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05 February 2019

Unique Group invests more than £1 million in Sonardyne’s INS and LBL technologies

Leading integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group is bringing the advantages of Sonardyne International Ltd.’s new Fusion 2 and 6+ underwater survey and positioning technologies to its global customer base following orders worth in excess of £1 million.

Unique Group’s orders, announced on the opening day of Subsea Expo, in Aberdeen, will see multiple copies of Sonardyne’s Fusion 2 Long BaseLine (LBL) and INS operating platform and a large number of the latest Compatt 6+ seabed transponders and ROVNav 6+ vehicle-mounted transceivers distributed across Unique’s key operational bases.

Unique Group invests more than £1 million in Sonardyne’s INS and LBL technologiesFusion 2 builds on Sonardyne’s four decades’ of experience supplying LBL solutions to most of the world’s major oil and gas field developments globally. With Fusion 2, Unique Group’s customers will have access to a single software environment in which their surveyors can perform all of their LBL, SPRINT INS and INS aided LBL operations. The software includes the ability to seamlessly switch between modes, as required, and remote access for onshore teams.

Together with Sonardyne’s latest 6+ in-water hardware and new Wideband 3 signal protocol, Fusion 2 will speed up projects, through faster combined telemetry and range updates, and enable real-time INS-aided LBL SLAM operations, all with less equipment and fewer interfaces.

Unique Group, which is headquartered in the UAE and has offices in Aberdeen, Rotterdam, Saudi Arabia, Houston, Mumbai, Cape Town and Singapore, has also ordered Sonardyne’s GyroCompatt 6 positioning transponders, which offer operators real-time positioning and motion data from one small, versatile and robust instrument.

Speaking at Subsea Expo, Edd Moller, Global Business Manager – Construction Survey, says,

“Launched in November, Fusion 2 is our fastest, most capable survey and construction software system yet, with simple set up, easy to use workflows and an intuitive and flexible user interface. With this significant order for Fusion 2 and our Compatt 6+ and ROVNav 6+ hardware, Unique is demonstrating its confidence as an early adopter in our software and hardware systems. We are equally confident Unique’s customers will see the benefits of both.”

Andy Doggett, Group Director – Survey Division, at Unique Group, says,

“Fusion 2 will enable our customers to reduce their vessel hardware requirements and interfaces; they will have less equipment to mobilise, which, in turn, will work better for them. With a single time-saving solution that is able to seamlessly switch between full LBL, INS and INS-aided operations at different phases of a project, their operational procedures will also be much simpler.”



Sonardyne International Ltd is recognised as a world leader in the design and manufacture of underwater acoustic positioning, inertial navigation, wireless communications and sonar technology systems for the offshore oil and gas, ocean scientific and maritime security industries. w:

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