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Confined Space Rescue

“At about 6:45pm on 26 May 2014, while the timber cargo on board the German registered general cargo vessel Suntis was being discharged, three crew members entered a cargo hold access compartment. Another crewman saw one of his colleagues collapse…

Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS)

The world has been running almost entirely on fossil fuels for the past 40 years. It is estimated that fossil fuels currently supply over 80% of the worlds energy needs and will continue to do so for decades to come.…

Welcome to Innova

Leslie-OghomienorIt gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the maiden edition of Innova – RusselSmith’s monthly publication on all things interesting, innovative and informative, with a special focus on the oil and gas industry.

The word Innova is a Latin word which means ‘renew’. It shares the same meaning with the English word ‘Innovation’ which is synonymous with the RusselSmith brand.

Innova Magazine is a product of RusselSmith Group’s brand communication efforts to engage its customers and other stakeholders. It is a customer-focused magazine which provides well-researched materials which are of interest to a wide range of readers.

Flying Robots – The New Face of Aerial Inspections

Unmanned aerial vehicles (also referred to as drones) have been used in a lot of applications lately, such as photography, movie-making, aerial surveys, and even in warfare, where they have shown distinct advantages in reconnaissance and attack. However, their commercial use in the energy sector is just getting under way, and is rapidly gaining popularity due to their versatility and wide range of applications.

The world’s biggest oil and gas companies are turning to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) rather than people, for inspecting and monitoring offshore rigs, pipelines,storage tanks, flare stacks and other infrastructure.

“UAVs are safer and more cost-effective than a lot of inspection techniques that are presently available. They are ideal for inspections in difficult-to-access areas or areas which are unsafe for workers.” says Kayode Adeleke, Senior Executive Vice President of RusselSmith Group, which is also a provider of aerial inspection services.

Mini ROVs: The Underwater Inspection Game Changer

Right from the early 1950s, Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) have been used for a variety of science, military, and salvage missions. These missions include photographing deep-sea animals, recovering torpedoes from the ocean floor, servicing underwater oil & gas structures, and locating historic ship-wrecks.

The need for a smaller version of the ROV arose due to the need for increased portability, the necessity to penetrate harder to reach areas and to possess more versatility.
The answer to these problems came in the form of the Mini Rover ROV, the world’s first small, low cost remotely operated underwater vehicle. It was designed and built by Chris Nicholson of Deep Sea Systems International, Inc. in 1983.

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