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Changing the game of subsea video

For the first time, live subsea, video can be digitally transmitted via Ethernet without significant latency. The SubVIS platform is based on embedding a computer into the camera,making it ready for advanced image enhancement and Computer Vision. We have effectively made a dedicated computer especially designed for low latency video processing,based on Smart Phone technology. Full digital video transmission opens up an array of applications in the control room.

Technip awarded additional subsea contract for the Stones project development in the Gulf of Mexico

- Leveraging its subsea vertical integration - Technip was awarded by Shell Offshore Inc. (“Shell”) a contract for the development of subsea infrastructure for the Stones project. Included in the service are two subsea production tie-backs to the Floating Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel. The Stones field is located in the Walker Ridge area in the US Gulf of Mexico, at a water depth of 2,930 meters along the pipelay route.

Sonardyne Ranger 2 USBL delivers spectacular positioning for MBARI expedition

ROV tracking technology supplied by Sonardyne Inc. in Houston to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) provided spectacular performance during an expedition to study recently discovered deep sea hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California.

Fugro integrates and rebrands UK based geotechnical specialists

UK geotech companies restructured as Fugro GeoServices Ltd. The renaming completes the integration of key UK specialists - Fugro Seacore, Fugro Engineering Services, EM Drilling, Fugro Loadtest, Fugro Instrumentation & Monitoring and Fugro Aperio.

Harkand appoints General Manager for Africa

EXPANDING global inspection, repair, maintenance (IRM) and light construction company Harkand has united its African presence under the leadership of Doug Fieldgate as Africa General Manager.

Novacavi repetitive custom cables supplier for MOSE activities

Novacavi is pleased to report continuous support in designing and providing special cables for the MOSE (Experimental Electromechanical Module) project.

Aker Solutions to Provide Subsea Production System for Rotan Development in Malaysia

Aker Solutions has been awarded a contract from Murphy Sabah Oil Co., Ltd. (Murphy) to deliver the subsea production system for the Rotan deepwater natural gas development offshore Malaysia.

Technip awarded umbilical supply contract by ENI - Reinforcing its footprint in Angola -

Technip’s wholly-owned subsidiaries Technip Umbilicals Ltd.(1) and Angoflex Ltda. have been awarded a contract by ENI S.p.A. to supply umbilicals to the Block 15/06 East Hub Development offshore Angola. This field is located approximately 350 kilometers north of Luanda, at water depths of 450-600 meters. The contract covers project management and manufacture of about 15 kilometers of dynamic and static steel tube umbilicals

Finalists for the 2015 global oil & gas safety awards unveiled

OPITO has today (29 October 2015) revealed the shortlist of finalists for its Annual Global Oil and Gas Workforce Safety Awards. INSTEP/PETRONAS in Malaysia, OSRL in the UK and McDermott in Dubai are vying for the Employer of the Year title while Megamas Brunei, Petrofac Training Services and PT Samson Tiara in Indonesia have made the final three in the Training Providers category of the awards.

Delivery Brought Forward For The QTrencher 1000

Following successful completion of factory acceptance testing, we are delighted to announce the delivery of a QTrencher 1000 ROV to long standing customer KT Submarine. The relationship between SMD and KT Submarine began in 1998, with the supply of a standard cable plough, followed by the supply of a latest generation MD3XT 500kW, jetting assisted telecoms cable plough in 2012.

Exciting Times Ahead Following CRRC Merger

Following the acquisition of SMD by CSR Times Electric (now CRRC TEG) earlier this year, the parent company of CRRC TEG, China CSR Corporation Limited (CSR), completed a merger with China CNR Corporation, to create China CRRC Corporation Limited (CRRC). The merger of these two companies has significant and positive implications for the development of SMD; not least the support from such a strong financial capability.

Oil and Gas Producers at U.I. 2016

The International Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP) have agreed to hold their February 2016 New Orleans meeting at U.I. 2016. In essence, upwards of 20 representatives from the O&G will be attending their meeting and the different presentations and exhibitions at the show. Some of the operators that will be in attendance are TOTAL, Shell, ENI, Petronas, Petrobras, Exxon Mobil, Statoil, Chevron, Conoco Phillips, DONG Energy, Qatar Petroleum, and Premier Oil, BP, as well as other IOGP invited operators in the Gulf region.

Bryant Management Team Clock Up Nearly 150 Years of Service

Aberdeen-based Bryant Group (Scotland) Ltd has today (Monday 28th September 2015) acknowledged the service of its management team and employees as they clock up nearly 150 years of combined service.

Xodus enters Phase 2 of pioneering research into multiphase flow

International energy consultancy Xodus Group and Dutch innovation company TNO have completed the first phase of a pioneering joint industry project (JIP) into the dynamic forces which affect the integrity of piping systems, in particular through multiphase flow. The second phase of the project, which is expected to be run across three stages, is now open for new participants to join.

Oceanology International - London, 15-17 March 2016

Call for abstracts A multi-faceted event, Oceanology International will host two conferences on the current and future technical challenges facing the Offshore Oil and Gas industry with particular focus on monitoring of structural integrity, life of field extension, and decommissioning.

South West Surveys and Geomotive become official Atlas offices

On 28th September 2015, two subsidiaries of Atlas Professionals, South West Surveys (SWS) and Geomotive, will become official Atlas offices. The offices based in Exeter (UK) and Vic (Spain) have been a part of Atlas Professionals for several years, expanding Atlas’ scope in Offshore Management & QC, Marine Environmental, QHSE and the Seismic and Electromagnetic markets.

Invitation to RRS Discovery in London event 8th-9th October 2015

This year the Natural Environment Research Council is marking its 50th anniversary with a series of events. As part of this, the Royal Research Ship Discovery will be in London, berthed alongside HMS Belfast. There will be a series of activities on board Discovery that showcase some of NERC’s research and technology achievements over the past 50 years.
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