Technology and Innovation
05 July 2014 |   ByA Anderson
Fugro Author

Equipped with video cameras, sonars,  pipe-trackers and navigation and positioning sensors, ROVs inspect pipelines and other subsea equipment where divers cannot operate whilst manipulators and intervention tools enable them to carry out maintenance at depths as great as 3,000 metres.

Fugro brings an unrivalled combination of ROV design, construction and simulation expertise to the challenges of deepwater oilfield support.
Alan Anderson, Technical Manager, Fugro Subsea Services Limited

The Next Generation

Designed and built in-house, the FCV 3000 200HP Work Class ROV is capable of meeting the extreme demands of deepwater drilling and completions. It is suited to subsea oilfield and construction support as well as inspection, repair and maintenance of installations. Tooling packages can be rapidly installed by means of standard interfaces – both mechanical and control – which map any new sensors to the surface without the need for rewiring. These interfaces ensure safe and efficient operational changes.

At the heart of every FCV ROV is Fugro’s proven control and communications system based on single-mode, fibre-optic (SMFO) technology, including Fugro’s own designed and built SMFO multiplexer. This also gives exceptionally high data throughput and provides automatic switching in the event of a fibre failing. 

This high-end multiplexer can manage up to twelve conventional cameras (eight simultaneously) and provides a wide range of data communication protocols, for efficient integration of add-on tools and sensors.

Highly Realistic Training

Fugro’s DeepWorks™ ROV pilot training and mission-planning simulator uses real-time dynamic and hydrodynamic modelling to provide highly realistic training for subsea operations. Accurately modelled thrusters, manipulators and tether management systems, operated through real control interfaces, offer pilots the same interactive experience as if they were actually operating the ROV or deploying a manipulator-held tool.

During complex offshore missions DeepWorks™ provides real-time situational monitoring of topside and subsea assets. Live visualisation of the entire field of operations with personalised views for vessel, crane and ROV support teams improves both efficiency and safety. Continuous recording of positional and engineering data provides a “black box” flight record of the entire mission to verify that installations or interventions were carried out in accordance with agreed procedures and conformed to manufacturers’ instructions.

 

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