DeepSea Environmental Monitoring Cluster Round Table at Norwegian-Brazilian Business Science Week

REC & IN are pleased to invite our partners to attend the DSEM Round Table during the Norwegian-Brazilian Business and Science Week.

Program RoundTable DSEM Cluster

The DSEM Cluster Round Table will bring multidisciplinary professionals together to discuss and exchange experiences relating the practical problems of environmental monitoring management during decomissioning processes of offshore structures in Norway and Brazil.

The effective decommissioning of offshore platforms, subsea wells, and related assets is one of the most important challenges facing the oil and gas industry today and in the future. Key environmental issues in decommissioning include dealing with any potential direct effects on the marine ecosystem. Decommissioning must be an essentially multidisciplinary process, involving: engineering, environmental, financial, political, and safety. Subsea technology can improve the environment monitoring during the decomissioning process and reduce the cost of long-term monitoring of the area before, during and after the installations are removed. Despite international legislation concerning procedures for rig decommissioning, there is still little international consensus on best practices for decommissioning processes. Collaboration on developing methods and technology can assure technical integrity and safe operations.

Date: Thursday, 9 November 

Start Time: 14:00

End Time: 18:00

Venue: CSA Conference Room

Praia do Flamengo, 66
Rio de JaneiroRJ


OBS: The webpage will be uppdate with partners logos asap.


HOT TOPIC: The good prospects in the next rounds of the ANP bidding

The MBP, the brazilian’s most traditional oil executive graduate, will receive another sector name on August 17: the director of PPSA, Paulo Moreira de Carvalho.
“The Pre-Salt Petroleum S.A. and the good prospects in the next rounds of the ANP bidding”
Paulo Moreira de Carvalho, Ph.D. Technical and Supervisory Director. Graduated in Chemical Engineering from UFRJ (1978), MSc in Petroleum Engineering from Unicamp (1993) and Ph.D. from the University of Texas, USA (1998). He has more than 36 years of experience in the field of Petroleum Engineering, with emphasis on production methods, natural and artificial oil elevation. He was manager of the active Akpo in Nigeria (2000-2005) and general director of Petrobras Turkey (2006-2009). He also served as general manager of Technology and Logistics for the pre-salt in Transpetro from 2009 to 2014. In 2014, he assumed the position of Superintendent of Development and Production at Pre-salt Petróleo. Designated Director of Pre-salt Petroleum in November 2016.
Free Lecture at 6:30 p.m.
Location: R. da Candelária, 9 – Centro. RJ-Brazil.

Note: The new bidding rounds from 2017, in Brazil, can open up opportunites for new environment monitoring procedures before, during and after exploration. The new technologies as ROV and AUV/Glider are important tools for mapping the seabed to provide an overview of the environment and register where are the corals, count invertebrates and note any damage to corals, such as whitening, garbage and anchor marks, for example. DSIC shall also, discuss during the next meetings What are the challenges and opportunities of the changing scenarios of oil industry in Brazil? & What are the impacts of the new deep-sea fields in Brazil? 

SAVE THE DATES!The Norwegian-Brazilian Business and Science Weeks

From 31st October – 13th November 2017.

Check the site for more info.


The idea is to create an umbrella for several events that seek to emphasize and strenghten sucessful cooperation on various levels between both countries. Moreover the creation of a meeting place of high-level decision makers from both Norway and Brazil is envisaged, while also creating an arena where Norwegian SME’s can actively engage with business partners, clients and technology leaders. It is also planned to bring together discussions about supply chain development, R&D and political framework.


Tuesday, 31 October 2017 – Belém

Monday, 6 November 2017- Rio de Janeiro

Tuesday, 7 November 2017 – Rio de Janeiro & São Paulo

Norwegian-Brazilian Electricity Market Seminar

Firjan – Auditorium 13th floor – Rio de Janeiro

Wednesday, 8 November 2017 – São Paulo & Rio de Janeiro

Thursday, 9 November 2017 – Rio de Janeiro

Friday, 10 November 2017 – São Paulo

Monday, 13 November 2017 – São Paulo


Decommissioning as a multidisciplinary process.


During Nor- Shipping2017 The Vice Admiral Wilson Pereira Lima Filho, the Brazil Navy Director of Port and Coast mentioned the decommissioning of offshore installations a cause for concern.


