Subseas Tech Company Advances Its Mobile Robotics Fleet With Vortex Studio
Oceaneering Inc. aims to reduce training times and increase mission readiness through real-time 3D simulations.
July 15, 2019
CM Labs Simulations Inc. announced today that leading subsea engineering and applied technology company, Oceaneering Inc., has successfully integrated Vortex Studio into their planning and prototyping workflows for offshore tools.
Based in Houston, TX, Oceaneering is a global player in engineered services and products for the offshore energy industry. Oceaneering’s Digital Innovation Design Team was tasked with developing simulation-based demos.
As CM Labs’ advanced suite of real-time simulation and visualization software, Vortex Studio offered Oceaneering a platform with its user-centric prototyping tool, streamlined for the deployment testing, training and customer engagement simulations.
“With increasingly complex projects, the Oceaneering team wanted to refocus their resources,” explains Lisa Barbieri, CM Labs VP of Marketing & Customer Experience. “Vortex Studio allowed them to leverage their existing 3D artists in completely new ways.”
Advanced Training Applications
Free to add different difficulty levels to the simulated missions via Vortex Studio, crews are now able to start with basic skill building tasks and then progress to the same types of real-time challenges they will face while working onsite.
“ROVs have demanding deployment schedules and operating environments,” says Barbieri. “It was important for the company to limit delays caused by damage during training and ensure maximum performance the moment they deployed the robot.”
This new type of training program is already gaining traction with Oceaneering’s Norwegian office, who are looking to leverage simulation-based training for their globally deployed ROV pilots.
“Based on preliminary data, Oceaneering is expecting hot-stab operations 30% faster and an increase in mobilization time of at least 20%.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.