Ocean Supercluster Funds $3.4M GeoScan Project
Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced the $3.4 million GeoScan Project on Aug. 11.
This Newfoundland and Labrador-led project will provide an innovative solution to de-risk offshore wind, oil and gas, and other offshore installations.
Led by PanGeo Subsea Inc, with B.C.-based partner Cellula Robotics and the Marine Institute of Memorial University, the GeoScan Project team will work together to reconfigure PanGeo’s Acoustic Core with Cellula’s robotic system to allow for a wider area scan functioning in underwater robotic systems while achieving depths greater than 30 meter sub-seabed.
This game-changing innovation will provide a three-dimensional volumetric interpretation of the sub-seabed geology with enhanced resolution and increased competitiveness for the global offshore renewable energy sector.
“The Holyrood Marine Base is the portal to the ocean for the Memorial University community for innovative oceans testing,” said Paul Brett, associate vice-president (research and strategic partnerships), Marine Institute.
“The GeoScan Project in-water testing is the first of many projects to take place at the expanded base as we continue to grow our capacity here and we thank the Ocean Sciences Centre and the project partners, PanGeo and Cellula, for the support.”
“Canada’s oceans, the bounty in their waters and the riches underneath them have created prosperity for generations of Canadians,” added Seamus O’Regan, minister, Natural Resources.
“PanGeo Subsea is building on our reputation as leaders in ocean technology, working with Cellula Robotics and Memorial University to better understand the ocean floor. This project will support a growing offshore wind sector and that helps get us to net zero.”
With a total project value of $3.4 million, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster will provide $2 million in funding to the project with the balance coming from industry partners, marking the 37th Ocean Supercluster project announced to date.
“Cellula and PanGeo have a long-standing history of working together to solve technical challenges that dates to 2008 – we are both are familiar with each other’s technology and operations,” said Eric Jackson, president, Cellula Robotics.
“Our world-leading engineering solutions for subsea robotics have been used in geotechnical and geophysical applications around the world and we are happy to have the support of the Ocean Supercluster to expand on that expertise with the PanGeo led GeoScan Project.”
This coast-to-coast collaborative research and development project aims to increase the quality of decision-making processes associated with the installation of infrastructure in complex glacial seabeds.
Ultimately, this technology will lead to a reduction of personnel offshore, faster data collection and improved efficiencies that will support Canada’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050, while also advancing Canada’s leadership in the global blue economy.
“The GeoScan Project is an example of what we can accomplish when we work together,” said Susan Hunt, chief technology officer, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster.
“The Ocean Supercluster is built on collaboration from across the country and also across ocean sectors, and we are solving some of the biggest challenges in ocean and selling those solutions to the world. Led from right here in Newfoundland and Labrador, this project will help position Canada as a leader in subsea scanning and data collection, opening up new market opportunities, creating new economic activity and supporting the path to net zero.”