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• COUGAR CUTS COSTS IN CANADA
  13 April 2017
• SCIENTISTS DISCOVER ELECTRIC LEOPARD
  30 March 2017
• NORWAY'S AQUACULTURE GETS TOP‐RATED FALCON
  20 March 2017
• SAAB SEAEYE INVESTING IN ENGINEERS
  24 February 2017
• FALCON MODERN ICON
  20 February 2017
• FALCON EVEN SMARTER
  11 February 2017
• SAAB SEAEYE SEE AN ALL-ELECTRIC FUTURE
  14 January 2017
• STUDENTS FLY FALCON FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
  10 January 2017

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13 April 2017

COUGAR CUTS COSTS IN CANADA

Dominion Diving made big cost savings by customising their Saab Seaeye Cougar XT light work electric robotic vehicle and boosting its performance.

The resulting Cougar XT custom version could handle a tooling package normally possible only on a much larger hydraulic system - and take on three demanding tasks in one hit.

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The Cougar XT custom version, in Dominion Diving livery, complete with its three-fold 100hp equivalent tooling package.
The Cougar XT custom version, in Dominion Diving livery,
complete with its three-fold 100hp equivalent tooling package.

Founded 50 years ago, Dominion Diving, based on Canada's Atlantic coast, provide subsea services and have a reputation for finding imaginative ways to fulfil demanding tasks.

Matthew Lohnes, president of Dominion, explains how the Cougar XT's power and design flexibility allowed them to readily enhance and boost the system.

"We effectively turned the Cougar into a work class system that could undertake tasks typically needing 100hp hydraulic tooling and perform three roles in one tooling package."

  We effectively turned the Cougar into a work class system
    Matthew Lohnes
President, Dominion Diving

He explains how the subsea intervention was to profile a manifold site using multibeam sonar; then operate a trash pump to excavate and clear sand and debris from the valve row, before engaging a torque tool to isolate the manifold and then operate a manipulator to turn paddle valves.

"In building the package we added extra channels to control different survey equipment, and built an enlarged skid to accommodate the tooling which included a Kraft Predator seven-function force feedback manipulator and a torque tool."

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The Cougar XT is a proven compact 2000 metre rated e-robotic system able to handle a variety of task-specific skids with different tooling options that can be easily bolted on and changed as needed.
The Cougar XT is a proven compact 2000
metre rated e-robotic system able to handle a
variety of task-specific skids with different
tooling options that can be easily bolted on
and changed as needed.

Faced with a new one-ton payload, they added an additional thruster to the Cougar XT's six-strong thruster pack.

The result was a very compact system that undertook all three tasks whilst operating successfully in currents of 2.5 knots and working with exceptional manoeuvrability in a confined space.

The Cougar XT is a proven compact 2000 metre rated electric vehicle that is able to handle a variety of task-specific skids with different tooling options that can be easily bolted on and changed as needed.

Matthew Lohnes concluded by stating that the flexibility and performance of the customised Cougar XT meant the job was completed on time and to budget.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

Dominion Diving was founded in 1969 as a small salvage based business operating out of Halifax Harbour. It has grown to become Canada's leading diving, ROV and marine service contractor for the Eastern Canada's offshore oil and gas industry and with a strong presence in the inshore marine construction, ship repair/support, and scientific research industries.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Matthew Lohnes
Dominion Diving Ltd
+1 (902) 434 5120

http://www.dominiondiving.com


30 March 2017

SCIENTISTS DISCOVER ELECTRIC LEOPARD

Marine scientists are discovering that the Leopard electric underwater robotic vehicle from Saab Seaeye is particularly suited for complex and varied research projects.

These projects range from cold‐water coral studies to environmental monitoring, biodiversity research and tsunami warning systems.

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The 3000m rated Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater e‐robotic system in the world, making it ideal for complex and demanding scientific tasks.
The 3000m rated Leopard is the most powerful electric underwater e‐robotic system
in the world, making it ideal for complex and demanding scientific tasks.

