Marine Cybernetics wins Petrobras contract

May 14, 2013

Marine Cybernetics AS (MC) recently signed its first contract for delivery of HIL testing (Hardware in the Loop) to a total of six mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) newbuilds to be hired by Petrobras in Brazil. HIL testing is a proven methodology that is used in many other industries, e.g. aviation, but Marine Cybernetics was the first to offer HIL testing in the oil, offshore and maritime industry.

Marine Cybernetics has worked actively for many years to enter the Brazilian market, and this contract marks an important milestone in the company's history. In addition, it is interesting to note Petrobras introduced a requirement for independent HIL testing of software and control systems on all newly-built drilling rigs to be used in Brazil.

As part of the Brazil Initiative, MC has taken steps to recruit new employees from Brazilian universities. These new hires are currently employed at the head office in Trondheim, Norway. The idea being that the Brazilians will eventually return to Brazil and further the development of the business from there. There are five Brazilians working today in Trondheim, with a total representation of 12 different nationalities in MC’s workforce.

Marine Cybernetics AS was established in 2002 as a "spin-off" from NTNU (Norwegian University of Science & Technology). The company performs independent HIL (Hardware-In-the-Loop) data and control testing of vessels and offshore installations, using proprietary technology. In addition to the headquarters, the company has legal subsidiaries in the USA (Houston) and Brazil (Rio de Janeiro).



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