Webinar: Robotic Inspection April 23
Making sure the pipelines that serve the oil, gas, petrochemical, and other industries are sound is critically important but not easy. Until now, operators have had only one option—send people into the field to inspect for corrosion, leaks, structural damage, and wear. Today, crawler robots and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) offer a way to inspect pipelines thoroughly, more frequently, and more affordably.

ASME's webinar, Inspection Robots: Pipeline Leaks, at 2:00 pm Eastern on April 23 will feature two leaders in pipeline robotic inspection. Rick Hunter of Avitas Systems, a BHGE venture, will discuss how UAVs use multiple sensors and analytics to address such issues as leaks, corrosion, and structural damage. Wes Kirkland of Eddyfi Technology will discuss how Inuktun crawler robots can inspect pipes for leaks, corrosion, and integrity.

Register now to learn:

How modular robotic crawler and UAV solutions provide remote visual inspection and non-destructive testing of in-service pipelines well pads.

How modular robotic crawlers and UAVs improve the safety and reduce the cost of inspecting confined space entry (CSE), limited access points, long distances, variable geometry (including vertical sections), and other pipeline structural integrity assessment challenges.

The types of inspections that UAV can performed including advanced methane detection & reduction system

The types of data and analytics available from robotic inspection and analytics systems.

Best practices for using crawlers and UAVs as part of an ongoing inspection and maintenance program.


Rick Hunter
Director, Engineering Services and Upstream O&G
Avitas Systems, a BHGE venture
Rick is the Director of Operations at Avitas Systems, a Baker Hughes GE venture. He has approximately 25 years of Oil & Gas experience. Rick is involved in the development of UAV and sensor solutions and in transitioning those solutions to field operations. Rick is a graduate of the University of Houston and Houston Baptist University. Rick and his wife Kim, along with their children, are natives of Houston.

Wes Kirkland
Director, US Field Sales Operations
Eddyfi Technologies
Wes Kirkland has been directly involved in the maintenance, deployment and design of remotely operated robotic solutions for almost 10 years. In 2008, he started his career in ROV services for the offshore oil and gas industry and soon diversified into on-shore projects, servicing a wide range of industrial clientele. It was during this time that he was first introduced to Inuktun; he has been a strong supporter ever since. Wes has managed personnel, equipment and numerous projects ranging from deep water drill support, to custom engineered solutions, to assessment of difficult to inspect pipelines. His understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the remote inspection market along with a commitment to innovative solutions makes him a perfect fit for Eddyfi Technologies.

Alan Brown
Alan Brown has written about a broad range of engineering topics since joining Mechanical Engineering as an editor 12 years ago. Prior to that, he was a freelancer writer who specialized in engineering, technology, science, and business topics.