Ross and the team at UTEC have used VERIPOS products since they opened the U.S. office in Houston back in 2006. Ross had worked with the VERIPOS management team during the company’s early days and already had a lot of confidence in their products and services. He also liked the fact that VERIPOS is an independent provider that isn’t associated with any of UTEC’s competitors.
UTEC has used VERIPOS receivers exclusively for the past four or five years in all their projects, Ross said, which have spanned 35 countries and territories worldwide.
“I’m not aware of any instances of VERIPOS systems not working,” Ross said. “The up time is fantastic, their equipment is high quality and their support is extensive and readily available. They bend over backwards to please us. When we need equipment for testing, they accommodate us. It’s like a partnership in a way. There really is a lot of trust in both directions. I find they’re a really good company to work with. Of all the things that make me lose sleep at night, VERIPOS is not one of them.”
How UTEC Uses VERIPOS
UTEC offers services that cover the complete lifecycle of offshore oil and gas development, from pre-drilling surveys to decommissioning site clearance surveys. This means UTEC has a variety of uses for precise GPS. UTEC typically turns to VERIPOS LD2, LD5 and LD7 receivers to provide that precision, Ross said. The signal type they use varies by project, but they tend to rely on Single Beam or Dual Beam options. They also use VERIPOS’ Verify QC software for some projects.
“VERIPOS offers a good range of services that can cover pretty much all of our offshore positioning needs,” Ross said. “We use VERIPOS for satellite positioning of vessels at sea, mainly associated with offshore construction. They have the hardware that gives us heading derived from GPS. They have a solution for pretty much everything we want to do with GPS.”
UTEC is one of the company's biggest clients, said Rami Tadros of VERIPOS, and is one they really take pride in serving. They have worldwide operations that are supported by the regional VERIPOS offices. The scope of their projects is very broad and is well covered by the various products and services that VERIPOS offers.
A Range of Projects
There’s no doubt UTEC has global reach, with the company successfully completing projects all over the world. UTEC has done extensive work in the Middle East, including 30,000 line kilometres of IHO specification seafloor mapping for Dubai Municipality, multi-year construction support onboard Technip’s DP lay vessel G1201 off Abu Dhabi, high-specification trenching support surveys in Qatar and pre-lay geophysical surveys in Saudi Arabia. They’ve offered pipe lay support in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, heavy lift installations in the North Sea, and completed spool piece metrologies in West Africa—all with the help of VERIPOS receivers.
Rig moving and positioning is among the various marine oil and gas projects UTEC takes on. In 2015, for example, UTEC NCS
Survey, part of UTEC, was awarded a threeyear rig move and positioning framework contract from Total E&P UK Limited. Through the contract, UTEC provides positioning services on their fleet of rigs and support vessels in the UKCS region. For rig moves, no matter the client, UTEC often must determine, via sea vessels, where a pipe is on the seabed so they know where the rig must be placed. Often, they need to survey the area for accurate placement before they can positon a rig for the first time over a well.
Logistical preparation is essential for any rig move initiative, and UTEC relies on its real-time navigation systems to execute those moves. The survey team generates coordinates and positioning updates using GPS and rig headings with gyro equipment. These technologies interface with UTEC’s navigation software for real-time viewing. The telemetry systems allow for
instantaneous communication and tracking of support vessels as well as precise anchor positioning on the seabed. VERIPOS receivers and correction services play a key part in ensuring these moves are successful.