June 21, 2012      

Robots continue to make inroads into the world’s largest industries asLiquid Robotics, Inc. and Schlumberger today announced the creation of Liquid Robotics Oil & Gas, a Houston-based joint venture to develop services for the oil and gas industry using Wave Gliders, wave-powered, autonomous marine vehicles.

Liquid Robotics and Schlumberger have equal ownership of the joint venture. Liquid Robotics will provide fleets of Wave Gliders together with relevant engineering, piloting and maintenance expertise, while Schlumberger brings their upstream technology and market leadership. The joint venture will be the exclusive distributor of Wave Glider products and services to oil and gas customers worldwide.

“By teaming with Schlumberger, we can greatly accelerate the availability and worldwide deployment of innovative oil and gas solutions. Together, we are changing the economic and risk profile of worldwide ocean measurement,? said Bill Vass, chief executive officer, Liquid Robotics

To date, Wave Gliders have logged over 100,000 miles of operations. Wave Gliders are designed to travel long distances, hold station, and monitor vast areas without needing to refuel. A two-part architecture and wing system directly converts wave motion into thrust, and solar panels provide electricity for sensor payloads.

Wave Glider data is transmitted to shore via satellite, and the continuous surface presence means that data can be delivered as it is collected.

Liquid Robotics? Wave Glider Services

  • Meteorology/Oceanography (METOC) Surveillance Services- to assist companies with successful installation of offshore facilities and as well as safe drilling and intervention operations
  • Containment Loss Detection Services (Seep/Spill Detection)- to rapidly detect and assess the location, extent, severity and composition of a spill as well as offer monitor post spill remediation
  • Communications Gateway Services (includes subsea, broadband)- to provide a cost effective and persistent platform to communicate with (and monitor) subsea equipment via acoustic modem
  • The technology could be particularly important to the areas of seismic, subsea and environmental monitoring, said Ashok Belani, Schlumberger’s chief technology officer.