Virtual Testing of Offshore Technology Completes Subsea Visions in Real Time

For the first time, the SimulationX Global Subsea Centre, an alliance of ITI, a leader in virtual system engineering, and Agito, a leader in offshore engineering, will showcase at the Offshore Europe trade show from 8-11 September 2009 in Aberdeen, Scotland.

One of the highlights will be the presentation of the latest SimulationX version 3.2. The global number one CAE tool and trend setter in subsea-specific physical system simulation offers cutting-edge model libraries, dedicated to subsea hydraulics, electrics, and offshore handling with ready-to-use standard subsea component models that simplify and accelerate modelling processes. The virtual test of offshore technology under real conditions facilitates the development of high-performance subsea technology while shortening development time by up to one fifth.

Since the foundation of the SimulationX Global Subsea Centre in 2007, the demand for integrated operations from planning through to production has increased heavily. Today, well-known companies such as Aker Solutions, Baker Hughes, Cameron, Expro, FMC Technologies, NOV, Rolls-Royce, and Well Dynamics count on the powerful combination of holistic engineering and multi-domain CAE-software.

SimulationX – physical system offshore and subsea simulation software

From undersea mining to the offshore production of oil and gas, the sustainable and efficient extraction of natural resources sets high standards to manufacturers of complex drilling, production and hoisting equipment. Nowadays, due to increasing demands on quality, reliability and environmental safety of new subsea technologies the development of plants and equipment is only economically viable by using specialized simulation solutions.

The simulation software for offshore and subsea technology, produced by ITI, Germany, is a standard CAE tool for modelling, simulating and analysing physical effects on a single platform – with ready-to-use standard libraries for 1D mechanics, 3D multi-body systems, power transmission, hydraulics, pneumatics, thermodynamics, electrics, electrical drives, magnets, as well as controls – post-processing included.

By applying SimulationX, any subsea and offshore system of arbitrary complexity (e.g. drilling and production systems, surface supply, undersea process technology and seismography) can be tested virtually before being put into production. The connection of SimulationX to many real-time testing applications, such as hardware-in-the-loop and rapid control prototyping, including NI LabVIEW, NI VeriStand, dSPACE and SCALE-RT, facilitates and accelerates the development throughout all stages of the system design process – starting from modelling and design over prototyping through to testing. Various alternative solutions can be tested and the results will form the basis for choosing the components and dimensions to be used. This approach facilitates the model-based development of innovative high-tech systems for the deployment and environment-friendly extraction of energy sources, and ensures high-quality products, a safe environment and financial savings.

“From the very beginning we have been dedicated to closely connecting different engineering disciplines and to make the use of computation programs fast and efficient for all engineers and scientists – a philosophy, ITI has successfully followed during the past years. It is both, our knowledge and long-term experience in the field of mechanical and electrical drive technology as well as hydraulics and pneumatics that facilitates the integrated development of safe, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly machines,” explains Jens Schindler, managing director of ITI.

“With our presence at Offshore Europe, one of the leading trade fairs in this field, we consciously commit ourselves to the trend of supporting the sustainable and safe production of alternative energy resources,” says Rune Lien, managing director at Agito, the participation at this year’s offshore technology event.

Rune Lien adds: “We are aware of the fact that customers, particularly in the demanding subsea business, need the right engineering partner in order to achieve development goals and to remove risks prior to manufacture. Within the SimulationX Global Subsea Center we guide our customers through the process of planning through to the phase of operation by offering offshore specific engineering services, technical support, workshops and training courses – thus ensuring high performance for all depths.”

At Offshore Europe 2009, the SimulationX Global Subsea Center will be present in hall 3, stand 1439.

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