SAN ANTONIO --The open subsea control, communications, and data management technology featured by Weaterford at the 2009 Subsea Tieback Forum in San Antonio is designed to make it possible to connect incompatible systems to expand fields and to retrofit a variety of designs into existing operations.
The open standard allows remote support and connectivity to any subsea installation where an Internet connection is available, according to Weatherford. It is a modular design and is compatible with all major manufacturers trees, sensors, and communication systems for installations in shallow to deepwater. It provides monitoring, control, and shutdown via multiplexed electro-hydraulic controls, and can be installed by diver or ROV.
The system is protocol independent, supports many interface standards, and allows any port on the topsides to be connected to any subsea port.
Weatherford's Topside Information and Control System software provides the interface for applications to "talk" directly to end devices.