SMD launch Sentio™, the latest innovation in synthetic environment and virtualisation software

November 25, 2016

November 2016: We are pleased to announce the launch of Sentio™,  a highly advanced synthetic environment and virtualisation platform that can optimise and significantly improve the efficiency of operations in any offshore environment.

Sentio™, the first of a number of new offerings to be delivered from SMD Services, enables the user to virtualise any operational environment across the full ocean engineering value chain, from topside to subsea. This can improve operational safety, identify and mitigate risks and significantly lower costs by understanding operational needs before going offshore.

Dr Mahesh Menon, Digital Services Product Manager feels this is a perfect time to launch this innovative platform to the market, “Sentio™, developed with our technology partner Tree-C, generates a unique  insight into offshore operations. This enhanced perspective means the customer is able to make highly informed decisions, ensuring operations are safe, reliable and fully optimised prior to the real life operation – all virtual, from wherever they are based. This is extremely valuable to a variety of customers in the offshore industry, especially in today’s challenging oil & gas economic climate. Sentio™ will help get the job done right the first time.”

The environment can be tailor-made to meet specific requirements at any stage of the operational life cycle, from engineering assessment, to training, to mission validation and de-commissioning. This ability eliminates the need for high-cost physical testing and resources. The speed at which Sentio™ lets the user create models and environments gives them the capability to produce an unlimited number of virtual scenarios, each offering reliable insights into how your real-world operations will play out.

No matter what your operations are, be it challenging geographical areas, deeper waters or dynamic working environments, Sentio™ gives the clarity to see and understand exactly how every element of the operation works, and how they are connected. This can be as complex as necessary, for example, installing new engineered products for the first time on an offshore rig requiring ROV and vessel operations.

Graham Puntis, Managing Director of SMD Services added, “In these challenging times for our customer base, SMD recognises the need to provide reliable through life support for subsea intervention assets owned by our clients. SMD Services will continue to offer the traditional support options that our customers have always enjoyed, and in addition we will be providing a range of solutions designed to increase availability and reliability of ROVs, trenchers and ploughs, whilst helping to reduce through life costs of ownership. Sentio™, our state-of-the-art synthetic environment tool is the first in this range to be launched.”

We will be showcasing Sentio on stand BE2-6  at OSEA in Singapore from 29th November to 2nd December, where visitors can see first-hand how this innovative platform works on the launch console.

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SMD to Contribute to Offshore Wind Foundations Research Project

November 2, 2016

September 2015: SMD are pleased to announce that they are set to contribute to a major offshore wind research project lead by The University of Dundee. The project will look to determine whether cheaper, more environmentally friendly and more effective foundations can be developed for the offshore renewables industry.

The project, funded by a £1million grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will look at the use of screw piles for offshore installations. These are foundations which are screwed into the ground and currently widely used onshore, for example, to support motorway signs and gantries.

Currently, the main foundation solutions being considered for offshore wind installations are driven piles, large monopiles or concrete gravity-based structures (GBS). Driving of piles in large numbers offshore causes concerns over plant availability and impact on mariScrew fas e mammals. There are also concerns over the limit of practical monopile development and the high material demands of GBS. Screw piles have the potential to overcome these issues and are scalable for future development from current onshore systems which have relatively low noise installation and are efficient in terms of both tensile and compressive capacity.

The research has the potential to make it easier to deploy screw pile foundations for offshore renewables. This project will develop foundations able to deal with current water depths and will provide understanding of the behaviour of piles as water depths and the demands on the foundations increase.

“The UK has challenging targets for expansion of energy from renewables with the potential for over 5000 offshore wind turbines by 2020,” said Dr Mike Brown, Senior Lecturer in Civil Engineering at the University of Dundee who is leading the project.

“The necessary move to deeper water will increase cost and put greater demands on subsea structures and foundations. There is already cost pressure on the offshore sector as people wait to see if it can be made more affordable, so we really need to find better solutions for how we develop capacity.

“Screw piles are potentially very attractive as a lower cost and more environmentally friendly option. However, there are significant challenges to be addressed. If we are to develop them for offshore use they will likely be larger than those used onshore, and face different pressures, so our work will look at whether they can meet the performance and efficiency issues.

“By harnessing the installation and performance benefits of screw pile/anchor technology, the results of the project will hopefully contribute to an overall cost reduction in electricity generated by renewable means and increase the public’s confidence in the future viability of this energy source,” said Dr Brown.

“We have a long-history of supporting industrial academic partnerships, said SMD’s Ian Bryan, Business Development Manager for their Trenching, Mining and Renewables business unit.  “Much of intellectual property and many of our product features originate from research, and our customers benefit from the insights these bring into design of efficient and effective solutions. When compared to piling, screw piles offers significant potential benefits such as a reduction in noise during installation and lower costs. We look forward to developing an understanding of how this well proven approach can be adapted at scale for use in the construction of offshore wind farms, and to passing the associated benefits on to our customers.”

The project will also include contributions from the Universities of Durham and Southampton and also private sector partners Cathie Associates Ltd, Screwfast Foundations Ltd, and SeaRoc Group.