They have over 8,000 skilled and highly competent employees representing over 75 nationalities, and operating in 15 countries across five continents. Seadrill is committed to safe and efficient operations across their fleet with effective Red Zone management being key to improving their safety performance.
Working in partnership with The Marsden Group, Seadrill is at the forefront of transforming the future of safety in the offshore drilling industry.
Following extensive R&D and offshore trials of Vision IQ in real-world environments, both on the drill floor and in crane operations. The solution is fully operational on one of Seadrill’s largest rigs and is now in the process of being rolled out across twelve of Seadrill’s fleet, including drillships, semi-subs and jack-ups.
Through the application of LiDAR technology, high resolution, three-dimensional information about the surrounding environment is provided so that personnel entering Seadrill Red Zones are immediately located whilst non-stationary objects are simultaneously detected in real time. The technology tracks their movements and assesses their speed along with the route on which they are traveling in relation to risks and acts when required. For example, stopping a pipe handling machine if a person is in its path of movement.
Key Industry Challenges
Where the drilling package is manual or semi-automated, personnel are required to enter Red Zones to carry out essential operations. The majority of incidents occur when the personnel entering are unfamiliar with the area.
Many organizations have suffered major accidents despite having clear corporate policies combined with good risk mitigation processes and systems.
Application in the real operating environment can often be lacking. Existing solutions can't be consistently relied upon to stop moving equipment if needed or to warn about potential hazards.