CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts -- Seabed Rig has licensed technology and contracted with Energid Technologies Corp. to create a robot control system for its next-generation automated drilling and exploration platforms.
Seabed Rig AS is developing a new autonomous drilling rig that operates in ultra deepwater and arctic environments. Unlike traditional surface operations, the new rigs will lie on the ocean floor and connect to a surface vessel for power and communication. This approach will make it possible to explore and tap the estimated 40% of world oil reserves yet to be found that are in extreme areas, the company says.
Energid Technologies will use Actin robotics software to simulate and control the robots used by Seabed Rig. Actin will be responsible for coordinating the motion of multiple robots, each with many moving parts. Actin will allow the undersea kinematically redundant robot arms to reach around obstacles, optimize for strength, and smoothly avoid joint limits.