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Subsea inspections are vital to offshore wind, wave and tidal project developers – but they’re also expensive, time-consuming, and labour-intensive to carry out, creating an opportunity for developers of autonomous solutions that can increase reliability and confidence while cutting costs and time. Data helps developers and owner/operators make smarter operations and maintenance decisions, improving efficiency and lowering costs.

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Edinburgh-based MarynSol specialises in advanced data acquisition, management and analytics solutions that can shine a light on even the darkest corners of the murky deep. “Our approach is to use marine autonomous vehicles as a survey platform,” says Jonathan Evans, the company’s Director, “delivering data that answers operations and maintenance questions, efficiently and safely.”

The company has developed SeaSmart, a sophisticated software package that automates the acquisition, processing and reporting of marine survey data and can work across a variety of autonomous vehicle platforms. Using autonomous vehicles can significantly reduce the time and costs associated with the survey mobilisation and operations. These vehicles can operate safely close to the field assets, reducing personnel risks. Surveys can be performed simultaneously with other in-field activities, ensuring the best use of vessels and crews.

However, accessing real-world operational sites for the testing and demonstration of new technologies can be a real barrier to SMEs. The Catapult is at the forefront of supporting innovative businesses and its Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine, located on the Fife coast, provides an easily-accessible platform for technology demonstration.

Having access to the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine has been invaluable in helping us prove the capabilities of the system and de-risking the technologies.

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MarynSol tested its SeaSmart automated marine survey payload at the Levenmouth Turbine in late October 2018. Performing a successful survey of the seabed surrounding the turbine and its jacket piles, it identified potential hazards in and around the turbine and bay. It also demonstrated that its autonomous method can survey a substantial area in significantly less time than traditional methods while producing reliable, useful data. The company’s approach also means inspections can be repeated at regular intervals, allowing changes in seabed state to be monitored over time.

“Having access to the Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine has been invaluable in helping us prove the capabilities of the system and de-risking the technologies,” says Evans.

With its technology proven in a real-world offshore environment, the Catapult and MarynSol are now working together to survey the opportunities that exist in the ever-growing offshore wind, wave and tidal energy supply chain.

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Autonomous solutions that can increase reliability of data while saving time are vital for cutting costs in offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.

Edinburgh-based MarynSol uses autonomous vehicles as a survey platform, delivering data that improves operations and maintenance decision-making.

The Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine can support SMEs by letting them prove and demonstrate their technology in a real-world offshore wind environment, reducing time to market.

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