Forging tomorrow’s technology
History always has a tale to tell. Looking back on more than 30 years of HUGIN, we talk to Kongsberg Maritime’s Jon Kristensen and Per Espen Hagen about their lifelong careers with our autonomous underwater vehicles.
Gunvor Hatling MidtbøVice President, Communications
In 1997, Statoil conducted a trial onboard the M/S Seaway Commander to assess how well a HUGIN AUV could map the seafloor compared to a traditional survey carried out with an ROV controlled via a cable from an operator ship.
After five days of intensive trials, the HUGIN proved its worth, mapping the seabed faster and with the same quality as the ROV.
Pictured here (far right in white t-shirt) are Jon Kristensen, and next to him on his right is Bjørn Jalving who is now Senior Vice President Technology in KM, Sensors and Robotics Management. Standing at the back is Nils Størkersen, who has been Director of Research at FFI since 1999.