Reduce Exploration Costs

Industry Challenges

Smart Controls & Monitoring

  • Autonomous condition monitoring and non-intrusive testing
  • Smart controls and AI applications
  • Underwater robotics and intelligent control
  • Communication and data transmission (wireless and/or fibre and/or satellite)
  • Wet gas detection
  • Reservoir fluids monitoring
  • E field , UK centre for world wide subsea facilities controls
  • High voltage connectors
  • Subsea step down transformers
  • Field positional / navigation systems , spatial awareness
  • Through water column current measurement
  • Development of a new generation of multiphase flow meter
  • Sensor integration into protective structures
  • Subsea pressurised power electronics

Simulation & Modelling

  • Comparative reliability modelling for design purposes
  • Reliability performance prediction
  • Economic viability modelling
  • Subsea simulation for design and training purposes
  • Anomaly detection evaluation
  • “Soft” models, incorporating political, environmental, economic and tax factors
  • Power demand management
  • Flow assurance modelling for minimising lost production
  • Separation / Process modelling
  • Genetic Algorithms for Sand Production Forecast and sand transport in multiphase environment.
  • Slug modelling
  • Power transmission modelling, voltage drop and losses
  • Improved subsea metering
  • GIS for soils database
  • Metocean GIS
  • Vessel animation for Hazops

Materials Technology

  • Fit for purpose conventional materials
  • Materials for HP/HT applications
  • Corrosion resistant and H2S tolerant materials
  • Materials resilient to sand production
  • Novel materials, e.g. for rotating machinery, pumps, mech seals and bearings
  • Alternatives to steel (alloys, carbon fibre, plastics, polymers)
  • Coatings, cladding, lining (exterior/interior) (for fluids interaction etc)
  • Pipeline coatings (insulation)
  • Umbilicals materials
  • Materials for deep water applications
  • Design of pipeline inner surfaces for improved wear resistance and drag reduction.
  • Composites for applications outwith grillages
  • Constitutive models under extreme loading
  • Mechanical and thermal properties of syntactic foams
  • Materials characterisation of advanced materials inc fracture and fatigue
  • Means to “qualify”
  • Joining / welding of composite materials
  • 3D scanners as an input into 3D printers
  • Deepwater buoyancy

Subsea Power

  • Power for pumping and compression
  • Power for heating
  • Power for control systems
  • Power demand reduction
  • Local power generation methodologies
  • Power distribution
  • Power storage
  • Power reliability modelling
  • Power generation from well
  • Nuclear power sources, fuel cells and power alternatives
  • Energy harvesting inc. batteries

Subsea process(es)/ing & Flow assurance

  • Subsea processing, including sand and water removal subsea
  • Multi phase flow modelling
  • Modelling of non -newtonian fluid flow – heavy oil
  • 3 phase flow with no insulation, cold flow
  • Modelling multiphase flow under a high pressure regime
  • Modelling flow with high CO2 component
  • Subsea corrosive gas separation
  • Subsea CO2 separation , reinjection, storage
  • Seabed drilling
  • Under ice facilities
  • Low cost development solutions – min viable product
  • Experimental Study of multiphase fluid flow in pipeline bundles
  • Compact subsea Gravity separation
  • Gas separation
  • Sea water injection
  • Pumps for high Gas volume ratio
  • Advanced manufacturing methods