SMD selects Tree C for ROV simulation
ROVSoil Machine Dynamics Ltd., a leading ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicles) and subsea vehicle systems manufacturer have entered into an agreement which appoints Tree C Technology B.V. as the supplier of ROV simulators to SMD and its clients. The agreement covers simulators for their series of Workclass ROVs (WROVs), designed and manufactured in Wallsend, UK. Future implementations of the simulator shall potentially also include subsea trenching and ploughing vehicle systems as well. As with most of Tree C developed simulators, there is a high level of integration with SMD’s control systems platform, enabling the WROV operator to switch between control of the real world WROV and the virtual WROV, via the control system console, the company said in its press release.
The agreement includes the installation of a WROV control desk in Tree C’s premises in Ede, Netherlands, to facilitate the high level of technical integration and development. The specifications of the WROV simulators have already been acknowledged to be industry leading by key customers of SMD and TreeC.
Tree C is proud to be chosen as the supplier of choice for this project, as SMD’s R&D Manager, Dr. Mahesh Menon characterised it as “an absolutely vital component to our business and technological growth”.
SMD is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of subsea remote intervention equipment, working in hazardous environments worldwide. Customers span a range of sectors from energy (oil and gas, marine renewables and offshore wind infrastructure, nuclear), to telecoms, mining, naval / military and scientific communities. The company has recently reorganised itself along five key business streams: Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), Trenching, Renewables, Nuclear, and Subsea Mining. The business has grown its headcount significantly over the past 2 years. This stood at 136 employees at the beginning of 2010, and numbers are now approaching 500.