At CENSIS, we understand that during these challenging times for the subsea and offshore sectors research and innovation can become an afterthought. At the moment, the priority for many energy firms is dealing with the day-to-day tests presented by a sustained low oil price.
However, at times like these companies can start looking at what improvements they can make to products and services that might just keep them ahead of the competition. Here at CENSIS we know that innovation is often about the savvy adoption of the best new and emerging technologies to transform existing products.
Being innovative has a key role to play in helping companies find their way out of these choppy waters – it can catalyse recovery, find efficiencies and help develop new markets for products.
Scotland is a world leader in sensing and imaging technologies, with more than 170 companies and 90 research groups operating in this space. Combine this with CENSIS’ strong supply chain of sonar and acoustic technology companies, a track record of innovation in subsea, including advancing underwater communications and autonomous, intelligent systems; and you can begin to see how we can help your organisation.
Techniques used for other applications are being brought into the energy sector, and materials and electronics that were prohibitively expensive just a few years ago are coming down in price. This is opening up a host of opportunities for subsea environments, e.g., opportunities in asset management, subsea IRM, preventative maintenance, or environmental monitoring.
Research and innovation is rolling out opportunities for sensor systems developers to add greater capabilities to their technologies, either through new components or better analytics. Data is more detailed and increasingly accurate, while robotics are commonplace.
Sensing, automation and autonomous operation of platforms is another area where sensor systems have a key role to play, replacing all of the information gathering functions that might otherwise be carried out by human operators. Looking to the future, the industry is moving to deploying more processing capability directly on the sea floor, where to date this has been located topside in the production platform. Inspections may be conducted by fully automated systems, in particular to access areas that are hazardous, distributed widely, remote or otherwise inaccessible to personnel.
The offshore oil and gas industry is moving rapidly to deploying more processing capability directly on the sea floor, where to date this has been located topside in the production platform. The challenges in sensing, process control and condition monitoring are immense.
There is an extensive body of expertise in the CENSIS partners in many of the sensing and imaging technologies that will have a significant impact in delivering this outcome. The next horizon in subsea industry looks set to be that of mineral extraction; harvesting and mining. Sensing, automation and autonomous operation of platforms is another area where sensor systems have a key role to play, replacing all of the information gathering functions that might otherwise be carried out by human operators.
- Read our online brochure on Sensing Opportunities for Subsea, Offshore and Marine
- Watch our short video on the ways in which we can support activities in this sector
- January 2017: Read SE’s new Action Plan for Subsea Engineering, featuring CENSIS