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UTEC Starnet, an Acteon company and subsidiary of UTEC Survey, has picked up a top accolade for industry innovation.

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UTEC Starnet were winners of the prestigious Press & Journal Gold Award for Innovation for its iSite solution at a gala event in Aberdeen.

Roy Greig, sales manager, UTEC Starnet, said: “It is fantastic to achieve recognition for what we are doing, and despite the tough market we all continue to believe in and work on innovative solutions. One of the hardest things to achieve in this industry is changing the way operations have always been done. We are asking the industry to change and consider doing something different to ensure future success for us all."

As the current economic climate leads to the need to balance costs, reduce safety risk and drive operational efficiencies, UTEC Starnet is continually developing solutions to achieve these goals.

iSite enables the management of large assets such as platforms, onshore facilities such as refineries and offshore vessels remotely from a desktop, anywhere in the world. Traveling to offshore assets for maintenance or management can be hindered by a shortage of flights, bed space, HSE issues or weather. The iSite solution reduces this need for travel.

It is also a useful training tool in an induction process as it can provide HD walkthrough imagery giving employees the opportunity to virtually explore their place of work before their first day.

Clients can also plan and manage their inspection and maintenance schedules remotely as iSite can link into their existing systems through asset tagging and incorporation of real-time data.

As well as this, the UTEC Starnet service also allows clients the opportunity to view and take measurements from laser scans and HDR photography via a web portal, giving multiple users access to the data at a significantly reduced cost in comparison to each user requiring a high-end CAD system.

All of these points led to UTEC Starnet picking up the accolade. The Press & Journal Gold Awards, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management, are only in their second year but are already regarded as an important event based on the respect for the level of expertise in the panel and the philosophy behind the awards, which is to recognise remarkable contributions to the UK offshore oil and gas industry.

UTEC Starnet’s newly appointed managing director, Nadir Rahmatullah added, “We would like to thank our clients who have supported us in the development of iSite, and I know for sure they will be as delighted as we are, that we have won.”

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