Tokyo University says that technological advances in underwater robotics systems, as found in the Leopard, are making a wider range of tasks more possible.

Studies in Japan are using the Leopard to examine the biodiversity surrounding hydrothermal vent activity in order to protect the inter-connecting ecosystems around mineral extraction sites.

They are also using the Leopard to help enhance the tsunami early warning seismographic monitoring system on the sea floor with the installation of 45 kilometres of new sensors and transponders.

At Israel's University of Haifa, chief engineer, Ben Herzberg, says they chose their 3000m-rated Leopard after evaluating a range of systems from different manufacturers.

"We opted for the Leopard, not just because of its technological excellence and because Saab Seaeye is the largest manufacturer of electric robotic systems in the world, but also because the universities and scientific users we contacted gave Saab Seaeye the best and most positive feedback."

He added that Saab Seaeye had a trusted reputation for robust and reliable systems as well as offering the best service when compared with other ROV manufacturers.

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The Leopard inside its tether management system, ready for studies offshore Japan.
The Leopard inside its tether management system, ready for studies offshore Japan.
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Images and data from the Leopard can be examined by scientists aboard the research vessel. The service boat resources offered by
Abyss Aqua supports aquaculture
and sea work assignments in Norway.

Scientists around the world welcome a resource that is compact enough to fit onto a small research vessel yet has the power of a work vehicle.

Even when loaded with research equipment, the 3000m rated Leopard can maintain unmatched flight stability in strong currents for precise recording and sampling tasks.

Making this possible is the Leopard's advanced iCON distributed control architecture and its 11 powerful thrusters, setting it as the most powerful system of its size in the world.

The Leopard's precise multi-directional maneuverability has allowed scientists to accurately film along straight lines in turbulent high current seas whilst keeping steady to within 10cm of navigational accuracy.

Apart from supreme directional control, scientists particularly like iCON's building-block concept that allows more interchangeable tooling and survey sensors to be installed than ever before possible in a vehicle of the Leopard's size.

In addition to cameras, sensors and manipulators, samples can be gathered and stored in a recovery skid mounted beneath the Leopard where a sample box with several discrete compartments for samples can be opened and closed hydraulically and a two‐line laser on the pan and tilt unit used for size calibration of objects on the seafloor.

When scientists operating in remote locations are faced with the risk of multiple equipment damage, they have a better chance of remaining on task as iCON will independently manage each intelligent device on the vehicle to keep the vehicle working.

In addition, operators get greater information through iCON, making maintenance simpler and providing remote internet access for upgrades and support.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


20 March 2017

NORWAY'S AQUACULTURE GETS TOP‐RATED FALCON

Abyss Aqua, a key provider of services to the Norwegian aquaculture industry, has bought a second Saab Seaeye Falcon, the world's most successful electric underwater robotic system of its class.

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Abyss Aqua provides diving and ROV services to the aquaculture industry.
Abyss Aqua provides diving and ROV services to the aquaculture industry.

They have added the deeper-rated 1000 metre version of the Falcon to their extensive fleet of underwater vehicles.

"We decided to go for the Falcon DR, not only because of its reliability, but also its price," says ROV manager, Hans Christian Myhre. "We already have one Falcon ROV and we are very pleased with the performance and ease of maintenance."

He explains that the Falcon will support them in the wide range of services they provide for the Norwegian aquaculture industry.

"This includes installing, changing, inspecting and cleaning nets. Also mooring work, towing and transport, along with cleaning and disinfecting fish breeding equipment."

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For the aquaculture industry the Falcon is a winning concept with the power and precise control to operate around large and deep nets in high currents and carry a wide range of equipment for many different tasks.  
For the aquaculture industry the Falcon is a winning concept with the power and precise control to operate around large and deep nets in high currents and carry a wide range of equipment for many different tasks.
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The service boat resources offered by Abyss Aqua supports aquaculture and sea work assignments in Norway.  
The service boat resources offered by
Abyss Aqua supports aquaculture
and sea work assignments in Norway.

The Falcon has been successfully deployed in the aquaculture sector internationally for over 12 years.

