April 15, 2020 News
Kleinfelder and AltaML Partnership Aimed at Enhancing Safety in Oil & Gas Industry
Using 3D scanning, machine learning (ML), and artificial intelligence (AI), Kleinfelder and AltaML plan to dramatically enhance safety in the oil and gas industry.
Kleinfelder, an industry leading engineering and design firm, and AltaML, an applied artificial intelligence and machine learning product company, announced a partnership aimed at drastically enhancing safety and efficiency in the oil and gas industry.
Having supported projects for global oil and gas clients over the last 55 years, Kleinfelder is well versed in the industry’s upstream, midstream, and downstream operations, including the potential risks and hazards of working in the industry. The firm applies 3D reality capture technologies to industry projects, creating virtual 3D models of oil production plants and facilities that eliminate uncertainties during planning, design, construction, and asset management, as well as increase the safety of all site workers and managers involved.
"Kleinfelder’s use of 3D reality capture has been used to assist oil and gas clients throughout the lifecycle of their facilities – from planning and design to performance management and maintenance," explained Kleinfelder’s 3D Reality Capture Lead Mark Franklin. "Regarding existing operations, Kleinfelder’s 3D virtual facility models are used to increase the efficiency of inspection and maintenance activities through data-driven simulation and modeling. Because the facilities can be inspected virtually, the risk to inspectors is significantly reduced as they can access all areas of a facility from the safety of their desk.”
With AltaML’s machine learning capabilities, Kleinfelder’s virtual facility models can be enhanced to incorporate artificial intelligence that recognizes and tags maintenance issues within the 3D reality capture scans. Not only does this AI/ML technology have the potential to help facility owners and managers streamline decision making by providing a better understanding of their infrastructure maintenance needs, it also helps eliminate potential human oversight and error that can lead to costly safety hazards, especially in the oil and gas industry.
"As safety is a top priority for the oil & gas industry, we are thrilled to partner with Kleinfelder on this important initiative,” says AltaML CEO and Co-Founder Cory Janssen. "Their deep expertise in O&G safety and massive amounts of 3D data is a knockout combination, and applying AI and ML creates unprecedented opportunities to flag safety and maintenance issues, streamline safety inspections, and save lives on the job site.”
Second image: After tagging the elements, the model then looks for subtle deterioration or damage to highlight to a human supervisor.
Founded in 1961, Kleinfelder is a leading engineering, construction management, design, and environmental professional services firm. Kleinfelder operates from over 65 office locations in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company is headquartered in San Diego, California. Kleinfelder is poised to grow and continue to provide solutions for our diverse client base.
AltaML builds transformational software for business, powered by machine learning (ML). AltaML is headquartered in Edmonton with offices in Calgary and Toronto. We partner with organizations using a co-development model where we provide technical and strategic expertise on how to leverage their data and subject matter expertise with AI/ML to deliver significant ROI and new forms of competitive advantage.