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Equinor and Vissim Partner

largest of its kind in the world, Vissim said. The contract is for six years and has a minimum value of 100 million NOK.Vissim's system comprises of more than 100 offshore radars, AIS and VHF sensors/base stations powered by an advanced data platform, operation is coordinated between the central control center and more than 50 distributed offshore energy assets.Today Equinor runs one of the world’s largest privately-owned sea surveillance systems. The new system will cover a distance from satellites to more than 1,000 meters below the sea surface, across the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and the

Image of pipeline on seabed acquired by AUV multi-beam echo sounder sensor. (Image: Swire Seabed)

Autonomous Subsea Pipeline Inspection

A. In total, 180 kilometers of pipeline were inspected over two AUV dives.The inspections were undertaken with the subsea vehicle in autonomous mode, with a small surface vessel accompanying the AUV to provide positional updates to the vehicle and act as a communications relay between the AUV and the Control Center at Swire Seabed’s office in Bergen.The AUV, operated by Kongsberg, acquired Bathymetrical, Synthetic Aperture Sonar and visual data as part of an operation to verify the continued integrity of the subsea pipelines. According to Swire Seabed, acceptance criteria for data (quality, coverage


Subsea Vision & Photogrammetry Lab Formed

and technology are very complementary to our expertise. And they are in the spotlight at the moment!” said Frédéric Jallon, Technical Director at GMS.In addition, FORSSEA will soon release the NAV CAM (Navigation Camera), an innovative all-in-one ROV/AUV visual based navigation control center, with high grade calibrated optics, embedded image treatment capacity, pressure sensor and IMU. The NAV CAM has been designed to as a ROV plug-and-play system. It will be compatible with Gyros for survey applications such as subsea asset’s altitude and heading monitoring.(Image: FORSSEA

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New Remote Robotics Manipulator Control System Launched

that can lock movements for cutting and torqueing tasks. Next, ES1 gives operators the option to pre-set the position for robotic arms and store new positioning on-the-fly. Finally, the latency and bandwidth resilient ES1 enables the ability to toggle between local (ship-based) and remote (control center) piloting.Olis ES1 will be available in mid-September 2018 and functions with the major manipulators utilized for subsea intervention

Picture from the dual control room at Bryne, Stavanger in Norway. This can easily be duplicated worldwide. (Photo: IKM Subsea)

World First: Commercial Onshore Remote WROV Ops

, based in Bryne, Norway, has opened what it believes is the world’s first commercial onshore controlled ROV operations. In the near future up to three Work class ROVs and one Observation ROV on Statoil’s Snorre B and Visund installations will be controlled from IKM Subsea’s onshore control center. One of the Work Class ROVs (RROV) has been designed and engineered to be permanently based on the seabed and will only be brought to surface for periodic maintenance. The Company Acceptance Test (CAT) with Statoil was completed on June 12 with the ROV at Snorre B and the dual control center

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Anti-Submarine Warfare: Unmanned Future

assets are their sophisticated autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), capable of operating with a degree of independent decision-making abilities. The CMRE is working to give the AUVs the capability to listen, to evaluate and to signal the presence of submarines to operators in the command and control center.    Like the increasingly used unmanned vehicles for air and land, AUVs can operate more and more flexibly in the littoral and open oceans. And, as further systems are introduced into the mix, the way potential enemies have been used to working underwater will begin to be challenged

IKM mobilization crew and Statoil representatives after installation at Snorre B (Photo: IKM Subsea)

IKM Reports Progress at Snorre B and Visund

was awarded a ROV services contract for the fields Visund and Snorre B in the North Sea last August.    The contract provides for the testing and installation of an electrical, permanently seabed installed RROV (Residential - ROV). The system will interface with IKMS’s Onshore Control Center via Tampnet, a dedicated fiber-based network system for the platforms in question. The systems are equally design to operate on the 4G mobile broadband system.   “We are proud that Statoil has given IKM the thrust and opportunity to deliver ROV service in the form of an RROV system

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ASV Global Opens Mission Control Center

Autonomous vessel technology developer ASV Global has opened its new state of the art Mission Control Center at its headquarters in Portchester, U.K., forming a hub for the company’s ongoing development of its ASView autonomous vessel control system.   The new center, officially opened by Mark Garnier MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, is capable of operating and monitoring the company’s fleet of autonomous surface vehicles (ASV) all over the world using satellite communication links, and will also be used for operator training and simulation exercises.    The