Decommissioning should be an essentially multidisciplinary process, as it requires a detailed method with several areas: engineering, environmental, financial, political, and welfare and safety. The abandonment of offshore installations when there is no longer economic interest must be performed in a way that minimizes environmental damage and restores the original environment.

In Brazil, there are no standards regulations by IBAMA, neither by ANP, that define specific procedures that can guarantee environmental quality at the time of decommissioning. Law No. 9.478 / 97, the ANP aims to promote the regulation, hiring and inspection of the economic activities of the oil industry.

Discussions about environmental decommissioning and the environmental impacts associated with the abandonment of oil rigs have gained international attention when the North Sea Brent Spar structure was attempted to sink in 1995, under the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom.
In the North Sea, the platforms are in water from 101 to 1000m deep. In Brazil there is a tendency to concentrate the platforms in deep and ultra deep waters (>400m), which  present a technological, political, strategic and economic challenge much more accentuated because the costs increase. Also, there aren’t  industrial experiments, legislation or standards for the environment and human security nowadays.
Decommissioning options for Fixed Platforms substructures are: Leave On Site, Partial Removal, Site Tomb, Complete Removal, Explosive Dismantling, Reuse or Artificial Reef.
Decommissioning should be attempetd by environmental licensing and concession contracts to: protect marine wildlife throughout the process. In case of transformation of the structure into a reef, define its depth, as well as the continuity and safety of the navigation in the surroundings. Ensure the monitoring, by a multidisciplinary team, from the process of deactivation and maintenance of habitat conditions.

The environmental monitoring of these sites can be an important tool to determine the real environmental impacts and be used as one of the mitigating and compensatory measures by the oil&gas companies.
Subsea technology can improve the environment monitoring during the decomissionament process and reduce the cost of long-term monitoring of the area after the instalations are removed. The AUV and ROV sensors, allows a variety of studies: bathymetry and habitat mapping, real-time information about the conditions of the sea in the area, water quality and ecosystem assessment. These studies can be performed in large areas in a short time.


An inspiring week for our DSEM Cluster

Throughout the week, the presence of several researchers developing innovative environmental monitoring, the visit of Prooceano and Sintef Ocean and the Fosnavåg Conference (FosnavagKonferansen2017) presenting the “New possibilities in the ocean space”, inspired REC.

During the Conference, NTNU, NGU and Kongsberg presented the new generation of systems and sensors for monitoring the environment.

Automation, autonomy and connectivity are the keywords.
We all get the feeling of enthusiasm and the interest in exchanging experiences is just beginning.


 Picture: Asgeir Johan Sørensen – Prof.Director of AMOS/NTNU.

Thanks for the visit from PROOCEANO & Sintef Ocean

Yesterday was a special day at Runde Environment Center with the visit from Mauricio da Rocha Fragoso, Francisco dos Santos (Prooceano), Atle Kleven, Ståle Johnsen and Emlyn John Davies (Sintef Ocean).

Claudia, Karsten and Jenny  presented an overview about the REC projects and discussed with the visitors hot topics in environment monitoring, to develop new projects in collaboration with Prooceano and Sintef Ocean.

We all agree that the DeepSea Environmental Monitoring Cluster can create an arena to inspire innovative thinking and identify the opportunities to stimulate research and business in Norway and Brazil.

We are pleased to see our network growing with enthusiastic and high-level professionals.

Takk for besøk!


REC, NTNU & NINA collaborating to understand seabirds, fishes and habitats at Runde.

During this week REC have the visit from NTNU Trondheim, AMOS and NINA.
This is a unique project to study the correlation between feed avaibility and decline in seabird populations at Runde.
The scientists wants to use the high technological equipment to identify, map and monitor the habitas in the area (land and sea).
About 20 scientists are in the area to study the pelks skog, zooplankton distribuition, primary production, fishes and benthic biodiversity.
The scientific vessel R/V Gunnerus is equiped with Rolls-Royce equipment and many other instruments: ROV SF30k, Telemetron, FRRF, Sil cam and Net WP3.
The scientists will use differents plataforms as L-AUV, USVROV Blue Eye and DJI Phantom Drone  with many instruments and sensors (Eco triplet, O2, CTD, ADCP, side scan, UHI, AZFP and Norbit MBE) to correlate man activities, as direct influence  (for example kelps harvesting) and indirect  influence (climate change and over population) with the seabird’s population decline.

