OTC 2024: Fugro secures two Spotlight on New Technology Awards

May 6, 2024
Fugro has been recognized for its fully automated seafloor drill as well as its remote subsea inspection technology that combines a USV and eROV.

Offshore staff

LEIDSCHENDAM, NetherlandsFugro has garnered two Spotlight on New Technology Awards, which were presented today at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) in Houston.

Currently in final development and testing, Fugro's Blue Dragon was developed for geotechnical seabed characterization. This modular and automated system was designed to tackle diverse water depths and terrains with ease, seamlessly performing in situ testing, soil sampling and rock coring in a single dive, the company said. By reducing vessel size and crew requirements, the Blue Dragon also contributes to environmental sustainability while automation elevates standards of health and safety both on deck and subsea due to integrated robotic pipe, tool and handling.

The second award goes to Fugro's subsea inspection technology, which the company claims is the world's first that can launch and recover a ROV from a multipurpose uncrewed surface vessel (USV), performing seabed mapping and inspection work from one platform. Comprising Fugro’s Blue Volta eROV and Blue Essence USV technologies, the uncrewed approach moves personnel from the offshore environment to onshore remote operations centers. Thid also reduces the carbon footprint of ROV inspections by up to 95%, the company said.

For more information about these technologies, visit Fugro booth ET2769 in the Energy Transition Pavilion at OTC. 

In addition, Céline Gerson, Fugro's president and group director in the Americas, will take part in an Executive Dialogue session titled "Beyond the Barrel: Unlocking Insights for the Future Energy Industry" at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7.