ABS, Google Cloud, and Ukraine-based SoftServe have concluded an experiment project using artificial intelligence (AI) models to identify corrosion and coating breakdown levels on ships and offshore structures.

During the trial phase, the AI-powered project integrated automatic structural anomaly detection and remote inspection to deliver improved monitoring of structural anomalies.

In future, the AI techniques could be used to assess images to understand corrosion and coating breakdown trends.

ABS chairman, president and CEO Christopher Wiernicki said: “Digital innovation in AI will change how surveys and maintenance strategies are executed, driving more condition-based approaches to class and maintenance.

“We are building a future in which digital tools can remotely assess the condition of a ship or offshore unit, and automatically detect and measure coating breakdown and other structural issues, improving safety and reliability.”

ABS said that its technology depends on much more sophisticated AI tools created by Google Cloud.

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ABS deputy chief digital officer Kashif Mahmood said: “We are excited to team with Google Cloud and SoftServe to effectively apply AI technology to the marine and offshore industries.

“Digital innovation in AI will change how surveys and maintenance strategies are executed, driving more condition-based approaches to class and maintenance.”

“By combining our deep domain experience in offshore and marine structures with Google Cloud’s extensive knowledge of AI applications and SoftServe’s development capabilities, we were able to take this idea from concept to reality.”

In association with industry and clients, ABS focuses on developing compliance, optimised performance and operational efficiency for marine and offshore assets.

Earlier this month, ABS Advanced Solutions joined forces with Mission Secure (MSi) to use data for real-time monitoring and streamline cyber protection.

With the integration of the MSi platform, ABS clients will be able to improve cyber defence of industrial control systems that operate modern day vessels and offshore platforms.