23 Feb. 2020: Equinor, together with the Helideck Certification Agency, completed the first virtual offshore helideck inspection - a first on the UKCS and in the company.
After the onset of the pandemic last spring, Equinor, began exploring digital options with the Helideck Certification Agency (HCA).
The idea was initially driven by COVID-19 restrictions. The aim was to secure the recertification of the Mariner A helideck, avoiding any impact to offshore operations while keeping personnel levels in the field as low as possible to mitigate transmission risks.
HoloLens, the mixed reality headset, was used in this first virtual helideck inspection and certification.
Using the tool, the team offshore was guided by the onshore inspector to give full visibility of all areas of the helideck, including walkways, potential obstructions and key equipment, such as the helifuel system, enabling them to complete the full audit from their home office.
The visible detail provided by HoloLens, supported by technical documentation, led to the HCA issuing a full two-year recertification for the Mariner A helideck.