Hydroid, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, has chosen Unanet Technologies for providing project management services.
REMUS, one of the projects with Hydroid, stands for Remote Environmental Measuring Units and consists of robotic systems that look like torpedoes. These robots are capable of navigating both on-shore and aboard a ship autonomously, without being physically linked with the operator. The REMUS belongs to a class of ocean instruments belonging to the autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) category. These vehicles are developed for survey operations and coastal monitoring at different depths in the ocean for military and scientific purposes. Oceanographers make use of these vehicles to carry number of ocean instruments for collecting data.
These robots have proved to be very useful in oceanic search missions in the past. The kind of projects that Hydroid deals with, require highly specialized engineering resources that need to be carefully allocated across a number of projects. Therefore, Hydroid has opted for Unanet’s project and resource management services. Duane Fotheringham, the Vice President of operations at Hydroid, is of the opinion that Unanet provides excellent project and resource management systems that they require. Fotheringham added that the current management system was not adequate for accurate forecast of their engineering availability for certain skills for upcoming projects. She was of the opinion that Unanet’s services would enhance their visibility into their capabilities for handling future projects and also in the sensible allocation of resources for the assignments in hand. Another benefit derived from Unanet, according to Fotheringham, is in achieving a government project reporting compliance through association with government contractors. The CEO of Unanet was also enthusiastic about working with Hydroid.