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Mr Laurence Fahrni

Post doctoral Research Associate


Laurence Fahrni has joined Exeter's Offshore Renewable Energy research group having spent five years in the ORE industry. His previous work has included Research, Development, Design, and Consultancy in: floating tidal power, wave power, and offshore wind foundation design.

He has joined to work on the "Autonomous Robotic Intervention System for Extreme marine environments" (ARISE) project, which relates to deploying subsea Remotely Operated underwater Vehicles (ROVs) from Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). The project is undertaken in collaboration with industry partners, and culminates in sea trials in Falmouth bay.

There are many advantages to deploying ROVs from USVs for the Installation, Inspection, Maintenance, and Repair of offshore assets; including cost-reduction, safety, and the enablement of capabilities that would not be possible from a manned vessel. These applications are being investigated alongside hydrodynamic modelling of the system that is being used for sea trials using OrcaFlex and Python.