Fugro Achieves Innovation through Integration

Posted by Eric Haun
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Photo courtesy of Fugro

When Aberdeen-based Diamond Offshore wanted to add new functionality to the existing helideck monitoring system on the Ocean Guardian drilling rig in the North Sea, Fugro developed and delivered a fully integrated, user-friendly solution to fulfill the requirements.

Severe weather conditions in the North Sea can cause major disruption to offshore operations so Diamond Offshore and its client wanted to better understand the direct correlation between the wind, waves and the performance of the rig anchoring system, as well as accurate station keeping, particularly during storm events.

Fugro GEOS Managing Director Anthony Gaffney said, “Fugro has been working with Diamond Offshore for more than 10 years providing systems and services to many of their offshore drilling rigs. Our standard helideck weather and motion monitoring system was already on board the Ocean Guardian and recently we’ve expanded this to include wave monitoring and made live data available online to support oil and gas U.K. helicopter operations.

“All our monitoring systems are flexible and expandable, so when Diamond Offshore asked us to add further functionality to the system, we were well placed to provide a solution.”

Diamond Offshore wanted to add high-accuracy positioning and anchor tension but didn’t want three different systems. Fugro integrated rig positioning and anchor tensioning, bringing together multiple sources of information so real-time data was correlated within a single system.

Ocean Guardian’s enhanced monitoring now includes helideck monitoring of weather, cloud, visibility and helideck motion, as well as wave and air gap data for ballasting operations. It produces highly accurate data on positioning, anchor mooring tensions, rig motion (heave, pitch and roll at the moon pool) and excursion monitoring around the wellhead. It also provides tidal predictions and compares weather forecasting with live observations.

The new, integrated system provides user-friendly and intuitive display screens that give offshore drilling managers an important, at-a-glance overview of rig performance based on real-time information. It also provides warnings when readings go beyond agreed thresholds, including emails to key individuals. All historical data are archived offshore and onshore for online access, plotting or export for further analysis.

Derek McLauchlan from Diamond Offshore added, “We have partnered with Fugro for many years and remain impressed with the team’s expertise and client-centred response. Over the years, the team has responded to our requests by continually developing and enhancing the functionality of the system.”

“A big plus point for us is that Fugro’s support extends beyond developing and installing the system. There’s also an annual routine offshore visit to service and maintain the system, when any non-critical issues are addressed.”

geos.com
 

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Offshore

FPSO Trio Receives Side Shell Protection

SPS Overlay has yet again been used for side impact protection on three FPSOs for a major player in the offshore industry. The work was carried out at Enseada do Paraguaçu S.

Vard Wins Farstad's OSCV Contract

Vard Holdings Limited (“VARD”) has secured a contract for the design and construction of one Offshore Subsea Construction Vessel (“OSCV”) for Farstad Shipping (“Farstad”).

US Jury Rules in Favor of Apache Corp.

Apache Corp was not in breach of contract in a lawsuit brought by Houston-based oil and gas producer W&T Offshore Inc in 2011, a federal jury found on Monday, according to a court filing.

News

USCG Commandant to Address PVA Convention

Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Paul F. Zukunft will attend the PVA Annual Convention at MariTrends 2015 in Long Beach, Calif. and deliver a keynote

Becker Marine Delivers Rudder for Largest Containership

Becker Marine Systems delivers rudder for the largest container ship in the world   At 19,000 TEU, the largest container ship in the world is now picking up speed

Liebherr Expects Turnover Dip

For the 2014 business year, the Liebherr Group is currently anticipating an overall turnover of 8,866 million euros (2013: 8,964 million euros). In the area of construction machines and mining,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Ship Electronics Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1696 sec (6 req/sec)