US oil and gas services company ION Geophysical has been awarded a grant of £522,984 by Scottish Enterprise to support its £1.5m software development programme, which aims to revolutionise offshore operations management. The announcement came ahead of the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston this week, where the company will host a stand in the Scottish Pavilion to promote its Marlin technology.
The project is to be undertaken by a wholly owned subsidiary, Concept Systems, an Edinburgh-based software provider developing real-time navigation and data management solutions for the seismic industry. The enterprise agency support will create one new job and safeguard 12 existing jobs in Scotland.
Traditionally, offshore operations are managed manually and can be especially complex around busy, congested oil and gas installations. These workflows and operations can greatly benefit from proactive use of intelligent, automated software such as ION’s Marlin. CSL will develop an innovative marine management system that combines temporal project planning with 3D spatial situational awareness across diverse activities to support increased operational efficiency, safer operations and reduced expenditure across oil and gas marine support operations.
Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, said: “ION is a fantastic example of a US company recognising the benefits of Scotland’s top talent and effective business environment. We are very pleased to have been able to support the company to get to this stage and wish them every success in achieving their future ambitions.”