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Research: AI Can Detect Corrosion

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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Technical advisory services firm ABS (Houston), working in collaboration with Google Cloud and software company SoftServe (Lviv, Ukraine), recently reported they've finished using AI to detect corrosion and coating breakdown on both offshore structures and ships.

The project’s findings revealed that AI accurately detected and assessed issues that are often found during visual inspection. Moving forward, AI technology could be used to examine images over time, to better understand coating breakdown and corrosion trends.

Detecting Corrosion With AI

“Digital innovation in AI will change how surveys and maintenance strategies are executed, driving more condition-based approaches to class and maintenance,” said ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki.

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Technical advisory services firm ABS, working in collaboration with Google Cloud and software company SoftServe, reportedly recently finished using AI to detect corrosion and coating breakdown on both offshore structures and ships.

“We are building a future in which digital tools can remotely assess the condition of a ship or offshore unit, and automatically detect and measure coating breakdown and other structural issues, improving safety and reliability.”

According to The Maritime Executive, using AI to interpret images works well in tandem with using drones for inspection. (Another area ABS has had a hand in, specifically for ships and offshore structures.) Drones can film high-quality footage that could potentially be scanned by AI to read for anomalies. Norwegian researchers used a similar set-up in a 2016 study to inspect corrosion on steel highway bridges. Rust was accurately identified in 88% of the cases examined. The technology implemented by ABS relies on more developed AI created by Google Cloud, however.

"We are excited to team with Google Cloud and SoftServe to effectively apply AI technology to the marine and offshore industries," said ABS Deputy Chief Digital Officer, Kashif Mahmood.

“By combining our deep domain experience in offshore and marine structures with Google Cloud’s extensive knowledge of AI applications and SoftServe’s development capabilities, we were able to take this idea from concept to reality.”

   

Tagged categories: Coating failure; Corrosion; EU; Europe; NA; North America; Quality Control; Research and development; Testing + Evaluation

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