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Seatronics underwater metrology – The Auk North project

10 Apr 2012

Over the last 18 months, Seatronics, an Acteon Company, Technip, Star Net Geomantics and BlueView Technologies have been involved in developing the BlueView 3D system for underwater metrology. This work has included several onshore dry dock trials in Peterhead and Fraserburgh, UK. Seatronics, along with Star Net, is now a recommended execution contractor for BlueView BV5000 multibeam surveys for inspection and metrology projects, as it understands the system’s capabilities and clients’ subsea measurement requirements.

The BlueView 3D system combines terrestrial laser and underwater 3D multibeam sonar scanning technology to provide a unique and innovative solution to complex subsea metrology operations.

Seatronics has recently supplied a complete BlueView BV5000-1350 system and personnel for subsea metrology on Talisman Energy (UK) Ltd’s Auk North project in the North Sea: the third successful use of this technology. Coupled with Star Net’s extensive experience in advanced data processing techniques, the technology provided very precise measurements between the subsea connection flanges on two manifolds in the Auk North field development.

A new manifold was to be integrated into a field with an existing manifold. The spool piece required between the new and the existing manifold was required to be accurate to 70 mm and have an alignment error of less than 1°. All the metrology aids had been removed from the existing structure, which caused design issues. However, Star Net had laser surveyed the existing manifold before its deployment as part of a previous onshore dimensional control survey. This dataset became critical in the project execution, as the subcontractor was able to generate temporary metrology aids from the survey data. The location of the flanges within the structures caused additional issues from the access point of view.

The BlueView BV5000-1350 system supplied by Seatronics was successfully deployed by its offshore personnel to perform multiple scans around the subsea structures. Data quality control was overseen by Star Net operatives onboard the vessel. Traditional laser scan data augmented this survey data to position the flanges accurately relative to each other and provide precise measurement information to aid the fabrication of the adjoining spool piece.

Following the metrology survey, the spool piece was designed and fabricated. As part of the project’s completion, Star Net surveyed the two-piece pipe section and brought the sections together to confirm the fabrication tolerances.

For further information about underwater metrology projects, please contact Seatronics on +44 (0)1224 853100, email or visit our website