Gadgets & Widgets

20 March, 2013



20 March 2013 Newcastle, UK

Chairman: Alan Dobson







Tracerco Discovery™ – Pipeline Visualisation Tool
Lee Robins, Head of Subsea Services

Tracerco is launching a ROV deployed, non–intrusive pipeline inspection tool for pipeline integrity and hydrate plug detection. It is the only technology capable of visualising both wall thinning and the contents of Unpiggable Coated Pipelines, including pipe–in–pipe systems. The presentation covered the background of the development work and give a description of the technology, showing some recent trial results and highlighting the numerous unique benefits.

Advanced Vehicle Control Suite
Ian Parnaby
, Principle Control Systems Engineer

SMD gave an overview of their recently developed Advanced Vehicle Control Suite. This provides the ROV with unparalleled levels of autonomy from cruise control functions and following pre–defined waypoints to more sophisticated technology allowing the system to recognise and track moving objects within the water column. These technologies enable the operators to fly arduous and more complex missions with ease, giving them increased time and flexibility to concentrate on the more pertinent mission tasks.

Improving the Design and Fabrication Process Using 3D Laser Scanning
Ben Bennett
, Chief Technical Officer

3D laser scanning is replacing conventional measurement and dimensional control techniques. Digital Surveys talked about the applications of the technology at different stages of the design & fabrication lifecycle.

Multi Quick Connecting Tool
Steven Frazer
, R&D Team Lead

The MQC tool has been developed to provide quick and efficient mating of subsea equipment. The presentation by Duco provided an overview of the technology, its application and the process of qualification required to ensure its safe deployment.

An Introduction to MaXcess
Steve Binney
, Senior Engineer

The MaXccess range of offshore access systems provides a safer, more weather tolerant means of accessing wind turbines and offshore structures. Extensively trialled MaXccess creates a secure and measured connection by gripping one of the boat landing buffer tubes. This prevents hazardous vertical and horizontal bow motion while allowing the vessel to roll, pitch and yaw freely. This is achieved in a simple and elegant manner without the need for active compensation or prediction of vessel motions.

Inspection of Flexible Risers Using Ultrasonic Scanning Technology
Craig Nelson
, Project Engineer

Ultrasonic Scanning Inspection Technology helps to address a number of problems associated with the most common failure/replacement mode of flexible pipes. Using ultrasonic testing to scan through the outer sheath it is possible to determine if the annulus has been flooded, the specific location of flooding and the dimensions of tensile armour wires. This in turn can be used to accurately determine if the annulus is filled with permeated water or seawater, which has a significant effect on the service life of dynamic risers.

Self Contained Electrical Monitoring System for Subsea Equipment
Greg Smith
, Electronics Design Engineer

As subsea umbilical arrays grow ever more complex, building from known good components becomes vital as post-assembly fault-finding results in expensive delays. C–Kore replaces the dummy–plug normally fitied to subsea equipment connectors during deployment. It performs insulation resistance, continuity and capacitance / cable length testing, either on a schedule or when externally triggered. This allows the integrity of the connected subsea equipment to be verified during transit and at the point of subsea make-up. The test results are data logged for later analysis and displayed on the built–in OLED display for ROV viewing. The system is self-contained and battery powered, but will operate for months without requiring a recharge