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Nautilus AUV ready for action (Image: UFRJ Nautilus)

UFRJ Nautilus: A Brazilian AUV Project

The UFRJ Nautilus AUV is an academic project designed to develop autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology in Brazil and participate in the annual Robosub competition. According to project founder, Lucas Armand, a Naval and Ocean Engineering graduate from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the emergence of Nautilus has a lot to do with personal history: “I was having a difficult time in college, because I no longer identified myself with the course. The UFRJ Naval Engineering degree tends to be quite traditional – sometimes even old-fashioned – and I’ve

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Reviewing Sapinhoá-Lula NE BSR System

engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning (EPIC) SURF contract awarded to date in Brazil. The pioneering technology for connecting a large number of wells to a single FPSO  was developed by the Petrobras’ research center (Cenpes) and Subsea 7, with the support of UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) and USP (University of São Paulo). The project required the installation of four huge 2,800ton submerged buoys approximately 250 meters below the surface. The system was designed to accommodate a combination of 45 risers/umbilicals for each field in a small area in

Harbin Engineering University from China takes first place in the 2018 International RoboSub Competition. RoboSub is a robotics program where students design and build autonomous underwater vehicles to compete in a series of visual-and acoustic-based tasks. (Photo by Julianna Smith, RoboNation)

Students Face Off in Underwater Competition

; University of Arizona; University of California Riverside; University of Central Florida; University of Colorado Boulder; University of Florida; University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; University of Southern California; and Utah State University.International teams included: Brazil’s Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Canada’s McGill University, University of British Columbia and University of Victoria; China’s Northwestern Polytechnical University; India’s Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay; Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology; Russia’s Far Eastern

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RoboSub Competition: 20 Years of Fun and Learning

into a bin-to complex actions like firing mock torpedoes through small cutout holes, identifying sound from an acoustic pinger, grabbing and moving an object, surfacing the AUV, and knocking balls outside of an octagon.   Cornell University took this year's top prize of $4,500. Far Eastern Federal University from Russia won second prize and $4,000, and National University of Singapore placed third for $3,000. Earning fourth place and $2,000 was Harbin Engineering University from China. Georgia Institute of Technology rounded out the top five, taking home $1,000.    Smaller awards of

Dalzavod ship-repairing center. Photo: JSC Far Eastern Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Center

Russia Launches a Laser-Powered Ship Repair Facility

parts of ships and vessels has been launched in Russia's Primorsky Territory, reports Sputnik.   The technology of laser reordering of metallic parts in Russia's Primorye Territory was developed by the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) jointly with the Far Eastern Federal University and the Vladivostok-based ship-repairing center Dalzavod.   Robot complexes will be equipped with high-power lasers which will allow overlaying repair coats of different metals on faulty parts automatically, fully restoring the operational integrity of separate units, the RAS Far Eastern

Photo: AXYS Technologies

Data Buoys to Support Rio de Janeiro Olympics

AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) announced that four WatchKeeper metocean buoys were selected by the Federal University of Rio Grande (FURG) to be used by the Autoridade Publica Olimpica (APO) in support of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The WatchKeeper buoys will be deployed in July of 2015 to provide real-time metocean data for some regional games as a trial before the Olympic Games in 2016.   The buoys will be deployed at Copacabana beach and Guanabara Bay to provide wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure, solar radiation, directional waves, current

Photo courtesy of the MATE Center

MATE Center Announces ROV Competition Winners

design and mission complexity: Explorer (advanced) and Ranger (intermediate). Explorer Class Winners First place – Jesuit High School of Carmichael, Calif. Second place – Bauman Moscow State University of Moscow, Russia Third place – Far Eastern Federal University of Vladivostok, Russia Top technical report – Bauman Moscow State University Top poster display – Jesuit High School Top engineering evaluation -- Linn Benton Community College of Albany, Ore. Top mission score – Far Eastern Federal University Ranger

 Marlim is the fifth field in the world that will utilize FMC’s subsea separation technologies.  Tore Halvorsen SVP, FMC’s Global  Subsea Production Systems. (Photo: FMC Technologies)

Brazil Offshore: Petrobras & Subsea Engineering

22.7% per year, reaching $1.1 billion in 2012. Petrobras rarely operates alone when it comes to subsea engineering and construction. Partnerships are part of Petrobras’ DNA and by working in cooperation with institutions such as the ANP (National Petroleum Regulator), universities such as the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) and service companies like FMC Technologies, Subsea 7 and DeepOcean, Petrobras has found solutions to many problems and challenges in subsea development that might have taken much longer to realize if the company were to go at it alone. Some of the problems and challenges

Marcos Assayag, General Manager, Cenpes.

Cenpes Leading Petrobras’ R&D Effort

;Centro de Pesquisas e Desenvolvimento Leopoldo Américo Miguez de Mello,” and it is reportedly the largest research complex in the Southern hemisphere, located about 10km from downtown Rio de Janeiro at Fundão Island, which is part of a technological complex administered by the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). Both the old Cenpes center and the new building are located within what is known as the UFRJ Technology Park (or Rio Technology Park), which also houses Baker Hughes, Schlumberger, FMC Technologies, Halliburton, BG, and will also see R&D centers from General Electric

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