Abyssal & AerisWeather - Visualizing Environmental Threats For Offshore Projects

Challenge

Abyssal is an independent software engineering company that delivers advanced 3D visualization, simulation, and digitalization solutions focused on increasing design and project efficiency, safety, and efficacy in construction and operations. This translates into a drastic reduction in cost as well as CO2 emissions.

Abyssal's technology and full lifecycle approach to offshore operations enables the company to provide easy-to-use tools to create digital assets, leverage the outcome of that digitalization process to support the planning, simulation, and execution of offshore operations, and makes sure that the data can be captured, processed, and easily contextualized.

This powerful software integrates and transforms several data sources and types, such as GIS, 2D data, imagery, or video feeds. Next, Abyssal's cloud-based software platform provides a set of digital tools based on 3D and augmented reality that enhances navigability, visibility, and spatial awareness in Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations.

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These types of operations, usually executed by ROVs, UAVs, UUVs, or USVs, are then managed and monitored to allow users to see live maritime traffic, vessels, cranes, and more alongside their assets in the field. There has, however, been one thing they historically could not see - environmental data.

Real-world simulations, mission planning, and training software lacked environmental context. Abyssal's product line was ripe for weather integrations that would help with on-the-fly decision making in areas crucial to operational safety and success.

Solution

By harnessing the power of the AerisWeather Mapping Platform (AMP), Abyssal was able to successfully incorporate weather mapping layers into their offshore visualizations, alerting users of threats in real time.

Abyssal also integrated AMP within their dashboards for forecasting incoming weather systems and threats. By implementing these field-proven and commercially available weather tools, Abyssal has provided their clients with a way to interact with an additional “real-world” data layer, enabling them to plan, simulate, and execute offshore operations more efficiently and safely.

Results

Abyssal currently uses radar and various satellite layers to augment the automation of tasks and procedures for process optimization and risk reduction. In an upcoming platform update, Abyssal hopes to add additional layers such as tropical storms and lightning strikes, along with API data, including forecasts and severe weather warnings.

Abyssal also aims to use this data and imagery within their 3DGIS digital-twin platform to support their new application for remote control and fully-unmanned operations. The platform will help cope with multiple sites, vehicles, and service providers while also provide the confidence required to deploy unmanned, resident, or autonomous vehicles in the vicinity of critical infrastructures.

Company

Abyssal

Industry

Marine