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Monday, May 4, 2020 

UK Marine and Offshore consultancy Waves Group has continued the expansion of its digital capabilities with the introduction of a remote survey and inspection capability using mobile digital technology.

This capability allows operations to continue, whilst using problem solving and risk management expertise, even when site attendances are difficult due to the global Covid-19 pandemic.

The remote survey is jointly conducted by the Waves Group team (based at home or our offices) and a member of the vessel’s crew or another person who can attend the site. The survey call is fully interactive and directed by the ‘remote surveyor’ in real-time, with all footage and still images saved in a cloud-based server using a specifically developed application.

Each survey is fully planned and customised prior to the survey call and all relevant documentation is reviewed before the call to maximise efficiency and ensure a methodical approach to the survey, whilst also considering the health and safety requirements for the person on site.

The remote survey capability uses standard mobile devices, such as smartphones, and therefore does not require any special devices at site. All footage is streamed using standard Wi-Fi or telephone connections, or where connectivity is more limited, the survey scope is agreed and then uploaded when complete and when communications allow.

Applications for the remote survey capability include Marine Warranty Surveys (MWS), Suitability surveys for vessels and for witnessing critical marine operations for a project, Certificates of Approval (CoA), and Marine casualty management and investigations.

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