The Future Subsea Digital Toolbox - Call for papers

18 June 2019

The Hydrographic Society in Scotland, the Society for Underwater Technology (SUT), and the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) are holding their popular annual joint seminar in Aberdeen on 31st October 2019.

The modern challenges of the subsea landscape include deep and challenging terrain, environmental concerns, fluctuating cost models and an ever-increasing drive for safer operations and working conditions. These challenges are increasing the shift towards adopting digital techniques for subsea operations with the goal of improving efficiency and reducing human impact. Once considered to be 'future technology', numerous innovations are becoming prevalent across the subsea landscape such as:

As technologies become more established they become integrated to provide cost effective and agile solutions to applications that continue to grow in complexity. Above surface, digital technologies have transformed day-to-day human engagement, with advanced technologies being integrated to provide seamless digital solutions.

How can a range of surface and subsea technologies be integrated and networked to provide a Digital Toolbox for the benefit of the subsea landscape? How can the workforce keep pace with advances in technology to maximise benefit? Therefore, the topic of this seminar, The Future Subsea Digital Toolbox aims to define how individual technologies can be integrated to solve current and future problems of the subsea environment.

Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration, which will be of interest to members of all three organisations. These should be approx. 150 words and be for a 20-minute presentation.

The seminar is aiming to challenge and educate attendees on the possible outcome of the subsea industry over thenext two decades. Abstracts should be submitted covering such application areas as:

Abstracts from other discipline groups/sectors will be considered.

Abstracts should be submitted to by 1st August 2019.

All submissions will be acknowledged, and speakers advised by end September 2019 if their abstract has been accepted.

Sponsorship opportunities also exist with space for pop up booths. For more information contact


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