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Neptune and Gardline Launch Integrated Vessel and ROV Solution

Gardline Geosurvey Ltd and Neptune have entered into a strategic partnership which will see Gardline’s DP2 multi-role survey vessel, the MV Kommandor, enhanced with the permanent installation of Neptune’s Explorer 06 100HP ROV.

Manned by staff from both companies, the vessel has also seen a dedicated ROV control area created on-board and benefits from mid-ship moon pool capabilities.

DP2 Multi-role vessel, Kommandor. Photo courtesy: Gardline Geosurvey

The ROV integration has strengthened the vessel’s full site investigation survey capabilities and allows it to offer enhanced features over standard site survey vessels, particularly with operations which require close approach work and extensive ROV operations. The multi-role capabilities of the vessel also include the ability to undertake single pass site survey operations on the same cruise as ROV, geotechnical and environmental acquisition, offering cost efficiencies to the market.

Kevin Stephen, Neptune’s operations and business development director for Europe, Mediterranean and Africa, said: “We’re delighted to have entered into this partnership with Gardline and it is one that we believe brings a strong integrated package to market. As we continue to explore opportunities within Europe and beyond, this new ROV survey and vessel package will be an attractive proposition for clients looking to benefit from an integrated solution and the MV Kommandor and its range of services is very much at the heart of this offering."

“As well as our ROV system and personnel, the partnership has also utilized our dedicated engineering and manufacturing teams and this is an area we will continue to use should further bespoke enhancements to the vessel be required.

“This is an exciting development for Neptune and we’re looking forward to maximizing further opportunities within the subsea markets in the months and year ahead.”

Nick Bayfield, Gardline Geosurvey’s marketing director, said: “We are pleased to be working with Neptune on the MV Kommandor having successfully worked together on several projects in 2015. The multi-role capabilities of the vessel include the ability to undertake single pass site survey operations on the same cruise as ROV, geotechnical and environmental acquisition providing our clients with access to a truly multi-functional vessel and the associated cost efficiencies they are looking for in the current market.”

NOAA Announces Proposals to Expand Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Building on more than 30 years of scientific studies, including numerous reports released in the last decade and in the aftermath of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, NOAA today announced a proposal to expand Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to protect additional critical Gulf of Mexico habitat.

The plan lays out five expansion scenarios, ranging from no expansion of the 56-square-mile sanctuary, to one bringing it to a total of 935 square miles. In NOAA’s preferred scenario, the sanctuary would expand to 383 square miles to include 15 reefs and banks that provide habitat for recreationally and commercially important fish, as well as a home to 15 threatened or endangered species of whales, sea turtles, and corals.

"These habitats are the engines of sustainability for much of the Gulf of Mexico and are critical to fish such as red snapper, mackerel, grouper and wahoo, as well as other protected species," said John Armor, acting director, NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. "The proposed expansion also advances NOAA's mission to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources that help sustain local communities and America's economy."

The public is invited to comment on the agency’s proposal through August 19. Those comments will be used to develop a final environmental impact statement, which will then be available for public review. After reviewing the comments from the public, NOAA would then make a decision on the proposed expansion.

A description of the expansion scenarios, including boundaries and resources the areas contain, can be found here.

Located 115 miles off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana, NOAA designated the East and West Flower Garden Banks as Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary in 1992. In 1996, Stetson Bank, located 70 miles off the Texas coast, was added to the sanctuary through Congressional action. The three banks, encompassing 56 square miles, include the northernmost coral reefs in the continental United States, deep-water reef communities and other essential habitats for a variety of marine species.

Expansion of the sanctuary emerged as one of the top priority issues during a review of the sanctuary’s management plan in 2012. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which resulted in the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history, also accelerated interest in expansion, with government scientists and non-governmental organizations urging additional protections for marine life and essential Gulf habitat.

Five meetings are planned for the public to learn more about the proposal and submit comments. Meetings are scheduled for:

Galveston, Texas:
Tue., July 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Office
4700 Avenue U, Building 216
Galveston, TX 77551
 
Houston, Texas:
Wed., July 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Trini Mendenhall Community Center
1414 Wirt Rd.
Houston, TX 77055
 
New Orleans, Louisiana:
Tue., July 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hilton New Orleans Airport
Segnette Room
901 Airline Drive
Kenner, LA 70062
 
Mobile, Alabama:
Wed., July 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Five Rivers Delta Center
30945 Five Rivers Blvd.
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
 
Lafayette, Louisiana:
Thu., July 21, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Estuarine Habitats and Coastal Fisheries Center
646 Cajundome Blvd.
Lafayette, LA 70506

Comments on the proposal may also be submitted by any of the following methods:

● Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov. In the search window, type NOAA-NOS-2016-0059, click the “Comment Now!” icon and complete the required fields.

