OTC announces Spotlight on Arctic Technology recipients
HOUSTON -- The OTC Arctic Technology Conference has announced the winners of the 2014 Spotlight on Arctic Technology awards, which recognize the latest innovations in the Arctic E&P industry. Judges for the awards took into consideration these criteria when determining the winners: new, innovative, proven, broad interest and significant impact. A reception honoring this year’s winners will be held Monday, Feb. 10.
Narwhal for Ice Management
To eliminate the traditional risks associated with Arctic E&P operations, ION designed the Narwhal for Ice Management system to allow for the safe and efficient planning, analysis and execution of these operations. The system allows for the integration, management and visualization of data (ice charts, radar, satellite imagery, wind, current and/or bathymetery data, etc.), forecasting, automated monitoring and alarming of ice threats. The system provides a communications infrastructure that allows for collaboration across the fleet, platform and onshore offices, even in remote environments.
Fugro Integrated 3D Iceberg Mapping
Fugro has developed an integrated (subsea and surface) approach to the 3D imaging of free-floating and grounded icebergs. The approach involves the use of high-precision subsea imaging systems, vessel- or ROV-based, combined with simultaneously acquired above-water imaging techniques (3D photogrammetry) to generate 3D models of icebergs. Resultant data sets are processed and blended, to form a single, high-density 3D model of the iceberg, for use in ice engineering, impact modelling, drift calculations, stability calculations, seabed contact models and a range of ice-related analyses relevant to offshore oil and gas developments.
GeoSAR Sea Ice Mapping
The GeoSAR Sea Ice Mapping technology is a single-pass, wideband, dual-frequency (X-band and P-band) interferometric airborne radar mapping system mounted on a Gulfstream II jet aircraft. The system is designed to acquire sea ice data at a rate of 288 sq km/min., enabling large-area coverage over Arctic regions. Sea ice thickness measurements include characterization of first-year sea ice from multi-year sea ice, as well as the identification of cracking ice networks and ice ridges. These measurements are developed using a combination of the 3-m X-band and 5-m P-band digital terrain models; 1-m orthorectified magnitude imagery; and volumetric decorrelation data. Data is developed in the field, using a workflow that processes the raw radar data into sea ice mapping deliverables.