Kongsberg Seatex, Kongsberg Maritime's specialist in position reference systems,
and attitude determination has redefined lateral steering with the introduction
of eBird® to the marine seismic acquisition market at The Society of
Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) annual meeting in Houston, 25-30th October.
Fault tolerant and efficient multi streamer steering
eBird®, a novel bird concept for lateral, vertical and roll streamer control in marine seismic acquisition.
eBird® is a novel bird concept for lateral, vertical and roll streamer
control in marine seismic acquisition that enables fault tolerant and efficient
multi streamer steering by employing a wide range of innovative and patented technological
solutions. The eBird® technology is developed in close cooperation with
the industry, which has also facilitated extensive tests and trials.
"Kongsberg has managed to develop a sophisticated bird for combined depth and
lateral control of streamers that has high potential. During the development, PGS
has worked closely with Kongsberg's engineering team to ensure the eBird®
design meets PGS's full set of demanding future operational requirements. We are
currently performing qualifying tests of the eBird® and are very pleased
with what we have seen so far. Our intention is to standardize on eBird’ as the
primary system for steering our GeoStreamer 3D and 4D spreads." says Nils Lunde,
Head of Marine Streamer Acquisition Technology at Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS).
For all types of streamer cables
The in-line eBird® body is produced in titanium for maximum tensile
strength as well as extraordinary corrosion resistance. The smart design and construction
ensures very low acoustic noise, and can be adapted to all types of streamer cables.
The innovative implementation utilizing connector-less power and signal transfer
between body and wings makes eBird® robust for all operational conditions.
Other KONGSBERG seismic related products
eBird® complements the wide range of solutions provided to the seismic
industry by Kongsberg Seatex including SeatrackTM and RADius®, tail-buoy
and gun-float tracking, Seapath® advanced positioning and precise heading solutions,
MRU and VMM attitude determination systems, HMS 100 helideck monitoring and AIS
200 Automatic Identification System. Further, Kongsberg Maritime provides a range
of solutions for advanced vessel navigation and control together with AUVs and acoustic
"With the increasing demand for streamer steering for more efficient maritime
seismic operations and for emerging concepts such as 4D seismic we are proud to
introduce the very capable eBird® concept to the market," says Gard Ueland, President of Kongsberg Seatex AS.