Makai upgrades subsea cable installation software

MakaiPlan Pro 6.0 (Image: Makai Ocean Engineering)

Makai Ocean Engineering has released a new version of its software for planning and simulation of subsea power and telecom cable installations.

MakaiPlan Pro 6.0 includes the tools of GIS cable route engineering software MakaiPlan, and allows the user to perform precise 3-D, dynamic simulations of a submarine cable installation, according to Makai.

The operator can simulate an entire cable lay in advance at up to 50 times faster than real-time, Makai states, which is useful for developing ship Installation plans, performing pre-lay and post-lay analysis, and also for operator training.

A detailed simulation aids installers in understanding how to control cable seabed slack/tension during dynamic cable laying situations such as starts and stops, repeater deployments, sharp alter courses, and dealing with irregular seabed, Makai’s press release reads.

Venkata Jasti, Manager of Submarine Cable Systems at Makai, said: “This release is part of our ongoing effort to upgrade all of our products to take advantage of the increased computational capabilities of the next generation of PCs. A major MakaiPlan upgrade was released last year. Now we are releasing MakaiPlan Pro and we intend to release an upgrade for MakaiLay later this year.”

Makai Ocean Engineering is an ocean technology firm based in Hawaii since whose field of expertise includes submarine cables, marine pipelines, seawater air conditioning (SWAC), OTEC, autonomous underwater vehicles, marine corrosion, and general marine engineering and research and development.

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