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ForeCoast Software to Optimize Modus H-AUV

Subsea vehicles and services provider Modus Seabed Intervention has selected JBA Consulting's operational management software ForeCoast Marine to help optimize the operation of its hybrid autonomous underwater vehicles (H-AUV).

The H-AUV capability is part of a development program by Modus, to introduce advanced and disruptive technologies across its range of services. The UK-based company has selected ForeCoast Marine to optimize the operation of the H-AUV, in an effort to maximize the returns from this investment and provide its clients the most operationally efficient solutions.

ForeCoast Marine is an advanced mission scheduling, logistics and metocean risk management system, enabling operational strategies to be optimized throughout the lifetime of a marine project. The software will be used to develop an advanced artificial intelligence (AI)-based scheduling algorithm to enable efficient task prioritization and routing of the AUV, and to support day-to-day decision making with respect to the timing and sequencing of operations. According to JBA, this is particularly relevant when carrying out fully autonomous survey and inspection campaigns in offshore wind and oil gas sites, considering the field layout, simultaneous operations, environmental conditions and vehicle performance to achieve optimized and efficient programming.

Jake Tompkins, Modus CEO, said, "Our investment in subsea vehicle operation using the ForeCoast Marine system will ensure our customers can benefit from a differentiated approach to survey, inspection and intervention, providing cost effective, high quality performance. This development is also an important aspect of our field resident AUV road map."

Mark Lawless, JBA Director, said, "We are delighted to be working with Modus on this groundbreaking work, helping to guide their state-of-the-art Hybrid AUV with the most advanced version of ForeCoast Marine to date. The automation of vehicles has the potential to revolutionize offshore operations. We are proud to be part of this transition through the application of ForeCoast Marine's AI-based module."

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