UK GROUP Acteon has created a new business unit, to be known as Pulse Structural Monitoring, specifically to provide structural monitoring equipment, systems and services to the offshore industry.
However, this is not a new area of activity for the Norwich-headquartered firm.
The business was previously embedded within the portfolio of group company 2H Offshore, which has maintained its position at the cutting edge of monitoring technology for about 15 years and has a presence in Aberdeen.
Acteon says the aims of spinning out Pulse Structural Monitoring as a stand-alone enterprise are to create greater focus and intensity within the organisation, expand the customer base and grow the business.
“The technology in this area has developed considerably in recent years,” said Pei An, who heads Pulse Structural Monitoring, which is to operate out of Woking, near London, and Houston.
“What was once viewed as an R&D exercise has evolved into an established commercial business. We need to be attuned to customers’ requirements in a more mature and increasingly competitive market.
“These needs centre on sound, independent advice and guidance; highly reliable and cost-effective monitoring systems, and, not least, great standards of service.”
The new business is intended to provide monitoring for a wide variety of offshore structures. As well as benefiting from the knowledge and experience transferred from 2H, it will also service existing structural monitoring contracts held by the riser specialist.
These include an agreement with Chevron in the Gulf of Mexico for monitoring its Tahiti field risers.
In what Acteon says is a departure from its traditional business, the new organisation is already looking closely at issues relating to monitoring of structures other than risers. Wind-turbine monitoring is one area under investigation.