SPRINT Robotics Guidelines for the Application of Robotics for the offline Inspection of Pressure Vessels

SPRINT Robotics Guidelines for the Application of Robotics for the offline Inspection of Pressure Vessels

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Asset operators are starting to move away from human-entry inspections and look towards the application of robotics for the inspection of pressure vessels. The key drivers are cost-efficiency, the improvement of the repeatability and effectiveness of inspections, and the increase of human and environmental safety.

“Guidelines for the Application of Robotics for the Offline Inspection of Pressure Vessels” gives guidance to those involved with preparation, execution and processing of a robotic inspection of pressure vessels. These guidelines specify the advised operational and reporting requirements for robotic inspection tools to be used for detection and subsequent mapping of metal loss and the detection of other features during the inspection of pressure vessels. “Guidelines for the Application of Robotics for the Offline Inspection of Pressure Vessels” also covers the legal context of asset inspections, provides an overview of the preparation and execution of conventional inspections of a typical pressure vessel, explores current robotic inspection methods, and includes a robotic inspection checklist.

“Guidelines for the Application of Robotics for the Offline Inspection of Pressure Vessels” was spearheaded by the SPRINT Robotics Action Group Pressure Vessels (AGPV) and has been approved by the SPRINT Robotics Program Committee.

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  1. This document has been reviewed and approved by the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative. It is stated however, that neither SPRINT Robotics Collaborative (“SPRINT Robotics”) nor the members of the SPRINT Robotics Action Group Prerssure Vessels nor the companies and/or participants of or belonging to SPRINT Robotics (hereinafter: ”SPRINT”) they represent can be held responsible for the fitness for purpose, completeness, accuracy and/or application of this guideline.
  1. This document is intended to serve as a generic robotic inspection guideline and thereby can not and will not cover all pressure vessel designs or pressure vessel operator-specific issues. SPRINT Robotics and other users of this guideline are therefore free to add or change requirements based on their specific aboveground storage tank situation.
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  1. Although the utmost care has been taken with this guideline, errors and omissions cannot be excluded and SPRINT Robotics makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied about the completeness, accuracy, reliability, suitability, purpose, availability and/or application with respect to the information in the guideline for any purpose. Any reliance you place on such material is therefore strictly at your own risk. SPRINT Robotics, therefore, accepts no liability, not even for direct or indirect damage, occurring due to or in relation with the use of the content of this guideline. To this guideline and the disclaimers, Dutch law is applicable.

This document specifies the advised operational and reporting requirements for robotic inspection tools to be used for any anomalies during the inspection of pressure vessels.. The tools may be autonomous and self-contained or may be controlled from outside the vessel via a tether.

Special thanks to the Action Group Pressure Vessels members who made their comments and documents available for these Guidelines.