Really Remotely Controlled Underwater Vehicles

Topics: Facilities planning and maintenance Offshore Subsea systems
Oceaneering’s Stavanger “Mission Support Center” controls a remotely operated vehicle offshore Norway during a test in February. The operator in the foreground is controlling a tool that is cleaning marine growth off a subsea structure.

The operators for remotely operated vehicles (ROV) will be getting more remote in the future as land-based control begins to become a reality.

Oceaneering has built an onshore control center in Stavanger which will be used to help control maintenance work offshore this spring, said Arve Iversen, ROV operations manager for Oceaneering, during a presentation at the recent Subsea Valley Conference in Oslo, Norway.

The support center in Stavanger harbor allows full control of ROVs using satellite connections and a semiautomatic control system that gives operators the ability to deliver commands—such as stab a tool into a port—without having to guide its every move in real time.

“Now you can have them at the support center and there is a huge saving opportunity there,” Iversen said.

On complex jobs, the system, which has been named the Remote Piloting and Automated Control Technology, is aimed at reducing the number of people who will need to be offshore, and allows experts to been called in on short notice to work onshore rather than having to fly offshore.

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Really Remotely Controlled Underwater Vehicles

Stephen Rassenfoss, JPT Emerging Technology Senior Editor

01 June 2016

Volume: 68 | Issue: 6