Advancing UK Aerospace, Defence, Security & Space Solutions Worldwide
  • Home
  • /
  • Security
  • /
  • Zelim’s ZOE deployed for first time in oil & gas sector

Security

Zelim’s ZOE deployed for first time in oil & gas sector

Edinburgh based Zelim’s intelligent detection and tracking solution, ZOE, has been deployed for the first time in the oil and gas sector.

Image courtesy Valaris

The ZOE system is being used onboard the jack-up rig VALARIS Stavanger to provide automated person overboard detection and alerts.

Zelim has worked with Valaris to customise ZOE software for the specific requirements of jack-up vessels. The system was installed on the Valaris rig in February. Following an initial trial period, Valaris will evaluate the suitability of the system for use on other assets in their fleet, reinforcing their leadership stance in sector safety.

Advertisement
Cranfield

Glen Spearman, Offshore Installation Manager onboard VALARIS Stavanger, said: “The North Sea is a harsh weather environment that can change quickly. If someone ends up in the water, the alarm is raised and one person acts as a spotter to maintain visual contact. We are totally reliant on line of sight. ZOE gives us a 360-degree view from the rig at any one time. It could reduce our response time and improve the chances of successful rescue in the event of a person overboard.”

The first challenge with a person overboard is knowing when and where the person fell. The second is finding them once they have entered the water. Even once the person is located, they can drift quickly and be obscured by waves, light glare and sea spray. The risk of losing sight of them is high. Standard person overboard procedures are fully reliant on the human eye to locate and maintain sight of the individual, a difficult task which is further impeded in darkness and heavy weather. With seven infrared and optical cameras placed around the vessel, ZOE is constantly on watch – around the entire rig and around the clock.

Doug Lothian, Chief Technology Officer at Zelim, said: “ZOE has been designed and developed in collaboration with the US Coast Guard. The system has been through extensive testing in adverse conditions and given a 96.8% successful detection rate up to 337 metres, which is above and beyond standard requirements. Valaris was involved with us on this project with hands-on experience of their work environment, which meant we quickly understood their specific customisation requirements.”

Advertisement
Marshall RT 2

In the rare incidence of a person overboard, ZOE transmits an automatic alert to the radio operator, who can see a 10-second clip of when the alert was triggered whilst simultaneously viewing live footage. ZOE continues to track the person in the water, thereby increasing their chances of successful rescue. The system logs the position of the vessel and the person overboard at the point of detection for mayday call geo-location, as well as providing the radio operator with a mayday script and actions checklist, ensuring fast and accurate reporting under stressful circumstances.

Data from ZOE is processed onboard the vessel for security and full functionality with no internet connection. The system’s AI models have been built on a dataset of over 4.9 million labelled maritime rescue images across a wide range of ocean conditions. The technology is highly extensible, with other potential uses including automatic security threat detection and alerting as well as red zone monitoring.

Advertisement
TT Electronics LB TT Electronics LB
Expleo to demo next-gen aircraft solutions at FIA2024

Aerospace Defence Security Space Events

Expleo to demo next-gen aircraft solutions at FIA2024

18 July 2024

Engineering, technology and consulting firm Expleo will be exhibiting at Farnborough International Airshow (FIA) 2024 from 22nd- 26th July, demonstrating innovative design and manufacturing solution for next-generation aircraft.

Respect The Range art installed in Wiltshire

Defence Security Events

Respect The Range art installed in Wiltshire

18 July 2024

Giant silhouettes of soldiers have been used to create a new public art installation in Wiltshire to inform and educate the public about the dangers of accessing military land.

Defence Innovation Loans open for applications

Defence Security

Defence Innovation Loans open for applications

17 July 2024

The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) supported by Innovate UK Loans Ltd (Innovate UK) are working together to offer Defence Innovation Loans.

ODU enhances retro-fit of AMC Series

Aerospace Defence Security Space

ODU enhances retro-fit of AMC Series

17 July 2024

An innovative connection solution characterised by a 3-in-1 locking mechanism which provides reliable performance for demanding military and civilian applications, the ODU AMC (Advanced Military Connector) range, is now being expanded to address retro-fit requirements.

Advertisement
ODU RT
Babcock supplies LFB with vehicles to tackle wildfires

Security

Babcock supplies LFB with vehicles to tackle wildfires

17 July 2024

Babcock have supplied four extreme weather response vehicles to the London Fire Brigade (LFB) which will be trialled this summer to respond to the growing threat of grass fires and wildfires.

Serco appoints Tom Read as Group Chief Digital and Technology Officer

Defence Security Space

Serco appoints Tom Read as Group Chief Digital and Technology Officer

17 July 2024

Serco has appointed Tom Read to the new role of Group Chief Digital and Technology Officer.

Advertisement
Marshall RT 2