RDC Provides Funding Support for SubC Control’s New Underwater Camera
ST. JOHN’S, NL, July 18, 2012 /CNW/ – Oil, ocean technology and
environment companies are about to get a clearer and better view of
deep sea activities.
Clarenville-based SubC Control Ltd. received $115,957 from the Research
& Development Corporation (RDC) for the creation of an underwater
single-lens reflex camera, capable of taking high definition still
photos and videos by being mounted on a remotely operated vehicle
“Companies operating in a variety of deep sea conditions require the
ability to see the dangers and risks they are working in,” said the
Honourable Keith Hutchings, Minister Responsible for the RDC. “Young
entrepreneurial companies such as SubC Control are putting Newfoundland
and Labrador on the global map, attracting clients and collaborators
around the world and delivering the message that Newfoundland and
Labrador is a leader in the development of ocean technology services.”
The high-tech camera will allow for inspecting the integrity of
underwater structures, including leak monitoring; confined space
inspections; scientific studies of target underwater areas and ongoing
rig and pipeline maintenance.
“Today’s investment supports innovation in the province’s growing ocean
technology sector,” said Glenn Janes, Chief Executive Officer of RDC.
“The work being carried out by SubC Control satisfies a number of
market requirements while supporting the creation of specialized
research equipment needed by industry operating in harsh environments.”
Today’s funding comes from RDC’s Research and Development (R&D) Proof of
Concept program, which aims to help companies reduce the technical and
financial risk of pre-commercial research and development projects for
small and medium-sized enterprises.
Launched in 2010, SubC Control has marketed its product to potential
clients and partners in Canada, Europe, United States, Africa, Asia and
Australia. The company provides reliable solutions for video, image and
lighting requirements in the offshore and subsea markets.
“This project will continue to build our expertise developing products
that can save our customers money and help prevent potentially
dangerous situations from occurring,” said Chad Collett of SubC
Control. “By living in the North Atlantic, we are able to develop the
technology that underwater cameras need to withstand the challenges of
a cold ocean.”
About the Research & Development Corporation
RDC is a provincial Crown corporation responsible for improving
Newfoundland and Labrador’s R&D performance. RDC works with R&D
stakeholders including business, academia and government agencies and
departments. In Budget 2012: People and Prosperity RDC was allocated
$19 million to make strategic research and development related
investments in people, strategic opportunities and infrastructure.
SOURCE Research & Development Corporation