K.U.M.

For the past two decades, K.U.M. has supported leading academic centres around the world by developing customised subsea technology.

Today, we are established as the leading provider of subsea data acquisition systems delivering an end-to-end service from conception through to manufacturing.

Our vision is to help you make the impossible possible at depth.

About K.U.M Kiel Germany

Over the years, our passion for continuous innovation has allowed us to expand our services and our markets. As our solutions have become ever more targeted and specialised, we have streamlined the way deep sea marine data is captured and processed. Across a wide variety of industries, we now help our customers to go further, see better and understand more.

With our vast experience of supporting academic institutes to undertake cutting edge oceanographic research, we are uniquely positioned to create, build and deliver innovative subsea solutions.

Solutions designed to meet the challenges of the deep marine environment.

Today, in the offshore energy industry for example, where there is an increased focus on energy transition, cost effectiveness and environmental sustainability, our subsea solutions are arguably more important than ever. For customers seeking new ways to capitalise on future exploration opportunities, we simply bring tomorrow’s technology to the
table today.

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History

A TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS

1997

First project with University of Bremen for development and production of sediments traps with satellite-based system.

1997
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1998

First office located on the Kiel Fjord / Baltic Sea.

1998
1998

2000

World first with production of forged titanium pressure tubes. Begin manufacture of OBSs based on a GEOMAR design.

2000
2000

2003

Introduce revolutionary deep-sea titanium releaser. Launch Lobster a completely new OBS design. OBS reliability increased from standard

2003
2003

2005

Over 80 units of the OBS Lobster sold. Receive high praise from GEOMAR and Alfred-Wegener Institute after successful trials.

2005
2005

2010

Move into much larger office/facilities with a total area of 1400m2, including manufacturing, testing and engineering facilities.

2010
2010

2013

Recognised for innovations in the deep-sea research. Receive a grant from European Union, Germany and Land of Schleswig-Holstein for the development of new generation of OBSs.

2013
2013

2014

Open new 1300 m2 premises at Melsdorf, just outside of Kiel. Equipped with state-of-the-art production capabilities which enable production of many subsea system components, attracting new customers.

2014
2014

2015

Secure first deal from a medical instruments company. Launch Nammu – a new generation of OBS.

This is a flexible OBS platform which can carry different types of seismic equipment and at the highest specification has a 120 sec broadband seismometer, 100 sec hydrophone, 4 channel datalogger, acoustic releaser and is designed to autonomously record seismic data for up to 36 months.

2015
2015

2019

Launch 6Labs to participate in innovative start-ups. Take part in a North Sea field trial with TenzorGEO.

2019
2019

2020

K.U.M. India is incorporated. Local staff employed to service, promote and sell subsea systems.

2020
2020

Management

THOMAS KUMBIER

CEO
Thomas has been active in marine technology for over 35 years and played a major role in the development of the sediment traps in the mid 1980s. He polished his skills at two marine technology companies in Germany, before establishing K.U.M. in 1997. With his tireless passion for innovation and creativity, Thomas drove the business through many difficulties to build it up into a successful subsea research systems company. Thomas has participated in various offshore research expeditions across all the oceans of the world.

ARNE SCHWENK

CTO
Arne is a world recognised expert in subsea physics and engineering and his drive and innovative thinking have provided the foundation of much of the company’s success. Arne joined K.U.M. over 20 years ago and has participated in more than 20 offshore scientific expeditions, personally handling operations of OBSs and other subsea systems.

TIM SANDMANN

Head of Mechanical Engineering

Tim has been working with K.U.M. for more than a decade. With his theoretical and practical experience in oceaneering, Tim has led and still leads projects to success. In 2022 Tim was appointed to head of the mechanical development department.

DINESH BABU

Director, K.U.M. India

Over the last 28 years, Dinesh has managed professional business support services for several organisations in India with specific focus on marine, deep sea technologies and oceanographic domains. Working on niche products from world leading companies, he successfully defined strategy, drove business development and established in-country support services. His diversified global and regional experience and his ability to understand detailed customer requirements make him a valuable addition to K.U.M. family, where he is responsible for K.U.M. India.

GEOGRAPHY OF PROJECTS

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Participate in a multi-institutional project aimed at studying a 106-metre anomaly south of the Indian peninsula – the largest equipotential gravitational field distortion in the world.

May 2018
Funded by the Ministry of Earth Science in India, the project is aimed at discovering what caused the Indian Ocean Geoid Low (IOGL), its relationship with deep mantle structures and how it differs from Earth’s other geoid anomalies. Following a detailed marine geophysical reconnaissance study of the area, 17 of our NAMMU ocean bottom seismometers (OBSs) were deployed twice for a period of one year to facilitate the second stage of the research.
The NAMMU was selected as the most robust and sophisticated instrument developed for deep-sea data-capture operations and capable of self-installing on the seafloor. The data captured advanced understanding of the causes of the IOGL, and will help to potentially close a long-standing global debate about its origins.

Play an integral part in a week long offshore oil and gas passive seismic appraisal campaign in the North Sea funded by a super-major oil company and a UK technology innovation agency.

February 2019
In this project, a total of 25 ocean bottom seismometers (OBSs) previously successfully deployed in academic studies proved equally effective at collecting seismic data in a blind survey of a 3.3km2 area of the North Sea thatfeatured an oil-water contact line. Thanks to the joint efforts of the diving support vessel crew and our engineers, all the OBSs were deployed and recovered twice in winter conditions with no loss or damage.
This trial demonstrated our capability to preform an oil and gas offshore appraisal test in line with strict safety regulations, while working 24/7 shifts to ensure maximum operational efficiency. Once interpreted, the data revealed how low frequency seismic can be used successfully in oil and gas exploration and appraisal.

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