Rov Technology News

(Photo: Fugro)

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

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

transformation, which exposes two 1.5m eight degree of freedom manipulators.Aquanaut only needs a sparse data connection back to shore via long range acoustics, which HMI says shifts conventional operational ROV and AUV paradigms and opens entirely new business models, says HMI.Unlike conventional ROV technology, Aquanaut is equipped with advanced robotics technology including machine learning, classification, and perception guided force feedback manipulation.This affords HMI to transition ROV operators to a higher cognitive and a more value added supervisory role, according to HMI. No joystick manipulation

(Photo: Seatools)

Rock Installation ROV Delivered to Van Oord

performing rock installation operations even if sub-systems like the HPU motor were to fail.Jan Frumau, Seatools’ Managing Director, said, “Fruitful cooperation between the companies resulted in a cutting-edge piece of subsea equipment that features the latest innovations in the field of ROV technology. We rest assured that Van Oord will perform efficient rock installation campaigns thanks to our long-term collaboration and the delivery of this mission-critical device.&rdquo

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

cost saving for our clients with less POB and increasing operational time offshore for the ROVs,” said Hans Fjellanger Business Development Manager at IKM Subsea. ”With this setup and proven technology in place we see this as the first of many stepping stones into the future of ROV technology for IKM Subsea.”    

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

IKM Reports Progress at Snorre B and Visund

Q2 2017,” commented Jan Vegard Hestnes, Operations Director at IKM Subsea AS.   “We are sincerely proud of ourselves being able to design, build and develop this state of the art equipment on such a stringent schedule. The RROV concept developed for Snorre B, represents the future ROV technology resulting in safer operations, expected cost reductions for oil companies and the industry overall. And not at least a sustainable industry for the IKM Group and IKM Subsea located at Bryne.”   Although the RROV technology developed is tailor-made for the Snorre B installation and

Saipem's new Innovator 2.0 ROV (Photo: Saipem)

Work Class ROVs

, from pipeline inspection to subsea construction, often equipped with an array of cameras, sonars, sensors, manipulators and other tools to go to work where divers cannot. Power and payload, ruggedness and reliability: these are crucial to the heavy class ROVs examined here in part 2 of MTR’s ROV technology series.   DOER Marine DOER’s H3000 is a midsize work class ROV. Designed for multimission use from a variety of platforms, the H3000 is well suited to underwater tasks where station keeping, maneuverability and power are key. Typical applications include deep-water survey, sampling

Photo: ROVOP Ltd

Industry Costs & ROV Technology

of the vessel becomes highly critical – a few lost-days of vessel availability means the difference between a small margin or a loss on the project.   Moray Melhuish of ROV specialists ROVOP made this point in his address at the SMM Conference in Hamburg last week, highlighting that ROV technology is moving forward rapidly and a young fleet of units with modern (and manufacturer-supported) equipment and controls is key to ensuring uptime.    Some of the technology drivers in the industry include the adoption of sonar and HD cameras and the ability to work in turbulent shallow-waters

VideoRay’s Mission Specialist Series (Photo: Eric Haun)

MTR100: VideoRay

; Since the first VideoRay systems were delivered, users have tried VideoRays in increasingly challenging situations and environments, and owners have learned to trust them to perform in a growing number of industries. Known for its compact and versatile vehicles, VideoRay is a leader in observation ROV technology, delivering portable, affordable, flexible and reliable solutions for underwater operations, such as surveys, offshore inspections, search and recovery, homeland and port security, science and research, fish farming and other unique applications.   The company has worked with technology

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

IKM Subsea Wins ROV Service Work for Statoil

.   For first time, Statoil and IKM will introduce the so-called concept of RROV (Residential ROV). RROV represents a permanently subsea-installed ROV system operated from a dedicated operational base positioned onshore. IKM said it believes this concept will define future applications of ROV technology, produce major operational advantages and produce a platform for cost savings as compared to existing ROV concepts.   The contract will combine use of existing proprietary Merlin ROV technology in combination with RROV technology to be developed.    Similarly, the staffing

Heavy work class ROV NEXXUS  (Image: Oceaneering)

Satellite Service Enables Remote ROV Piloting

Harris CapRock connectivity enables Oceaneering to remotely pilot and automatically control ROV   Technology from Harris CapRock Communications, a global provider of managed communications services for remote and harsh environments, is enabling Oceaneering International, Inc. to remotely pilot and automatically control its NEXXUS remotely operated vehicle ROV.    Harris CapRock is providing satellite bandwidth and service to operate the ROV, which enables the pilot to execute assignments ranging from simple video monitoring to highly complex vessel inspection tasks.  The

James Douglas of Saab Seaeye received the Corporate Excellence Award from The Marine Technology Society at the Underwater Intervention show in New Orleans.

