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.

May 4, 2018

VP Technical

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.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee internal technical developments and deliveries
  • Manufacturing management (manufacturing is outsourced)
  • Manage Automation development (mechanical department)
  • Monitor market trends and make recommendations for management

Requirements

  • 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 post@inapril.com 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.

We are posting here a summary of an OBS market study by Oslo-based independent consultant Arkwright Consulting AS. It confirms the expectation on which inApril was established in 2012, namely that increasingly cost-effective ocean bottom seismic (OBS) acquisition technology will continue to gain market share for marine seismic surveys. Arkwright´s research indicates that OBS will grow by 250% within 2019/2020.

Some of the graphics provide a clear picture of why inApril’s innovative approach to reducing costs and speeding operations, based on a high degree of automation, exactly meets the needs and preferences of the offshore E&P industry going forward. It is clear from this report that inApril can successfully challenge towed streamer solutions to multi-/wide-azimuth and other seismic surveys involving complex geology, as well as provide high quality multi-component data for reservoir characterization.

 

Click on the image to open the summary.

The Norwegian seismic equipment supplier inApril AS announces that it successfully carried out a full-scale sea trial of its fully integrated node-based seabed seismic acquisition system, Venator. The company says the trial confirmed that Venator is the first seabed-based exploration tool to provide data far superior to conventional towed streamer solutions at competitive terms.

The system, which features fully hands-free handling and flexible node spacing at unprecedented speeds, was tested in 110m water depth over a part of the Edvard Grieg field (PL 338), operated by Lundin Petroleum, in the Norwegian North Sea. The node used was inApril’s A3000 node, suitable for both deep and shallow water operations.

The trial repeatedly demonstrated ‘node-on-a-rope’ deployment speeds of 5 – 6 knots and retrieval speeds at 3 – 4 knots in these water depths, enabling up to 20 km² full-azimuth data acquisition per day in exploration mode.

Preliminary results confirm the excellent data quality also shown by previous sea trials, only achievable by seabed data acquisition. Data processing will be carried out in the coming weeks.

According to numerous industry executives and analysts, more efficient node-based ocean bottom seismic will provide the optimal solution for oil companies looking to increase reserves at reasonable costs via targeted exploration and reservoir characterization data acquisition.

Vidar Hovland, CEO of inApril, said: ‘The market has been waiting to see if we can deliver what we promised. Now we have documented that Venator offers a game-changing, cost-effective, and fully automated exploration and reservoir characterization tool. The system is flexible and can be containerized for mobilization to a variety of vessels for a range of offshore seismic applications and water depths.’