On 13 May 2009 Fugro OSAE GmbH received an award from the "365 Places in the Land of Ideas" for their Remotely Operated Crawler for Subsea Inspection (ROC.si). The "Land of Ideas" initiative demonstrates the innovations originating from Germany through their honorary spokesman, Federal President Horst Köhler, President of Germany.
During the award ceremony at the Oceans '09 Conference in Bremen, Germany, Professor Dr. Laurenz Thomsen, expert of underwater technology and professor of geosciences at Jacob's University in Bremen, explained that shallow water areas with strong currents are very important for energy exploration. He thinks the ROC.si is an innovative tool for supporting pipeline and cable works in such areas.
Sponsor Deutsche Bank by Dr. Martin Klinkhammer said: "This fascinating diving robot is a technical masterpiece. It can even work in strong currents. The vehicle has been equipped with special gear to examine underwater power systems or phone cable systems, whether buried, or not. Thus, with the ROC.si, Fugro OSAE GmbH has made an important contribution to our technological future."
Manfred Stender of Fugro OSAE GmbH is pleased with the award: "We are very proud to be a selected location in the Land of Ideas. Fugro OSAE has over 25 years of experience with innovative technology in marine survey, and the award demonstrates our continuing development of new technologies in order to remain market leader."