● Mail: George P. Schmahl, Sanctuary Superintendent; Flower Garden Banks National Sanctuary, 4700 Avenue U, Bldg 216; Galveston, Texas 77551

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Impact Subsea Increases Global Reach

To support the growing global demand for its state of the art underwater sensors, Impact Subsea has significantly expanded its distributor network.

Over the past five months, seven new companies have joined the Impact Subsea network of of distributors. Each distributor provides local support for Impact Subsea's underwater altimeter, depth, range, heading, motion and temperature sensing solutions.

The recent distributor appointments include: All-Star Technology (Taiwan), Oceanvision (Singapore), Oceasian Technology (China), Pioneer Focus (Hong Kong), Seascape (The Netherlands), Tae Kwang Electronics Corp (South Korea) and Uncommon Technologies (Norway).

Underwater sensor products provided by Impact Subsea. Right to Left: ISD4000 Depth Sensor, ISA500 Altimeter, ISA500 Altimeter (Right Angled), ISP1 Subsea Housing (lowest image)

As recently appointed distributor for Norway and Scandinavia, Elin Wiik, CEO, Uncommon Technologies, commented 'Impact Subsea and Uncommon Technologies share a commitment to the highest quality and service, aligned with our client’s expectations. We are proud to serve our customers with high-performing, cost-competitive subsea products, and are excited to include Impact Subsea’s range of products as an important part of our offering to the Scandinavian market.'

Ben Grant, Managing Director, Impact Subsea added 'The underwater sensor technology which we provide has a strong global demand. To ensure that we offer the highest quality of support to our world wide customers, we are delighted to announce the growth in our distributor network'.

Located in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Impact Subsea has a focus to provide highly innovative sensors to ROV, AUV and other underwater applications. The company pioneered the ISA500 - the first underwater Altimeter with an integrated Attitude & Heading Reference System (AHRS) - reducing equipment costs and providing a powerful multi-application sensor.

Earthrace Conservation Innovative Design for Conservation Tri Hull Vessel Released

 Earthrace Conservation has unveiled concept designs of their new 60m Trimaran to be used for Conservation missions around the World. The radical looking vessel, designed by Auckland Naval Architects LOMOcean Design, is based on the original Earthrace that still holds the world speed record for circling the globe.

5-1Earthrace

Earthrace CEO Captain Pete Bethune says the new vessel is pivotal for the team to increase its work in addressing illegal fishing. "We've worked in a number of countries targeting illegal fishing by foreign vessels, but the real work in open waters has been limited because we lacked our own long-range vessel. So this new vessel will be used in blue-water patrols, mostly assisting local units to catch poachers."

Photo credit: Earthrace Conservation.

Since 2011 Earthrace has been assisting countries with conservation missions, many of which were covered in the succesfull TV Series "The Operatives". In this, Bethune and a team of former military personnel assist countries with pressing conservation issues. The team supplies tactical assets such as Zodiacs, drones and a Sealegs Amphibious Vessel. They train up local Units in such things as hostile vessel boarding and search and secure methods. More importantly, they work with local units in catching criminals involved in environmental crime.
The team has successfully caught a number of vessels fishing illegally in many areas, including Central America, Asia and Africa. They helped close down two gangs involved in Wildlife smuggling in Asia, and exposed several illegal logging operations in Indonesia. They were also successful in catching illegal gold miners in Costa Rica.

The new vessel will serve as a Base of Operations for the team, and will allow them to run missions almost anywhere on earth. It will hold most of the existing assets, including the Sealegs, which gives the team a high-speed pursuit option. Bethune claims the vessel will have a range of about 10,000 nautical miles, and a top speed somewhere between 20 and 25 knots. It will accommodate a crew of 26 and can run continuously for up 28 days. There are also plans to film a new spinoff TV Show from "The Operatives" on the new vessel.

