Abyssal granted with one-year partnership contract with Van Oord


Van Oord launched its Innovation Challenge for the first time this year as part of the celebrations marking its 150th anniversary. The company views the Innovation Challenge as a quest to enter into new partnerships with companies that are making vital contributions to addressing society’s problems, for example, the reduction of carbon emissions, energy storage or digitalization.


Van Oord has spent the past few months helping eight entrepreneurs develop a professional business plan. It was part of the Van Oord Innovation Challenge, a competition for start-ups and scale-ups that are eager to work on building a better future.


During the symposium, Abyssal had the opportunity to present its innovation to the audience. Abyssal was granted with a one-year partnership contract with Van Oord.


We are both humbled and very eager to start this journey with “Royal” Van Oord. We share the same vision of making a smarter use of Digital Technologies to achieve a more sustainable future. — Luís Almeida and Manuel Parente



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Offshore software specialist Abyssal winner of Innovation Challenge
2018 International Symposium Celebrate Van Oords 150th Anniversary

Photography by Jaap Reedjik

Abyssal was selected to be part of the Van Oord Innovation Challenge


Van Oord is looking for innovations and new technologies that are effective, profitable, and globally scalable and, at the same time, focused on addressing 3 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals:


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Over the next months we will work closely with Van Oord to understand how our 3D visualization, simulation, and digitalization solutions can contribute towards a more sustainable future.


Check our CTO talking about the impact of Abyssal’s solutions.



About Van Oord

Van Oord is a leading international contractor specialising in dredging, marine engineering and offshore projects (oil, gas and wind) with a worldwide innovative approach.

Abyssal collaborates with Wood to jointly offer solutions to improve the design, constructability, operation and inspection of subsea assets globally


Wood has teamed up with Abyssal to jointly provide advanced solutions to address the most complex problems in every phase of a customer’s project lifecycle.
Tim O’Sullivan, president of Wood’s subsea & export systems, comments:

We are excited to collaborate with Abyssal to unlock new and more efficient ways of planning, executing and operating projects for our customers. We bring four decades of experience in subsea to the partnership and the capability of Abyssal strongly complements our services and software.


Rafael Simao, CEO at Abyssal, adds:

Our leading technology solutions are field proven and bring significant value to all phases of a subsea development. We look forward to exploring opportunities with Wood to benefit our joint customer base, particularly in the areas of visualisation and simulation, digital eco-systems to optimise operations and virtual system integration testing for safer operations.


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About Wood

Wood is a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to energy and industrial markets. Wood operates in more than 60 countries, employing around 60,000 people, with revenues of over $10 billion. Wood provides performance-driven solutions throughout the asset life cycle, from concept to decommissioning across a broad range of industrial markets, including the upstream, midstream and downstream oil & gas, power & process, environment and infrastructure, clean energy, mining, nuclear, and general industrial sectors.

Abyssal Simulator Launch

Abyssal Simulator is a next generation 3D rendering engine with physics simulation, seamlessly integrated with a geographical information system, allowing the use of virtual scenarios driven by real world information.


“Abyssal Simulator was created to allow the use of real-world based scenarios, vehicles, and accurate object and tools. This means that accurate geographical positions, sizes, weights and hydrodynamic behaviour untaps the potential of simulation increasing the number of applications”, Manuel Parente, CTO


Users can perform Virtual System Integration Tests while planning procedures, determine the feasibility of subsea tooling procedures,and perform accessibility and maneuverability studies.

ROV pilots and crew can train procedures in each of the simulation scenarios, improving operational efficiency.

Engineers can perform constructability reviews and identify opportunities for increased efficiency.


“Abyssal Simulator was developed with the purpose to be used by anyone and anywhere. For example, training location is no longer a barrier because both pilots and engineers can use it onshore or offshore. Additionally, and because of its enhanced usability, we can place in the hand of engineers the capability to run infinite number of scenarios when performing design reviews, constructability reviews or Virtual System Integration Testing” Rafael Simão, CEO


Please check the Abyssal Simulator page for more details.



Networking at JobIT18

On April 18, Abyssal will be present at JobIT 2018 at FEUP in Room B023, Porto, Portugal.

JobIT is a conference organized by AlumniEIFEUP to promote the entrepreneurship, the initiative as well as the Informatics Engineer job in Portugal.
Two of our software engineers, João Portela and Cristiano Carvalheiro, will be making a brief presentation about our company at 15:05. At the end of the day will also be an opportunity for speed networking. Let’s meet!


Make or Break. Boosting great ideas

Abyssal is sponsoring Make or Break 2018 in our city of Porto, Portugal.

Make or Break is a 3 day tech fest in the city of Porto (Palácio dos Correios), featuring a hackathon and multiple workshops. It will be held on the 13th-15th of April.
On the very first day, two of our software engineers, Cristiano Carvalheiro and João Portela, will be giving a workshop about UE4 Performance Tips at 14:15.


Abyssal recebe estatuto de Parceiro Empresarial | UT Austin-Portugal Industrial Affiliate

No âmbito do programa GoPortugal – Parcerias Globais de Ciência e Tecnologia para Portugal e no seguimento da renovação por mais 10 anos do programa UT Austin – Portugal, uma parceria com a The University of Texas at Austin, a Abyssal recebe o estatuto de “UT Austin – Portugal Industrial Affiliates” juntamente com as empresas Deimos, Edisoft, Galp, Graphenest, IBM Portugal, Omnidea, Petsys, Tekever e Wavecom.

Ao fazer parte do Industrial Advisory Board do Programa UT Austin Portugal, a Abyssal terá oportunidade de apoiar e colaborar com este programa cuja investigação colaborativa se irá centrar em quatro temas bandeira: a abordagem integrada das áreas do Atlantic International Research (AIR) Center, que são Espaço, clima, Terra e Oceanos, a Computação Avançada, a Nanotecnologia e a Física Médica.

Este programa mantém também uma aposta estratégica que consiste na colaboração internacional em tecnologias emergentes e no reforço da rede de empreendedorismo tecnológico UTEN (University Technology Enterprise Network) que em 2013 acolheu a Abyssal no seu Global Startup Program.

Abyssal receives the status of UT Austin-Portugal Industrial Affiliate

As part of the GoPortugal – Global Science and Technology partnerships for Portugal program and following the renewal for 10 more years of the UT Austin – Portugal program, a partnership with The University of Texas at Austin, Abyssal has received the status of “UT Austin-Portugal Industrial Affiliates” alongside the following companies: Deimos, Edisoft, Galp, Graphenest, IBM Portugal, Omnidea, Petsys, Tekever and Wavecom.

Being a member of the “UT Austin-Portugal Industrial Advisory Board”, will allow Abyssal to support and cooperate with this program whose collaborative research is focused on four major pillars: an integrated approach between the Atlantic International Research (AIR) Center whose expertise fields are Space, Climate, Earth and Oceans, with Advanced Computing, Nanotechnology and Medical Physics.

This program also has a strategic focus on international collaboration for emerging technologies and the strengthening of the UTEN (University Technology Enterprise Network) technological entrepreneurship network that hosted Abyssal in its Global Startup Program in 2013.