We are pleased to announce the sale of an Ocean Bottom Nodal system based on the A3000 node to a European research institution. This is the fourth customer to recently purchase our technology and services, furthering our strategy to offer a full range of technology options to companies looking to optimize nodal operations and development projects.

In a little less than a year since its release, Argus SourceQC is currently operating on seven source vessels and just landed the eighth. The rapid uptake in the market is owing to the system’s reliability, ease of use and cost saving attributes.

Argus SourceQC is a ​real-time, ​non-intrusive QC ​software that warns the operator of anomalies or changes in hydrophone air gun signatures. It was specifically developed for observers and gun mechanics with the aim to quickly and efficiently detect air leaks, electrical leakage, drop outs, auto-fires, misfires, loose hardware, etc.​ ​ The latest version is a Beta release of the SourceQC Autopilot, including automatic data QC and alarm notification with no need for manual monitoring. Remote operations from a mother vessel or an onshore office is also available.

The system is becoming an indispensable tool for efficient marine source operations, saving down time and optimizing crew size.

For more on Argus SourceQC click here

We are pleased to announce the delivery of our mini kit for an exciting survey at depths down to 2800 meters. The complete A3000 OBN mini kit was air-freighted to the customer this week and is ready for mobilization.

A3000 OBN MIni-Kit

Due to the growth of the Ocean Bottom Seismic market and corresponding dedicated seismic source operations, the need for a more streamlined way to monitor on board source operations has become apparent. Legacy geophysical solutions have proven to demand excess resources and competencies which are not necessarily onboard nor needed for todays source operations. A regular theme from source operators and end users of data is that source anomalies are being missed in real-time, resulting in increased costs and inefficient operations for all parties.

With this in mind and in collaboration with source operators, Profocus Systems developed Argus SourceQC, a “light weight” real time Source QC system that is efficient from a cost, set up and operational perspective. It was specifically developed for observers and gun mechanics, enabling them to quickly and efficiently detect air leaks, electrical leakage, drop outs, autofires, misfires, loose hardware, etc.

Argus SourceQC

For more information please visit Profocus Systems

inApril launches a mini OBN rental kit with up to 550 seismic nodes and a complete data management system. The kit is easy to use and designed for smaller projects like special site surveys, seismic undershoots, reservoir monitoring, river crossings, geotechnical surveys, and scientific projects. The nodes are versatile and can be used for transition zones, shallow water, and deep-water projects (up to 3000 meters).

The entire kit is certified for air-freight and can be mobilized on short notice. Operation requires a minimum of training as it includes our Remote QC and Service module allowing data QC and operational assistance to be done remotely by inApril’s specialist or the operator’s own onshore personnel.

For further info on the Mini Rental Kit please have a look at the brochure.

Seabed seismic innovator and equipment supplier inApril is set to capitalize on its transformative technology following new backing from major private investors in Norway. The first phase of the capital program accelerates the company’s entry into the seabed seismic equipment market and provides the foundation for expanding node inventories and associated system capacity.

After announcing our new Technology product-line and the first leasing agreement of our Venator ocean bottom node (OBN) seismic acquisition system, we are experiencing strong interest from seismic companies seeking to improve their operations by using all or specific components of the Venator system. So far components include the supply of the onboard node storage and logistics, nodal electronics and QC software.

Vidar Hovland, CEO, inApril, said: ‘Our mission is to bring about the crucial transformation of OBN seismic acquisition into a viable, long term proposition for oil company exploration and production (E&P) departments. Increasing our node inventory and offering components of the Venator system as individual products are key elements of the process.

As a result of strong interest in our OBN solutions, inApril is now offering OBN technology as a separate business line in addition to being a provider of complete OBN systems. Elements of the Venator solution, as well as the development of bespoke products and solutions, are now available to seismic operators.  We believe this strategy will strengthen us as an independent provider of OBN technologies and solutions. Discussions with several OBN service providers are already taking place.

InApril CEO Vidar Hovland says ‘We have further developed the Venator system to be node agnostic so we can appeal to a broad spectrum of requirements from full systems to individual components. This also applies to our node electronics, data management software, and engineering, all of which can be customized for particular applications. Our hope is that this approach will help to grow the market by increasing the options available to companies looking for economically viable seabed seismic projects.’ 

inApril has signed a contract for the lease of nodes to a client in the North America region. The nodes to be delivered will be the US version of the A3000 and the contract will commence in the second quarter 2020 with a duration of approximately 3 months.

Oslo, August 20, 2018

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.

20 June 2018

An eventful four days spent with the global seismic industry with strong interest in effective Ocean Bottom Systems.