Kongsberg has unveiled a new concept technology called SIMOPS, designed to improve safety and efficiency for multi-vessel seismic surveys, at SEG Las Vegas 2012.
Developed for complex marine operations like offshore oil and gas platforms and vessels, the SIMOPS for Seismic tool will use SIMOPS technology to help in planning, monitoring and managing complex seismic operations like wide or multi-azimuth surveys.
Live HD video and information can be shared between different vessels participating in a seismic operation using SIMOPS’s wireless broadband network.
The new technology will provide a clear and consistent operational overview for the vessels involved and has an automatic identification system (AIS) to include third party vessels in the operational overview, according to Kongsberg.
The system’s user interface and display areas will allow vessels to display navigation charts, object, vessels, updated ice charts and specialised information including seabed maps relevant to the survey area.
Kongsberg Seatex president Gard Ueland said that the new SIMOPS concept has been adapted to provide real-time monitoring of all assets during multi-vessel seismic survey operations.
"The system enables significant efficiency improvements by ensuring that all vessels have a live, full picture of the entire operation," Ueland said. "With additional features, such as a highly reliable radio link, remote video and updated ice charts, we think the users will appreciate SIMOPS as a valuable tool when managing increasingly complex seismic survey operations."
Image: SIMOPS technology allows all vessels involved in a seismic survey operation to display work areas and other information at the same time. Credit: Kongsberg.