Parker EPD Unveils Subsea Metrology Systems in GOM

Parker Energy Products Division (EPD), a division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, is introducing their subsea metrology and dimensional control services to the Gulf of Mexico oil and gas market.

EPD has demonstrated their success with photogrammetry, surveying and position monitoring services in Northern Europe and Asia Pacific. Recently the division has added technical staff in Houston, Texas to support the metrology service expansion to the Gulf of Mexico.

The first subsea metrology system Parker will utilize in this market is SICAMS®; a single camera metrology system used to obtain accurate subsea measurements (centerline distances, diameters, pitch and roll) of existing structures. With SICAMS®, data can be gathered simply, efficiently, and precisely. Unlike other metrology systems, SICAMS® is revolutionary because it does not require acoustics or a full survey crew. Achieving an accuracy of 1 part in 5,000 is routine with Parker's system, though higher accuracies have been measured. Its state-of-the-art processing capability promises quick calculation and deliverables on-site.

Kristoffer Amdal, Parker EPD's Maritime Business Unit Manager, said, "We are confident that the Gulf of Mexico market will benefit from our metrology services. Accurate dimensional information delivered this fast will definitely prove to be a valuable asset to whatever project our clients need measured, whether it be planning a tooling interface, designing a salvage lift, analyzing physical damage, or even designing retro-fit supports."

The metrology system operates by using multiple photos from many angles to produce an accurate 3D model of the object being measured. In addition, there is a reporting tool built into the processing software which allows for a clearer image to be produced and utilized, therefore providing a more reliable 3D model.