Wideblue Start New Project for 3D Remote Visual Inspection in the Nuclear Industry

24 April 2015

This week saw the kick-off of our new “Mosaicing for Automatic Pipe Scanning” (MAPS) project. It will combine innovative new optical hardware and advanced image processing techniques for interactive 3D remote visual inspection (RVI) of pipework in the nuclear industry. This new project aims to develop a ruggedized prototype that will be deployed and demonstrated in a range of test environments, both in the laboratory and on-site.

The five-member consortium includes Inspectahire, University of Strathclyde, Wideblue Ltd, a nuclear site license company and is led by National Nuclear Laboratory. The inspection hardware will be developed by Wideblue Ltd and the analysis software will be developed by University of Strathclyde. The specification of the hardware will be driven by NNL, Inspectahire, and the nuclear site license company to meet both their existing needs and other emerging opportunities. The combination of skills within the consortium is unique, and as such this project will deliver a world-leading capability for nuclear inspection associated with routine inspection, reactor lifetime extension, and new build programmes both in the UK and overseas.

The MAPS project is part-funded by Innovate UK.