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DNV GL to Test Bolt Fatigue for API

programs are part of the many ways we help industry and companies achieve quality management and safety goals,” said Debra Phillips, vice president of API Global Industry Services.“Through research and testing such as the work that DNV GL will complete, we contribute to a culture of safety, innovation and continuous improvement in the natural gas and oil industry,” Phillips added.Frank Ketelaars, Regional manager Americas, DNV GL - Oil & Gas, said, “It is encouraging to see API taking a leading role in enhancing industry safety. The type of fasteners tested are used in critical

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Rovco Awarded Funding for 3D Visualization Project

vision and artificial intelligence (AI) systems with ROV platforms could transform the way offshore inspections are carried out and reduce costs by millions each year.The U.K. based firm, which has been working to advance the technology, has recently been awarded further funding by the U.K.’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to develop the next stage of its integrated live 3D vision and AI survey technology.The funding will support the project's next stage, AUV3D Phase 2, which continues from the Phase 1 project and trials proving the technology at the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult&rsquo

Edd Moller presents Fusion 2 on launch day during OSEA 2018 in Singapore (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Unveils Fusion 2

of the benefits demonstrated is the ability to undertake the real-time SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) calibration of a sparse LBL transponder array while you survey – until now a lengthy offline post-processing activity.Significantly reducing survey time is central to another key innovation that arrives with Fusion 2. Sonardyne has reengineered the digital signal processing protocols used by Fusion 2 to command and control seabed arrays of its Compatt LBL transponders and vehicle-mounted ROVNav transceivers to Wideband 3.Wideband 3 allows, for the first time, sensor data (e.g. pressure

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ROV Innovation Saves Millions for Woodside

An innovative use of remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) technology for subsea jacket inspections at Australia’s largest oil and gas development has demonstrated substantial cost reductions and operational improvements.In March this year Fugro began a nine-month inspection campaign of Woodside’s offshore facilities on the Australian North West Shelf. Fugro said its novel platform deployed ROV (PDROV) for subsea jacket inspections was able to help Woodside reduce costs by around AUD 10 million per inspection cycle.“Very early in the project we identified an alternative to

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Hydroid Bags AUV Order from Japan

allows for the addition of multiple payloads including customer sensor packages, forward fins and additional battery sections, the manufacturer said. With new low-power core electronics and a hydrodynamic hull design, it has increased endurance for longer missions.The order is part of the Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP): Innovative Technology for Exploration of Deep Sea Resources, within the framework of the Cross-Ministerial Programs undertaken by the Cabinet Office of Japan."We are honored to be able to supply the deep water AUV solution to support JAMSTEC's highly respected

Sensor Technology Expands

Sensor Technology Ltd. announced it has expanded its manufacturing to Nova Scotia at the Center for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE), a collaborative facility for applied innovation in the ocean sector.“This opportunity has come at the perfect time for Sensor Technology as we are in a significant growth stage as well as developing a new products and markets for our custom solutions. We are really excited to be a part of the collaborative community at COVE,” said Niru Somayajula, president and CEO of Sensor Technology.Sensor Technology, which provides custom hydrophones and

STEM Ambassadors Amy Northern and Tamsin Hodge with the UKHO's STEM Inspiration Award. Photo: UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO)

UK Hydrographic Office Wins National STEM Inspiration Award

by STEM Learning, celebrated the work of individuals and organisations in inspiring young people into STEM careers. Finalists in the large employer category included Nissan, Just Eat, Legrand Electrical Ltd and Amey.Speaking at the event, Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, said, "The UK Hydrographic Office have developed bespoke resources that bring their work to life, they are using these to engage thousands of young people and their parents, as well as supporting teachers. The judges were inspired by their longstanding and substantial commitments to STEM

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Next-Gen Autonomous Survey Vessels

survey applications, is scheduled for Q2 2019.“We believe that over time a significant portion of our marine business can be optimized through the use of autonomous and remote technology, and we are very excited that we have reached an agreement with L3 ASV,” said Wim Herijgers, Director Innovation Marine for Fugro.“This partnership aligns with our strategy to leverage technology to reduce offshore staff exposure and make our operations more efficient.&rdquo

RBR Opens Office in China

RBR announced it has opened RBR China in Qingdao. The wholly-owned foreign enterprise under the direction of RBR Ltd. (Canada) will support the growing customer base and collaborative business development activities in China, the company said.“The market in China is huge and the local innovation in ocean science research, operational oceanography, deep sea studies and autonomous vehicle development is tremendous. RBR’s continued investment in China will help enable more innovative projects in China and allow RBR to share these experiences and applications with the rest of our global