One more scientist from USP to give strengh to our network

Helio Mitio Morishita holds a degree in Naval and Oceanic Engineering from the University of São Paulo (1975), a master’s degree in Naval and Oceanic Engineering from the University of São Paulo (1979) and a PhD in Naval and Oceanic Engineering from the University of São Paulo (1986). He is currently associate professor at the University of São Paulo. The research area is dynamic and control of oceanic systems and the recent projects have been the multibody dynamics and the dynamic positioning system of oceanic vehicles applying non-linear approaches for the estimation of the state vector and control.
The Naval Engineering Course of the Polytechnic School of USP has existed since 1956. It was created because the Brazilian Navy needed naval engineers and chose USP to form them. In addition to training students for the Navy, the course also formed engineers for the naval market, which required qualified professionals for the Brazilian fleet. During the 1980s, the Department of Naval Engineering expanded its activities, incorporating new topics such as materials engineering and deepwater exploration technology. Since 1990, the department has been named Department of Naval and Oceanic Engineering.
Helio’s Research Project: Dynamic Positioning Systems
Ocean vehicles with dynamic positioning systems are increasingly used in the offshore oil industry because they ensure the feasibility of various operations in which the seasonality of the vessel is essential. For example, these systems are used in most platform support vessels and also in the relief vessels carrying oil stored in FPSOs (Floating, Production, Store and Offloading). However, the design of dynamic positioning systems is not simple, since in theoretical terms it is a multivariate, over-actualized system with non-linear mathematical model and stochastic perturbations. In addition, it is necessary to include a peculiar block that is to estimate the state vector of the low frequency movements from the measurements of the positions corrupted by high frequency movements due to the waves and errors of the measurements.
In this project, besides the methodology of design of dynamic positioning systems, system modeling aspects and applications of nonlinear theories are studied for both the state estimator (signal filtering) and the control law. Empirical Mode Decomposition is currently being tested for signal filtering, and for control the backstepping technique and the design of hybrid systems are being analyzed. The approach consists of the integration of theoretical, computational and experimental methods.

DSEM Cluster expanding partnerships with USP.

Decio Crisol Donha is the Head of The Department of Mechanical Engineering (PME). His expertise extends to Control Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Ocean Engineering .

He holds a Masters Degree in Naval and Oceanic Engineering from the University of São Paulo (1983) and a PhD in Naval and Oceanic Engineering from the University of São Paulo (1988) in a sandwich program with the University Technique from Berlin, Germany. He is currently an associate professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of São Paulo. Its line of research has an emphasis on Automation and Control of Vehicle Systems, especially automotive and marine, working mainly in the following subjects: industrial control, dynamic positioning, position control of ships and platforms, modeling and simulation of dynamic systems, robust control, Intelligent control based on fuzzy logic, optimization of systems using genetic algorithms, navigation and guidance of autonomous and semi-autonomous submersible vehicles, active and semi-active suspensions with magnetoreological elements, production of clean energy from sea waves and wind systems. He is also, participation at the NAP-OceanoS (Sustainable Ocean Research Support Center) as a researcher and member of the Board of Directors and research coordinator in the field of vehicles.

PME is one of the fifteen departments in the Polytechnic School at the University of São Paulo (Poli-USP). The PME remains aware of its calling for education, research and development and seeks constant enhancement through its projects, programs and undergraduate and graduate courses, reaffirming the School’s position as a center of excellence in educating and training its faculty and student bodies.
Aware of and integrated into the productive sector, the Department has led lines of research in the most varied areas of academic interest and for productive sectors. With its substantial scientific production, the Department’s faculty is outstanding on a national and international level in the areas of education, research and university extension in Mechanical Engineering, proving its commitment to sustainable technological development in the social, economic and environmental areas.




The future holds opportunities.

Patience and predictability are the key words for the future of the maritime and offshore sectors.

There is the need to stimulate innovative thinking, coordinate and facilitate new business with international forums.

Diversity of players in close cooperation and intense competition is the receipt for success.

Collective action, capacity building and cultures of integrity will lead to a better global economy.

The ocean is the new economic frontier.