The Hague, Netherlands
The Hague, Netherlands

Fugro N.V. is a Dutch multinational company headquartered in Leidschendam with Mr. P. van Riel as Chairman of the Board of Management/CEO and H.L.J. Noy as Chairman of the Supervisory Board.Fugro provides geotechnical, survey and geoscience services to oil and gas, renewable energy, building and infrastructure, mining, and public sector industries. Fugro employs approximately 12,500 employees in over sixty countries.In 2013 Fugro’s revenues amounted to € 2.424 billion, it is listed on NYSE Euronext Amsterdam and is included in the AEX-Index.The Starfix and Skyfix DGNSS systems are operated by Fugro, and provide correction information to GPS and GLONASS navigation and survey systems. These systems are also called Seastar and Omnistar . Wikipedia.


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Patent
Fugro | Date: 2015-05-01

A sensor assembly comprises an optical fiber having a sensing fiber portion that comprises at least one Fiber Bragg Grating. Further, the sensor assembly comprises a sensing body having body ends coupled to the fiber at opposite axial sides of the sensing fiber portion. Optionally, the optical fiber is arranged within a capillary, and the body ends of the sensing body are attached to the capillary, at opposite axial sides of the sensing fiber portion. The capillary may be filled with glue for attaching the optical fiber to the capillary.


Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) are more susceptible to meteorological conditions such as winds, currents and, most importantly, waves. These meteorological conditions generate a movement of the installation that will inevitably be transferred to some extent to the drilling pipe. A mobile offshore drilling unit can include a rooster box configured to move the rooster box along the height of a derrick to which it is attached. An injector configured to attach to an intervention frame of the rooster box, wherein the injector is configured to be releasably coupled to a conduit The injector configured to be positioned on-axis with the conduit in a first configuration and off-axis with the conduit in a second configuration.


Mobile Offshore Drilling Units (MODUs) are more susceptible to meteorological conditions such as winds, currents and, most importantly, waves. These meteorological conditions generate a movement of the installation that will inevitably be transferred to some extent to the drilling pipe. A mobile offshore drilling unit (10) can include a rooster box (2) configured to move the rooster box along the height of a derrick (3) to which it is attached. An injector (20) configured to attach to an intervention frame of the rooster box, wherein the injector is configured to be releasably coupled to a conduit (4).The injector configured to be positioned on-axis with the conduit in a first configuration and off-axis with the conduit in a second configuration.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SC5-11a-2014 | Award Amount: 9.20M | Year: 2015

Estimates indicate that the value of unexploited European mineral resources at a depth of 500-1,000 metres is ca 100 billion, however, a number of physical, economic, social, environmental and human constraints have as yet limited their exploitation. VAMOS! will provide a new Safe, Clean and Low Visibility Mining Technique and will prove its Economic Viability for extracting currently unreachable mineral deposits, thus encouraging investment and helping to put the EU back on a level playing field in terms of access to strategically important minerals. Deriving from successful deep-sea mining techniques, the VAMOS! mining solution aspires to lead to: Re-opening abandoned mines; Extensions of opencut mines which are limited by stripping ratio, hydrological or geotechnical problems; and opening of new mines in the EU. VAMOS! will design and manufacture innovative automated excavation equipment and environmental impact monitoring tools that will be used to perform field tests in four mine sites across Europe with a range of rock hardness and pit morphology. VAMOS will: 1.Develop a prototype underwater, remotely controlled, mining machine with associated launch and recovery equipment 2.Enhance currently available underwater sensing, spatial awareness, navigational and positioning technology 3.Provide an integrated solution for efficient Real-time Monitoring of Environmental Impact 4.Conduct field trials with the prototype equipment in abandoned and inactive mine sites with a range of rock types and at a range of submerged depths 5.Evaluate the productivity and and cost of operation to enable mine-ability and economic reassessment of the EUs mineral resources. 6. Maximize impact and enable the Market Up-Take of the proposed solutions by defining and overcoming the practicalities of the concept, proving the operational feasibility and the economic viability. 7. Contribute to the social acceptance of the new extraction technique via public demonstrations in EU regions.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2016 | Award Amount: 3.39M | Year: 2017

