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Robotics software used by NASA gaining ground in offshore drilling operations

24th April 2014

A joint venture between US-based Energid Technologies and Norway’s Robotic Drilling Systems will enable the continued introduction of advanced robotic software into offshore drilling operations

Robotics software used by Nasa gaining ground in drilling operations
The Actin software, used by NASA and DARPA, will program, monitor, and control RDS’ robots being developed and applied to offshore drilling operations.

Energid Technologies announced today a new partnership phase with Norwegian tech company, Robotic Drilling Systems (RDS), which will secure significant follow-on investment from oil industry partners.  This will allow Energid to continue introducing its robotics software, Actin, to oil and gas drillers worldwide.

The Actin software, used by NASA and DARPA, will program, monitor, and control RDS’ robots being developed and applied to offshore drilling operations. 

Energid's software will simplify the interface to the end-user, whether a rig operator (simply monitoring rig operations) or a developer (with the ability to create complex motion sequences for the robots).  Complex multi-robot tasks will be built up from smaller human-understandable tasks. 

"I never thought it would be possible to create sophisticated multi-robot hand-off procedures using a simple drag-and-drop interface, especially when dealing with the number of axes that we are, but with the Actin software that's exactly what we're doing," says Roald Valen, control systems manager for RDS.

Actin allows its customers to program and control complex robotic systems. 

"We like to say that Actin provides simple control for complex robots.  It handles the intricate internal movements so you can focus on the work," says James English, CTO of Energid.

Many of the advanced Actin features that RDS is applying to drilling are available to other industries. 

"Actin 4.0 will be released later this year and will incorporate many of the tools being used by RDS," says Neil Tardella, CEO of Energid. "We are enabling a new class of automation—it's very exciting." 

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