The Gecko Robotics crawler, technically a rapid ultrasonic gridding scanner, measures metal thickness on pressure vessels, helping identify defects and metal loss from corrosion or erosion.
It also eliminates the need for scaffolding or people working at heights, increasing safety.
The crawler attaches to a vessel or pipe wall using magnets and moves across the surface, sending sound waves into the metal to test its thickness.
bpx used the crawler to inspect four Blackhawk condensate separators.
The robot, which bp’s upstream engineering center sourced, aligns with the company’s modernization and transformation agenda. bp now plans to deploy the inspection techniques to other facilities.