Earthrace will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in a couple of weeks to raise $50,000 to assist the team in completing the designs. Build location has yet to be determined, but Bethune says they are currently looking at options, which include a yard in Indonesia that builds composite military vessels. He says they expect construction to start later this year.

The original Earthrace was launched in 2006 and was fueled on biodiesel made from waste cooking oils. In 2008 she set a new world speed record for circling the globe of 60 days, 23 hours and 9 minutes. In 2010 she was involved in collision with the Japanese Whaling Security Vessel the Shonan Maru 2. A month later Bethune successfully boarded this vessel off a jetski in the middle of the night and presented the captain with a $3m bill to replace Earthrace. Bethune was taken back to Japan where he was convicted on five charges, including disrupting the whaling program. He was incarcerated for five months before being released.

LOMOcean Design have continued to develop the Trimaran wave piercer concept since the original Earthrace. Design Director Craig Loomes says the hull form has several key advantages over convential monohulls. Firstly the vessels are extremely efficient, allowing for greater range from a given amount of fuel. Secondly, they offer outstanding seakeeping in rough seas, especially when at speed. This makes them especially suited to military and fisheries enforcement activities.

Hydro Group Helps Students Keep Things Connected in MATE ROV Challenge

Following the announcement last month that Mintlaw Academy had successfully topped the Scottish leg of the MATE ROV challenge, Hydro Group plc has stepped in to support the final build of the ROV for the competition's international finals, held in June at the NASA Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

Ali Hynd, Principal Head of Technology for Mintlaw Academy, with Erin Kindness (15) and Joanne McDonald (15) of Mintlaw Academy, and Craig Reid, Production Manager Hydro Group

Mintlaw Academy came out on top in the annual competition which sees pupils from across Scotland put underwater robots they have designed and built to the test.

Aberdeen-headquartered subsea cable and connector specialist's Hydro Group, which also supplied cable and connectors for the Mintlaw team in 2014, provided the 2016 finalists with a Hydro Bond 57 way dry mate cable mount connector, which interfaces with the ROV to help achieve maximum power.

In addition to supplying the part, and to help further educate and inspire the team, Hydro Group invited a party of S4 to S6 Mintlaw finalists to its facility at the Aberdeen Energy Park, to show them the range of work Hydro Group is involved in.

Craig Reid, Production Manager at Hydro Group, said: "Learning first-hand about Hydro Group's capabilities, and seeing our products and services in action will hopefully have helped enthuse and further inform the pupils on how the technology can be used across a wealth of industries."

Hydro Group designs and manufactures underwater cables and connectors for subsea, underwater, topside and onshore applications, primarily working within the oil and gas, renewable energy, defence and aerospace industries.

Mr. Reid continued: "The student's enthusiasm when we showed them around the workshop was fantastic. As a former pupil of Mintlaw Academy it was great to show the students hands-on what we do, and that there are really exciting and innovative developments happening where they live, with significant opportunities for their future career aspirations."

Ali Hynd, Principal Head of Technology for Mintlaw Academy, said: "We are so proud of the team for reaching this stage of the competition, and everyone is thrilled about going to NASA for the finals.

"Companies like Hydro Group, which has a true commitment and drive to help young people and encourage the workforce of tomorrow, are invaluable for the future of industry. We're incredibly grateful for the support on the project, and look forward to arranging further visits to the workshop so that more students can benefit from seeing first-hand the work it does."

With regular onsite visits, alongside its investment in training and apprenticeship schemes, Hydro Group aims to develop personal knowledge to help benefit the individual and industry as a whole. The company aims to be seen as an active hub for engaging and connecting students and young people with the working world, believing that providing students with crucial opportunities to further their knowledge and experiences in a competitive job market, safeguards the stability and future of the company and subsea sector industries.

IMCA Publishes Revision to Safe & Efficient ROV Ops Guidance

Technical developments and operational experience are fundamental to the latest revision of the International Marine Contractors Association's (IMCA) 'Guidance for the safe and efficient operation of remotely operated vehicles' (IMCA R 004 Rev 4). This can be downloaded free of charge from the IMCA website at www.imca-int.com/media/72417/imcar004.pdf or via the home page at www.imca-int.com.

"The guidance provides a pertinent reference document for the safe and efficient offshore operations of remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) and of ROV support systems, and is designed for use by both contractors and clients" explains IMCA's Technical Director, Richard Benzie. "Adoption of, and adherence to, the guidance will contribute to a safe and efficient industry that operates to common standards.

