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Aberdeenshire company Nevis Technology leads the way in helideck monitoring systems

By Kirsty Brown

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A rising star in the provision of offshore environmental monitoring systems has become the first in the world to achieve an important industry accreditation.

At just two and a half years old, Nevis Technology has succeeded in securing Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) certification for its Elements Helideck Monitoring System (HMS) – and is the first in the world to do so.

Aberdeenshire-based Nevis Technology was founded in December 2018 but, with its four directors offering combined industry experience of more than 60 years, the company is striding forward with ambitious growth plans and is already widely regarded as a credible supplier to major companies in the UK and abroad in locations as diverse as Australia, Brazil, Dubai and West Africa.

With a vision to combine software, technical and operational expertise to become the UK’s leading provider of offshore aviation weather systems, the newly approved Elements HMS is central to the company’s growth.

The system is targeted at moving offshore helidecks, of which there are well over 100 in the North Sea alone, and displays information which is critical in helping pilots decide on whether it is safe to land.

Elements HMS was fully developed in-house and is based on the Nevis’ system for fixed helidecks – Elements MET, which is widely deployed around the globe.

Phil Bellamy.
Phil Bellamy.

Elements HMS is compliant with the latest CAP437 requirements which came into force earlier this year.

Building on Elements MET, the new system features include helideck motion monitoring, on-deck relative wind monitoring and an output to drive helideck-mounted status lights.

Elements HMS is already up-and-running on several North Sea FPSOs with further global deployments scheduled throughout the year.

Commenting on the announcement, Nevis Technology software director Phil Bellamy said: “The team has worked incredibly hard on the development of Elements HMS and I’m extremely proud of what we have achieved.

"Our system offers significant improvements aimed at improving safety across the offshore aviation sector and it feels great to directly contribute in this endeavour.”

Director of Air Ops Safety Dr Athena Scaperdas, who acted as an independent expert to oversee the system approval, said: "I have been impressed with the work of the team at Nevis.

2It was evident a lot of thought went into the design and testing of the Elements HMS system, and the team was committed to finding the best solution to fulfil the requirements of the new HMS standards."

George Lolic, who oversaw the deployment of Elements HMS on Dana Petroleum’s Triton and Western Isles vessels earlier in the year, said: “The installation and commissioning of the new HMS system was carried out in a professional manner without interruption to helideck operations and the offshore and onshore training provided by Nevis allowed for a seamless transfer from the old to new systems.”

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