TREASURE will provide specialist training in the strategic and emerging area of European GNSS. Collectively, GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) includes systems such as the US Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Russian GLONASS, as well as the new, under development systems like Chinas Beidou and most importantly Europes Galileo. Galileo is what we call the European GNSS (EGNSS) and is to be fully operational around 2020, therefore the pressing need to invest on research and training right now. This is especially so because GPS has clearly been the frontrunner of all these systems and has dominated the market for two decades now. EGNSS (Galileo) is aimed at changing this market unbalance and is the main focus of this proposal, which concentrates on its use in support of applications demanding high accuracy positioning and navigation. TREASUREs cohort of 13 young researchers will be given gap-bridging innovative training through an exceptional and unique network of industrial, research and academic beneficiaries, with the aim to form a group of outstanding researchers who would not be able to acquire the equivalent set of skills by training at any individual European institution alone. World-class expertise on EGNSS exists in Europe, however multi-disciplinary research skills need expanding to maximise the enormous potential that there is for promotion and exploitation of this technology. TREASURE addresses that need and responds to the much desired involvement of end-users and businesses, by bringing together four top Universities, one research Institute and four leading European companies, with extensive track record and experience in a wide breadth of disciplines to provide the necessary coordinated research training that will enable the ultimate real time high accuracy EGNSS solution.


A method for providing and applying Precise Point Positioning - Integer Ambiguity Resolution (PPP-IAR) corrections for a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). In a GNS signal correction system, PPP-IAR corrections (ambiguities plus receiver and satellite hardware delays) are calculated based on observation data (P_(i,a), _(i,a)) of n satellites for individual reference stations using a functional model, and these individual PPP-IAR corrections are merged into one single and larger set of PPP-IAR corrections. In a broadcast system, the (merged) PPP-IAR corrections are encoded at a System Control Centre (SCC) and transmitted to mobiles. In a mobile system a similar functional model is used to calculate a correction x to an a priori position.


Patent
Fugro | Date: 2016-06-15

A system (300; 400) for acoustically exploring structure of a floor (20) below a water body (10) comprises:a vessel (1);at least one streamer (3) placed in the water and towed by the vessel and comprising a plurality of acoustic sensors (4) positioned at regular intervals along the length of the streamer. The longitudinal direction of the streamer makes an angle with the horizontal. A source (2) for generating acoustic pulses is placed in the water and towed by the vessel using a tow line (5). The tow line (5) has such length that the horizontal distance between the vessel (1) and the source (2) is larger than the horizontal distance between the vessel (1) and the first sensor (4A) closest to the vessel and smaller than the horizontal distance between the vessel (1) and the last sensor (4H) most remote from the vessel.


Patent
Fugro | Date: 2016-06-15

The present invention relates to a pressure tolerant seismic source (1) for deep water survey comprising:an electromagnetic coil (2) for generating an electromagnetic pulse,a piston plate (4) movable by said electromagnetic pulse, anda housing (6) with a first chamber (8) and a second chamber (10) separated by each other via a common bulkhead arrangement (12), whereinthe coil (2) is arranged within the first chamber (8) and the piston plate (4) arranged within the second chamber (10),wherein the second chamber (10) is at least partly filled with a liquid (14) coupled to the plate (4) so that due to movement of the plate (4) at least one pressure pulse is generated traveling through the liquid (14) within said second chamber (10).


Grant
Agency: GTR | Branch: Innovate UK | Program: | Phase: Collaborative Research & Development | Award Amount: 386.97K | Year: 2016

BAE Systems, Maritime Services are working in collaboration with James Fisher Mimic, James Fisher Shipping, Fugro Geo, OSIsoft and Southampton University on a jointly funded project, with support from Innovate UK, to develop a holistic solution to assist the global shipping operators in understanding the tradeoff space for optimising fuel and energy consumption across their fleet. This includes deriving new insights into operational efficiency through complex data analytics; integrating disparate data sources through exploiting leading edge positioning; generator energy management; dynamic ship energy performance profiling and condition monitoring technology linked to prognostics. This innovative approach and capability will help ship operators to visualise and trade off many key factors that drive operational efficiency in future, which will help operators to drive down operational costs. Part of this work is to investigate how to establish a global standard for optimisation technologies, to encourage interoperability and leading edge solutions to meet a growing demand for ship optimisation measures.


Method for precise GNSS positioning system with improved ambiguity estimation. The method is based on the realization that, especially during convergence, the estimated float ambiguities are biased when estimated simultaneously with the ionosphere parameters. The ionosphere-like biases can be separated from the actual float ambiguities by using the fixed wide-lane (or extra wide-lane) integer ambiguities. The original real-valued ambiguities (e.g., one of L1, L2 and L5 in the GPS case) are corrected using the corresponding biases, resulting in reliable float ambiguities that are taken as input in the next processing step.

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