MTR 100: Makai Ocean Engineering

Posted by Irina Tabakina

Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc.
41-305 Kalanianaole Hwy, Hawaii 96795
T: +1 808 259 8871
E: [email protected]; W:
CEO/President: Dr. Jose Andres
Engineering Director: Dale Jensen
No. of Employees: 30
Annual Sales: $9m

Makai reports it was the first company to implement software for subsea cable route engineering using a GIS based platform, as well as the first to develop a FEM based, real-time cable installation software to accurately monitor and control the placement and tension/slack of a cable on the seabed. This system is used by 80% of the world’s Telecom cable installation fleet and has been used to successfully install over 400,000 km of cable.
Makai Ocean Engineering was founded in 1973 as a diversified ocean engineering company focused on providing design engineering and development services to a broad range of clientele both foreign and domestic. Practice areas include engineering for ocean based renewable energy (OTEC and SWAC), large underwater pipelines, software for planning, simulation, installation and recovery of submarine cables and arrays, and software for visualizing scientific 4D/5D data. Makai Ocean Engineering takes pride in its extensive record of success in achieving innovative solutions to difficult problems for its partners and clients and continues to serve leading industrial and commercial firms as well as federal, state and local governments worldwide.
Makai products include:
•    Route and Installation Planning Software: MakaiPlan is a software product which can be used to create submarine cable routes, define cables and in-line bodies, edit routes, define and adjust slack, instantly create an RPL and SLD, estimate costs.  There are more than 300 licenses sold. MakaiPlan Pro is designed to allow the user to perform powerful and precise 3-D, dynamic simulations of a submarine cable installation. Entire lays can be simulated in advance 50 times faster than real-time and is used for training cable engineers, for pre-lay and post-lay analysis, and to create a detailed Ship Plan for installation. 
•    Lay Software: The heart of Makai’s cable lay software is a powerful 3-D cable model that incorporates all significant factors influencing the position and control of the cable during installation: full 3-D modeling, complex cables and shapes that change with time, irregular bottom terrain and complete current profiles. Numerous cable types and cable bodies can be incorporated into a single cable lay or recovery. These programs are suitable for all ocean depths and cable laying speeds and have been fully validated over the last two decades.

(As published in the July/Aug 2014 edition of Marine Technology Reporter -

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