Avisight Inc. to use drones for survey-related inspections on all types of rigs used within the field. The certification makes Avisight an ABS Recognized External Specialist in Remote Inspection Techniques.

External specialists are an approved class of service providers, which are utilized at the request of equipment manufacturers, shipyards, vessel’s owners or other clients. All external specialists must meet a stringent set of procedural requirements before being added to the ABS Specialists Database.

“Our goal at AviSight is to lead generational paradigm shifts in the industry,” said AviSight’s CEO, J.B. Bernstein, adding: “The revolution in safety and data that our inspection services and data solutions will bring to maritime-based critical infrastructure represents a shift that will feel like going from the Flintstones to the Jetsons. We are excited to work closely with ABS and its partners to create a new era of safety and data actionability in rig inspections.”

As part of the approval process, Avisight conducted a 250 class platform rig leg inspection in Galveston, which it live streamed to a conference in Houston through AviSight’s proprietary Live Look Fault Vision, using its new C3UBE command center. C3UBE was launched as recently as September of this year to facilitate beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights for applications in the oil, gas, power, transportation, and telecommunications sectors.

“The use of drones has drawn instant industry attention and support,” adds Bernstein, and “AviSight is already working with our industry partners to support operations in the North Atlantic, Singapore, Galveston and the Gulf of Mexico.”

 

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