"Our document is not intended to replace experience and competence to successfully conduct ROV operations. It should be the duty of individual contractors to satisfy themselves that all ROV operations are conducted safely and efficiently.

"While it is recognized that safety must never be compromised, recommendations are made for areas where the balance between commercial considerations and safety implications is complex. In particular, clients and contractors need to recognize and accept the importance of providing sufficient qualified personnel to conduct safe operations at all times. This includes periods of routine preventative maintenance, breakdown or repairs when personnel may be exposed to the dangers of high-voltage, high-pressure hydraulic systems, rotating machinery and other potential hazards."

With sections on 'ROV Classification'; 'ROV Tasks'; 'ROV Tools'; Environmental Considerations'; 'ROV Operations'; 'Equipment, Certification and Maintenance'; 'Personnel'; 'Responsibilities'; and a useful glossary of terms and abbreviations, 'Guidance for the safe and efficient operation of remotely operated vehicles' contains guidelines and recommendations that, when combined with manufacturers' instructions and companies' operational procedures/processes, allow for the maintenance of a high level of safety and efficiency across the sector.

The guidance is intended to apply internationally, but it is recognized that some countries will have regulations that require different standards or practices to be followed. Where local or national regulations are more stringent than those in IMCA R 004, they will always take precedence over the IMCA guidance.

"This is a dynamic document and the advice given in it will change with the further development of the industry, indeed the guidance will be reviewed on a regular basis," adds Richard Benzie. "As all our publications are now published online, necessary improvements can be made quickly and easily. We invite anyone with suggested improvements to contact us at imca@imca-int.com so that their suggestions can be considered by the appropriate technical committee.

SUT Introduces New Technology Deployment Course for Offshore Engineers

The Society for Underwater Technology (SUT) is launching a new course for engineers to form a greater understanding of the deployment of new technology within offshore developments.

The one-day course, in association with Astrimar, is aimed at engineers at all levels who are involved in the deployment of new offshore technology or who need to accommodate existing technology in more challenging applications. It is also suitable for operators, contractors, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and technology developers.

The course, which takes place on June 9 at London's Imperial College, will provide an overview of industry best practice for the qualification of technology and how to select and design appropriate testing regimes to demonstrate functionality, reliability and durability.

The program will be split into a combination of presentations, discussions and group break-out sessions, including:
• The Technology Qualification Process
• Use of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs)
• Types of testing to support qualification at each TRL
• Qualification of extended/modified technology
• Application of FMECA for technology qualification
• Residual technical risk and uncertainty
• Qualification assurance

Dr. Bob Allwood, CEO of SUT said: "As the subsea industry moves into deeper waters and more difficult operation environments, additional technical risk and uncertain reliability performance is introduced. A defined qualification process is required to manage the risk associated with the first or early deployment of the technology and this course will demonstrate this in a dynamic and interactive way, which will be of interest to all engineers working in the industry."

The course will run from 9am to 5pm in the Billiard Room, 58 Prince's Gate, Imperial College, London and costs for £430 members and £530 for non-members. For further information, please contact events@sut.org or 01224 823637.

Principle Power Joins World Ocean Council

Principle Power, technology developer of the floating offshore wind turbine foundation - the WindFloat - is now a member of the World Ocean Council (WOC), the global, multi-industry leadership alliance on "Corporate Ocean Responsibility".

Principle Power CEO, Joao Metelo stated, "Principle Power believes that WOC provides a unique, international multi-sectoral ocean industry forum that is important to the growth of our company and the offshore wind energy sector overall. For example, we are already benefiting from the relationships with investors that resulted from our participation in the WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit and the WOC Ocean Investment Platform."

Kevin Banister, Senior Business Development Manager, added, "Accelerating offshore renewable energy development is critical to realizing the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement and other local and state renewable energy targets. As a multi-industry organization, the WOC can facilitate our ability to meet and work with other sectors and reduce the barriers to scaling up offshore renewable energy development."

WOC CEO, Paul Holthus, added that, "We are honored to have Principle Power as one of the newest WOC Members. We are working with them to identify and address the barriers to growth in offshore wind energy, as part of the WOC efforts to assist ocean industries to support the Sustainable Development Goals."

