The Seabed Survey Data Model

An Industry Data Model for Managing Seabed Survey Data
Exploration and Production (E&P) companies spend millions of dollars every year undertaking seabed surveys to acquire data to help in many exploration and production activities such as: determining potential well locations, identifying geophysical hazards (geohazards), the selection of potential pipeline routes and offshore facility locations, and asset maintenance. E&P companies utilise hydrographic survey companies to collect, process and deliver seabed survey data to improve project planning and manage risk. However, to extract the true value from the acquired data there is a need to ensure consistency in how the data is structured and delivered so that it is more efficiently... (read more)
2011-09-08 02:24:40

Ocean Observatories for Seabed Research

CAGE (Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate) has selected Kongsberg Maritime to develop and deliver two ocean observatories. The observatories will be deployed off the coast of Svalbard (Norwegian islands in the Arctic Ocean) during 2015, to monitor methane leaks from the seabed. The contract for this project was signed on 6 October 2014. The observatories will be self-contained, advanced autonomous sensor systems with a range of different sensors integrated. They will be deployed for 12 months continuous operation on the Arctic seabed and are fully self-contained, powered by battery packages and able to wirelessly keep contact with... (read more)
2014-10-15 09:40:53

INIS Hydro Seabed Mapping Project

Maritime & Coastguard Agency
Since January 2011, an ambitious EU-funded seabed mapping project has been surveying and charting 7 key marine areas off the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the west coast of Scotland. Their mission? To harmonise and integrate cross-border baseline marine data collection between the UK and Ireland. Led by the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA), INIS Hydro is a groundbreaking scientific partnership between 7 leading marine organisations, drawn from across the British Isles: · Agri-food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI); · Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI); · Irish Marine Institute (MI); · Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB); · Scottish Association for... (read more)
2014-04-07 01:19:35

Seabed 2030 Needs Your Data

On 20 February this year, the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project became operational. Its task: to finish mapping the 84% of our oceans still unmapped. Simultaneously an 18-page concept paper was published laying out the morphological statistics, technological realities and data assembly structure that can ensure success. Bathymetric input from HOs is urgently requested. In the two years since F-FOFM basically formulated Seabed 2030, amazing progress has been made. Companies like Fugro are making swath mapping transit tracks through unmapped areas available (viz. GEBCO's slogan 'Map the Gaps'), and encouraging clients to contribute decimated grids from their proprietary datasets. Others like... (read more)
2018-05-15 10:51:24

Seabed Characterisation Jack-Up Rigs

A.P. van den Berg and Keppel FELS are collaborating to enhance the safety of jack-up rig installations by integrating probes into jack-up rig legs designed to characterise seabed properties prior to installations.   To assure availability of geotechnical information and to minimise uncertainties and risks associated with jack-up installations, seabed-probing equipment developed by A.P. van den Berg will be integrated into jack-up rigs. The technology applied in this process is based on the ROSON- soil inspection equipment for Cone Penetration Testing (CPT).   From the jack-up rig, operators will be able to profile the seabed underneath each leg and identify... (read more)
2009-04-27 11:01:51

Autonomous Seabed Monitoring System Deployed

A long-life acoustic monitoring system developed by Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, to detect minute changes in the seafloor due to settlement has been successfully deployed in Southeast Asia for Brunei Shell Petroleum (BSP). Installed in 45 metres of water, the network of Autonomous Monitoring Transponders (AMTs) that make up the system were supplied with compact subsea instrument housings and anti-trawl seabed frames that have been custom-designed by Sonardyne to provide protection from commercial fishing activities in the area. Structure, pipeline and seabed settlement monitoring is regularly undertaken in life of field surveys. The challenge for operators is to acquire the... (read more)
2013-12-04 10:29:55

Integrated Mapping of Seabed Features

Dual use Hydrographic Surveys for Seabed Nature and Morphological Research
The Italian Navy, using survey vessel Ammiraglio Magnaghi and personnel from the “Istituto Idrografico della Marina” (IIM), in cooperation with ENEA Marine Environment Research Centre, surveyed the Levante Canyon system, located in the offshore area of “Cinque Terre”, eastern Ligurian Sea, NW Mediterranean. The purpose of the operation in the area depicted in figure 1 was on the one hand to collect the data necessary for the updating of nautical documentation and on the other hand to carry out scientific research on the seabed nature and specifically on deep coral banks. Italian Navy Ships are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and... (read more)
2014-10-06 02:21:18

Seabed Characterisation Using Wind Noise

The acoustic reflection coefficient of the seabed can be measured from the wind-generated noise of the ocean using a vertical line array of hydrophones suspended in mid-water. Results of experiments at several sites have previously been published and an example is presented here. The effect of the seabed on acoustic propagation from a source to receptor is illustrated by means of a simple formula.<P> The formula predicts thatfor a highly reflective seabed the received acoustic power at moderate ranges could be at least four times that received from a single direct path, and higher still at long ranges. Such effects... (read more)
2008-03-12 12:00:00

Tracking System for Live Seabed Power Cables

The new Powertrack subsea power cable tracker is being launched by Teledyne TSS at Ocean Business to close a gap in the offshore survey industry’s inventory of marine detection technology. The company’s research department has overcome the problem of tracking live power cables by developing a system that is capable of detecting the harmonics of AC tones in all AC and DC utility cables whether they are three or single phase and the same system can detect them regardless of whether they are carrying power or not. Unlike pipelines, cables have a much smaller metallic profile which makes them considerably... (read more)
2015-04-17 11:01:34

Monitoring Seabed at Hong Kong Airport

A significant area of the new Chep Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong is on reclaimed land. Annual surveys have to be made to provide assurance of seabed stability on the airport perimeter. Emu, in association with Geomatic Surveyors Ltd, is contracted by the airport authority to provide these annual surveys under necessarily stringent quality control procedures. These are met by Emu’s ISO 9002 accreditation. The surveys involve running heave-compensated single beam echo sounder bathymetric surveys with line spacing of between five and 25 metres, as well as sidescan sonar surveys to confirm the integrity of retaining walls and associated... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00
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