Abyssal AI, our research department, was at the industry day of VISUM 2019, a summer school which gathers researchers from academia and industry interested in computer vision and machine intelligence.

We shared the results of our research projects—Structure Inspection and Underwater SLAM-NET System—where we are using artificial intelligence to improve the efficiency of subsea operations. Therefore we showed how to:

> Automatically detect structure integrity threats and other entities (i.e. fish) on subsea videos;

> Reconstruct the surrounding 3D environment and estimate the movement of a subsea vehicle using a single video camera.

The discussion opened doors to great feedback and networking with all the participants, making it worth to work on a Saturday! Thank you VISUM for the invitation, we hope to see you next year!

Structure Inspection Investors
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Abyssal at the OTC2019

Join us at the OTC 2019 Houston, Texas, USA. This year celebrating its 50th anniversary!
Find us at the Wood booth #439.


Don’t miss the opportunity to see our presentations given by our CTO- Manuel Parente, CEO- Rafael Simão and Head of Research- Pedro Costa.


Abyssal strengthens its team by appointing Joe Little to its Advisory Board

Abyssal, a software engineering company that provides cutting-edge 3D Visualization, Simulation and Digitalization capabilities for subsea operations, announced today that Joe Little accepted to support the company on a business and strategic level.

Joe has more than 30 years in the oil and gas sector around the globe, the past 13 of which have been spent working with VCs, academics, major research firms, SMEs and IT industry leaders in researching and educating executives and senior level leaders in the value and impact of emerging technologies such as immersive 3D, AR/VR, advanced visualization techniques, robotics and the future of work at BP. His work has been presented at Stanford University, MIT and IE Business School as well as appearing in books such as “Learning in 3D”.

”It is a privilege to have Joe helping us achieve the next stage of our journey. His expertise and vision will be crucial to accelerate our business roadmap and to provide “Vision in Depth” to our customers”, said Rafael Simão, Abyssal CEO.

“We have no doubt that Joe’s experience in solving business problems with real innovative digital solutions will help us refine our technology and product roadmap” said Manuel Parente, Abyssal CTO. “Joe’s view and vision are 100% aligned with Abyssal’s “Future-Proof Fit-for-Purpose” approach”.

Regarding his appointment, Joe Little said:

“Abyssal is an exciting company and one that has impressed me over the past 3 years in developing, what I believe, to be the most complete subsea Digital Twin platform on the market. I look forward to working with Abyssal in the next stage of their journey”.

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



Learn more:

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.


See the complete news in here.


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.