Innovation and R&D

Our innovations are discovered through continual investment in research and development (R&D) in our dedicated Innovation House. The team includes more than 75 engineers from various disciplines including underwater robotics, electronics, control, hydrodynamics, software and mechanical design. We are committed to investing heavily in R&D and have spent $6.5million on innovation since our inception with 30 per cent of staff being dedicated to the cause. This is clearly a significant investment, but the importance of R&D cannot be over emphasised as every aspect of exploration and production is impacted by it. We know creating and delivering unique products and services solves our client’s challenges and gives us a competitive advantage with opportunity to grow. An example of a solution borne out of our Innovation House is the Photo Realistic 3D Cloud (PRC) which is now transforming inspection campaigns worldwide.
A leading production company in the UAE, ADMA-OPCO, which operates more than 250 offshore structures Northwest of Abu Dhabi, identified 26 priority structures for which they wished to obtain high quality, detailed inspection data. ADMA-OPCO adopted the 3D PRC and an ROV to bring its inspection data into the digital age and ensure the operational integrity of its assets to avoid structural failure, production losses and to promote operational excellence by utilising advanced inspection techniques.
Shell Brazil wanted to do a baseline inspection for future monitoring of jumper movement and stresses at 1900m water depth. As there was an extremely tight schedule for the intervention vessel, the challenge was completing the inspection quickly. The project was directly funded by the Shell HQ as the company is interested in adopting the technology widely and wanted to compare the data with a previous as-built survey. Data acquisition was completed in record time - 2.5 hours for the jumper, PLET, and manifold.
The PRC was used to carry out the installation of subsea spool pieces at a range of water depths between 15m to 75m in the Gulf of Suez, offshore Egypt. An ROV with PRC was able to perform, not just the metrology, but assisted the installation of the spool, as built capability and general survey of the platform at seabed level. Using an ROV and the PRC for the spool metrology significantly reduced the time required – in one instance, 15 minutes for the PRC and ROV in comparison to two hours required for a diver to perform the traditional taut wire process.