Technology Press Trip kicks off in Trondheim

Innovation Norway invited four Brazilian journalists to the 2014 Technology Press Trip. This year, the following medias are represented:

  1. Brasil Energia – monthly magazine focused on the Brazilian energy sector, including business, engineering, technology, regulations and market. Envoy: Felipe Ribeiro. Webpage:
  2. Diário de Pernambuco – main newspaper distributed in the State of Pernambuco. The newspaper covers a broad range of topics, with special focus on politics and economy in the region. Envoy: Augusto Freitas. Webpage:
  3. Portos e Navios – monthly magazine focused on the Brazilian maritime industry, including business, engineering, technology, regulations and market. Envoy: Rosângela Vieira. Webpage:
  4. A Tribuna – main newspaper distributed in Santos, State of São Paulo. The newspaper covers a broad range of topics, with special focus on economy, industry and the port of Santos. Envoy: Lucas Krempel. Webpage:

The group will be following a tight agenda of meetings throughout this week. The trip started in Trondheim, where they visited the companies SMSC, Petrell, Aptomar, PetroStreamz, Teekay Petrojarl and Maritime Robotics. Then trip continues to Ålesund and Bergen. You can follow the group on this blog, as we’ll be keeping you posted during the week.

Group picture at SMSC

From left to right: Lucas Krempel (A Tribuna), Augusto Freitas (Diário de Pernambuco), Renata Ferreira (Innovation Norway), Rosângela Vieira (Portos e Navios), Felipe Ribeiro (Brasil Energia) and Guilherme Mendes (Innovation Norway). Photo: Tom-Ivar Bern / Innovation Norway

Realistic training on board the vessel

The Ship Modelling & Simulation Centre (SMSC) develops maritime- and offshore-related simulators for use in training and evaluation of operational concepts. The organization develops its own software and provides customized simulation-based training for all types of vessels on any location.

A new concept from Ship Modelling & Simulation Centre AS (SMSC) enables maneuvering-training in simulated scenarios on board your own vessel by receiving input from the ships own GPS and Gyro. The Onboard Training System (OTS) provides realistic training on board your own vessel, with your navigational equipment, and let you experience how the vessel reacts under real environmental forces. OTS creates a virtual world around your vessel and enables you to create any kind of training scenario. All kinds of exercises can be added – from basic maneuvering training to advanced operations close to offshore installations, station keeping during diving operations or manual takeover from Dynamic Positioning.

The project was supported by Innovation Norway, and the first prototype is now being tested on board the Offshore Supply Vessel MS Strilmøy in the North Sea. The OTS provides objective evidence of training, and will be one of three options for accumulating DPO experience in accordance with the DNV DP Operator certification scheme.

SMSC is also present in the Brazilian market via an office established in Rio de Janeiro. More information can be found on

Knut Lysklett, Augusto Freitas and Lucas Krempel

Sales manager Knut Lysklett presents to journalists one of the simulation systems at SMSC facilities. Photo: Guilherme Mendes / Innovation Norway

Simulation of thermo-mechanical response

Petrell is a leading provider in the area of simulation services. In addition to their broad range of services, the company provides consultancy services within thermodynamic, process safety and technical safety, and assists oil & gas and engineering companies, research institutions, authorities, consultancies and suppliers with the evaluation of design guidelines, engineering analysis, trouble-shooting and verifications.

The company has activities in Brazil and is cooperating with BG Group locally. As the demand for explosion simulations on platforms is increasing, Petrell expects to see more opportunities in the Brazilian market. Petrell has two main software:

  • VessFire – a simulation system of thermo-mechanical response of pressure vessels, flowlines and pipework to fire. The software can assist engineers in ensuring that process plants have sufficient blowdown capacity and structural integrity in defined fire scenarios. VessFire calculates blowdown rates in compliance with advanced methods. The computer program is built on Brilliant, which includes a library for solid material properties used for heat conduction and stress calculations;
  • general purpose CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) system for simulation of flow and heat transport, including chemical reactions and solid materials. Brilliant is the engine in VessFire and can be used to design siblings for special applications as well as to perform calculations of complex physical problems. The system treats compressible and incompressible time-dependent fluid flow as well as conduction in solid material. Calculation of fluid flow and heat conduction in solid material can be combined in the same simulation.

Learn more about Petrell on More information about the software can also be found on their webpage.

Oil spill management systems and real-time overview of operation

Aptomar has been present in Brazil since 2009 delivering oil spill management systems. The first product made by the company was the award-winner SECurus system, which is a safety solution for navigation aid, vessel safety and security and environmental monitoring. The technology was developed in cooperation with and supported by pilot customers, Statoil, ENI, Møkster, NTNU, The Norwegian Research Council and Innovation Norway. The SECurus system is mandatory on NOFO class vessels for use on the Norwegian Continental shelf.

Aptomar introduced to the market the TCMS (Tactical Collaboration Management System). Drawing on technology and experience from SECurus, TCMS provides the customer with an unparalleled real-time overview of its operations by integrating information from many different sources (SECurus, radars, video, ROV, CCTV, etc) into an user-friendly, map-based interface.

The SECurus system

Lars Solberg, co-founder of Aptomar, presents the SECurus system to the journalists. Photo: Guilherme Mendes / Innovation Norway

The technology offered by Aptomar reduces the consequences and costs of an oil spill by quickly detecting the exact point where the leakage concentrates.

New regulations by IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources) established that all parts involved in drilling and exploratory activities offshore Brazil must share environmental data and collaborate with the Institute.

Learn more about Aptomar and their aactivities on

Innovation Norway is responsible for promoting the Norwegian industry abroad. Our office in Rio de Janeiro manages Innovation House Rio, our business incubator office, and helps Norwegian companies in their efforts towards the Brazilian market.

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