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UTEC Operates New iXblue Subsea Positioning Technology on Challenging Ultra-Deep Water Construction Project

Survey provider UTEC, the lead brand for Acteon’s geo-services segment, has successfully deployed iXblue new subsea positioning technology on a world-class ultra-deep water field development project in Africa, with depths below 2,000m.

iXblue sparse LBL solution, brings together Canopus intelligent transponders, Ramses transceivers, Inertial Navigation Systems, and Delph Subsea Positioning Software, to provide more informative positioning and spool piece metrology at multiple drill centers throughout the project execution.

Always striving to deploy new disruptive technologies with the aim to deliver more reliable and cost-effective solutions for its customers, UTEC was the first company to operate iXblue new sparse range-aided INS subsea positioning technology on a commercial project in the Energy industry.

UTEC ready to deploy iXblue Canopus transponders on their project offshore Africa WEB 1 1A third-party friendly solution able to be easily integrated within existing operational fields, iXblue solution offers significant installation vessel time savings compared to conventional subsea positioning methods. Combined with a new innovative and cost-effective ROV Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM) box-in method, it drastically reduced the time spent on calibration and maintenance during the operations.

Paul Smith, Group Managing Director, UTEC says, “The extensive and open dialogue between UTEC and iXblue personnel enabled iXblue to fully develop the capabilities of their system to meet our clients’ requirements and expectations. UTEC now have experience and knowledge of Canopus and Ramses that lets us provide the benefits of the system to other clients.”

“We want to thank UTEC for trusting iXblue once again with this major project. The strong partnership between our teams allowed us to successfully overcome the challenges posed by a highly difficult health situation and complex security conditions in-country,” explains Olivier Cervantes, VP Energy Market at iXblue. “Between remote sea trials and training of UTEC offshore personnel due to the travel restrictions in place at that time, to the successful deployment of the solution despite a challenging environment, the agility and outstanding teamwork achieved by both our companies is something that is worth noting and we look forward to our continued partnership with UTEC.”

Following the success of this project conducted with UTEC and leveraging its high reliability, iXblue new subsea positioning technology has already been selected for many other sparse LBL operations in both Africa and other regions.

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Paul Smith
Group Managing Director UTEC
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Fabio D’Agostino
Sales Director UTEC
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About iXblue

iXblue is a global high-tech company specializing in the design and manufacturing of advanced marine, photonics and autonomy technologies. The group in-house expertise includes innovative systems and solutions devoted to inertial navigation, subsea positioning, underwater imaging, as well as shipbuilding and test & simulation. iXblue technologies support Civil and Defense customers in carrying out their sea, land and space operations with maximum safety, efficiency and reliability. Employing a workforce of 650 people worldwide, iXblue conducts its business in over 60 countries. 

About Acteon’s geo-services business segment

Acteon provides customers with superior geo-data that helps them to gain critical insights and make better-informed design and construction decisions. The company’s marine surveys and site characterisation services provide integrated solutions that optimise the design and installation of marine structures.

UTEC, the lead brand for the geo-services business segment within Acteon, provides a wide range of survey services includes offshore positioning and construction support, dimensional control surveys, metocean, geophysical and AUV surveys, geotechnical sampling and consulting services, laser scanning, 3D modeling and iSITE asset management portal, offering differing levels of data interaction.

About Acteon

Acteon provides specialist engineering, services and technology to companies who develop and own marine infrastructure across the life of their assets. We enable our customers to achieve their operational goals with a more efficient integrated solution: reducing the cost and carbon footprint through value engineering without compromising the quality of delivery.

This is achieved by applying our domain expertise to increase efficiencies and enhance commercial and environmental value for our customers across the renewable, nearshore construction and oil and gas industries.

We specialise in data collection and survey techniques ahead of construction, the installation of key foundation and anchoring technologies, the monitoring and management of assets and the decommissioning of assets. 

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