Wireless communications in the subsea environment continue to deliver value to the oil and gas industry. The Subsea Wireless Group (SWiG) is an international industry initiative established to promote interoperability for subsea wireless communications within the areas of radio frequency, acoustic and free space optic technologies. The group was initiated as a result of the growing interest and application of these solutions within the sector.
The group was established in May 2011 at OTC and continues its mission to raise industry awareness and acceptance of through water communications as viable solutions for the industry.
“Our membership has grown rapidly over the past 24 months, and we now have 18 companies participating within the group,” stated Jessica Rouse who manages the network on behalf of OTM Consulting. “Our members include ABS, BP, Cameron, Chevron, EvoLogics, GE, HIMA, JPL, MCS Kenny, Nautronix, OCTIO, Saab Seaeye, Statoil, Subsea 7, Technip, Teledyne Marine Systems, WFS Technologies and Yokogawa. The group is continuing to grow as more companies start to understand the benefits that wireless can provide. We are keen to hear from companies with an interest in this field and would welcome their participation at one of our upcoming meetings”.
Since 2011, SWiG has been working on defining and understanding current subsea technology needs where wireless technologies can provide a solution. This work has fed into the two member-established working groups that focus on the technical capabilities of these technologies as well as developing recommended practices for the industry.
The Technology Capabilities Working Group is specifically evaluating the capabilities, performance, Technology Readiness Levels (TRL), and target applications of wireless. The group is producing an archive of case studies to demonstrate how wireless is already being used within the industry and this will be made available to all members.
The Standards Working Group is focused on developing a recommended practice for radio frequency communications which will later be used as a template for acoustic, optical and hybrid systems. The focus of the Standards Working Group is to build on existing open standards with the objective to develop new standards that support full interoperability between hardwired and wireless systems subsea.