Braemar system cuts costs of annual DP trials

Kyle Eddings Kyle Eddings

FEBRUARY 29, 2016 — Maldon, U.K., based Braemar Engineering has introduced a tablet computer based system that it says can save on average 25-35% of the costs of carrying out annual dynamic positioning (DP) trials.

"Traditionally these trials are carried out using paper based systems which are time consuming to prepare and complete," says Kyle Eddings, Global Manager for DP and Offshore Projects at Braemar Engineering. "This new system allows crew and surveyors to use the latest tablet technology to control, record and analyze data in real time, increasing efficiency, and resulting in cost savings for the customer.

"We can cut-out up to three days of post trials reporting by simply delivering the document offshore rather than having the client incur additional costs and delay waiting for the surveyor to return to shore and prepare the report."

Mr. Eddings says that after a successful trial of the system last year, Braemar has now now rolled it out to all areas of its DP surveying business.

The new system uses high powered Microsoft tablet computers in all stages of the survey process, from preparation to the survey itself. The crew supports the surveyor during trials and results are then delivered instantly on site, avoiding the lengthy write up process that is traditionally carried out afterwards. Not only does this save time, says Braemar, but it also allows any necessary actions to be flagged immediately and remedial action to be taken if required.

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