Reimagining the art of the possible subsea
Our custom engineering division creates novel solutions for a wide variety of client problems and applications in the world’s oceans and seas. No project is too big or too small.
At a glance
Customised solutions for those applications when a standard product isn’t quite right, or doesn’t even exist yet
We have everything under one roof; products, technologies and engineering capabilities
We can combine several products into much larger turnkey systems
Our expert team of engineers and qualified project managers mean your project is in very safe hands
We are ISO9001:2015 for Quality Management certified
Our services add value to your operations
Find out more about how we can help you
Our capabilities for your markets
From monitoring pipeline movement, through measuring parameters in oil wells, to detecting when a wind turbine mooring cable has broken, we provide custom engineered solutions that span the offshore energy.
We create custom solutions that help protect ports and harbours from underwater threats, that can scan the seabed for mines, and enable autonomous surface and subsea robots to carry out your mission.
Bespoke configurations of our trusted solutions can help you understand critical oceanographic processes, from measuring seabed displacement at subduction zones, to detecting life-threatening tsunamis and delivering science data on demand.
Not every offshore application or problem can be resolved with the same solution. We know that sometimes to solve a subsea challenge, standard off-the-shelf products are not quite right – you need a customised approach.
Maybe you also need to integrate multiple devices together or work with third-party suppliers to create a life-of-project system and accompanying support services?
Over our 50-year history, Sonardyne has always provided custom engineering services to address our client’s specific needs. Building on this knowhow, for the last decade, we’ve continually invested in developing and transforming our capabilities and working methods in system engineering, product design, custom solution delivery and service provision. We’re now a fully agile organisation and all parts of the company have been touched by this process, from how we capture users’ specific requirements to through-life project management, materials control and custom manufacturing.
From the simple to the complex
Our team of highly experienced project managers and expert engineers love to find new ways to solve problems and deliver custom engineered systems and solutions that meet your precise requirements. They have tried and tested technologies at their fingertips, with access to a proven portfolio of hardware and software products.
We actively work on projects of all sizes, from the very simple such as a modifying a positioning and communications transponder to suit a specific underwater vehicle, to the complex which could entail a complete monitoring and wireless seabed to shore data harvesting system for tectonic plate motion studies.
Whatever your application, big or small, our custom engineering specialists are available to advise you on the technologies that best fit your goals and then build, deliver, install and support a solution that is safe, low-risk, cost-effective and compliant.
Why this service
50 years of providing effective solutions to customer challenges
A dedicated team with hundreds of years of combined experience in project delivery
We work in all environments from the shallowest seas to the deepest oceans
Generate turn-key engineered systems from initial concept to deployment, operation and insight generation
Our engineers support your offshore projects globally; in-person or remotely located
Through water wireless acoustic and optical communications
Interfacing to a wide variety of sensors including chemical, environmental, motion, current,
Customising products to suit individual needs
Bringing many components together into a larger system
Remote monitoring, control and data access, often using autonomy
Why trust us?
We collaborate with you to obtain the best result
Demonstrated passion for engineering excellence
Backed by significant global service and support network
We are ISO9001:2015 for Quality Management certified
We don’t just supply equipment, we help you to generate actionable insights
Example track record
Tectonic plate motion monitoring in the Pacific Ring of Fire
Subsidence monitoring at offshore oil and gas reservoirs
Tsunami detection and remote alarm monitoring to protect the Indian coastline
Custom transponders for marine seismic nodes
Marine robotics systems for USVs and AUVs
Towfish based sonar imaging systems for mine hunting
Catenary monitoring system for offshore transport of 7 km long pipeline bundles
Custom engineering case studies
Greater efficiency, lower overheads, with underwater autonomy in deepwater seismic
Shell Brasil, in partnership with Petrobras, Sonardyne and Brazilian research institute SENAI CIMATEC are working together to bring a step-change to 4D seismic data gathering in Brazil’s deepwater pre-salt region. Discover how we’re developing innovative autonomous technology that will make monitoring more efficient, with fewer people and lower environmental footprint.
Partners Shell Brasil, Petrobras and SENAI CIMATEC
Subsidence monitoring at offshore oilfields
Read if you’re interested in subsidence monitoring at offshore oilfields, and how our long endurance autonomous instruments and remote, working together with an uncrewed surface vessel, helped Norkse Shell measure seabed movement across the giant Ormen Lange gas field.
Client: Norske Shell
Deepwater data analytics – asset monitoring at the edge
Thousands of kilometres of pipeline, flowline, and interconnecting spool pieces are installed on the world’s sea and ocean floors. Monitoring and maintaining these vast networks of pipes can be challenging. Explore how Oceaneering provided the analytics they needed to monitor these pipes using our SMART technology.
Measuring Mount Etna – an underwater monitoring first
A network of our instruments deployed by scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz for 15 months has measured underwater slippage of the southeast flank of Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna, for the first time. Read more here.
Client: GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research
GPS-Acoustics unlock a new approach to seabed geodetics
Guest authors, Liquid Robotics, take a closer look at seafloor geodesy, an emerging scientiﬁc ﬁeld that is making the real-time study of continental plate tectonics a cost-effective and viable option.
Guest Author: Liquid Robotics
Trendsetter Vulcan Offshore uses a SMART solution to monitoring wellhead fatigue
A reduction in subsea wellhead fatigue life was prevented through the use of a BOP Wellhead Fatigue Mitigation System supported by our Subsea Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART). By enabling drilling operations using larger BOPs on older wellheads, operators are able to extend production and field life cost-effectively.
Client: Trendsetter Vulcan Offshore
Using a hammer to crack a nut? Try using a USV instead
USVs are no longer a niche tool used within defence, they’re now regularly patrolling our oceans, gathering hydrographic and oceanographic data. Is it time that they were also used to support smarter, cleaner and more cost-effective offshore construction operations? Ed Moller, Head of Energy, thinks so.