ABS prove AI-enabled corrosion detection potential

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Classification society ABS, Google Cloud, and Ukrainian software provider SoftServe have successfully demonstrated the accuracy of using artificial intelligence (AI) to detect levels of corrosion and coating breakdown on ships and offshore structures.

Representing a breakthrough in the use of AI in the maritime sector, the recently completed pilot project used AI to detect and assess structural anomalies commonly found during visual inspection.

Following the positive results, ABS stated that AI techniques could also be further used to analyse images over time to understand corrosion and coating breakdown trends.

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

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

The pilot project combined automatic structural anomaly detection and remote inspection for improved monitoring.