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Zupt to Give Away a BMW M3 at Ocean Business 2015!

Zupt to Give Away a BMW M3 at Ocean Business 2015!

April Fools! We admit it’s a bit mean to pull an April Fool’s prank a week after the fact, but we had to get your attention somehow!

Zupt will be at stand M3 at Ocean Business 2015, and unfortunately, no – there will not be a BMW M3 giveaway. Sorry about that. But while we still have your attention, we’d like to point out some scientifically-proven, consumer-tested comparisons between the stylish and very cool 2015 BMW M3 and the equally stylish, and equally cool Zupt C-PINS.

Horsepower:
The BMW M3 boasts 425 horsepower to get you from point A to point B in no time flat.
Zupt C-PINS consumes only 75W and will give you the precise position of both Hubs using our inertial navigation technology for a quick and reliable metrology.

Fuel Economy:
The M3 gets 26 mpg, which for a sports car is pretty darn good.
Zupt C-PINS doesn’t even take gas, but the efficiency doesn’t end there. With no need to set up an array before metrology surveys, C-PINS makes marine construction surveys more efficient.

Technology:
The M3 has M TwinPower Turbo Technology. Whatever that means. It sounds really cool.
Zupt C-PINS utilizes ultra-cool inertial technology that requires no line of sight, and noise is not an issue in busy marine construction operations.

Service:
The M3 comes with no-cost maintenance for 4 years, apparently.
Zupt C-PINS comes with service from the best inertial surveyors around who can provide offshore deliverables within 12 hours from the completion of a metrology.

In all seriousness, we’d love if you would pay us a visit at our stand. We’ll be there to talk about our inertial metrologies and other C-PINS applications, as well as the progress of our video mosaicking technology. Big things are happening at Zupt, and we’ll be at stand M3 to talk all about it.

See you there!

Specialized Tooling for Your Metrology

Specialized Tooling for Your Metrology

We’re all aware of the complexity of subsea structures. With different types of wellheads, manifolds, PLETs and FLETs come different types of connectors. Having dealt with horizontal, vertical, stab and hinge over (SHO), slip flanges and many other hub types, Zupt has developed a variety of tooling specific to each connector. Our focus is not only on precise and accurate data being collected for metrology surveys, but also operational efficiency during data acquisition.

Zupt’s subsea inertial navigation system, C-PINS, has been interfaced to a large variety of receptacles. From our experience, we felt the need to develop a standardized receptacle for most of these operations. This design was based on the commonly used smart wire receptacle (SWM). To achieve higher accuracy in heading pitch and roll, we made the footprint slightly larger than the SWM receptacle and modified the original receptacle design to increase operational efficiency. This drawing set is available free of charge from Zupt.

In addition to the receptacle, Zupt has optimized our standard rotating stab to provide easy 360 degree rotation while stabbed. This stab locks into place every 90 degrees of rotation to allow us to remove any instrument mounting offsets from the attitude data collected by C-PINs.

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Large diameter rotating stab

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Large diameter SWM receptacle

When a standard receptacle is not available custom tooling is used. Some examples of this tooling:

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If receptacles are not available on the structure, we can install temporary tooling to establish known offsets to reference points on the structure such as this trouser plate below:

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These examples are just a few ways Zupt utilizes different tooling to allow C-PINS to interface to a variety of subsea structures. Zupt excels at providing custom solutions to unique tooling issues. If you have any tooling questions or would like a set of drawings for our standard receptacle, feel free to contact us at sales@zupt.com.

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 sales@zupt.com 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 sales@zupt.com.

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
sales@zupt.com
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