Underwater Positioning

Centimetric Accuracy Underwater-GPS
By Camille Béchaz, ACSA and Fran­­çois Boucquaert, Fugro-Topnav, France Fugro evaluated the accuracy of the GPS Intelligent Buoy (GIB-Lite) system for its possible use in shallow-water offshore underwater positioning applications. The trials proved that system accuracy could be brought up to centimetre level, the distance between two simultaneously tracked acoustic pingers having a standard deviation of 8cm. Additional works next to an offshore production platform are often required to increase oil recovery from an existing reservoir or to maintain its production rate over a longer period of time. The seabed near such a production platform typically shows pipelines, electric cables,... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Satellite Positioning

Within the last twenty years Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers have revolutionised navigation. Integrated devices are capable of providing time, position, height, direction, heave and attitude to accuracies of a few nanoseconds time, 1cm position or 0.01 degree heading. All potentially displayed on a digital chart background with radar and auto-identification system overlays. In this first of two articles we look at current Satellite Positioning systems, how they work and how we can make them better. In a second article, to appear next month, we explore the future development of Satellite Positioning and the implications for navigation. How does Satellite... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

NPCC DGPS Positioning Contract

The National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) of Abu Dhabi, UAE has awarded C&C Technologies (Asia Pacific) Pte Ltd, a long-term contract for their C-Nav Globally Corrected GPS (GcGPS) positioning services. This is the fifth consecutive year that C & C Technologies, with its C-Nav positioning service, has been awarded this prestigious contract.   The contract also marked the beginning of a new partnership, as this will be the first collaborative effort with the recently appointed sub-distributor, Technical Equipment Service ME (TESME) in Abu Dhabi.   NPCC will utilise the wide range of positioning services provided by C-Nav to deliver high... (read more)
2008-03-05 10:46:10

Apex GNSS Positioning Service

Veripos has extended its range of services with the introduction of Apex, a new high-accuracy positioning solution. Complementing the company's existing Ultra service, Apex similarly uses precise point positioning (PPP) methods for correction and/or modelling of GNSS error sources. Each service operates independently, providing continuous decimetre-level accuracies. For delivery of the Apex service Veripos operates its own orbit and clock determination system (OCDS) which derives real-time corrections for all GPS constellation satellites using proprietary algorithms. Data is taken from the company's global network of more than 80 reference stations, with multiple and redundant OCDS systems running in parallel from two... (read more)
2010-04-06 11:04:46

Positioning Contract for Veripos

Allseas, UK, has awarded Veripos (UK) a further three-year contract for continuing provision of specialist GNSS positioning services for its entire fleet of vessels headed by the world's largest pipelaying vessel, the 300m Solitaire. Other vessels concerned include companion DP pipelayers Audacia and Lorelay in addition to the DP trenching support and subsea installation vessel, Calamity Jane, the anchored pipelay barge, Tog Mor, and the ROSVs Highland Fortress, Highland Navigator and Highland Rover. Allseas expect to add to its fleet during the course of the contract what will be the world’s largest construction support vessel, the platform installation-decommissioning and pipelayer, Pieter Schelte, presently under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in... (read more)
2012-12-05 01:35:13

Geolab Positioning Contract

Veripos has been awarded a further three-year contract by Naples-based GeoLab Srl, one of Europe's leading turnkey offshore survey and construction support organisations, for provision of high-precision GNSS positioning services. The contract extends the relationship between the two companies following an earlier three-year agreement.   Under the new agreement, Veripos will continue to provide GeoLab with a full range of proprietary globalised satellite positioning facilities extending from its Standard GNSS augmentation service to its latest Ultra Precise Point Positioning (PPP) capability which ensures decimetre-level accuracies by minimising or removing all main GPS error sources.   Together with the supply of... (read more)
2008-05-07 08:44:42

Further Petrobras Positioning Contract

Veripos, UK, has been awarded a long-term contract by Petrobras, Brazil, for provision of positioning services in support of the Brazilian state-owned company‚Äôs BGL-1 pipeline installation barge operations.     Under the two-year contract, which includes an option for a further two years, Veripos will provide the 122-metre dynamically-positioned barge with continuous choice of its all-purpose Standard, Ultra and Differential Glonass positioning services supported by LD2-G2 mobile receiver equipment and Verify QC software for real-time position and quality control information.   The contract is the second to have recently been awarded to Veripos by Petrobras following an agreement last year... (read more)
2011-04-28 11:51:06

Survey and Positioning Contract

Aberdeen-based DOF Subsea UK has been awarded a contract worth around GBP2 million by Technip to provide survey and positioning services in BP-operated Block 31, offshore Angola. DOF Subsea will be supplying the services onboard the Skandi Bergen (supplied by DOF Subsea under a separate contract) and on board Technip's lay vessel the Deep Blue. It is anticipated that the project will commence in Quarter 3 2010 and will last for approximately 119 days. DOF Subsea provides subsea construction and engineering, IRM, ROV and survey support services to the world's major subsea markets. The company employs over 1,200 highly qualified... (read more)
2010-02-17 04:44:56

Veripos Americas Positioning Contracts

Veripos' Houston-based Americas Region has been awarded major offshore positioning contracts by DOF Subsea, LSP, Tidewater and WesternGeco for vessels operating in Brazilian, Mexican and US waters. The contracts also cover supply of proprietary integrated demodulator and GNSS receivers and associated software modules to ensure seamless high-precision sub-metre positioning for survey, construction support, seismic and general offshore operations.   Facilities being provided to LSP for its well-testing vessel, Aires Swan, operating in Mexican waters on long-term contract to PEMEX include Veripos' dual-beam Standard and Standard HF augmentation data services together with LD2 and LHD2 integrated demodulator and GNSS receivers. Meanwhile,... (read more)
2008-08-05 01:40:52

European Precise Positioning

Ground-based Regional GNSS Augmentation
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) like GPS, GLONASS and, soon, Galileo are used for many positioning and navigation applications. But existing GNSS accuracy and reliability do not satisfy all clients. Ground-based augmentation systems provide GNSS observation data and real-time corrections for high-precision positioning and navigation. EUPOS is an initiative to build and run such systems with uniform standards and full-scale accuracy in fifteen Central and Eastern European countries. The European Position Determination System (EUPOS) is both an international initiative and a project to establish a uniform Differential GNSS basis infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Uniform ground-based multifunctional DGNSS... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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