Forum reveals ROV remote piloting capability

first_imgThe concept of remote piloting was proven by Forum 2010 when the company operated its TXLX Workclass ROV in its test pool at Kirkbymoorside, UK from a TXLX Console located in Florida, USA. However, continued development in software efficiencies which reduce the effect of network latency coupled with increased availability and reliability of the global 4G network has now allowed Forum to offer remote operations on its full range of ROV systems. Forum’s ICE & subCAN remote operations suites provide a robust means of piloting vessel or platform-based systems from an onshore control facility via a wired, 4G or satellite connection. “Remote operations can reduce the number of personnel offshore, particularly during complex processes or technical procedures which may require a specialist to be deployed. The capability also aligns strongly with industry drives to reduce carbon footprint and deliver safe, efficient operations.” The system upgrade components are manufactured and delivered from Forum’s UK facility in Kirkbymoorside, Yorkshire. The onshore hardware replicates the offshore HMI hardware and GUI so controls will be immediately familiar to operators. The Onshore Control Module provides a local hub for power and data connections. Existing offshore control station hardware can be upgraded to allow remote control and monitoring of power systems. The Offshore Control Module interfaces with the upgraded hardware providing control and monitoring via the existing ICE/subCAN network. A key-switch, in conjunction with the software, ensures secure control of hand-over between offshore and onshore stations. Kevin Taylor, Forum’s vice president – subsea vehicles, said: “Forum has a strong reputation globally for manufacturing high quality, robust ROVs and associated auxiliary products for a number of industries ranging from oil and gas to renewables, defence, mining and telecommunications. This additional and important feature is part of our continued product support and development across the entire range. The ICE & subCAN control software applies enhanced position control when a compatible DVL and gyro are fitted to the ROV. Forum Energy Technologies has developed and demonstrated the ability to remotely operate Workclass and Observation Class, Perry and Sub-Atlantic, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) between an offshore vessel and a remote location. Remote Control capabilities demonstrated were camera and light controls, manifold power on/off, depth and gyro power, pan and tilt controls, manipulator controls, ROV thruster controls, auto heading controls. At that time, internet speeds were much slower than today resulting in high latency telemetry which the control system software was not equipped to counter. last_img read more

Valon Behrami told to watch his tackles by Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores

first_img Press Association Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores has warned Valon Behrami not to repeat the reckless challenge which earned him a straight red card in last week’s 1-0 win over Swansea at Vicarage Road. Behrami is suspended for his side’s trip to Newcastle on Saturday following his clumsy challenge on Swansea’s Andre Ayew, when his foot came down on the Ghana international’s leg. The Swiss midfielder subsequently apologised and admitted his dismissal was deserved but Flores, who insists the incident has been dealt with, knows similar indiscretions in the future could end up costing the Hornets dear. center_img Flores said: “I didn’t consider it an act of indiscipline. It was part of the play – it looked bad but it was an accident, maybe because he (Ayew) is so quick so it is possible to happen. “Of course Behrami knows it wasn’t a good idea to do this kind of action during the match and I tried to talk about it with the players because I don’t like to lose one player during the match. “I don’t like it because this kind of situation can change too much a match, so we will try to solve it for the future and not repeat these kinds of actions.” Behrami is joined on the sidelines by Miguel Britos who is also suspended for the trip to the north-east but Flores does not expect any further new injury concerns. last_img read more