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VMAX Launches Next Generation Subsea Simulator

14 April 2009

Subsea simulation software company VMAX Technologies Inc, part of the Triton Group, has raised the bar for oil and gas field visualization technologies with the launch of the new V1.5 project simulator.

Built on the proven physics-based VMAX project simulator engine, the V1.5 brings a new dimension to ROV pilot training and mission planning through the use of 2D survey tools.

The simulator allows users to create their own real-time subsea scenarios and test them across in-office engineering workstations, ROV training consoles and offshore ROV systems fitted with integrated simulators.

The next generation software also includes a new training system and an expanded suite of plug-ins and manuals, providing users with additional tools for effectively creating field level scenarios.

VMAX Technologies general manager Terry Lease said: “The V1.5 package allows in-house scenarios to be easily created and installed like any other Windows type of program. This capability not only ensures ease of installation in an offshore environment but also allows for versioning control and configuration management.

“All of the standard VMAX ROV training scenarios have been re-worked and expanded to systematically teach pilots how to perform complex tasks. Some of these scenarios include picking up delicate items from shipwrecks, installation of control pods using work skids and torque tools, installing steel-tube flying leads using a FLOT, using custom tooling to mate flanges, and using pumps to evacuate suction piles.

“The overall goal is to give the customer complete control of the simulation experience, help reduce risk, increase efficiency of operations and create an overall reduction in project costs. This new system allows users to train and learn at their own pace instead of requiring a dedicated 40 hour course.”

The newly released software and the enhanced scenarios are now a standard part of the training courses offered by members of the Triton Group and its affiliates in the Houston, Brazil, Singapore, and Aberdeen.

Aberdeen-headquartered Triton Group recently completed its ninth acquisition in deals totaling more than £100million since its formation in 2007. With a breadth and depth of capability, the Group comprises of eleven companies specialising in the design, development, manufacture, sale and rent of remotely operated technologies and their systems' components, the group also offers engineering support, training and the supply of qualified technical personnel.

The companies in the Group are Perry Slingsby Systems, Sub-Atlantic, UK Project Support Ltd (UKPS), Subco, Cynergetix Pty Ltd, Dynamic Positioning Services Ltd (DPS), Geoscience Earth and Marine Services Inc (GEMS), VisualSoft, VMAX, Seafloor Geoservices Inc (SGI) and ETS.

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