Veritas to Deploy First Orca System

Concept Systems Ltd. (CSL), a subsidiary of Input/Output, Inc., announced that Veritas DGC has purchased the first commercial application of its Orca(TM) integrated command and control software package for marine seismic acquisition.

Orca is the first of a new generation of integrated command and control systems designed to harness the complex data workflows found onboard modern seismic vessels. Purpose-designed to incorporate the latest technologies, Orca manages all aspects and stages of the navigation and seismic data workflows for vessel operators, enabling them to operate more safely and more efficiently during complex survey operations while delivering processing-ready data to their customers, said CSL. The system reportedly offers reduced downtime with increased functionality, flexibility, and operational efficiency.

Veritas and CSL have been collaborating on the specification and development of Orca for the last two years. The latest field trials have been underway for the last three months on the SR/V Veritas Vantage, an advanced marine seismic acquisition vessel capable of deploying up to 10 solid streamers.

"Veritas is committed to being the technology leader in marine streamer acquisition," said Tor Haugland, senior vice president of Veritas Marine Acquisition. "We want each vessel in our fleet to be capable of deploying a wide variety of streamer spreads to meet the geophysical objectives of our global customer base. We also need to be able to support complex acquisition geometries, including wide-azimuth and multi-azimuth surveys, and be prepared to deliver highly repeatable images in time-lapse (4-D) programs. As the intricacy of marine streamer vessel operations continues to increase, we needed a software command and control system capable of handling them. We are pleased to have worked with Concept during the development input phase and during sea trials and look forward to rolling out Orca to the rest of the Veritas fleet in the months ahead."

Alan Faichney, CSL's managing director, added that his company is pleased that Veritas experienced first-hand the additional value that Orca can bring to complex, multi-vessel streamer operations. "They are known throughout the seismic industry for being on the cutting-edge of technology and for their safe, highly-efficient vessel operations," he said. "They provided us with unique insights into what the ideal next-generation command & control system needed to deliver. We incorporated their feedback throughout the development process and now have a more robust, higher-value product to offer to our customers."

According to CSL, Orca represents a "leap forward" in streamer vessel command and control. The product incorporates features that support the major imaging trends in the seismic industry, including tight streamer spacing, wide- and multi-azimuth geometries, and 4-D. "By delivering these imaging benefits while simultaneously supporting more efficient operations, enhanced safety profiles, and shorter cycle times, both oil & gas companies and seismic contractors should benefit," said Faichney.

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