Fugro has accomplished a number of deepwater geophysical surveys within the Gulf of Mexico for Shell International Exploration and Production Company.
The undertaking required knowledge assortment over a number of deepwater lease blocks within the higher Perdido and Mars growth areas to assist clearance of potential environmental, engineering, geological and archaeological hazards forward of deliberate drilling actions.
As the popular contractor for this undertaking, Fugro deployed a Hugin autonomous underwater automobile (AUV) from its purpose-built survey vessel, the Fugro Brasilis. The Hugin AUV is depth-rated to 3000 m and geared up with multibeam echosounder, aspect scan sonar and sub-bottom profiling sensors. As such, Fugro was capable of purchase vital seabed info over the undertaking space safely and effectively, regardless of the difficult water depths. Fugro additionally used a mixture of onboard and in-house processing assets to fulfill an accelerated interpretation and reporting schedule.
“Shell’s 2019 AUV survey marketing campaign onboard the Fugro Brasilis is one other instance of collaboration between Fugro and Shell to deliver modern know-how and strategies to web site investigations in ways in which cut back HSSE publicity and survey period, whereas concurrently offering superior knowledge high quality and ancillary datasets,” stated Shell Project Manager, Deanne Hargrave.
A frontrunner in deepwater geophysical surveys, Fugro has acquired greater than 172 000 km of AUV knowledge within the Americas area because the early 2000s. The present work for Shell started in July and completed in early October. The accomplished undertaking totals over 8500 km of survey knowledge.
Developed by the Norwegian hi-tech agency Kongsberg, the HUGIN autonomous underwater automobiles can operate with out tethers, cables, or distant management, they’ve a mess of functions in oceanography, environmental monitoring, and underwater useful resource research.
(Source: Fugro – Image: Kongsberg)
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