Kraken Robotic Systems partners with Avitas Systems to advance robotic subsea inspection technologies



During General Electric’s (GE) Mind + Machines event in San Francisco, California, it was announced that Kraken Robotics Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., entered a strategic partnership with Avitas Systems, which is a GE Venture that advances the inspection services industry across various sectors through predictive data analytics, robotics, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Through the partnership, the two companies will integrate AUVs, acoustic and laser sensor technology and AI-based navigation software into unique subsea inspection systems for several industries, including oil and gas, offshore renewable energy, and shipping.

“Integrating our technologies with Avitas Systems will significantly enhance subsea asset management and provide improved safety, reduced costs and actionable intelligence for operators,” says Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO.

Brad Tomer, Vice President of Operations at Avitas Systems, comments, “bridging Kraken’s cost-effective technologies with our autonomy, state-of-the-art platform, and domain knowledge allows us to commercialize efficient solutions tailored to the oil and gas industry’s specific needs.

“We look forward to developing complex solutions that offshore assets in challenging ocean conditions require.”

As a result of the partnership, Avitas Systems will be able to complete subsea inspections for less money, in less time, and with a reduced operational footprint. The partnership will also expand capabilities for inspections of things like ship and FPSO hulls, underwater production fields, subsea pipelines and cables and offshore wind farm assets.

Avitas Systems will integrate several of Kraken Robotics’ cost efficient AUV technologies—like underwater sensors, pressure tolerant batteries, thrusters and control electronics—into an autonomous subsea inspection system.

Data from this inspection will be uploaded into a “state-of-the-art platform,” which includes strong data ingestion, automatic defect recognition, predictive analytics and a cloud-based visualization portal for customers in the oil and gas and offshore energy sectors.

In an effort to “optimize robots’ abilities to follow supervisory commands, track pipeline or subsea field positioning with AI-powered swim paths and identify priority areas for inspection,” Avitas Systems will use Kraken Robotics’ sonar technology and navigational software. Kraken’s AquaPix Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) technology will “specifically enable 3D volumetric imaging,” which is especially useful for buried pipeline inspection and broader seafloor viewing.

The high-resolution images of assets’ surface contours can be put into the Avitas Systems cloud-based platform. Within the platform, advanced algorithms fuse multiple sensor data, image analytics are performed, and actionable outcomes are predicted in real-time. The platform can also “centralize and prioritize the inspection data by areas of interest to inspectors,” which increases efficiency.