The brazillian Ocean Basin - LabOceano - belongs to the Ocean Engineering Department at COPPE/UFRJ, the Rio de Janeiro Federal University Engineering Post Graduation Program. Since its beginnning, COPPE has done more than 10.000 agreements and contracts with national and international companies, public and private organisations, and governmental and non-governmental institutions. In the offshore oil and gas exploration field, COPPE has carried out more than 2.000 projects that make it one of the world's reference center for research and development on offshore engineering.
LabOceano has its own staff, formed by professors, full-dedicated researchers and engineers, besides post graduation students and support staff.
With state-of-the-art equipment and facilities only comparable to a few laboratories worldwide, LabOceano can offer services to the industry on model tests, CFD calculations and numerical modeling of ships and offshore structures.
Since 2003, more than 70 model test programs were performed at LabOceano, including tests with semi-submersibles, turret and spread moored FPSOs, jack-ups, mono-columns, barges and other floating structures, and also tests for assessing the installation and operation of subsea equipment. Those projects were done both for brazillian and foreing clients.