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L3 Harris UK’s C-Worker 7 working with an ROV off the UK’s south coast. Photos from L3 Harris UK.

Marine Autonomy Above & Below the Water

via radio link, providing robust control of the ROV. The ROV was tracked using an Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system.This set-up was trialled in Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, early in 2019. There was also nothing to actually inspect in Cawsand Bay. So, L3Harris UK recruited Portuguese visualisation and simulation firm Aybssal Systems to build a synthetic environment so there were things to “look at” on the seabed. The vessel pilots were able to oversee what was going on and BP staff from Sunbury, UK, or Houston, US, were also able to log-in and see what was happening. Ten dives were done in

L3 Harris UK’s C-Worker 7 working with an ROV off the UK’s south coast. Photos from L3 Harris UK.

Hybrid Autonomous Systems Evolve

via radio link, providing robust control of the ROV. The ROV was tracked using an Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system.This set-up was trialled in Cawsand Bay, Plymouth, early in 2019. There was also nothing to actually inspect in Cawsand Bay. So, L3Harris UK recruited Portuguese visualisation and simulation firm Abyssal to build a synthetic environment so there were things to “look at” on the seabed. The vessel pilots were able to oversee what was going on and BP staff from Sunbury, UK, or Houston, US, were also able to log-in and see what was happening. Ten dives were done in a fairy

Pic: GlobalData

Oil and Gas Industry Adopts VR

and gas industry is witnessing wide-scale deployment of virtual reality (VR) technology across its value chain, according to GlobalData.According to the report, ‘Virtual Reality in Oil & Gas’, VR is finding its way into upstream, midstream and downstream sectors with applications in the simulation of new processes, analysis of project designs, reviewing of maintenance requirements and planning disaster responses.Ravindra Puranik, Oil and Gas Analyst at GlobalData, said: “Over time, this technology will transform oil and gas processes and workflows and help create new growth opportunities

MUSCLE Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Deployment. Photo courtesy of CMRE

NATO employs MUSCLE Memory to Find Mines

and reduce that risk.”CMRE conducts in-water testing, and has integrated its systems into operational exercises like Greek ARIADNE Mine Countermeasure Experiment (GAMEX) and the Spanish and Italian Mine Countermeasures Exercises (MINEX).The center can also leverage its extensive modelling and simulation capabilities to evaluate the collaborative autonomous systems and concepts of operation in various and complex operating environments.About the AuthorEdward Lundquist is a retired U.S. Navy captain who write frequently for Marine Technology Reporter.  He travelled to La Spezia, Italy to report

Source: GlobalData

Industrial Internet to Help Upstream Sector

market competitiveness in a challenging environment.Ravindra Puranik, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, said: “In general, adoption of the Industrial Internet would make organizations more dynamic and adaptable to external factors. This concept is expected to play a central role in simulation and modelling of projects against different market scenarios, optimizing inventory levels, demand forecasting, decision support, and logistics optimization, and setting up long-term objectives for an organization.”Adoption of digital technologies has surged of late, largely as a reaction

A computer model of an offshore wind turbine supported by a semi-submerged triangular structure. Image: Manchester Metropolitan University

MMU Studies Floating Wind Stabilization

Academics from Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) have won a grant to develop computer models to test the best methods to stabilize and control the motions of the turbine and its semi-submerged support structure.Wave simulation specialists hope to make offshore wind turbines in deep water more financially feasible by researching the best way to stabilize the floating pontoons they would have to sit on.Static turbines can be fixed to the ocean floor near the coast but the cost and infrastructure complexities of doing so further out to sea mean they would have to be instead mounted on tethered

Image: Port of Amsterdam International

Sailing Drone Inspects Ships at Locks

through the Noordersluis lock.The inspection process, which involves a salt measurement at Forteiland and reading out six marks on the hull of the ship, is well-suited for testing drone technology. During the week, the drone will be deployed in various sub-scenarios for the depth inspection process simulation. This will calculate the depth which, in combination with the salt level, determines whether the ship can pass through the Noordersluis lock or has to be made lighter.The pilot takes place amongst regular shipping traffic. Safety therefore requires particular attention. A permit has been acquired

[left to right] Gus Green, Director of Industrial Security Field Operations, Defense Security Service, Dan Payne, Director, Defense Security Service, Donald Dwyer, Assistant Facility Security Officer, Retlif Testing Laboratories, William Hayes, Facility Security Officer and Executive Vice President, Retlif Testing Laboratories,  Cheryl Matthew, Northern Regional Director, Defense Security Service, and Mike Halter, Deputy Director Industrial Security Field Operations, Defense Security Service. Ph

DSS Honors Retlif

Retlif Testing Laboratories, the provider of EMC/EMI, lightning and Environmental Simulation testing and engineering services for maritime, has received the prestigious Cogswell Outstanding Industrial Security Achievement Award from the Defense Security Service (DSS).According to a press release from USA's  internationally recognized strategic compliance organization, the Cogswell award recognizes industrial security excellence and outstanding achievement in matters related exclusively to a facility’s security program.Established in 1966, it honors the late Air Force Colonel James S.

Thyssenkrupp’s MUM concept. Image from Thyssenkrupp.

Robotics: The Next Gen in Subsea Vehicles

supported by an advisory panel from the oil and gas industry including operator Equinor, seismic company PGS and subsea contractor Boskalis.The company also has ATLAS ELEKTRONIK, the Technical University of Berlin and the University of Rostock working on the project, on the control system and system simulation respectively

The ‘helicopter cabin’ (blue box structure) positioned above the pool. The ‘offshore worker’ is inside the cabin. (Photo: Tom Mulligan)

Rapid Reaction: Emergency Training Saves Lives

services include training delivery and management, competence management and crisis management, providing support not only to individuals in building their career skills but also to national and multinational companies in organizing their training, competence and crisis management procedures.Accident simulationRelyOn Nutec Canada recently gave a demonstration of one example of its safety training expertise in a simulation of a helicopter accident at sea and the rapid reaction response that emergency response training (ERT) instills. Offshore workers, routinely transported to oil rigs and other offshore

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