As a result, the 2016 Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS) will have a major session focused on the interaction between offshore renewable energy and other ocean industries. Tackling climate change requires understanding and addressing the obstacles to rapid, responsible growth in offshore renewable energy in marine areas.

SOS 2016 takes place in Rotterdam on 30 Nov-2 Dec. More detailed information on the SOS 2016 and a Call for Abstracts will be available soon.

Science-Driven Solutions to Gulf of Mexico Problems

Over the next 15 years, the Gulf of Mexico will be the focal point for one of the largest restoration efforts ever conceived. More than $20 billion in restoration funding will provide an unparalleled opportunity to effect positive change on a Gulf-wide scale.

Adopting science-driven processes to guide and evaluate these efforts; linking environmental and human health and wellbeing to sustain the benefits of a healthier Gulf; and building international partnerships to ensure the future Gulf we all envision is the driving goal of the fourth State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit.

The State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit 2017 will be held Sunday, March 26 through Tuesday, March 28. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance All-Hands Meeting will take place following the Summit from Wednesday, March 29 to Thursday, March 30.

Save The Date!
State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit 2017 & Gulf of Mexico Alliance All-Hands Meeting
 
Who:
Leaders in academia, industry, NGO, and government
with a stakeholder interest in the Gulf of Mexico
 
When:
March 26-28, 2017
March 29-30, 2017
 
Where:
Omni Hotel, Houston, TX

Oceanology International North America 2017 Now Accepting Abstracts

Oceanology International started in the UK and runs every two years. Now in its 47th edition and with a global portfolio of events in London, China and now San Diego, California, it has firmly established itself as the world's leading marine science and ocean technology exhibition and conference.

Attracting visitors from a variety of industries including oil & gas, engineering, renewables and maritime security and marine science, Oceanology International gives the opportunity for buyers and suppliers to do business in one location. Oceanology International offers structured networking opportunities to help suppliers establish relationships and secure business on a global scale.

The multi-faceted Oceanology International conference programs are highly regarded for the quality of their content and our exceptional line up of chairmen and speakers. No other exhibition and conference portfolio connects the manufacturers and users of ocean technology with such a diverse spectrum of scientific and industrial stakeholders.

The OI North America 2017 conference program, will be no different. Consisting of a series of keynote end-user focused panel discussions and topical technical sessions, the program will meet the changing needs and interests of the community that it serves.

Abstract Deadline – August 1, 2016

Show Dates: 14-15 February 2017
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA, USA

Business Acquisition Increases MacArtney Presence in the German Market

Adding high-grade competences to their portfolio of system sales causes MBT GmbH, MacArtney Germany, to generate a wider field of activity in terms of geographical market coverage in Germany.

MBT GmbH has acquired Bremen based CPU GmbH, provider of equipment for underwater technical systems, as of 1 April 2016. Representing a profound commitment to fully support the challenging underwater technology market in Germany, MacArtney expand their business to strengthen their system sales capacity.

CPU GmbH remains an independent entity with Christoph Reuter carrying on his job as Managing Director of the company. CPU GmbH will relocate to the Innovation and Technology Centre of the University of Bremen and will keep their current name during a transition phase.

MacArtney motivate their acquisition of CPU with their desire and ambition to create further growth and development thus contributing to continued successful business activities as a supplier of underwater technology systems locally as well as internationally.

- The Bremen area is a hot spot for marine science and technology in Germany, with major research organisations, shipyards, system integrators and key players in offshore wind energy, announces Torsten Turla, Managing Director of MBT GmbH, MacArtney Germany. We expect significant synergy from the acquisition and from having Christoph Reuter being part of the team in Germany.

Encouraged by a growing demand for complete and integrated underwater technology solutions, MBT GmbH benefits from being part of the MacArtney Group and enjoys unlimited access to cutting-edge engineering competences and advanced facilities at the MacArtney Group headquarters in Denmark.

WOC and Dubai Maritime Cluster Agrees on Collaboration of Ocean Sustainability

At the Offshore Arabia Conference last week, the Dubai Council on Marine and Maritime Industries (DCMMI) and the World Ocean Council (WOC) agreed to collaborate on ocean sustainable development and Corporate Ocean Responsibility.

In the presence of the Dubai Minister of Climate Change and Environment, H.E. Dr. Thani Al Zeyoudi, the DCMMI Chairman, HE Mr. Khamis Juma Buamim, and WOC CEO, Paul Holthus, signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the conference opening ceremony.

