GCU unveils innovative subsea video and data storage system

31 October 2012

GCU unveils innovative subsea video and data storage system

GCU is working with Shearwater Marine Services

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) and Shearwater Marine Services Ltd have developed a new form of video and technical data transfer which will allow remote real-time video viewing and data capture of subsea inspections, with significant efficiency and safety benefits to the oil and gas industry.

GCU and Shearwater will unveil the technology at the ITF Technology Showcase (Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre, 1st November 2012), where GCU is on exhibition Stand 22.

Through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Shearwater and GCU, the two organisations have designed new systems that can instantly upload underwater images and technical information to a central database.

This new form of video and technical data transfer will allow office-based decision makers to view the dive and communicate with the dive site in real time, improving reporting quality and providing enhanced data storage and retrieval.

The system allows specific time-coded reference points and comments to be logged with stored video. Output reports can be produced quickly. Vital for the oil and gas industry, real-time decisions can be made to ensure damage litigation and prevent costly further problems.

Tommy Henaughen, General Manager at Shearwater Marine, said: “This is an exciting development that will set a new industry benchmark in underwater inspection and reporting and will deliver real benefits directly to customers. From a company development perspective it will also present a platform to attract new customers and facilitate the progression into new markets both nationally and internationally.”

The Glasgow Caledonian University expert team comprises Professor Brian Stewart, Alan Nesbitt and Dr. Ali Ahmadinia from the School of Engineering and Built Environment.

Professor Stewart said: “Using current technology, we have developed innovative recording and database systems for Shearwater that allows instantaneous streaming and upload of images as well as other key technical information to a central electronic database, so that dives can be viewed and assessed immediately.

“Clients - no matter what their location – can watch underwater investigations live allowing them to make instant and better informed decisions about the care and maintenance of subsea assets.”

For further information, please contact:
GCU Press Office on 0141 331 8614 or 0141 331 8671


Glasgow Caledonian University is an international university delivering excellence, with a strong commitment to the common good.  With 17,000 students at its main Glasgow campus and outreach campuses in London, China, Bangladesh and Oman, the university offers a modern environment for learning, teaching and applied research.

The university has particular applied research strengths in the fields of health and the environment and is rated among the top 10 in the UK for its allied health research and in the top 20 in research in the built and natural environment.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s mission is to provide a high quality, accessible, inclusive and flexible learning and teaching environment enhanced by curiosity driven research. It applies its knowledge and skills for the social and economic benefit of the communities it serves in Scotland and around the world.

Scottish diving and marine contractor, Shearwater Marine Services Ltd, based in Dunoon, employs its expertise in a variety of areas including laying and maintaining subsea cables; ship inspection and maintenance; civil construction; infrastructure inspection and maintenance and aquaculture services in Scotland, the UK and beyond.

Examples of the company’s underwater operations include the installation of subsea cables for the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. Shearwater’s dive teams work in difficult conditions on projects such as the removal of the temporary piles prior to the opening of the new Forth Crossing at Kincardine. Working in zero visibility and strong tidal conditions the divers worked inside the 3m diameter piles affording them protection from the strong current.


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