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MCS and Fugro Launch Optima at IADC

Subsea engineering company MCS, in partnership with Fugro are launching a new range of on-board riser management tools that provide the offshore drilling industry with enhanced safety and substantial costs savings at the International Association of Drilling Contractors (IADC) conference in Rio de Janeiro, and simultaneously at Oceanology International on 12th March 2008.

18 Mar 2008

Optima is a software platform that assists operators and drilling contractors to plan and monitor operations with drilling or completion/workover risers.

Combining MCS' advanced riser analysis techniques and Fugro's offshore monitoring experience, Optima provides an integrated approach to help overcome the challenges of drilling in deepwater, high currents, and other environments posing significant risks to operations.

Patrick Scully, General Manager of MCS' software division, says: "This launch represents a significant development in the evolution of real-time support tools for the offshore drilling industry. Together with Fugro, we have created a comprehensive package which addresses today's key drilling challenges. Optima is modular, simple to use and easily installed on-board mobile drilling units and production facilities with drilling capabilities."

Commenting further, Fugro's Optima Project Manager Ken Kirkwood says "We are delighted with initial feedback that Optima is indeed a solution which provides considerable opportunities for saving costs and enhancing safety."

Notes to Editors: 
MCS is an advanced subsea engineering company with offices in Galway, Aberdeen, Houston, Rio, Perth, Paris and Kuala Lumpur. MCS currently employs almost 200 people and provides engineering solutions including integrity management, proprietary software and hardware expertise, across a wide variety of subsea and riser projects worldwide.

The Structural Monitoring Division of Fugro GEOS is an engineering consultancy specialising in all aspects of measurement and testing of structures. It offers a range of services which provides the offshore industry with essential information regarding the performance of structures in service.


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