Its winning concept comes from having the power and precise control to operate around large and deep nets in high currents.

A wide range of equipment for many different tasks can be easily added and changed and the system is simple and easy to operate.

The Falcon's success comes from having packed five powerful thrusters and an intelligent distributed control system into a small, easily manhandled 1 x 0.5 x 0.6 metre versatile system that has been proven worldwide since 2002.

Abyss Aqua is a member of the Abyss Group, one of Norway's leading inshore subsea corporations. Abyss Aqua specialises in underwater and service boat operations that include ROV and diving work for the aquaculture industry and sea works assignments

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Hans Christian Myhre
Abyss AS
+47 920 12 107

www.abyss.no


24 February 2017

SAAB SEAEYE INVESTING IN ENGINEERS

Investment in new technologies sees Saab Seaeye, the world's largest manufacturer of electric underwater robotic systems, launch a recruitment drive to find software and electrical engineers at all levels, including senior engineering management, for their Fareham, Portsmouth, Head Office and manufacturing base.

With markets in oil and gas, renewables, hydro engineering and marine science, amongst others, Saab Seaeye has been established for over 30 years and has offices in Sweden, America and the UK, and is part of the Saab Group.

Increased investment comes as rapid advances in miniaturisation and control architecture are creating smaller, smarter robotic systems that are more agile, more powerful and are bringing advanced technology and efficiencies to an ever widening range of complex tasks across many different market sectors.

Saab Seaeye says engineers will join a company with a worldwide reputation for pioneering engineering that has long led the industry with cutting edge designs and technologies.

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Engineers at Saab Seaeye continue to create pioneering electric robotic systems for a wide variety of tasks across many different market sectors. Here, the company's smallest vehicle is seen undertaking scientific research into the ocean's ecosystems at depths of 1000m. Larger systems can operate down to 6000m.

Engineers at Saab Seaeye continue to create pioneering electric robotic systems for a wide variety of tasks across many different market sectors.

Here, the company's smallest vehicle is seen undertaking scientific research into the ocean's ecosystems at depths of 1000m. Larger systems can operate down to 6000m.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


20 February 2017

FALCON MODERN ICON

On permanent display at the Offshore Experience Exhibition in Rotterdam is the most successful underwater robotic vehicle of its class in the world, the iconic Saab Seaeye Falcon.

The exhibition is the first in Europe to offer an insight into the current state‐of‐art technology used in the oil, gas and wind energy sectors at sea, and provides a setting for innovative courses, research and education.

Visitors experience life on board an offshore platform and in the undersea world below, through exhibits, film and simulation.

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The Undersea World Experience.  
The Undersea World Experience.
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Falcon on permanent display at the Offshore Experience Exhibition, Maritime Museum, Rotterdam.  
Falcon on permanent display at the
Offshore Experience Exhibition,
Maritime Museum, Rotterdam.

"Discovering how technology can master the most hostile environment on the planet is a valuable and inspiring experience," says Saab Seaeye's managing director, Jon Robertson.

"When we introduced the Falcon over 15 years ago its pioneering technology changed the industry and it is still our top selling system," he says. "This year its winning formula is further enhanced with our advanced iCON behaviour‐based intelligent control architecture."

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Saab Seaeye Falcon The world's most successful underwater electric robotic vehicle of its class now boosted with the highly advanced iCON behaviour-based intelligent control architecture.
Saab Seaeye Falcon
The world's most successful underwater electric robotic vehicle of its class now boosted
with the highly advanced iCON behaviour-based intelligent control architecture.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


The Offshore Experience:

https://www.maritiemmuseum.nl/
exhibitions/offshore-experience


11 February 2017

FALCON EVEN SMARTER

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Falcon - the world's most successful underwater electric robotic vehicle of its class now boosted with the highly advanced iCON behaviour-based intelligent control architecture.
Falcon ‐ the world's most
successful underwater electric
robotic vehicle of its class now
boosted with the highly advanced
iCON behaviour‐based intelligent
control architecture.

