SUT aims for Norway

Get access to some of the world?s most recognized subsea courses and in touch with a global network of professionals. On October 3rd those interested from the Bergen region have the opportunity to meet the Society of Underwater Technology and get information on advantages of membership and establishing a local branch.

Published: 18 September 2007
Professor John F. Watson and his colleague Rahda Thomas were invited here to visit the AGR Group at Straume. Besides talking to AGR, they were eager to learn about the Bergen University College bachelor level study on subsea technology operations and maintenance. They were particularly interested in the close collaboration between schools and the industry.
In connection with their visit, the guests were given a guided tour at the CCB and FMC Technologies at Ågotnes.
The AGR Group and the Robert Gordon University have already entered into contract on long-term collaboration. The AGR offers two scholarships for third year engineering students at the University. The students may receive £ 2000 each year the last two years of their education, and also have a chance to qualify for a paid placement at the AGR.
Newly established Masters Degree
The Robert Gordon University now accepts applications for the newly established MSc Subsea Engineering. The structure and contents of this Masters degree are developed in collaboration with several companies within the subsea industry. Its background is the constantly increasing demand for subsea engineers.
The Masters degree aims to attract applicants with some work experience who wish to further develop or change direction in their own careers. The University offers a web-based education consisting of a range of compulsory modules covering general subjects within subsea technology, followed by specialized modules within subsea engineering.
Web-based education
The Robert Gordon University has already experienced establishing web-based courses. The University has in cooperation with Subsea UK developed a course giving newly qualified and engineers in other subjects an introduction to subsea technology.
The course ?Introduction to Subsea Training Programme? consists of four web-based modules, and one needs not be a member of Subsea UK to enrol.
NCE Subsea collaboration
Throughout the Sotra visit, general manager of NCE Subsea, Trond Olsen, accompanied the guests. He claims that Professor John F. Watson showed great interest in NCE Subsea and what it stands for.
Olsen and Professor Watson also arranged a meeting and a tour of the University next time NCE Subsea visits Aberdeen.
NCE Subsea seeks an agreement with Subsea UK and the Robert Gordon University to make the course ?Introduction to subsea Training Programme? available for NCE Subsea members and partners at a reduced price.
English text by Trude Sletteland
Photo; (from the left) Knut Landro (Coast Center Base), Rahda Thomas (The Robert Gordon University), Professor John F Watson (The Robert Gordon University), Jon Inge Matre (FMC Technologies), Chantal Couillault (AGR Group).
The SUT is a global multi-disciplinary learned society that brings together organizations and individuals with a common interest in underwater technology, ocean science and offshore engineering.
The organization has great professional influence on development of new techniques and tools to explore and exploit the oceans of the world, among other things through their annual awards. You can read more about the SUT on
Information meeting
Today the association is established in London, Aberdeen, Houston and Rio de Janeiro. Now the time is ripe to establish in Norway as well.
NCE Subsea has been chosen as a collaborative partner in getting the Norwegian branch up and running. On October 3rd we invite the subsea and marine environments in the Bergen area to a meeting with the SUT?s management. Here participants will obtain information on the advantages establishing a Norwegian branch based in Bergen might generate for the region and the participants.
The SUT is internationally recognized for its courses, of high professional standard and with a wide variety of subjects. The introduction course Subsea Awareness is one of the world?s most popular, because it gives, through cooperation with central, global participants, an introduction to the latest available technology.
- We expect the first Subsea Awerness to be held in Bergen within half a year, says Ian Gallett. As Executive Secretary of the organization he looks forward to establishing a Norwegian branch of the organization.
- SUT has so far concentrated its activity on five branches around the world. The fact that the organization wants us as a collaborate in establishing in Norway, is a great recognition of the NCE Subsea, says General Manager Trond Olsen of NCE Subsea.
Networks in 40 countries
UT was founded in 1966 and has members from more than 40 countries, including engineers, scientists, other professionals and students working in subsea technology and their wide range of other ocean related activities. The organization?s main task is to carry out learned courses and programmes for members and others who are interested in these topics.
Information and establishment meeting:
Time: Wednesday 3 October, 14.00 ? 16.00
Place: Vitenteatret, the Bergen Science Centre
Light meal
Registration: at latest October 2nd, at 12.00
Wednesday 3 October, 14.00 ? 16.00 Vitenteatret, the Bergen Science CentreLight meal at latest , at 12.00