Case Study – Incorporating AI into pre-existing processes

Yellow ROV Survey Inspection

Fast, safe and cost-effective water quality inspections identify key risks, help plan maintenance, reduce the cost of whole life ownership and drive better asset performance. Asset data is either captured while the asset remains full and/or in service using dedicated potable water robotic equipment or during planned shutdown using confined space entry.

Underwater ROV surveys now include the option of converting the HD video into interactive surveys and digital twin models with AI and machine learning that accurately replicate physical assets.

The software learns common faults and can then automatically locate those on digital models across the network and compares fault changes over time to predict the best time for intervention.

Pressure has never been higher on the water industry to improve water quality while also reducing overall cost. Key to this challenge is the ability to accurately prioritise investment.

Our team can assist by providing standardised asset reports grading condition, all data is captured electronically and held centrally for later assessment.

Using HD cameras assets can be inspected while in operation, while fully loaded any stress related defects can be seen in their true state. The removal of often lengthy and costly isolation planning means that large numbers of assets can be inspected within a short period allowing investment prioritisation ahead of a proactive funding period.

Where appropriate the ROV can also be used to trace the expected leakage route, DWI approved tracers can be injected at the point of suspected leakage while the asset is full and under full loading.

Other benefits include:

  • High-quality imagery in turbid waters – no one else can provide that in the market
  • Digitalisation of your entire asset
  • Precise location for interesting features, enabling site revisitation
  • 3D visual models of assets, above and below water
  • Change detection over time using both acoustic and visual data (Examples: increase in bio-fouling or corrosion over time – rates of deterioration, change in sedimentation, change in bathymetric profiles)

For more information on how Panton McLeod can help your water company achieve these benefits contact 01896 663 330 or email