HOUSTON, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- INOVA Geophysical Equipment Limited and the Bureau of Geophysical Prospecting (BGP) announced the completion of a high productivity Vibroseis 3D seismic survey test for Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), an exploration and production company that accounts for more than 70% of the country's crude-oil production. BGP leveraged INOVA's portfolio of technologies which included their ARIES II recording system, Vib Pro source controllers, and AHV-IV Vibroseis vehicles. The purpose of the field test was to acquire data to validate the capabilities of INOVA recording technology in acquiring slip-sweep, Distance Separated Simultaneous Sweep (DS3), Distance Separated Simultaneous Slip-Sweep (DS4) and Independent Simultaneous Sweep (ISS) data.
During the test, the Aries II – Vib Pro recording - shooting system was able to successfully record both DS3 and DS4 data with dynamic fleeting. This was especially important in the rugged terrain in which the test was completed, as vibrator move-up times varied significantly from vehicle to vehicle. For this project, production numbers for DS4 reached over 830 vibration points per hour.
As advancements in techniques and equipment continue to emerge, equipment manufacturers, geophysical service operators and E&P companies have a vested interest in a continuous improvement in Vibroseis operations. The geophysical objectives of increased surface sampling with high-channel count acquisition systems can be met with high productivity cost-effective Vibroseis techniques such as those used in these tests.
"The result of this project is an illustration of the collaboration between BGP and INOVA in bridging the gap between productivity and image quality with innovative engineering and operational excellence. This milestone is also indicative of our growing competitive advantage in delivering increased operational efficiencies to our clients, combined with superior customer support. I would like to thank PDO for their cooperative efforts in making this project possible," added Glenn Hauer, Senior Vice President of Product Management for INOVA Geophysical.
INOVA's ARIES II land acquisition system, Vib Pro source controllers and the AHV-IV vibrator line are designed to maximize return on investment by reducing equipment related downtime and minimizing the impact of harsh environmental and operational conditions. They support high channel count, advanced Vibroseis acquisition for all 2D, 3D, or time-lapse 4D seismic programs. Learn more about INOVA's land equipment portfolio at www.inovageo.com/products.
About INOVA Geophysical Equipment Limited
INOVA Geophysical Equipment Limited is a leading provider of land geophysical technology, including source and source control systems, cabled and cableless land acquisition systems, and advanced seismic digital sensors. Managed as an independent company, INOVA is a joint venture owned 51% by BGP (a wholly owned subsidiary of China National Petroleum Corporation) and 49% by ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO). Additional information about INOVA is available at www.inovageo.com.
BGP is one of the world's leading geophysical service companies, delivering a wide range of technologies, services and equipment to the oil and gas industry world-wide. We are engaged in seismic data acquisition, processing, interpretation, GME and multi-client surveys, equipment manufacturing and software R & D. More information about BGP is available at http://www.bgp.com.cn/
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SOURCE INOVA Geophysical Equipment Limited; Bureau of Geophysical Prospecting