Fugro-Rovtech Gets Subsea Simulator

Friday, April 30, 2010
Photo courtesy Practical PR

Fugro General Robotics Limited (FGRL), supplier of subsea simulators, has delivered the first order for its next generation DeepTouch pilot training simulator to sister company Fugro-Rovtech. Fugro-Rovtech plans to use DeepTouch for the rapid evaluation of subsea intervention engineering designs as well as for pilot training.

“Fugro-Rovtech have a skilled engineering department and they will use DeepTouch not only for pilot training, but for engineering allowing them to do early trials of difficult engineering situations, from a conceptual point right through to having a pilot try it out in difficult sea conditions,” said Dr. Jason Tisdall, Managing Director of Fugro GRL.

DeepTouch brings fully force-modelled physics simulation to subsea and ROV simulators so that any object in the world model both feels and behaves like the real thing. DeepTouch allows an engineer to drag and drop objects from the extensive libraries to build subsea worlds containing items such as vessels, pipes, cables and ROVs. Importantly, DeepTouch can also model ROV electrical and hydraulic circuits in great detail making it quick and easy to change the vehicle or tooling design prior to manufacture.

Until now, Fugro-Rovtech’s Engineering and Tooling department has relied on building prototypes, SITs, small scale wet tests, and the like for design verification. It now plans to conduct preliminary testing in the simulator during the design phase with the goal to greatly reduce overall lead times.

“We are talking about bespoke equipment we make for our clients such as tooling, control systems and other kit for the ROV,” said Nick Alvarado, Subsea Engineer, Fugro-Rovtech. “When clients encounter a problem subsea we occasionally have to design a set of tools specific to that job and sometimes the ideas and mechanisms have never been used before subsea, so being able to test before we actually start manufacturing is of great value.”

For training purposes, the underlying circuits are fully modelled which gives supervisors an overview allowing them to “break” individual circuits or components to test how much pilots understand their equipment. The supervisor can do this in real-time, or develop a problem scenario for trainees to resolve. Trainees can repeat a scenario until they get it right. The whole dataset and 3D world is recorded and can be returned to at any point for review.


Maritime Today

The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter November 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds


Rates, Fees of Danish Maritime Authority to be Revised

A number of fee rates within the Danish Maritime Authority's area will be changed from 2016. The price schedule is available from the webpage of the Danish Maritime Authority.

Seagull's Software Tool for Benchmarking Seafarers Knowledge

Seagull Maritime has launched an advanced software tool able to benchmark seafarer knowledge levels, allowing shipowners and operators to compare their crew

Los Angeles to Host Annual 'Fleet Week'

Mayor Eric Garcetti and U.S. Navy officials announced today that Los Angeles has been selected as an official Fleet Week market for the U.S. Navy, beginning in 2016.

Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1554 sec (6 req/sec)