MP: technology firms are key to economic growth

Sep 04, 2013


Mark Lancaster was speaking on a visit to the Milton Keynes division of Fugro Subsea Services, which has moved to larger premises in the Mill Square business park at Wolverton Mill.
The robotic technologies division of FSSL is the leading European developer of subsea simulator and visualisation systems providing technology and services worldwide to offshore oil and gas operators, submarine rescue and naval measures to counter underwater mines.
The company has operated from Milton Keynes since 1988.
During his visit to Fugro, Mr Lancaster had an opportunity to ‘fly’ a DeepWorks simulator in manoeuvring a remotely operated vehicle in its approach to a stricken submarine.
The simulator provides a realistic ROV piloting experience with multiple displays showing different underwater views from the ROV’s  cameras and sonar and remotely controlled manipulator arms which can adjust subsea equipment.
The MP for Milton Keynes North, who commanded a Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Squadron and has served on the Defence Select Committee, said: “I was impressed by the simulator and visualisation technologies which offer the capability to reduce, or at least quantify accurately, the hazards across a range of subsea operations both naval and civilian, and provide opportunities for saving lives.”
FSSL’s robotic technologies business line manager Dr Jason Tisdall pictured with Mr Lancaster said: “Mark Lancaster’s visit has given us a chance to demonstrate how a Milton Keynes company, by developing an original technology, can benefit the local economy as a small but expanding business, and nationally contribute to subsea oil and  defence requirements.”
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