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Modus selects ForeCoast Marine to optimise its Hybrid AUV operations

Modus Seabed Intervention Ltd, the global specialist provider of subsea vehicles and managed services, has selected JBA Consulting’s (JBA) operational management software – ForeCoast® Marine to help optimise the operation of its Hybrid Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (H-AUV).

The H-AUV capability is part of a significant development programme by Modus, to introduce advanced and disruptive technologies across its range of services. To maximise the returns from this investment and provide its clients the most operationally efficient solutions, Modus has selected ForeCoast® Marine to optimise the operation of the H-AUV.

ForeCoast® Marine is an advanced mission scheduling, logistics and metocean risk management system, enabling operational strategies to be optimised throughout the lifetime of a marine project. The software will be used to develop an advanced AI-based scheduling algorithm to enable efficient task prioritisation and routing of the AUV; and to support day-to-day decision making with respect to the timing and sequencing of operations. This is particularly relevant when carrying out fully autonomous survey and inspection campaigns in offshore wind and oil gas sites, considering the field layout, simultaneous operations, environmental conditions and vehicle performance to achieve optimised and efficient programming.

Jake Tompkins, Modus CEO said: “Our investment in subsea vehicle operation using the ForeCoast® Marine system will ensure our customers can benefit from a differentiated approach to survey, inspection and intervention, providing cost effective, high quality performance. This development is also an important aspect of our field resident AUV road map.”

Mark Lawless, JBA Director said: “We are delighted to be working with Modus on this ground-breaking work, helping to guide their state of the art Hybrid AUV with the most advanced version of ForeCoast® Marine to date. The automation of vehicles has the potential to revolutionise offshore operations. We are proud to be part of this transition through the application of ForeCoast® Marine’s AI-based module.”

About JBA Consulting

JBA Consulting are engineers, environmental consultants, scientists and designers, managing weather and environmental risks and opportunities for our clients. Founded in 1995 with a head office in Skipton and 21 offices around the world, they have grown to be leading specialists in environmental engineering and environmental management.

ForeCoast® Marine is owned and developed by engineering and scientific consultancy firm, JBA Consulting. The software is an advanced metocean risk management tool, enabling weather downtime strategies to be optimised throughout the lifetime of a marine construction or offshore energy project.

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About Modus

Redefining subsea service and delivery and setting the benchmark for innovation, efficiency and performance.

The trusted specialist for quality offshore solutions. Modus is a specialist global provider of modular subsea vehicles and managed services for inspection, intervention, trenching, survey and construction support.

Delivering life-of-field support to the energy, telecommunications, mining, defence and scientific research sectors and leading our services into supporting the blue economy. Modus operates to the highest standards of safety, diligence and environmental awareness. The company employs its expertise in resource management, operational management and an unrivalled range of subsea vehicles offering best-in-class equipment, best people and best practice.

Scope of services

• Comprehensive range of modular remote and autonomous vehicles

• Expert project support services

• Management, maintenance and operation of customer owned assets

• Project enabler and technology partner

• Committed innovation programmes to deliver next generation equipment and practices

• Integrated and managed vessel and survey provision

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