The latest developments in underwater vehicles, marine robotics and autonomous operations will be will be among the topics under the spotlight at Subsea UK’s 2018 Underwater Vehicles Conference next month.
The industry body today launched a call for speakers, urging experts from across the marine sector to step forward and debate a range of subjects including global cost reductions, sustainability and efficiency improvements, as well as market drivers and restraints.
With the underwater vehicle market expected to grow significantly over the next five years, due to the increased demand for underwater robotics for survey and seabed mapping, offshore drilling, and pipeline inspection, the event will examine what the supply chain must do to meet increasing industry demands.
Sponsored by ROV service provider ROVOP, Ashtead Technology, Tritech and Fugro, the event will take place on 11th September at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.
Neil Gordon, chief executive of Subsea UK, said: “The global underwater vehicles market consists of some well-established players, operating across a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, offshore renewables, marine science, aquaculture, deep-sea mining and defence.
“However, we must continue to look at new and innovative ways to reduce operating costs, as operators delve into deeper waters and the demand for enhanced ocean data increases.
“There is much discussion around how we are embracing digitalisation within operations and this will be an important development in the evolution of underwater vehicles and the associated technologies.
“The event will provide a forum for the country’s growing underwater robotics community to discuss the challenges, explore new developments and share ideas, so we can identify ways to push the boundaries of what is currently possible in subsea exploration.”