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Ocean Bottom Seismic Acquisition System

Oil and gas companies are increasingly turning to ocean bottom seismic (OBS) acquisition to maximize recovery from reserves with challenging targets. ION offers a complete portfolio of technologies for successful OBS operations, from survey design through interpretation.

Our comprehensive suite of OBS services includes:

Calypso: Same Unrivaled Image Quality. Twice as deep. Twice as efficient.

Calypso, ION’s next generation VSO redeployable OBC system, gives oil and gas companies the opportunity for ocean bottom seismic to be a cost-effective solution for a wider range of surveys. It has the potential to unleash the next wave of ocean bottom seismic.

  • Same unrivaled image quality as VSO – dense full-azimuth broadband multicomponent data
  • 2X the productivity with 2X the receiver layout
  • 2X the operating depths: 5-2,000 m

Shortens Cycle Time Through Unmatched Operational Efficiency

  • Flexible survey design accommodates large spreads for efficient acquisition
  • Continuous recording shortens shot cycle and maintains data integrity
  • Newly designed, robust triple-armored cables excel in 5-2,000 m of water, providing flexibility to work in the most challenging fields and conditions around the world
  • Advanced diagnostic measurements streamline fault isolation
  • Real-time quality control and reporting tools ensure data integrity, providing confidence in the data set before retrieving cables and moving to another part of the prospect

Reduces HSE Exposure

  • Buoy-based architecture eliminates dedicated recording vessel(s), reducing personnel, ships, and carbon footprint
  • Gator II command and control mitigates risk associated with distributed, multi-vessel operations
  • New custom cable and buoy handling system is optimally integrated to provide safe and efficient operations, extending asset life

Provides Best-in-Class Imaging

  • VectorSeis tilt-insensitive 3C sensors record p-wave and s-wave energy with superior vector fidelity and an enhanced high and low frequency response
  • Broad bandwidth provides high resolution data
  • Proprietary acoustic decoupling technology improves signal-to-noise ratio
  • Converted-wave data addresses geophysical objectives that p-wave data alone cannot, such as imaging beneath gas clouds or sub-salt
  • Supports full-azimuth survey designs with unlimited offsets and dense spatial sampling