Following is a short video demonstrating our containerized node storage unit with fully automated data download, clock and battery management. The system handles one node in or out every 16 seconds from a 40´container. In the video, we sped up the off loading process for illustration purposes. Also important to note that the nodes will continue on conveyor belts to the launch module on customer installations for completely free hands-free operations.
We are excited to be announcing a major product upgrade being readied for implementation in H1 2019 which will give our Venator node-based seabed seismic solution a strong competitive advantage over current node-on-a-rope (NOAR) systems.
Highlight of the changes, based on the company’s continuing R&D programme, will be Venator’s ability to safely deploy and retrieve nodes at speeds of more than 9 knots. Along with numerous other improvements, this will further solidify Venator’s technology as by far the most cost-effective seabed acquisition system on the market today.
Based on experience from our successful sea-trials with our customers and oil companies in the Caspian and North Seas we have now developed the launch and retrieval system to work even better at high vessel speeds. Operating at 9 knots or more is possible, a major enhancement from Venator’s already proven 6 knots. We have also worked to make the system more compact and robust.
Below we list the details of the many significant advances in the system’s node, automation and data management capabilities available in H1 2019, all of which are designed to make Venator the technology choice for seabed seismic acquisition going forward.
Venator: The upgrades
Node and battery
− The A3000 node can now be delivered with a low cost OCXO clock with no reduction in battery life between charging. inApril’s solution for improved clock accuracy improves the sampling accuracy by a factor of up to ten times.
− An improved built-in battery management module gives the operator superior control of batteries and charging.
− The new release can transmit a node status to a surface vessel via the built-in transponder.
− A new control system manages the rope speed for constant seabed tension during deployment and retrieval.
− Ability for simultaneous retrieval of two receiver lines for increased retrieval efficiency
− A new and more efficient node washer
− Simplified and faster node storage. Data download, battery charging and clock management are parallel processes in inApril’s storage solution.
− Fully scalable. More nodes just require more of the same hardware (same software)
− Enhanced QC
inApril is happy to announce that our proprietary Venator technology has passed further field trials.
As part of a prequalification process a number of inApril’s A3000 nodes, along with other Ocean Bottom Seismic technology, was tested during a field trial.
The nodes were deployed by ROV and recorded continuous data during approximately 45 days in the field. The subsequent analysis of the data confirmed that all A3000 nodes performed according to specifications and expectations.
inApril is pleased to announce the appointment of Pierre-Loïc Laizet as Vice President Technical, effective September 1. Pierre started his career assembling wireline tools with Schlumberger in Paris, then moved to Norway and Malaysia with WesternGeco in engineering and manufacturing of marine and land seismic hardware. Combined with experience in sourcing and supply chain management, he has acquired a wide range of technical expertise in the manufacturing of seismic systems. His latest position was Technical Manager for Malthus Uniteam, focusing on modular and containerized solutions for the oil and gas industry. He is a French citizen and resides in Norway.
As reported by DNB and published on Bloomberg chat June 7.
“TGS CEO Kristian Johansen held an industry talk/webcast this afternoon. One of the focus points was on new technology and he spent a considerable time on the node/ocean bottom seismic development. TGS see a trend of new ocean bottom seismic companies emerging with lower cost solutions and they expect that this will continue going forward to a more competitive level versus traditional streamer surveys. On numerous occasions the CEO commented that the ocean bottom development is something they follow very closely, to a level where they are already working with some of the leading players and that this could be the future of the seismic industry. According to TGS, ocean bottom should be the highest growth area going forward and oil companies have a higher appetite for this survey method now. Ocean bottom surveys are still more expensive compared to traditional towed streamer surveys, however, the data quality is significantly better. This development is getting increasing attention in the industry, and could be a risk for both traditional vessel owners but also the value of existing conventional 3D multi-client libraries.”
inApril is currently recruiting for a senior level technical position to our offices in Lillestrøm, Norway. The position, reporting to the CEO, will be responsible for the oversight and management of manufacturing, system delivery and further development of our Ocean Bottom Node solutions.
Oversee internal technical developments and deliveries
Manufacturing management (manufacturing is outsourced)
Manage Automation development (mechanical department)
Monitor market trends and make recommendations for management
Minimum 10 years of experience in a technical role within seismic acquisition. Experience within ocean bottom seismic is an advantage, but not a requirement
Strong experience, understanding and knowledge of mechanical design and operations
Overall good knowledge and understanding of electronics and software
Fluent English verbal and written language
inApril is an independent provider of complete and fully automated ocean bottom node (OBN) seabed seismic solutions to seismic companies. We offer a step change in safe and efficient operations of seabed seismic acquisition.
Applications to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “VP Technical – Application” within the 25th of May. For further information on this position, please send an email to the same address with the subject “VP Technical – Information”
By applying for this position you accept that inApril store your application for a period of up to 6 months.