Wave Energy Converter at PLOCAN; UNDIGEN project. Source WEDGE GLOBAL S.L. PLOCAN

Blue-Gift to Implement Marine Power Project

in Orkney, Scotland, will lead a project to support the development of wave and tidal power in coastal areas of north-west Europe.The project has been approved by Interreg Atlantic Area which will support ocean energy demonstration throughout the Atlantic Arc.The 36-month Blue-GIFT (Blue Growth and Innovation Fast Tracked) project will implement a coordinated ocean energy technology demonstration program that encourages longer term demonstration and technology de-risking across the Atlantic Arc regions.Blue-GIFT will leverage the skills, processes and expertise developed in the Interreg NWE FORESEA

New Fund to Pioneer Marine Data Technologies

Up to £500,000 will be made available for businesses to develop innovative marine data technologies and applications, the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i, announced.Marine-i is part funded by the EU and was set up to help foster innovation in the marine industry in Cornwall.Professor Lars Johanning of University of Exeter, lead partner within Marine-i, said, “As the maritime industry moves to make better and more productive use of its data, this represents an exciting growth opportunity for local technology businesses and marine supply chain companies. It is intended that this

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Rovco Buys a Falcon DR ROV

to expand our research into autonomous path planning, allowing us to develop our service offering and ensure we continue to be at the forefront of innovative subsea tech.”Supported by an expanding fleet of ROVs, Rovco has the capabilities to deliver ROV services anywhere in the world. Its subsea innovation and technologies are shaping the future of offshore inspection and hydrographic survey to improve the quality of data obtained from the underwater environment.  

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L3 ASV to Conduct UK Autonomous Navigation Study

;The company will conduct a study with its partners in the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), focusing on the future of marine navigational data and charts. The project is funded by the Department for Transport’s Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) and aims to promote early-stage science, engineering or technology innovations with the potential to advance the U.K.’s transport system.L3 ASV’s T-TRIG project will begin by exploring the characteristics of navigational data and charts in terms of what they comprise

Neil Gordon is chief executive of Subsea UK  (Photo: Subsea UK)

Subsea State? Steady with Waves of Optimism

explore the adoption of new technology. The painful cost-cutting is hopefully behind us and the focus needs to continue to center on relentlessly pursuing smart solutions and efficiencies, coupled with valued added services. But we still need to talk more frankly about cost versus value.Our approach to innovation is key to remaining competitive and ensuring that the costs we’ve managed to get down, stay down without any further erosion of margins. Digitalization is a major factor in this, particularly in areas such as remote operations, condition monitoring, sensor technology, visualization, analytics

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Partners Lead New Swarm Technology Research

position to a new seabed location. This Swarm Technology will be used to enhance the capability of the flying node system and provide even greater savings in cost and time for the offshore energy operators performing ocean bottom seismic surveys.“I would also like to thank the Oil & Gas Innovation Centre (OGIC) for their support of this project. OGIC assists companies to find academic partners and provides funding for innovative projects which benefit the oil and gas industry.”Dr. Wai-keung Fung, Group lead of the Communications and Autonomous Systems Group at RGU, added, “This

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Baker Hughes is Exploring Advanced Manufacturing with AFRC

practice.John Kerr, VP and Chief Technology Officer for BHGE’s Oilfield Equipment business, said, “The oil and gas industry is continually evolving, with the past few years driving the need to look at new ways to enhance efficiency, improve productivity and drive down cost. Manufacturing innovation has an important role to play and this collaboration with the AFRC will provide our business with exposure to the latest in advanced manufacturing tools and processes. This will help to improve our own operations and help steer the direction of research for the benefit of manufacturing sectors

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C-Innovation Opens Port Fourchon Facility

C-Innovation reports it has opened a new dock facility in Port Fourchon, La., to expand the capabilities of its Subsea Services group.With more than 550 ft of open quayside, Bayou Lafourche is a main entrance into the facility, which is supplied with a Manitowoc 777 crane and forklifts for rapid mobilizations of C-I’s subsea construction and inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) fleet of vessels, including the 525 ft long Island Venture offshore construction vessel.The dock facility, which will be manned 24 hours a day, will serve as the base for C-I’s Fourchon operations and features

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