DCMMI Chairman, Mr. Khamis Juma Buamim, stated that, “The World Ocean Council is a unique global business leadership organization committed to advancing ocean sustainable development, stewardship and science. The DCMMI looks forward to enhanced interaction with the WOC to bring together Dubai’s marine and maritime industry leaders to develop and promote business opportunities in support of responsible ocean economic activity.”

WOC CEO, Paul Holthus, added that, “We are excited to establish this agreement with DCMMI. We look forward to working with DCMMI to better engage leadership companies from Dubai and the UAE. Advancing coordinated, international efforts by the ocean business community to tackle sustainable development challenges is especially critical in this region of global importance to the economy.”

The WOC is increasingly working with and though “maritime clusters” to advance ocean sustainable development and Corporate Ocean Responsibility.

The 2016 Sustainable Ocean Summit (SOS), Rotterdam 30 Nov-2 Dec, will have a major focus on maritime clusters and their role in ocean sustainable development, especially in relation to innovation, technology, cross-sectoral collaboration and investment.

More detailed information on the SOS 2016 and a Call for Abstracts will be available soon.

CENSIS Full of Energy with Double Subsea Appointment

CENSIS, the Scottish Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems, has ramped up its technical offering for the subsea, offshore and marine sectors with the appointment of two industry experts.

Dr. Graham Kerr has joined CENSIS as its Technical Director, while Leo Meng has been recruited as an Embedded Systems Engineer.

L-R: Dr. Graham Kerr and Leo Meng. Photo credit: CENSIS

With over 20 years’ experience in new product development and engineering management, Dr. Kerr arrives from FMC Technologies, where he managed the optoelectronics research and development (R&D) team. In this role, he developed advanced sensor solutions for the oil and gas industry and collaborated with a number of universities on technology development.

Dr. Kerr has also spent time in technology development with some of Scotland’s most high-profile engineering businesses, including Babcock Energy and Motorola. During his post-doctoral research at the University of Glasgow, he worked on ultra-sensitive laser interferometers for gravitational wave detection.

Meanwhile, Leo has more than six years’ experience in academic and oil and gas industry R&D, most recently working with Aker Solutions as a Wireless Systems Engineer. He has particular expertise and experience in condition monitoring, acoustics and wireless communication.

Prior to his position with Aker, Leo spent three years researching wireless sensor networks at the University of Strathclyde. His specialities included distributed data processing and electronic system design.

Ian Reid, Chief Executive of CENSIS, said: “The subsea industry continues to go through a challenging time, but the opportunities for innovation have seldom been better. The research groups available to the North Sea are global leaders in their fields, with expertise ranging from ultrasonic engineering all the way through to nanoscale engineering.

“In Graham and Leo we have two experts who understand the industry, the problems it faces, and the technology that can help drive efficiency. They are a great addition to our subsea and offshore specialist, Dr Rachael Wakefield, and we’re thrilled to have them on board.”

Dr. Graham Kerr added: “The sensor and imaging system (SIS) market is growing from strength to strength in Scotland. It’s an exciting time to join CENSIS and work with sectors such as the subsea industry to solve many of their current challenges. Technology has a big role to play in helping the entire supply chain adapt to the current environment.”

Leo Meng commented: “I strongly believe there are big opportunities to cut costs in the subsea industry through the further adoption of smart processes and SIS technology. I look forward to working with the energy firms CENSIS is already assisting, as well as others in the months and years ahead.”

1. About CENSIS
CENSIS is the Scottish Centre for Sensors and Imaging Systems, which aims to bring together commercial innovation and academic research, to drive economic activity in Scotland. Established in April 2013 with an initial £10 million funding, it expects to deliver 150 collaborative R&D projects and assist Scotland’s 170 companies in the industry which, between them, contribute £2.6 billion to the economy. It is funded by the Scottish Funding Council, with additional support from the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise.
 
2. About Innovation Centres
The Innovation Centres, which were launched in 2014 and in the latter part of 2013, sit within the construction industry, oil and gas, stratified medicine, digital health, industrial bio-tech, and sensors and imaging. Each Centre aims to establish bonds between Scotland’s universities and their respective industry sectors, translating the knowledge and expertise into commercially viable products and companies to benefit the country’s economy.
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