Subsea Expo

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Earl Mountbatten Building
Heriot-Watt University
EH14 4AS

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The Offshore Robotics for the Certification of Assets (ORCA) Hub is a research programme developing Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Systems for the offshore sector.

It brings together five world-class universities - Heriot-Watt University, the University of Edinburgh, Imperial College London, the University of Oxford and the University of Liverpool - and over thirty industry partners, who together will revolutionise Asset Integrity Management for cheaper, safer and more efficient production.

Led by the Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (ECR), a joint-venture between Heriot-Watt University and the University of Edinburgh, the university partners are carrying out research and discovery science, with support from our industry partners, in the following areas:

- Mapping, Surveying & Inspection
- Planning, Control & Manipulation
- Human-Robot Interaction with Explainable AI
- Robot & Asset Self-Certification

Watch video by ORCA Hub

Business Sectors

Controls, Sensing, Monitoring & Communication (Inspection / Testing)
Environmental / Site Studies / Monitoring (Inspection / Testing)
Mooring & Foundations (Inspection / Testing)
Pipe / Flexibles / Risers / Flowlines (Inspection / Testing)
Process, Pumping & Power Systems (Inspection / Testing)
Renewables (Inspection / Testing)
ROV / AUV (Consultancy, Engineering, Inspection / Testing)
Structures / Xmas Trees / Manifolds / Templates / Wellhead Equipment (Inspection / Testing)
Subsea Inspection / Repair / Maintenance (Inspection / Testing)
University (Consultancy, Design, Engineering, Inspection / Testing)


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