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NCS Survey grows AUV fleet

Jan 29, 2013

The Aberdeen company acquires two Gavia AUVs Two Gavia AUVs delivered to NCS SurveyNCS Survey has expanded its growing autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) fleet with the purchase of two Teledyne Gavia AUVs.These vehicles are the latest…

Wireless communication system for real-time ROV control

Jan 16, 2013

Engineers from the US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have developed a new wireless underwater communication system to control ROVs in real-time. This new method may eliminate the need for long tether cables, offering a new degree of freedom in underwater robotics…

TD Williamson

Jan 10, 2013

Pipeline equipment and services provider TD Williamson opened its first office in Seoul, South Korea. The new office will enable the company to provide EPC customers with pipeline intervention and isolation technologies.


Jan 10, 2013

VAM USA expanded its Houston-based Connection Technology Center to 90,000 sq ft, doubling its R&D capacity. The facility conducts harsh-environment testing of premium connections for shale applications and deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ray Frisby named technical director for TAM International

Jan 10, 2013

Ray Frisby (pictured) has been named technical director for TAM International. Frisby will lead development of new technologies. Company subsidiary TAM Completion Systems has appointed Jim McGowin as its general manager. He will be charged with establishing…

Phase one research wrap

Jan 10, 2013

A Houston company specializing in the repair and rehabilitation oil & gas industry pipeline reports that it has successfully completed phase one of a nanotechnologybased research project. A SBIR grant from the US National Science Foundation funded Pipe Wrap’s research…

Automated moorings

Jan 10, 2013

Cavotec deployed its MoorMaster technology for Dutch private ferry company TESO. The vacuum-based automated mooring technology eliminates the need for conventional mooring lines. Remote-controlled vacuum pads can be mounted to the quayside or on pontoons for easy mooring and release…

Colloquy: Antifragility: Can this industry thrive with disorder?

Jan 09, 2013

Nina M. Rach COLLOQUY: Editor's Column Despite the widespread pop-culture interpretation of the Mayan calendar, the world did not end in an apocalypse on 21 December 2012, just as the Y2K date bug did not cause utilities and other critical infrastructure to fail on 1 January 2000…

Arctic Technology Awards

Jan 09, 2013

Shawn Rice and Joe Gagliardi (center) accepted the award for ION. Presenting the award are OTC Board of Directors Chairman Steve Balint (left), Shell, and OTC Board of Directors member Joe Fowler (right).Igor Kolesnikov and Svetlana Kamaeva (center) accept the award for Transkor…

Cyber war opens new front

Jan 09, 2013

Increased automation offshore means oil & gas companies have far more systems that are vulnerable to computer viruses. Gregory Hale and Richard Sale investigate how onshore attacks have led companies to reassess security concerns.Major oil companies…

Pre-programmed mission for decommissioning survey

Jan 09, 2013

Chevron needed to survey 14 sites in the Gulf of Mexico, most of which were slated for decommissioning, so it hired Lockheed Martin to deploy its new Marlin AUV to assist. Chevron subsea survey engineer Olugbena Esan and Lou Dennis, Lockheed Martin business development manager…

Another tiny miracle

Jan 09, 2013

Rice, Moscow State study toxic groundwater Rice University teams up with Moscow State for radioactive waste solutionGraphene oxide has a remarkable ability to quickly remove radioactive material from contaminated water, researchers at…

The age of automation

Jan 04, 2013

Automating more of the oil & gas industry's processes will ultimately improve safety. So said several industry leaders during the recent Drilling & Completing Trouble Zones conference in Galveston, Texas. Jennifer Pallanich was there.Baker Hughes' Allen Sinor…

Solving the skills shortage

Jan 04, 2013

For years the oil & gas industry has faced a looming skills shortage: older, more experienced personnel are leaving the business while an influx of new blood with limited experience is coming onboard. Finding solutions for this skill shortage was on the minds of attendees at the Galveston forum…

Sobering thought

Jan 04, 2013

In his keynote speech at the ITF technology showcase, BP North Sea regional president Trevor Garlick spoke of his personal determination to ensure his company takes a leadership role in technology in the North Sea. He noted that relative to…

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