Thailand delivers world’s first vertical pipe inspection and maintenance robotic service

ARV has officially partnered with RotoTech to introduce and further develop the innovative technology ‘Roto Climber’, the world’s first vertical pipe inspection and maintenance robot, to serve the renewables and oil and gas industries across the globe.

AI and Robotics Ventures Company Limited (ARV), a subsidiary of PTTEP, recently began working with RotoTech Private Company Limited, a Singapore-based service provider specializing in robotic inspection maintenance and cleaning. The partnership makes available ‘Roto Climber’, a technologically advanced inspection, maintenance and cleaning robot which is the first of its kind to perform on vertical pipe structures including risers, conductors and caissons offshore as well as jetties and wind power towers. There is growing interest from asset owners and services companies in South East Asia to use Roto Climber.

Dr. Thana Slanvetpan, ARV General Manager, said “This partnership is transforming inspection and maintenance of infrastructures. ARV is also facilitating the development of additional modules that will enable Roto Climber to repair, drill and cut structures where required. ARV and RotoTech are pleased to offer this innovative solution to help industries overcome operational pain points.”


Mr. Simon Hartog, RotoTech Managing Director, said “Roto Climber is remotely controlled and can operate without divers and vessels. The robot will not only increase efficiency, but also improve personnel safety especially in hazardous areas. This innovation offers substantial cost and time savings as well as lowers carbon footprint for customers.”

Roto Climber can operate above water, in the splash zone areas, and down to 200 meters underwater. The robot is lightweight and easily installable. During operation, Roto Climber clamps to the pipe structure and walks down the pipe while performing various tasks simultaneously. These include close visual inspection, wall thickness measurement, corrosion detection and exterior cleaning. Roto Climber is equipped with subsea camera that reports real-time high-quality VDO for monitoring and analysis.