Call for Papers: 'Adapting to the Digital Future: The Subsea Industry in 20 years'

Wednesday 1st August 2018

The Society for Underwater Technology, The Hydrographic Society in Scotland and The International Marine Contractors Association are holding our popular annual joint seminar on 1st November 2018 in Aberdeen.

Over the last five years the fiscal pressures of a cost constrained subsea economy has challenged the offshore industry to: ‘do more with less’ resulting in a step change in innovation. Large, complex solutions have been replaced with cost effective, agile invention that enable ‘smarter’ operations. These include the increased adoption of: robotics, artificial intelligence, cloud computing platforms, machine learning, remote surveillance, data analytics and the subsea internet of things.

This step change in innovation which surrounds networked technologies is now evident in almost every facet of human marine engagement. However, as the industry focuses on a digital reformation to enable a safer, smarter operating environment, how do we keep pace? Issues such as: security, ‘re-skilling’ of the current workforce and the evolution of regulatory policy and current work practices require consideration as we move toward a digital future. 

Therefore, the topic of this seminar: ‘Adapting to the Digital Future: The subsea industry in 20 years’ aims at defining a road map for the next two decades of subsea innovation considering the years leading toward our present digital revolution. 

Abstracts are now being accepted for consideration, which will be of interest to members of all three organizations. These should be approx. 150 words and be for a 20-minute presentation. The seminar is aiming to challenge and educate the attendees on the possible outcome of the subsea industry over the next two decades.

To this end, abstracts should be submitted to the sub-committee covering such application areas as: 

• Inspection, Repair, Monitoring & Maintenance/ Operations & Maintenance;
• Survey;
• Construction;
• Environment & Ocean Science;
• Decommissioning

Please note: abstracts from other discipline groups/ sectors will be considered.

Abstracts should be submitted to by 1st August 2018

All submissions will be acknowledged, and speakers advised by end September 2018 if their abstract
has been accepted. Note: Sponsorship opportunities also exist with space for pop up booths. For
more information contact

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