NI to host Offshore Measurement & Control Summit 2012

27 February 2012

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Whether maximising existing oil and gas reserves or addressing offshore wind reliability, the offshore energy industries are looking to technology to solve complex monitoring and control problems. National Instruments UK & Ireland has announced the panel of industry experts who will present the latest technologies for upstream, midstream and downstream applications at the NI Offshore Measurement & Control Summit 2012, held in Aberdeen on 21 March 2012. This free one-day event, focused on the renewable, oil and gas sector, will bring together industry speakers, engineers and managers for technology discussions, in-depth case studies, hands-on training and networking opportunities.

The Offshore Measurement & Control Summit guest speakers and presentation topics include:

Controlling ROVs (Remotely Operated Vehicles) - Smart Technologies for Subsea Operations

Edin Omerdic, a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Limerick's Mobile & Marine Robotics Research Centre (MMRRC), will present a session highlighting the challenges faced by ROV pilots during deep water operations, including low visibility, time-varying ocean currents and umbilical drag effects. Omerdic will explain how OceanRINGS, a set of components developed by MMRRC, can increase automation, making ROV operations easier and reduce expensive ship time by 20 per cent.

Deploying Structural Monitoring on Offshore Wind Turbines

The application of structural health monitoring systems deployed on offshore wind turbines is a particularly challenging task, where ease of installation, ruggedness and reliability of equipment are essential. Paul Faulkner, a Senior Product Manager at Strainstall, will show how a measurement system can provide key information on the structural integrity of offshore wind turbine towers to evaluate the structural response, status and operational life of the deployment.

Accelerating the Implementation of an Advanced Control System for Pipeline Welding

Anthony Wilson, a Software and Controls Engineer from Pipeline Technique, will speak about the challenges of pipeline welding for the oil and gas industries, and how he has solved complex control problems by using off-the-shelf embedded hardware, while also reducing development time.

On-Vessel Riser Management System

Rodrigue Akkari, a Senior Engineer from BPP-TECH, will discuss on-vessel oil riser management systems and will describe the standalone unit used to acquire and host data from a variety of vessel and subsea systems. Akkari will also discuss how software is used to analyse data in order to estimate stresses and recommend the optimal vessel position.

Keynote: Using Off-The-Shelf Technology to Solve Complex Measurement & Control Challenges

In addition, the Summit's Keynote, presented by National Instruments, will show how off-the-shelf technology can accelerate the development of measurement and control applications. For more details about the Keynote and the guest speakers' presentations, download the Offshore Measurement & Control Summit agenda from

Hands-on Workshops

As well as learning how industry experts have solved real-world applications, Summit attendees can take the opportunity to have valuable hands-on training with measurement and control hardware, used for system monitoring, data logging, condition monitoring and embedded control.

How to register

Registration for the NI Offshore Measurement & Control Summit 2012 is free. Register now at, call +44 (0)1635 572498 or email .

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