The winning formula of the Falcon ‐ the most successful underwater electric robotic vehicle of its class in the world ‐ has received a considerable boost.

Saab Seaeye has enhanced the Falcon's already smart intelligent control system with their advanced iCON behaviour-based intelligent control architecture.

It means the Falcon can now host many new features, making it an advanced platform for further automation and behaviour-based software development.

Station‐keeping and fine position adjustment is an important new attribute that reduces the operator's workload by allowing them to concentrate on the task at hand. Fitting a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and interface node has made this possible.

It is also now possible to add higher accuracy sensors for heading, depth and altitude.

The iCON enhancement is available on all new Falcons, or as an upgrade to existing vehicles. It comes as a new design surface control consul that incorporates the iCON software - already a feature of Saab Seaeye's successful Leopard work system.

The new control consul features a wide, high-resolution touchscreen monitor, customisable graphic user interface and an ability to record video and still images. It also offers user-friendly system configuration and diagnostic pages.

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The new surface control consul incorporates Saab Seaeye's iCON behaviour-based intelligent control software.
The new surface control consul incorporates
Saab Seaeye's iCON behaviour-based intelligent control software.

iCON's building block simplicity is key to the company's ongoing success as it allows harmonious migration of technology throughout Saab Seaeye's range and is currently accelerating new systems development.

The Falcon's winning concept comes from a careful balance of five powerful thrusters and an intelligent distributed control system in a small, easily manhandled 1 x 0.5 x 0.6 metre size versatile chassis.

Its power and control make it highly manoeuvrable and able to master strong crosscurrents whilst undertaking precision tasks with steadiness and precise manoeuvrability.

Proven since introduced in 2002, the Falcon's pioneering distributed intelligence provides each device on the vehicle with its own microprocessor, thereby allowing tools and sensors to be easily added or changed, and custom options to be integrated - making it an ideal platform for numerous intricate and demanding applications.

Now the building block characteristic of iCON offers a ready platform for future enhancements to the Falcon range, which, coming in 300 and 1000 metre depth ratings and can undertake a vast range of widely varying tasks across all key market sectors.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company, with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid electric robotic systems, engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


14 January 2017

SAAB SEAEYE SEE AN ALL-ELECTRIC FUTURE

Electric robotic systems will perform all tasks in the underwater domain, including those now undertaken by hydraulic systems, says Saab Seaeye.

They see a future where ROVs and AUVs in their present form will cease to exist and are replaced by transformative e‐robotics that can roam, hover, reside and perform all underwater tasks.

It is a future where task resolution is key, not class of vehicle, says the company.

Such tasks will include the heaviest in the subsea industry, tasks that electric systems and tools on the market today cannot yet undertake, but where the company sees rapidly advancing technology, innovative design and operational methods opening up an all-electric underwater world.


. . . a future where task resolution is key

This will bring further significant savings, says director, Matt Bates, savings that are already here today as electric technologies bring considerable through‐life cost economies.

Electric is also more effective, he contends, as an all‐electric robotic system is up to 50% more efficient, and typically has double the power density of an electro-hydraulic system.

Miniaturisation

Rapid advances in miniaturisation ‐ a key benefit of electric technology ‐ are accelerating advances, says Matt Bates, and are creating electric robotic systems that are smaller, lighter, smarter, more agile and more powerful.

Electric actuators and tools have the added benefit of a simplified, reliable interface which, when complemented with an internal processor and suitable micro-sensors, extracts valuable data, enhances control options and increases total system reliability through continuous internal monitoring. Having more data available from a device assists with pre‐emptive maintenance planning and, coupled with an electric‐only interface, allows for more remote long‐term deployment underwater.

Lower costs

Matt Bates says technology breakthroughs are already bringing savings, with reductions in vehicle size, weight, cable diameters, winch size and other elements, leading to more compact systems that make considerable economies for operators.

He points to the Leopard work vehicle as an example of how technology breakthroughs are opening up a lower cost future.

