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Xodus enters Phase 2 of pioneering research into multiphase flow

International energy consultancy Xodus Group and Dutch innovation company TNO have completed the first phase of a pioneering joint industry project (JIP) into the dynamic forces which affect the integrity of piping systems, in particular through multiphase flow. The second phase of the project, which is expected to be run across three stages, is now open for new participants to join.

Oceanology International - London, 15-17 March 2016

Call for abstracts A multi-faceted event, Oceanology International will host two conferences on the current and future technical challenges facing the Offshore Oil and Gas industry with particular focus on monitoring of structural integrity, life of field extension, and decommissioning.

South West Surveys and Geomotive become official Atlas offices

On 28th September 2015, two subsidiaries of Atlas Professionals, South West Surveys (SWS) and Geomotive, will become official Atlas offices. The offices based in Exeter (UK) and Vic (Spain) have been a part of Atlas Professionals for several years, expanding Atlas’ scope in Offshore Management & QC, Marine Environmental, QHSE and the Seismic and Electromagnetic markets.

Invitation to RRS Discovery in London event 8th-9th October 2015

This year the Natural Environment Research Council is marking its 50th anniversary with a series of events. As part of this, the Royal Research Ship Discovery will be in London, berthed alongside HMS Belfast. There will be a series of activities on board Discovery that showcase some of NERC’s research and technology achievements over the past 50 years.

N-Sea Recognised for Commitment to Research & Development

N-Sea, the subsea Inspection, Maintenance and Repair (IMR) specialist, has been named as winner of the Northern Star Business Awards’ “Commitment to Innovative Use of Research & Development” category.

U-Boat Worx lifts the lid on the Super Yacht Sub 3

U-Boat Worx revealed their new Super Yacht Sub 3, a luxury 3-seat submersible specially designed for super yachts. The new Super Yacht Sub 3 is the first of a range of submersibles for super yachts that also includes the High-Performance Sport Sub 2. This is the first public appearance of the Super Yacht Sub 3 production model, which was announced exactly one year ago.

Understanding how critical elements are formed in the deep ocean

UK and Brazilian scientists will be working together to study the formation of critical ocean minerals essential for new technology – particularly environmental technology such as photovoltaic cells. MarineE-tech, a £4.2M research programme funded by NERC (UK) and FAPESP (Brazil), will assess deep ocean ferromanganese deposits – a major resource of elements that include cobalt, tellurium and the rare earths used in E-technologies.

Bibby HydroMap showcases d'ROP with PanGeo's SBI

Seabed survey company Bibby HydroMap has invited key clients and prospects to witness demonstrations with their survey ROV d'ROP equipped with PanGeo’s SBI (Sub Bottom Imager). As a dedicated survey ROV, d’ROP was launched earlier this year and has been performing trials with a number of cable locating systems before being mobilised to a project on board Bibby HydroMap’s 27m catamaran Bibby Athena.

Fugro begins final geotechnical investigations in Borssele Offshore Sind Area

Fugro has been awarded the geotechnical investigation contract for Sites III and IV at the Borssele wind area, off the Dutch coast of Zeeland. The geotechnical work is being undertaken on behalf of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and constitutes the final investigation at the Borssele wind farm sites before the final tender bidding rounds begin.

Atlas Knowledge Group forges transatlantic partnership with world-leading University of Texas

ATLAS Knowledge Group, a leading international provider of learning technology solutions has announced a new partnership with the prestigious Petroleum Extension (PETEX™) at the University of Texas at Austin that brings both organisations world-class training provision to a global audience. The alliance will see PETEX’s highly acclaimed technical drilling e-learning courses added to the Atlas content library to create an unrivalled service offering composed of 800 specialist training courses. Part of Atlas’ ongoing strategy to expand its global business, the move will not only allow the company to establish a firm presence in a significant new market, it makes PETEX’s world-class drilling and well control content available to the company’s database of customers operating in 99 countries. The partnership covers all oil and gas regions excluding the Americas

BIRNS completes successful ISO 9001:2008 recertification audit

BIRNS, Inc. has announced that its Quality Management System (QMS) recently had its successful ISO 9001:2008 recertification audit carried out by DNV-GL, an international certification body and classification society created as a result of a merger between Det Norske Veritas and Germanischer Lloyd. ISO 9001:2008 is a globally recognized standard for QMS implementation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). During the audit, BIRNS' QMS was thoroughly reviewed across all applicable company departments and all standard elements to ensure proper implementation, procedure compliance and proof of continuous process improvements, as required by the Standard.

Harkand awarded contract with Technip in Ghana

15th September 2015, A NEW joint venture between Harkand and Consolidated Shipping Agencies Ltd has resulted in its first contract win in Ghana, West Africa. The award will see the global inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) company delivering onshore and offshore support to Technip in the region. Having formed a strategic alliance with Consolidated Shipping Agencies Ltd, the company’s Aberdeen-based Harkand Andrews Survey team will deliver services to Technip on the Tullow Tweneboa, Enyenra and Ntomme (TEN) project situated in the deepwater Tano block, approximately 60km off the coast of Ghana.

Robots help to map England’s only deep-water Marine Conservation Zone

The first true three-dimensional picture of submarine canyon habitats has been produced using a unique combination of marine robotics and ship-based measurements. The information captured in this new set of maps ranges in scale from the 200km canyon down to the size of an individual cold-water coral polyp, and will be used to inform the management of the only English Marine Conservation Zone in deep water. This ‘nested map’ is the result of a recent scientific expedition to the Whittard Canyon in the Bay of Biscay, led by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). It works in a way not unlike a set of Russian dolls, with the most detailed map sitting within a larger scale one, which sits within a larger map still.

OceanTools Launches Cutting Edge Subsea Optical 3D Scanning System

Aberdeen based engineering firm OceanTools has released C-Scan, its new laser based optical 3D scanning system and latest innovation to enter the offshore energy production market.


Independent subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) service provider ROVOP has revealed more than £2.5 million worth of new contract wins in the last month from its Aberdeen and Houston offices across the oil, gas and offshore wind markets.

OCEANS'15 MTS/IEEE Washington Hotel Reservation Deadline and Conference Updates

The Oceans '15 Organizing Committee has negotiated a group rate of USD $289/night, including in-room internet access (but no meals), at the Gaylord National hotel. The conference block is open and reservations can be made through September 18, 2015 at 5:00pm EST.

Leading subsea training centre unveils new collaborative training model

A new model for increasing workforce competency in the ROV industry, using a realistic offshore instruction environment, has been unveiled by The Underwater Centre at the Subsea UK ROV conference in Aberdeen.

OE 2015 confirms a positive outlook for the industry and the next generation

SPE Offshore Europe 2015, held in Aberdeen, Scotland from September 8-11, sent out a very clear message that the oil and gas industry has a future for many years to come. The theme of the 2015 event, inspiring the next generation, allowed the industry to address the technical, business and people challenges it faces now and into the future. At the heart of this is the need to attract and encourage the next generation of talent into the industry.
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