AUVs (autonomous underwater vehicles) are increasingly being used for pipeline surveys and other offshore applications. But they hold potential for wider use, which is dependent on operators pushing for advances. “We’ve been at this thing for 20 years; a large number of the technology elements have been there for 15 years. It’s just that the offshore industry has not consistently pursued them.” Speaking at a technical session on the opening day of the Offshore Technology Conference, Andy Hill, Global Geohazards Technical Authority at BP, added that most technical papers continue to “look at what we know we can do” instead of taking a view of the future with the already-existing capabilities.
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Kraken Robotics is a marine technology company engaged in the design and sale of advanced sonar and optical sensors for underwater vehicles used in military and commercial applications. We are recognized as world leading innovators of SAS, a revolutionary underwater imaging technology that provides ultra-high resolution seabed imagery. In addition, we have developed our own underwater vehicles which offer a highly integrated underwater offering with a strong price/performance value proposition.
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