The range of tools and techniques frequently gathered under the life-of-field umbrella is growing, with IRM an increasing focus area for research and development. It is a part of the business that meshes well with current trends such as increased data gathering capacity, enhanced imaging and automation. Upstream Technology meets some of the scientists and engineers making important strides in keeping the oil and gas infrastructure in shape.

In the drone zone

Once a novelty, drones are fast becoming an indispensable part of the offshore oil and gas inspection tool kit. Early adopter Maersk Oil talks about recent projects, and where the technology could be headed.

Cold work start for new repair player

With a campaign due to start on the Girassol FPSO at the end of this year - and a smaller maiden contract already executed in March - French company ColdPad is now off and running with its new system for ‘no hot work’ repairs