The Offshore Technology Research Center (OTRC) conducted a workshop to bring offshore oil and gas operators, subsea equipment manufacturers, and remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) engineers, manufacturers, and contractors together to discuss future prospects, technology gaps and industry needs to enable better, more economical, and faster subsea deepwater development. The workshop was sponsored by the Minerals Management Service (MMS).
The workshop “Challenges of Interfacing Remotely Operated Vehicles and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles with Deepwater Subsea Systems” was conducted April 10-11, 2003 in Houston, Texas. Approximately 50 participants attended the 1½ day workshop.
The primary objective of this workshop was to develop a technical assessment of present and future AUV/ROV capabilities relevant to subsea deepwater oil and gas developments. ROV’s and AUV’s offer considerable promise for subsea development systems in deep and ultra-deep water. ROV and AUV technology is rapidly evolving in a highly competitive market. The ROV/AUV technology must interface with subsea well and production equipment to produce effective subsea development systems. An objective technical assessment of future ROV/AUV capabilities is needed to promote synergy and integration with subsea production systems. The assessment includes present technology as well as technology and capabilities that could be available in 5 – 10 years.