Compared to a 60 ton hydraulic equivalent, the Leopard's 30 ton complete package has a much smaller footprint, faster mobilisation time, lower maintenance costs, and needs fewer staff at the worksite, Matt Bates says. In addition, the Leopard's unprecedented ratio of thrust to volume and speed through water provides the payload, power and control stability needed to carry the range of tooling and sensors usually associated with much larger systems.

Leopard - the most powerful electric work system of its size in the world Leopard - the most powerful electric work system of
its size in the world incorporates many of the features
that are shaping the future of transformative
underwater e‐robotics.

Transformation

A foretaste of transformative technology can be seen in the emergence of the hovering autonomous vehicle capable of being controlled remotely through low bandwidth links whilst accurately performing long excursion inspections, surveys and environmental monitoring tasks. An example is the Sabertooth which has merged AUV and ROV technology into a single system that can, through wireless communication, roam, hover and perform tetherless light intervention tasks such as valve operations with an integrated electric torque tool.

Sabertooth - pioneering transformative technology Sabertooth - pioneering transformative
technology that has created a system that
can roam autonomously, hover, perform light
tasks and remain resident.

Intelligent control

Common to the future of all robotic systems is intelligent, behaviour-based control systems architecture, such as the iCON system, which comprises a set of hardware and software building blocks that allow harmonious migration of concepts across different systems and accelerates future development innovation.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid robotic systems engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com


10 January 2017

STUDENTS FLY FALCON FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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Students with the Saab Seaeye Falcon on board research ship.
Students with the Saab Seaeye Falcon
on board research ship.


Students get hands-on experience operating a Saab Seaeye Falcon ROV in the Gulf of Maine on the eastern seaboard of the USA where they explore the undersea world and develop their environmental awareness.

The project brings students, scientists, teachers and marine professionals together and is run by OceansWide, a non-profit organisation, and is an outreach programme that supports the outreach requirements of the National Science Foundation and other granting agencies.

Young people are encouraged to participate in real life scientific research and write reports on their findings.

The activities are run both in class and on board OceansWide's research ship - from where the Falcon is deployed.


In addition to encouraging understanding through research, Buzz Scott, president of OceansWide, explains that the project aims to support industry and marine science by creating innovative programmes that use ROVs to inspire young people to expand their horizons and teach them about the world's oceans through first hand shipboard experience.

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Students inside the research ship exploring the undersea world with the Falcon's live feed HD quality video.
Students inside the research ship exploring the undersea world
with the Falcon's live feed HD quality video.

Buzz Scott says they opted for the Falcon, "After a lot of research into the best robotic system and found the Falcon kept coming out top for the smaller research projects."

He says the Falcon allows them to dive deeper than any other small ROV and manoeuvres more efficiently, and has an overall better quality of video capture underwater.

"The controlled power of its five thrusters is so much better for precise manoeuvrability and holding steady in currents whilst filming, and the fibre system means we get HD quality video coming up the tether to the support vessel."

He concludes by extolling the value of undersea exploration for young people: "We like to get the kids involved no matter what their interests, because once you get them out on the water to see what's down there ‐ it's in a way like sailing with Jacques Cousteau or Bob Ballard ‐ you get the bug."

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Preparing the Saab Seaeye Falcon for a dive.  
Preparing the Saab Seaeye Falcon for a dive.
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Research ship with the Saab Seaeye Falcon on board.  
Research ship with the
Saab Seaeye Falcon on board.

Saab Seaeye is the world's leading underwater e‐robotics company with the most advanced range of tethered, autonomous and hybrid robotic systems engineered to address the diverse range of tasks found across commercial, defence and scientific markets.

OceansWide is a non‐profit organisation that brings students and scientists together at sea in the Gulf of Maine. Our dedicated group of scientists, teachers and marine professionals work with students to determine research goals, participate in research and report on their findings ‐ all from the back deck of our research vessel.

For more information contact:

Matt Bates
Saab Seaeye Limited
+44 (0)1489 898 000

www.seaeye.com

Campbell "Buzz" Scott
OceansWide
+1 207 620 6037

www.orkneyrovspecialist.co.uk