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Serpent, the UK deep sea research project, and Marine Simulation have announced a working partnership.

Serpent (the Scientific and Environmental ROV Partnership using Existing iNdustrial Technology) is a global project hosted by the Deepseas group, within Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems (OBE) at the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS), UK.

Collaborating closely with key players in the oil and gas industry, the Serpent project aims to make industrial remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technology and data more accessible to the science community and further deep sea research.

Marine Simulation are the developers of the ROVsim line of underwater robotic simulators.

The collaboration will result in a dedicated ROVsim simulation package that closely mirrors Serpent research activities in the deep oceans.

Serpent aims to monitor and collect data from the world’s biodiversity hotspots by using oil and gas industry ROVs.

The data consists principally of images and video, making virtual simulators ideal for emulating this activity.

The software will have its first trial as an outreach tool.

Mounted on a sit-in ROV simulator, it will form one of several outreach projects in the 2009 Oceans on Wheels roadshow, organised by the Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics at the University of Southampton.

Serpent will also be using the software as part of a free training programme for ROV companies.

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