National Energy Resources Australia (NERA), an industry-led research organisation for Australia’s energy resources industries, has revealed the four energy technology innovators that will take part in the second stage of its global technology exchange program.
Following a nation-wide Expression of Interest round, the successful companies taking part in the program are Cumulus Projects, Frontier Automation, iSOL8 and Mapizy, who each represent innovative technology products and solutions for Australia’s energy resources sector.
Through the global exchange program (which has been developed by NERA in collaboration with The Oil and Gas Technology Centre and Station Houston), these lucky companies will join NERA on a 10-day tour to Aberdeen and SPE Offshore Europe Conference and Exhibition in September to take their technology global by building international relationships and forging valuable supply chain connections.
The tour to Aberdeen and SPE Offshore forms the second of the three-stage energy technology tour, which aims to connect the global energy hubs of Perth, Houston and Aberdeen.
The program has already provided a platform for four Australian tech start-ups to showcase their technology at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston – one of the world’s largest oil and gas conferences.
The four Australian tech innovators will be joined by their counterparts in Aberdeen and will together take part in a curated program of networking events and meetings with leaders from industry, academia, government and global energy technology ecosystems at and around the SPE Offshore Conference and Exhibition.
NERA CEO, Miranda Taylor, said the success of the tour to Houston alone demonstrates the enormous multiplier effects that can be achieved by connecting local energy innovators with global supply chain opportunities.
“One part of NERA’s role as the Industry Growth Centre for Australia’s energy resources sector is to support innovative, smart start-ups and scale-ups get that global foot in the door.”
“We have some leading technologies and solutions right here and, through initiatives like this, we can share these industry solutions with the rest of the world and make their growth stories happen,” said Ms Taylor.
As part of the global tech tour’s next stop at SPE Offshore Europe, NERA is coordinating the WA pavilion at the event on behalf of the WA Premier’s LNG Taskforce participants – celebrating and showcasing WA as a global energy hub.
Following the tour to Aberdeen, a selection of innovative start-ups from the OGTC will join NERA in Perth in March 2020, for the Australasian Oil and Gas Conference, marking the final leg of the international journey.
Ms Taylor added that NERA hopes to build on this momentum and the success of the tech tour program, by potentially adding more global partners, and will continue to create opportunities for local scale-ups and start-ups to connect with international markets and showcase their innovative solutions on a global stage.
“NERA looks forward to continuing to bring together global energy hubs and create lasting connections for growth, not just for the benefit of Australia, but for the benefit for the global energy resources ecosystem as a whole.”
Below is a brief overview of the selected participants:
Cumulus Projects offers a digital twin ecosystem for the connected worker of tomorrow: field technicians, engineers and managers.
Cumulus brings together stranded, siloed data from all conceivable sources, from legacy enterprise systems to emergent deliverable files types, and makes it easily accessible to all users at the right time. The result is improved efficiency and increased safety.
Frontier Automation has developed a fully automated movement measurement tracking tool for vessel operations near a facility or port.
High-speed 3D machine vision sensors provide full vessel coverage with real-time reporting (including automated alarms) on vessel approach or departure speed and distance, as well as drift detection and measurement whilst moored, to enhance awareness of vessel movements, facilitate safe loading, unloading or other operations within acceptable vessel dynamic conditions, and eliminate the need for personnel to enter hazardous areas to perform mooring/drift checks.
iSOL8 offers an automated safety system for isolation processes that guides workers through isolation by using mobile devices, NFC technology and leveraging isolation information already stored in smart drawings or digital twins.
iSOL8 uses the Internet of Things and blockchain to automate the isolation process to eliminate paperwork, improve safety, save time, increase plant availability, reduce risk and provide real-time data for business analysis.
Mapizy focuses on quantifying the changing planet through image data and artificial intelligence (AI).
The deep-tech company uses remotely sensed images and video data from satellites, drones, terrestrial and underwater platforms, to make sense of multi-source image data to detect a pattern of changes, derive geospatial analytics and predict future events.