V-SENTINEL is the result of Viper Subsea’s two-year collaboration with Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Aberdeen and has been backed by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and energy giant BP.
Neil Douglas, managing director of Viper Subsea, commented: “V-SENTINEL represents a breakthrough in subsea engineering because it can learn how to identify faults in specific subsea control systems and evaluate data in a proactive way.
“Subsea control systems are usually monitored by a mixture of human surveillance and computer data modelling. It is simply not possible for humans to monitor equipment constantly and data models are quite rigid tools. In contrast V-SENTINEL, offers a continuous and reliable vigil of subsea control systems and its ability to learn how a particular system should work means it can be trained to flag up problems peculiar to that system.
“This will lead to huge cost savings for operators in the form of reduced maintenance costs and the reduced need to carry out subsea interventions for repair.
“This new technology demonstrates how our significant investment into research and development is bringing new technology into commercial use to the significant benefit of operators. Our investment into V-SENTINEL also demonstrates our commitment to further growing our offering in subsea asset integrity management.”
V-SENTINEL will be demonstrated by Viper Subsea at the SPE Offshore Europe Conference in Aberdeen on 3-6 September 2013, stand 6A20.