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GCU unveils innovative subsea video and data storage system

Friday, Nov 02, 2012

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Shearwater Marine Services Ltd have developed a new form of video and technical data transfer which will allow remote real-time video viewing and data capture of subsea inspections, with significant efficiency and safety benefits to the oil and gas industry.

GCU and Shearwater will unveil the technology at the ITF Technology Showcase (Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, 1st November 2012), where GCU is on exhibition Stand 22.

Through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Shearwater and GCU, the two organisations have designed new systems that can instantly upload underwater images and technical information to a central database.

This new form of video and technical data transfer will allow office-based decision makers to view the dive and communicate with the dive site in real time, improving reporting quality and providing enhanced data storage and retrieval.

The system allows specific time-coded reference points and comments to be logged with stored video. Output reports can be produced quickly. Vital for the oil and gas industry, real-time decisions can be made to ensure damage litigation and prevent costly further problems.

Tommy Henaughen, General Manager at Shearwater Marine, said: “This is an exciting development that will set a new industry benchmark in underwater inspection and reporting and will deliver real benefits directly to customers. From a company development perspective it will also present a platform to attract new customers and facilitate the progression into new markets both nationally and internationally.”

The Glasgow Caledonian University expert team comprises Professor Brian Stewart, Alan Nesbitt and Dr. Ali Ahmadinia from the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

Professor Stewart said: “Using current technology, we have developed innovative recording and database systems for Shearwater that allows instantaneous streaming and upload of images as well as other key technical information to a central electronic database, so that dives can be viewed and assessed immediately.

“Clients - no matter what their location – can watch underwater investigations live allowing them to make instant and better informed decisions about the care and maintenance of subsea assets.”

Source: Glasgow Caledonian University

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