Ashtead launches subsea technology training academy
Posted 27/10/2014 00:00
Aberdeen’s Ashtead Technology launched a first-of-its-kind subsea training academy in Aberdeen in the world-renowned subsea center of excellence at Westhill.
Ashtead has invested more than US$804,000 in theAshtead Subsea Technology Training Academy (ASTTA) that will meet global demand for improved competency in the configuration, operation and maintenance of increasingly sophisticated equipment required in more complex subsea oil and gas projects in deeper waters and hostile locations around the world.
In a pilot scheme prior to launch, the ASTTA has already delivered several courses to a number of subsea companies, including a three-day acoustics course and a one-day introduction to offshore survey equipment course.
“As the subsea industry continues to grow and leading-edge technology evolves to deliver systems to meet more complex challenges in deeper waters, subsea survey, construction and maintenance companies must have the skills and competency to ensure these systems are properly configured, operated and maintained,” says Tim Sheehan, Ashtead commercial director. “Ashtead is well positioned and resourced to fill the gap in the market for high quality training that will meet the skills and competences required.
Steve Cullen, who joined the company in the newly created position of training manager, will lead the ASTTA. Formerly with Subsea 7, Cullen is an electrical and electronic engineer with over 20 years offshore experience in subsea construction, hydrographic survey, fiber optics, remote intervention and drilling operations support. He spent several years in vocational and public sector education and training roles focusing on science technology subjects with particular experience in innovative instructional design methodologies.
The courses available at Ashtead Technology’s purpose-built training facilities will cover the basics and the more complex functioning of offshore survey equipment, acoustic positioning and motion sensing systems, hydrographic and geophysical survey equipment, cable and pipe detection and tracking systems and ROV sensors and multiplexors.
In addition to regular standard courses, Ashtead Technology is able to design tailor-made courses to meet specific needs of individual customers.
Further information: www.ashtead-technology.com
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