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Diving Deeper in OceanGate’s Cyclops Submersibles

By: Rhonda Moniz

With close ties to the aerospace and technology industries, Stockton Rush and Guillermo Sohnlein founded OceanGate, Inc. in Everett, Washington in 2009. OceanGate provides manned submersible solutions that enable researchers to reach the oceans' vast resources. They currently own and operate two five-man submersibles that provide deep-sea access for underwater site survey and inspection, scientific research, technology testing, and film production.

January Product Spotlight - RockSeven

Rockblock – Scaling Down Satcom For Research & Commercial Applications

By enabling a plug-and-play satellite communication link from literally anywhere on the planet, the innovative RockBLOCK system has become the unsung hero of countless marine research and commercial applications. Developed by the UKʼs Rock Seven, the RockBLOCK concept is beautifully simple—provide an open platform to enable data communication in a small and low-cost form factor.

Revolutionary New Technique Demonstrated For FPSO Hull Inspection

The need for and difficulties of external inspections of giant Floating Production, Storage, and Offloading (FPSO) units might not be obvious. The most important aspect of the inspection of the hull and underwater parts of the vessel is that it is—indeed—a vessel. As such, it is required to undergo regulatory inspections as specified by the governing classification society and must have similar inspections on the same schedule as any other oceangoing vessel. However, there are two serious challenges that other vessels do not have to face.

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Wireless Technology - Bringing The Industry Together

By: Ross MacLeod, Business Development Director, Ashtead Technology

Wireless technology has transformed the way we live—yet today, most communications from oil and gas platforms and vessels to shore still depend on expensive satellite links and capturing data from these remote locations is still a major challenge for the industry.

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Oil And Gas Industry Accelerates Technological Innovations During Downturn

Even as the oil and gas investment cycle reaches its bottom, the strategic imperative to improve productivity through innovation has never been clearer as the industry prepares for a slow, drawn-out recovery. Despite the high-tech nature of oil and gas, historically, energy firms have been hesitant to embrace new technology. Yet as the market recovers in coming years, the industry can expect to see a bifurcation between firms that merely survived the crash versus those that used the crisis as an opportunity to drive productivity throughout their business model. As a result, the energy ecosystem is seeing a thought shift in approaches to adopting new technology as firms challenging their old models will be best positioned during the inevitable rebound. Communication service providers play an important role by assimilating new solutions across the industry to enable the gradual shift to the digital oilfield where connectivity will allow secure real-time collaboration and enable data analytics. The future of oil and gas will be centered on information technology and software. Firms failing to make these investments today will be left behind.

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December Company Spotlight - DeepWater Buoyancy

DeepWater Buoyancy Inc. is the world's largest producer of subsea buoyancy products for the oceanographic industry and has a vast product line of buoyancy solutions for offshore oil & gas, energy and technology companies. This product portfolio has been built over the course of 35 years serving these industries. Though they offer products for shallow water applications, the company specializes in deepwater, providing solutions to depths of 6000 meters and beyond.

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December Company Spotlight - Balmoral

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A client-focused company, Balmoral Offshore Engineering is dedicated to technologically-driven composite and polymer solutions for today's demanding subsea and deepwater oil and gas industry.

November Feature Story – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Nereid: The Latest Deepsea Robot From Woods Hole

by: Louise Murray

In August 2016, a new hybrid Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)/Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) robot from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) was sea trialled in Panama to 2,500 m. The innovative design concepts being tested in the Nereid HT will have long-term implications for submarine robotics and control systems in diverse applications from science to oil and gas and the military. Nereid HT was developed for deep-sea scientific and filming missions, and WHOI is actively seeking partners who can apply these new technologies to a range of emerging applications.

November Editorial Focus – Cyberhawk

Cyberhawk Innovation: Flies High In The Wind Sector

By: Philip Buchan, Commercial Director at Cyberhawk

“Our inspection solution represents a huge leap forward for drone technology. IHawk is dramatically improving asset management,  providing high quality and detailed reports for our clients, while our pioneering technology offers significant safety improvements. These  come hand-in- hand with reduced costs and quicker inspection times—all  of which are being increasingly recognised by wind farm operators both onshore and offshore.”  Philip Buchan, Commercial Director at Cyberhawk.

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