RGU develops new software to detect faults in subsea technology

Robert Gordon University (RGU) researchers have developed a new software V-Sentinel, which will help in finding potential faults in subsea technology.  The new software is designed to monitor subsea control systems, which will allow operators to detect potential faults, and helps to take preventative action.

V-Sentinel is developed by Dr. Andrei Petrovski and Professor John McCall of Computational Intelligence Group (CIG) from RGU, as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), with Viper Subsea Technology.

Professor McCall said the team designed powerful computational approaches to discover key relationships in data or key problem variables.

“This allows us to intelligently search for solutions in complex scenarios and provide high performance computation that best adapts resources to demands,” McCall added.

Viper Subsea operations manager Jeremy Edwards said, “We believe that the potential of the techniques developed during the KTP will be viewed by oil and gas operators in the North Sea, and on a global basis, as delivering a major reduction in the lost production that can result from subsea control system failure as well as savings in the cost of repairs.”