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Sercel launches new vibrator auto-guidance

Mar 19, 2019
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Sercel has launched the world’s first Vibrator Auto-Guidance solution for seismic trucks, designed to increase vibroseis productivity by up to 10 per cent.

The solution can be fitted to all Sercel Nomad seismic vibrator trucks and works by optimising a truck’s travel time to the next vibrating point (VP) and reducing baseplate dead time. The French firm said that this provides an increase in source efficiency and consequently a cost saving for acquisition.

Pascal Rouiller, CEO of Sercel, said: “The launch of our new Auto-Guidance system brings additional value to our Nomad vibrator truck users. As well as boosting productivity and data quality, there are related HSE benefits, such as reduced operator fatigue, improved comfort and ergonomics.”

The addition of Vibrator Auto-Guidance optimises vibroseis productivity in two ways. During operations, the truck’s deceleration is adjusted and controlled automatically. This reduces both its travel time between VPs and any operator- induced delays. Additional time is saved by reducing dead time spent on deploying and recovering the baseplate.

By positioning the Nomad vibrator with the highest degree of accuracy (within 1 m of the surveyed position), the Vibrator Auto-Guidance also ensures that the data collected is of the highest possible quality.

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