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    Kongsberg Simrad North Sea Survey Seminars

    News // June 15, 2001
    Representatives from the offshore industry will get an insight into leading edge survey technology at a series of seminars in Aberdeen, Scotland, and Norwich and Southampton in England later this month.

    Kongsberg Simrad Ltd's UK Survey Workshops will focus on autonomous underwater vehicles and new product developments in underwater acoustic positioning and multibeam systems. Each of the seminars will feature a keynote speaker and practical workshop sessions.

    Presenting the results from one of the first commercial AUV surveys, Kongsberg spokesmen will detail potential savings for offshore operators of between $85 and $100 million, over a five-year period, using AUV technology.

    At the Aberdeen seminar, an industry end-user of AUVs will present a paper. The record-breaking survey was undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico by the first Hugin 3000 AUV built by Kongsberg Simrad. Operating at depths up to 2,200 meters, it set a deep-waterrecord for a commercial AUV.

    Also introduced at the seminars will be a new range of transponders that will enable survey vessel owners and subsea contractors to deploy their existing vessel-mounted systems for precise positioning during subsea construction tasks. This will offer considerable savings in mobilization of third party equipment.

    A new range of portable multibeam systems will also be introduced that will enable third party multibeam data acquisition systems to be used and thus reduce the learning curve for systems operators and the requirement to retrain operators.

    The seminar will also introduce an enhanced support for Kongsberg Simrad survey products in the UK, including a new training facility for surveyors and survey engineers.

    Dates for the three seminars are June 18 (Aberdeen), June 20 (Norwich), and June 22 (Southampton). Places at the seminars can be booked with Kongsberg Simrad, +44 (0)1224 226500 or e-mail Numbers are limited to 50delegates at each venue.

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