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Robots on the Seabed Advance

In October, Blue Ocean Seismic Services, a UK-based pioneer of autonomous robotic seismic nodes, successfully completed a series of acquisition trials in the North Sea.
This article appeared in Vol. 18, No. 6 - 2021

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Robots on the Seabed Advance

Blue Ocean Seismic Services' autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). In October, Blue Ocean Seismic Services, the UK-based pioneer of autonomous robotic seismic nodes, successfully completed a series of passive and active trials in the North Sea.

When tested at various weights using a DP2 class Multi Role Vessel, Blue Ocean Seismic Services' autonomous underwater vehicle demonstrated the ability to successfully and consistently couple to the seabed whilst acquiring high quality ocean bottom seismic (OBS) data for offshore exploration.

The results achieved represent a significant milestone towards validating the efficacy of this new technology and the marine seismic survey disruptor will now progress to additional seismic trials in multiple locations, followed by pre-commercial sea trials commencing in the first half of 2022 and continuing throughout the year in preparation for entering commercial operations.

Backed by investment partners BP Ventures, Woodside Energy and Blue Ocean Monitoring, the Company’s underwater vehicles are focused on making the offshore seismic sector cheaper, faster, safer, and significantly less carbon intensive.

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