Abstracts invited for seminar on future of subsea industry

1 June 2018

This year's annual joint seminar of The Hydrographic Society in Scotland, The Society for Underwater Technology and The International Marine Contractors Association will take place in Aberdeen on 1st November. The theme will be:

Adapting to the Digital Future: The subsea industry in 20 years.

Over the last five years the fiscal pressures of a cost-constrained subsea economy has challenged the offshore industry to 'do more with less' resulting in a step change in innovation.

Large, complex solutions have been replaced with cost-effective, agile invention that enables 'smarter' operations. These include the increased adoption of robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing platforms, machine learning, remote surveillance, data analytics and the subsea internet of things.

The step change in innovation which surrounds networked technologies is now evident in almost every facet of human marine engagement. However, as the industry focuses on a digital reformation to enable a safer, smarter operating environment, how do we keep pace? Issues such as security,re-skilling the current workforce and the evolution of regulatory policy and current work practices require consideration as we move toward a digital future.

This seminar aims to define a road map for the next two decades of subsea innovation by considering the years leading to our present digital revolution.

Call for abstracts 

Abstracts for 20 minute presentations, which will be of interest to members of all three organisations, are now being accepted for consideration.

These should be approx. 150 words in length and cover such areas as:

Abstracts from other disciplines/sectors will also be considered.

Abstracts should be submitted to callforpapers@sut.org by 1st August 2018

All submissions will be acknowledged and speakers advised of the outcome by the end of September.


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