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Modern technology supports classic methods in engineering development

For over 30 years MAATS Tech have been recognised for providing quality, considerately designed equipment arrays for a plethora of vessels across a variety of capabilities. Core competencies are centred on dynamically positioned special purpose vessels for diverse operations in subsea construction, diving, cable laying and flexible pipe laying, for both new build and conversion projects. MAATS have been lucky enough to have a wealth of engineering experience at their disposal and continue to nurture this with a focus on employee development and mentoring across all departments.

MAATS historically made their name consulting and designing equipment for the Oil and Gas industry but with a significant downturn of that sector in recent years, the demand for cable lay and array spread designs gave MAATS the opportunity to diversify and apply the years of industry experience to a relatively new and quickly growing arena.

In previous years engineering design has relied heavily on manual calculation and the experience of the engineer, or naval architect to ‘know’ if a design will be successful. Design draughting was a standard skill, pencil and paper stuff, requiring intricate and exacting manual calculations which was time consuming and meant design variations could be quite lengthy.

Chief Engineer at MAATS, Steve Brown, has gained extensive knowledge in engineering, having started his career as an engineer over 50 years ago. He comments on the differences in technology he has witnessed over his career.

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