Govt. Funds Help OceanWorks Improve Its Junction Boxes

year, for a total of 17.   Simply put, nodes, acting as branches and connection points, are incorporated into the cable system at intervals to allow for subsea connection by a remotely operated vehicle of a variety of sensors and instruments. Data is fed back to a central data processing and control center with 24/7/365 data gathering and recording capability. It allows researchers to operate instruments remotely and receive data at their home laboratories anywhere on the globe in real time.   Why the new engineering? “OceanWorks is proposing a radical new design that reduces the overall

Project Engineer Roar Paulsen with IKM Subsea’ s Merlin UCV (Photo: IKM Subsea)

IKM Subsea Wins ROV Service Work for Statoil

; The contract will combine use of existing proprietary Merlin ROV technology in combination with RROV technology to be developed.    Similarly, the staffing of the operations will be a combination of traditional offshore crews in symbiosis with onshore crew operating the IKM developed control center onshore

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Teledyne PDS 4.1 Introduces Visual Project Management and Setup

, for instance grid models, charts, and guidance types, can be selected and viewed with one click of the mouse. The selected data type will be used automatically in the applicable views throughout the Teledyne PDS applications. Teledyne PDS 4.1 furthermore provides 2D and 3D visualization, and the Control Center has been optimized to be even more intuitive for maritime operations

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OpenHydro Claims Accolades for Innovation

Tidal energy developer OpenHydro, a DCNS company, has secured honors at this year’s Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards and SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards.   At the Engineers Ireland Excellence Awards, OpenHydro won the Tech Innovation Award for its Turbine Control Center, while employee Andrew Carlisle secured the International Engineer of the Year award. At the SEAI Sustainable Energy Awards, OpenHydro also won the coveted Innovation Award for its tidal turbine technology.   OpenHydro achieved these innovation awards through the development of its unique tidal turbine technology

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Ulstein Systems Ordered for New Rock Installers

Co. Ltd. to deliver power and control for two subsea rock installation vessels for offshore dredging and construction specialist Jan De Nul Group.   According to Ulstein Power & Control, the scope of its delivery includes the power package consisting of generators, switchboards, motor control center, thruster frequency converters and motors, the automation system ULSTEIN IAS, DP system and thruster control, as well as the commissioning. Ulstein will deliver the products and systems in 2016.   Upon delivery in 2017, the new build vessels, which measure 95 meters in length and 22 meters

Horizon Marine Adds Three New Hires

.      Patrice Coholan, President of Horizon Marine, said, “We cast our net a little wider than normal to include ocean engineers and meteorologists, and as a result I feel we have a stronger team. For example, Michael’s yearlong internship at the Boston Air Route Traffic Control Center in Nashua, New Hampshire, has prepared him well for the daily reporting cycle expected by the offshore industry. All three young men will contribute to further strengthening our unique team in support of the offshore energy industry.”  


Unmanned Surface Vehicles in mind but is also a force multiplier when used on survey motor launches. CARIS believes that by automating the repeatable steps in the data processing workflow the focus of the professional can be to ensure that top quality data is being collected. CARIS Onboard utilizes a Control Center where processes can be initiated and tracked and data quality assessed.”    The MTR100 is Marine Technology Reporter's Annual report on 100 leading companies in the subsea industry, published in the July/August 2015 edition of MTR -

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Incat-design DSV Delivered

dive bell launching and retrieving as well as a knuckle boom crane for handling deck gear and a small rescue/service vessel. The aft deck also features a lower platform at the stern to facilitate direct access to the sea by diving personnel. Completing the aft deck arrangement is a dive shop and dive control center, which is centrally located on the aft deck. The interior of the main deck house includes an emergency generator space, a decompression chamber, office, TV/entertainment room, meeting room, lunch room, galley with generously sized freezer, cooler, and pantry, and three single-berth cabins with

Gliders (Silently) Making O&G Ops Cheaper, More Efficient

navigating and collecting useful data in challenging environmental conditions.  The vehicles experienced surface currents in excess of 3.5 knots but were able to effectively navigate once below the effect of the eddy.  Every 4 hours the vehicles would call back to the Houston-based flight control center. The gliders provided data about the eddy water mass and, more importantly to the operation, actionable information about the speed and direction of the current.   In the past vessels have been used to monitor the current in challenging areas.  By using glider vehicles clients

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