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January 30, 2023

Subsea Europe Services Appoints Niemeyer to Head R&D

  • Dr. Frank Niemeyer was named Head of Research and Development at Subsea Europe Services. Image courtesy Subsea Europe Services
  • R&D facility with Autonomous Surveyor and A.IKANBILIS. Image courtesy Subsea Europe Services
  • Dr. Frank Niemeyer was named Head of Research and Development at Subsea Europe Services. Image courtesy Subsea Europe Services Dr. Frank Niemeyer was named Head of Research and Development at Subsea Europe Services. Image courtesy Subsea Europe Services
  • R&D facility with Autonomous Surveyor and A.IKANBILIS. Image courtesy Subsea Europe Services R&D facility with Autonomous Surveyor and A.IKANBILIS. Image courtesy Subsea Europe Services

Subsea Europe Services has opened a new R&D center at its premises in the Ocean Technology Campus Rostock. The new department is led by Dr. Frank Niemeyer and has been established to enable the subsea systems, services and solutions provider’s mission to simplify the acquisition of marine data by leveraging new integrated, autonomous and digital technologies.

Following Dr. Niemeyer’s appointment as Head of Research And Development in January 2023, Subsea Europe Services plans to grow the department further with new data science, mechatronics, software development and platform management roles to ensure cross-discipline in-house expertise informs the development of truly autonomous survey platforms and new Data-as-a-Service workflows, which can significantly reduce cost and provide Cloud-access to high-quality marine data.

Offshore Technology Campus Rostock is widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading marine technology and research clusters, making it the perfect location for Subsea Europe Services’ next phase of expansion. The new R&D facility measures 100 m2 and will be used for further developing the company’s autonomous platform capabilities for marine survey with the “Autonomous Surveyor” Autonomous Surface Vessel (ASV) and underwater inspection, with the “A.IKANBILIS” Hovering Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (HAUV).

The Subsea Europe Services R&D team will also focus on creating new application specific AI-powered autonomous control systems and unlocking the potential of swarm surveys featuring multiple autonomous vehicles with crewed or uncrewed motherships capable of managing the entire operation.

Dr. Niemeyer joins Subsea Europe Services from his previous role as a Scientific Research Associate at the Fraunhofer Institute for Large Structures in Production Engineering, where he has been on secondment at the Rostock branch office of the "Smart Ocean Technology" research group, working on diverse technical R&D projects. He has also held R&D positions including Research Associate at the University of Rostock, and Chair of Geodesy and Geoinformatics.

R&D facility with Autonomous Surveyor and A.IKANBILIS.
Image courtesy Subsea Europe Services

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