The economic impact of geology – the Society of Exploration Geophysicists – (SEG) – states “Exploration geophysics is the applied branch of geophysics which uses surface methods to measure the physical properties of the subsurface Earth, along with the anomalies in these properties, in order to detect or infer the presence and position of ore minerals, hydrocarbons, geothermal reservoirs, groundwater reservoirs, and other geological structures.”
‘Fresh’ offshore subocean exploration data uplinked directly from operational marine seismic research vessels in any world ocean and delivered to terrestrial High-Performance Computer clusters or scalable Cloud HPC Platforms on a planned transfer basis for greatly improved workflow, ultimately better subocean modeling and high-resolution imaging in subsea simulations advances better E&P.
Work is underway to define offshore fields and program applications whereby E&P projects would benefit from faster, more predictable and more secure data while potentially lessening the environmental impact in sensitive seas – and all seas are sensitive seas – thus reducing offshore exploration program cycle time with faster & larger data transport.
In the work to develop better, faster, smarter and environmentally safer technologies in the hunt for offshore energy the NASA Tracking Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS) is the only geostationary satellite data transport today, and in the foreseeable future, that offers both the technology and global offshore coverage in a real-world solution for better subsea exploration. For the highly improved transfer of large, time-sensitive subocean datasets directly from working science vessels to High Performance Compute (HPC) allowing faster advanced analysis, better subocean modeling and improved 3D/4D simulations with the cutting-edge design of the TDRSS new advances in offshore energy security are achieved.
Until subocean hydrocarbons no longer have an impact on world energy security and the world economy will the need to better manage these resources be necessary.
Academic Oceanographic facilities including the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) all operate deep offshore Research Vessels (R/V’s) gathering geophysical an oceanographic data worldwide for the augmentation of science in the gathering of ocean knowledge.
Digital Ocean Exploration is developing new technologies to digitally link science vessels & ocean machines to the Internet, Internet2 or commercial terrestrial networks for real time digital exploration of oceans throughout the planet.
This new technology is designed to link any ocean site in the world with high-speed broadband oceanographic data transfer at speeds >1 Gbps from a Digital-Ocean Sea-Node.
With ultra-wideband satellite coverage of all the world’s oceans – including the rapidly melting Arctic – Digital-Ocean technology is focused on scheduled high-speed broadband transfer applications, in real-time & planned-time, offering dramatically more detailed digital imaging capability and more oceanographic data transfer for improved exploration and evaluation of the ocean.
Effectively utilizing new high-speed satellite modems integrated with a unique series of ruggedized maritime tracking terminals – Digital-Ocean Sea-Nodes – a new era of offshore exploration is underway. These small, smart sub-meter terminals and highly unique satellite technologies open a new approach in scientific ocean exploration.
By efficient utilization of extreme bandwidth and Digital- Ocean developed technologies large ocean datasets and/or 4k digital imaging streams may be delivered terrestrially directly from a vessel or platform. Designed to be delivered by helicopter to scientific vessels operational at sea a Digital
Ocean Sea-Node defines a new approach to ocean exploration.
Digital-Ocean’s sub meter Sea-Node development offers, for example, even smaller deck footprint and less weight designed to enable high-speed fiber tethered Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle’s (ROV’s) to not only transfer oceanographic data to the surface R/V deck but also uplink these data directly from this vessel to terrestrial labs, research and academic facilities in the ocean community worldwide. R/V’s equipped with a new generation of subsea digital cameras for academic imaging would benefit by real-time solutions available with Digital Ocean Exploration technology.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution(WOHI) has designed and developed some of the most technologically significant solutions for ocean exploration as (new graphic) in the research vessel (RV) Atlantis. Owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by WHOI this 274-foot vessel is equipped with six (6) research labs, seafloor mapping sonar and serves as a platform for the deep ocean submersible Alvin. WHOI notes this sub is equipped with HD video/still cameras and high-intensity LED lighting – illuminating the ocean floor and water column – the ever improving Alvin is equipped with two robotic arms and if equipped with high speed HD fiber tether to the surface vessel big data can now be delivered to terrestrial sites in real time.
The Scripps Institution of Oceanography operates, among its vessel fleet, the R/V Roger Revelle as a Global Class research vessel jointly with the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS).
The “Schmidt Ocean Institute works to advance the frontiers of global marine research by providing state of the art operational, technological, and informational support to the pioneering ocean science and technology development projects at sea.”
Operating the incredible 269-foot R/V Falkor equipped with multiple onboard laboratories and significant technological resources including robotic platforms with ROV capabilities and seafloor mapping technology generating large data files. The R/F Falkor is equipped for onboard High-Performance Computing capability.
New high-speed satellite data transfer technology with Digital Ocean Exploration offers the transfer of over 1 Gbps from a small terminal on deck anywhere on any open ocean worldwide.
A revolution is underway in ocean exploration and Digital Ocean Exploration works to support better ocean knowledge gathering, transport and utilization. Each of these pioneering research vessels may benefit from new high-speed oceanographic data transfer solutions.