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Solutions to technical and commercial challenges realised through investment in research and development

Acteon is not constrained by a requirement to maximise the use of manufacturing assets or a fleet of vessels. This means that we are free to deliver services that align to what our customers need rather than those that serve our business objectives.

Investing for tomorrow

Acteon is known for the innovation it brings to delivering subsea services. We are not focused on specific technologies, which gives us the freedom to work openly with customers to understand the challenges they face. Using customer engagement, we apply our industry-leading domain knowledge to seek out solutions and make appropriate research and development investment decisions to realise them. Our aim is to create value by meeting the emerging challenges to building, installing, operating, maintaining and, ultimately, removing subsea infrastructure.

Across the group, Acteon has about 200 engineers with expertise in areas that include offshore installation, finite element analysis, electronics design and software development. Their specialist knowledge is available to all our operating companies, which use it to identify and respond to tomorrow’s challenges.

A fat funnel

Investment in research is prioritised by a group resource and managed through a stage-gate process that encourages new ideas and invests in the best. The development of each strategic innovation enabled by research and development advances is carried out by the relevant Acteon operating companies. The Acteon research and development funnel has delivered many strategic innovations including

  • Steel riser systems for complex deep-water developments that are more economic than conventional systems
  • Battery-powered sensors that enable long term (approximately 10 year) condition monitoring
  • Systems for disconnecting mooring lines that save time and enable prompt action in the event of extreme weather
  • ‘Quiet’ piledriving hammers that enable wind turbines to be installed in deeper water and on larger piles in areas where noise levels are managed
  • Connectors with onboard sensors for wind, wave and tidal turbine installations and mooring applications
  • Machine vision systems for survey and condition reporting that enable surveyors to be shore-based.
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