January AICHE STS Virtual Meeting | AIChE

January AICHE STS Virtual Meeting

Thursday, January 14, 2021,
6:00pm to 7:30pm
Virtual / Online

Automating Internal, Confined Space Inspections


6:00PM - 6:30PM Announcements 

6:30PM - 7:30PM Presentation


This presentation will highlight the recent use of the new Zenith Inspection System for internal, confined spaces. With the delay in 2020 inspections to the fall outage season, this was the first time Zenith was used in petrochemical turnarounds. Zenith is a drone inspired drop camera system meant to tackle challenging confined space inspections with more ease. A few reasons Zenith was selected for use: its fully automated data collection process, it runs for hours on a single battery and because it has great payload capabilities allowing for high resolution visual and additional payloads such as LIDAR, thermal, and extra lighting beyond 10,000 lumens. A major chemical company has successfully used their Zenith system on multiple inspections this fall outage season.  In addition, the presentation will also show how Zenith makes it easy to begin using robotics for inspections – allowing the traditional plant inspector to pick up a Zenith and start using it in minutes.

Speaker: Christian Smith

Christian Smith is one of the founding members of Interactive Aerial and serves as the company’s President. He oversees Interactive Aerial’s sales team & global distribution partners, along with managing day-to-day company operations. Christian has been involved in aviation for over 12 years. He studied business at the University of North Dakota where he also became a commercial pilot and Certified Flight Instructor. Interactive Aerial is modernizing how inspections are carried out today through successful drone technology. He has given many presentations about robotic technology over the years and looks forward to presenting to the South Texas Chemical members!