OSO, Norway — DeepOcean and Tromsø-based Akvaplan-niva have agreed to cooperate on the application of ROVs and unmanned glider vehicles (USVs) for environmental studies for offshore wind and oil and gas developments.
Akvaplan-niva, a subsidiary of the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), provides advisory and analytical services as well as R&D for water-related topics.
The two parties will seek to combine the field operations of DeepOcean’s ROVs, USVs and autonomous inspection drones with Akvaplan-niva’s environmental data collection services, and to deploy the latter’s unmanned autonomous glider vehicles for commercial use in environmental studies.
DeepOcean has pledged to share environmental data collected during its ROV operations with Akvaplan-niva for use by the wider research community.
The vehicles will undergo integration of environmental sensors for compiling physical, biogeochemical, chemical and biological data to achieve a high-resolution picture of the marine ecosystem structure and operation in near-real time.
“Today's advanced technology in robotics and digital solutions allow the convergence between the subsea operations and environmental services,” said Dr. Lionel Camus, manager Digital Solutions at Akvaplan-niva. “The advantages for customers are multiple; it will reduce costs, CO2 emissions and personnel risk, and it will increase data resolution drastically.”