Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd News

Francis Brown Delivers Specialist Deck Equipment

Fabrication and engineering specialists Francis Brown Limited delivered deck equipment fabrications for a global supplier specializing in subsea remotely operated equipment which is working on offshore wind farms in the North Sea.In less than 16 weeks, the company provided Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) with specialist fabrications to form part of a winch system to operate alongside its QTrencher which was delivered to one of its major global clients in April this year.In order to meet the client’s requirements, SMD engineered a unique design and worked with Francis Brown to deliver the fabricati

Coral Reef Mapping Drone prototype at the Conservation X Labs event at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress in Sarawak, Malaysia (Photo: SMD)

SMD Uses Its Expertise to Help Save the Planet

was attended by some of the world’s most innovative and creative minds with the aim of trying to find solutions to a host of global environmental and conservation challenges.Andrew Ambrose-Thurman and Hua Khee Chan, two engineers from Wallsend-based subsea and engineering company, Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD), took part in “Make for the Planet Borneo” which was hosted by Conservation X Labs at the 5th International Marine Conservation Congress event.The gathering brought together 15 teams consisting of some of the world’s leading engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, coders

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Multifunctional Plough Completes First Job for Assodivers

Subsea equipment designer and manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) said its Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough, delivered to Greek offshore contractors Assodivers Ltd in Spring this year, has completed its first offshore job in the Baltic sea.The Multi-Mode Pre Lay Plough is the newest addition to SMD's power cable installation and protection product range. This plough has configurations for boulder clearing, trenching and backfill. The boulder clearance pass clears a 13.0m wide route including surface and submerged boulders. The trenching pass creates an engineered ‘Y’ trench profile

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SMD to Supply Work Class ROV to China

 Subsea equipment design and manufacturer Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has signed a contract to supply its Atom Mk1 1000m 100hp Work Class Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) system to Chinese power specialist China Southern Power Extra High Voltage Power Transmission Company (EHV, CSG), a subsidiary of the state-owned China Southern Power Grid (CSG).    The ROV will be used for inspection of the 31km physical power cable connections in the Qiongzhou Strait between Hainan Island and mainland China. The Qiongzhou strait often experiences high currents so it was essential that CSG chose

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SMD Delivers Atom Mk1 ROV Systems to JFD

 Subsea design and manufacturing specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) has delivered two 1,000-meter Atom Mk1 work class remotely operated vehicle (ROV) systems to JFD Ltd, an underwater capability provider serving the commercial and defense markets.   The Atom systems, both equipped with ultra-compact launch and recovery systems (LARS) and SMD purpose-designed control and workshop cabins, provide a complete turnkey solution, which is essential for JFD in providing their customer, the Indian Navy, with reliable equipment for time critical missions.   Optimized for submarine

The VAMOS vehicle at SMD’s Head Office Turbinia Works (Photo: SMD)

SMD Tests Subsea Mining Vehicle Prototype

A new robotic underwater mining vehicle prototype has completed first stage testing in a project set to uncover valuable European underwater mineral resources.   U.K.-based subsea engineering specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) is technical lead on the VAMOS (viable alternative mine operating system) project, a 42-month international research and development venture, which is part-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program.   At a cost of approximately €12.6 million ($14.9 million), SMD and its partners in the VAMOS Consortium, have

Eauligo and the Marine Bees

Machines Infused with AI that Fly, Swarm and Dive

, as the pod descends, is different enough from most published SONAR mapping applications to require the team to innovate to achieve success.   Team Tao Unleashes the Fire Ants  Team Lead: Dale Wakeham Team Tao brings together industry experts from UK subsea engineering specialist Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd. (SMD) and Newcastle University who together are developing an autonomous swarm system for rapid surface to deep ocean exploration. Beyond this small core team, there is an extended team of six technical consultants, a group of student engineers and a panel of six academic and industry

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

Work Class ROVs

power to the subsea vehicles. Innovator 2.0 is equipped with a 6,600V power supply which allows the ROV to operate effectively even with cable lengths over 7,000 m. The ROV has obtained a declaration of compliance with Norsok U102 standards, as well as DNV-GL certification.   SMD Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) is organized across a number of key business streams including work class ROVs, subsea trenching, submerged mining and marine renewables. The company was originally founded in 1971 and has served a number of market segments including oil and gas, telecommunications, military, scientific

The MarineE-tech program is led by the National Oceanography Center (NOC) using the RRS James Cook.  Jon Taylor and Neil Crossouard, HR Wallingford scientists, who are taking part in the MarineE-tech research expedition. (Photo: NOC)

Researchers Investigate Mineral Deposits in the Deep Ocean

MarineE-tech partnership also includes the British Geological Survey, HR Wallingford, the University of Bath, Marine Ecological Surveys Ltd, the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), the South Pacific Island Communities, the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority, Gardline Ltd and Soil Machine Dynamics Lt

Bulk Cutter

Nautilus Minerals Completes Assembly of Bulk Cutter

.   Nautilus' CEO, Mike Johnston said "This is a major milestone for the Company, having the first of the three SPTs assembled. This achievement brings the Company all the closer to making seafloor mining a reality."   Subsea vehicle designer and manufacturer, Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD) of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, is the company responsible for building the SPTs for Nautilus. SMD are experts in the "marinization" of mechanical, hydraulic, electric and electronic equipment for use in a subsea environment (water and pressure immersion). SMD uses this skill

SeeByte Debuts Sonar Mosaic Tool for ROVs

are now able to generate a multibeam imaging sonar forward-look mosaic. They can do this using a simple on/off button in the SeeTrackCoPilot interface. The tool can be used to quickly generate maps of the environment and improve ROV pilots’ situational awareness. Dr. Mahesh Menon of Soil Machine Dynamics Ltd (SMD), a partnering company of SeeByte and leading manufacturer of Work Class ROVs, commented, “Our smart partnership with SeeByte has been great for our customers from the start, particularly with the introduction of SMD’s DVECS-S ROV control system, where CoPilot forms part

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