Robotics News


Video: Eelume debuts snake-like underwater robot

Feb 15, 2017

In December 2016, the Norwegian underwater robotics company Eelume successfully built and demonstrated the world’s first snake-like underwater robot, constructed for offshore operations. Image from Eelume…

SIT on hybrid AUV completed

Feb 14, 2017

North-east England-based subsea firm Modus Seabed Intervention has completed system integration and trialing of one of the subsea industries' first commercially available hybrid unmanned underwater vehicles. Modus says its hybrid is one…

Batteries not included

Nov 01, 2016

The drill floor robot is no longer a vision, it’s a reality and it’s going to start operations offshore Norway next year. Elaine Maslin reports. The world’s first drill floor robot installed at the Ullrigg Drilling and Well Centre…

OTC16: Robotics and 3D printing high on agenda

May 06, 2016

Additive manufacturing and unmanned robotics have topped a list of key new technologies for the oil and gas industry.  The two were identified as part of a survey of exhibitors at Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston by risk consultancy services group Lloyd’s Register…

Video: Trio enter swimming robots deal

Apr 18, 2016

A trio comprised of Kongsberg Maritime, Statoil, and Eelume have entered into an agreement to accelerate new technology that will significantly reduce costs related to subsea inspection, maintenance and repair operations.  Kongsberg and Statoil inked the agreement with Eelume…

Robots in disguise

Apr 01, 2016

Elaine Maslin speaks with Oceaneering about its latest underwater technologies and its thoughts on the future of the ROV and AUV industry. The NEXXUS ROV working in the Gulf of Mexico off the Olympic Intervention IV vessel…

Laser light

Apr 01, 2016

In a short period of time, subsea laser scanning has sprung up as a new viable option for subsea imaging and measurement. Elaine Maslin takes a look. Buoyancy collar. Images from 2G Robotics.  A number of firms appeared…

Getting fishy

Apr 01, 2016

The race is on to create an autonomous, resident underwater vehicle capable of long-term inspection operations and eventually a level of intervention. Elaine Maslin takes a look at BG Group’s version. FlatFish during shallow water seatrials…

Eni's clean sea sets out of Mediterranean

Mar 14, 2016

Eni's Clean Sea subsea robotic technology is to be used for the first time for marine environmental monitoring and offshore asset inspection offshore the Mediterranean and West Africa. Clean Sea is a type of hybrid AUV focusing on environmental…

ROVs: down but not out

Oct 20, 2015

Following the fate of the global oil industry, the short-term outlook for the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) market is set to be sluggish – but long-term these machines will play a key role in deepwater development and the technology they use is set for a leap forward…

The ROV Renaissance man

Oct 01, 2015

This year has been a year of anniversaries for many, not least OE, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, alongside first oil from the North Sea. Another firm marking a milestone is Schilling Robotics, now FMC Technologies Schilling Robotics…

OTC 2015 in Review

Jun 10, 2015

There were many memorable presentations and product demonstrations at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference in Houston this past May. OE Staff reports on a few notable discussions. Safety post-Macondo This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster…

Undercurrents - Not it: The race to avoid being first

Apr 01, 2015

At almost every oil and gas industry conference there will undoubtedly be a panel discussion where someone will make a wry remark about how unwilling operators are to be the first. No, not the first to produce oil or gas, but to adopt new technology…

Helix Energy's Chamblee to retire

Mar 17, 2015

Helix Energy announced that effective 11 May 2015, Cliff Chamblee will retire after 36 years in the offshore services business and will resign as executive VP and COO. Also effective 11 May 2015, Scotty Sparks will be promoted to the position of executive VP-operations…

AUVSI names new President/CEO

Nov 24, 2014

Brian Wynne has been named president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), succeeding the retiring Michael Toscano on 12 January 2015. Incoming AUVSI CEO & President…

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