Saab Seaeye Honored by MTS

Saab Seaeye have won the Corporate Excellence Award from the Marine Technology Society.    The award is given in recognition of an organization’s contribution to the industry and to ROV technology. Chair of the Marine ROV Committee, Chuck Richards, presented the award at the Underwater Intervention show in New Orleans to James Douglas of Saab Seaeye.  MTS’ Marine ROV Committee promotes the exchange of technical information concerning ROVs, robotics and artificial intelligence across industry, defence, academia and other organizations, on an international basis.   

GRi Simulation: ISE Explorer AUV being recovered with a Hawboldt LARS.

Virtual Worlds: Newfoundland and Labrador's Simulator Tech

; eyes to the underwater world are themselves precisely simulated, while trainee pilots can also be exposed to extreme sea conditions, without any risk to the expensive real-world equipment. In addition to training, GRi’s technology is used for product prototyping that can save AUV/ROV technology manufacturers substantial time and money. So accurate is GRi’s virtual ocean environment and dynamic performance that new technology designs can be tested at variable depths, current conditions, extreme conditions, and carrying out a range of activities, without the need to put an underwater

VideoRay performed in one of the most historic salvage  operations ever; the set-up for the removal of Costa Concordia.

ROV Roundtable: Market Experts Weigh In

more sophisticated, they are increasingly being used more extensively for survey and work class applications.  At Seaeye’s traditional end of the market asset inspection and diver support still play a big role, particularly in shallow waters. How is your company investing today in ROV technology? Gibson, Videoray We’re developing much deeper systems, with more modular configurations.  These may be used as fly outs, or on garages.  Bates, Saab Seaeye We have invested in an overarching system we call our Technology Toolbox. The concept distills our core technology

Photo courtesy of Bourbon

Bourbon Expands ROV Fleet

with FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics. Three other next-generation ROVs will be further added to the fleet of ROVs by the end of 2015, which will then amount to 18 units, including 11 Work-class ROVs. "We are very excited that BOURBON continues to experience the superior reliability of our ROV technology, and continues to expand their fleet with us," said Tyler Schilling, President of FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics

MTR 100: IP Subsea

is another “Gold Rush” underway in the waters off Nome, Alaska. The well-known placer gold deposits extend into the sea where the commercial mining backhoes are limited to 30 ft. water depth. Meanwhile, port and harbor dredging costs are skyrocketing worldwide while conventional dredging technology lags in adopting established remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology and best practices from the telecom, oil and gas and renewable energy industries.  The Tech IP Subsea’s remotely operated dredge is a versatile 1000hp platform to perform subsea mining and dredging as well as

Gracing the cover of the June 1, 1957 edition was a  “Huge Oil Drilling Barge” the Margaret which was one of the largest ever built at 300 ft. long, 200 ft. wide and 93 ft. high, capable of an operating depth of 65 ft. Margaret was built by Alabama Dry Dock & Shipbuilding Company for the Ocean Drilling and Exploration Company, New Orleans.

The History of Offshore Energy

operated vehicles (ROVs) have also done their bit to surmount the unreachable and the inhospitable, enabling isolated platforms to be monitored from ship, shore and space, and enabling research, maintenance and production work to take place beyond the endurance of human divers. For instance, advanced ROV technology figured prominently in Shell’s Perdido project, which needed to find a way to get oil extracted by the most remote and deepest situated well on the planet back to shore. The solution was to build a connection to existing pipelines 4,500 feet down and 80 miles away, a tricky endeavor even

The ROV Manual

. This new edition has been thoroughly revised and substantially expanded, with nine new chapters, increased coverage of mid-sized ROVs, and extensive information on subsystems and enabling technologies. Useful tips are included throughout to guide users in gaining the maximum benefit from ROV technology in deep water applications. Intended for marine and offshore engineers and technicians using ROVs, The ROV Manual, Second Edition is also suitable for use by ROV designers and project managers in client companies making use of ROV technology.   A complete user guide to ROV technology

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