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Battelle Oil & Gas Newsletter

Battelle Oil & Gas Newsletter

SeeByte and Battelle Bring Undersea Innovation to Oil & Gas Industry

Unmanned vehicles are making offshore operations for oil & gas surveys, inspection and construction activities more efficient and economical. Now, SeeByte is bringing new software solutions to market to help unmanned vehicles better handle complex tasks. 

SeeByte was founded in 2002 as part of the Oceans Lab at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK. Since then it has rapidly expanded and become a world leader in smart software solutions with a truly global market presence. 

The software company was acquired by Battelle in 2013 and continues to operate as an independent subsidiary. Battelle and SeeByte are now working more closely together to provide smart unmanned systems for oil & gas clients. The partnership brings together SeeByte’s software expertise with Battelle’s decades of experience in the oil & gas industry. Olga Koper, Business Development Leader for Battelle’s Oil & Gas group, says, “SeeByte and Battelle have great synergy as we are both highly focused on serving the offshore oil & gas industry. Working together, we can find new solutions for the challenges the industry faces when working in subsea environments.”
SeeByte develops software for unmanned systems that improves vehicle control and lessens the demands on operators. Their smart control systems automate arduous and repetitive tasks so operators can better focus on the task at hand.

For the oil & gas industry, their solutions include: 

  • AutoTracker Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) software for automated pipeline tracking.

  • CoPilot Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) software enables the pilot to quickly plan a mission with greater control and accuracy. CoPilot permits pilot controlled auto-transit and stop-and-hover, while providing automated sonar tracking and movement relative to a target allow the vehicle to inspect a point of interest with greater precision.

SeeByte has partnered with leading hardware manufacturers to enhance capabilities for sensors and systems. These integrated smart systems give oil & gas operators turnkey robotic solutions to support complex and often risky subsea operations. SeeByte software is helping to make many of these tasks safer, faster and more efficient—reducing the time needed for some tasks by as much as 50%. Some of the enhancements

SeeByte software includes:  

  • Improved stability and dynamic positioning for better data collection during high-resolution offshore surveys

  • Automated inspection and monitoring for offshore pipelines and equipment

  • Easier ROV control for complex tasks such as drill rig support, construction and impaction repair maintenance (IRM)

Battelle is working with SeeByte to grow their presence in the United States and expand their range of offerings to both government and industry, including oil & gas clients. Companies can contact SeeByte’s Commercial Manager Chris Haworth for more information about their software solutions for the oil & gas industry.