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Zupt to Present at Subsea Metrology Seminar

Zupt to Present at Subsea Metrology Seminar

Next week, Zupt will be presenting a paper at the joint SUT / Hydrographic Society Subsea Metrology Seminar in Aberdeen. This paper will discuss Zupt’s real world experience from completing close to 100 metrologies over four years with inertial navigation systems and acoustic systems. In our presentation, we will focus on the following issues:

  • Tooling, mechanical interfaces between instruments and structures
  • ROV operational issues
  • Bathymetry surveys
  • Available real-time quality control metrics
  • Offshore deliverables

In addition, we will touch on new developments from our image mosaicking program.

The seminar will take place next Wednesday, June 18, at the Hilton Aberdeen Treetops Hotel. We look forward to participating in this very focused discussion on subsea metrology and how inertial navigation fits in to the marine construction industry, so we hope to see you there.

More information about the SUT / Hydrographic Society Subsea Metrology Seminar can be found at: The Hydrographic Society website or the SUT website.

If you are unable to attend this seminar, but would like to view the paper, please email us at for more information.

Inertial Navigation Used in Well Bore Surveys

Inertial Navigation Used in Well Bore Surveys

For the first time Zupt has proven our capabilities to profile Well Bores. Using a tool designed and build within 95 days we recently mapped a well for a major operator onshore. The results from this work were absolute coordinates (Northing, Easting and Elevation) along the full length of the well. The custom built inertial navigation tool was deployed to TD with the help of a well tractor for a large horizontal offset. The data was then post processed and compared to control survey reference points to determine the accuracy of the survey.

Zupt, LLC was able to achieve absolute accuracy at the bottom of the well to within approximately a meter, with less than a meter variance between separate surveys in the same well. We understand that this level of precision is unprecedented using current magnetic or well bore gyro techniques, and may be a game-changer for down hole surveys. While more testing and field operations are ongoing, Zupt, LLC is excited to bring this level of precision to the well bore mapping clients of the Oil and Gas industry.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the results produced by the W-PINS, please contact us at

Inertial Navigation Systems and What I’ve Learned

It’s been one year since I took on the role of Marketing Coordinator at Zupt. In the course of a year, I myself have grown professionally, and I’ve learned so much along the way – about metrologies, land seismic surveys, inertial navigation, and both the onshore and offshore industry.

I learn something new every day, it seems – and I honstly believe that learning process could never stop, due to the fact that Zupt is always working to expand the scope of our capabilities. As a company, we aren’t content with merely maintaining the status quo. We’re constantly working toward improving our existing products and services, or applying our technology to other aspects of the industry. This is evident in the various advancements and achievements we’ve made since last May:

  • Last summer, we announced a half century of metrologies since 2009, a significant milestone for Zupt. And as if that wasn’t enough, we surpassed 75 metrologies within 9 months of that announcement, and are projected to reach a full century this summer!
  • At SEG 2013, we debuted our B-PINS SPOT – the latest generation land seismic system for survey under canopy – complete with laser-range finder to automatically measure the height of the pack above ground level, and deliver vertical and horizontal accuracy of about 0.25 m.
  • We’ve made improvements to our C-PINS, by using Titanium housings to provide a more durable, lightweight solution capable of reaching depths of up to 4,000 meters.
  • Zupt received ISO 9001:2008 re-certification after a successful audit of our Quality Management System by DNV-GL. Obtaining this re-certification proves our dedication to providing quality control and conformity assurance for our clients.
  • In addition to our existing inertial navigation systems for the land seismic and the marine construction markets, Zupt has been working on the development of the W-PINS for the Steam Assist Gravity (SAGD) heavy oil drilling market. This spring, we were able to perform real-world tests on the W-PINS to achieve an unprecedented level of precision in determining the well bore geometry and position of the “toe” of these wells.
  • Another of Zupt’s developments continued this past year – video mosaicking for the marine construction industry. Our aim is to utilize state of the art computer vision and photogrammetry techniques, combined with inertial navigation systems to provide precise, real-time and high resolution post processed ortho photos of subsea assets (pipelines, wells, flying leads, etc.).

It’s been a great first year at Zupt, and definitely a learning experience with all the developments and advancements the company has made in such a short amount of time. If there is one lesson I could take away from my experience thus far, it would be to never get too comfortable – there’s always room for improvement.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss any of our applications and developments, please contact us at

Zupt Completes ISO 9001:2008 Re-Certification

Zupt, LLC has received ISO 9001:2008 re-certification. After a successful audit of our Quality Management System by DNV-GL in February we are proud to stand behind our successful quality management system. Obtaining this re-certification proves Zupt, LLC’s dedication to providing quality control and conformity assurance continues. The International Organization of Standards publishes the Quality Management System standards to assist companies in achieving their quality goals. Being compliant in 9001:2008 is a solid foundation for an organization to establish their own system, within the standards, that works for them.

Here at Zupt we have developed comprehensive Process Quality Plans that have assisted all of our departments, from Engineering through to Customer Support in achieving our quality management goals. Using these Process Quality Plans we are proud to say that our product and services conformity is constantly improving.

“Determining our non-conformities and areas where corrective action might be required has allowed us to quantify our need for improvement in any given department. Remaining compliant with 9001:2008 has provided us with year round data to monitor our successes and short comings. Identifying where a problem exists has allowed us to promptly address and re-mediate the issue. Alternatively, we can see what works well in specific departments and if applicable we can apply them to other areas of the company. Year round monitoring of our quality management is the biggest advantage to 9001:2008 here at Zupt.” – Keith

Our certificate can be viewed at the following web address: ISO 9001:2008Certificate

Zupt and Sagem (Safran) Enter Into an Agreement

Zupt and Sagem (Safran) Enter Into an Agreement

Zupt, LLC has entered into an agreement with Sagem (Safran) for the development of the subsea hydrographic and oil and gas market for the Sagem BlueNaute® product range. This will include standard subsea heading, pitch, roll and heave products as well as aided inertial options (USBL smoothing and Sparse LBL) to be combined within the subsea BlueNaute® products.

BlueNaute® is based on hemispherical resonator gyros (HRG), a patented Sagem (Safran) technology that was initially used in spacecraft. This new-generation inertial navigation system is already used in aerospace, which has very demanding reliability requirements. BlueNaute has been developed to be fully compliant with International Maritime Organization and the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) treaty requirements. Because of its core HRG technology, BlueNaute also offers virtually unlimited service life. BlueNaute navigation systems have been in production since the end of 2012, and are integrated in Sagem’s Montluçon plant. Sagem has developed proven expertise in all inertial technologies – mechanical, laser, fiber-optic, vibrating – and has over 60 years of experience in making navigation systems for both civil and military platforms deployed by customers from around the world.

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Sagem, a high-tech company of Safran, holds world or European leadership positions in optronics, avionics, electronics and safety-critical software for both civil and military markets. Sagem is the No. 1 company in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for inertial navigation systems (INS) used in air, land and naval applications. Operating across the globe through the Safran group, Sagem and its subsidiaries employ 7,500 people in Europe, Southeast Asia and North America. Sagem is the commercial name of the company Sagem Défense Sécurité. Fore more information:

Zupt, based in Houston Texas is an integrator of inertial technology specifically focused on oil and gas and hydrographic survey applications. Zupt has existing products and services for offshore subsea precise surveys including metrology as well as onshore land survey products for precise land surveying in GPS denied or canopy covered areas. Zupt has worked with Sagem’s inertial navigation systems for the past 10 years. Zupt provides offshore survey services worldwide and currently operates in Europe, West Africa and the US Gulf of Mexico.