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Navigation Systems & Software

Gator II Navigation SystemION's comprehensive suite of products addresses the navigation requirements of 2D, 3D, and 4D seismic surveys for both towed streamer and ocean bottom seismic (OBS) operations.

Gator II for Ocean Bottom Seismic Operations

Gator II navigation system is designed to meet the unique challenges of distributed, multi-vessel ocean bottom cable (OBC), transition zone, and electromagnetic data acquisition. The system is extremely flexible and scalable to configure and control single vessel operations to highly complex surveys spanning multiple vessels and acquisition systems.

Gator II is tightly integrated with Calypso, our next generation VectorSeis Ocean II (VSO II) system, to further enhance the efficiency and safety of redeployable OBC operations:

  • Back-deck testing verifies system functionality during cable deployment
  • Continuous recording improves productivity and maintains data integrity
  • Fault isolation streamlines maintenance and repair of cables and nodes

Orca for Towed Streamer Operations 

Orca Navigation SystemOrca, combines acquisition, positioning, source, and QC systems' data management and control into a seamless platform. The system streamlines visibility and control to effectively execute challenging geometries and multi-vessel operations while delivering simple, efficient processes for 2D and 3D acquisition.

  • Simplifies and automates operations
  • Mitigates risks of obstructions and tangles
  • Increases efficiency of offline operations
  • Reduces survey costs, manpower, and infill
  • Makes previously unfeasible operations possible

A Comprehensive Solution

ION provides a comprehensive software, hardware, and radio network solution:

  • Real Time Interface Unit (PowerRTNμ) - ensures events are synchronized survey-wide through GPS timestamps for unrivalled timing accuracy
  • Rugged Interface Unit (RIU) - new robust hardware option excels in high exposure environments
  • Reflex software - can be integrated for survey mapping, planning, and coverage analysis
  • Sprint software - can be incorporated to provide navigation processing and quality control