iSURVEY, a leading provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas, offshore renewables and telecommunications markets, has successfully completed a pioneering project for A/S Norske Shell.

CEO iSurveyØivind Røegh, Group CEO at iSURVEY

The project, which took place last month as part of the operator’s Scarabeo 8 drilling campaign, utilized iSURVEY’s survey support remotely from its Oslo headquarter. This marks the first time remote positioning has been applied for a regular DP drill rig move operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.

The survey equipment was initially mobilized on board, and then operated from the iSURVEY remote survey control room in Oslo. Surveyors could follow the operation onshore as required by the operator, and logging of final position was done successfully through the iCONTROL solution. A direct communication line between the control room and the Bridge on Scarabeo 8 was also used.

iSURVEY’s remote working method brought key benefits to the project, including reduced HSSE exposure as well as a decrease in logistics, which both resulted in significant cost savings for the operator.

Tomas Frafjord, Senior Project Surveyor in A/S Norske Shell, said: “iSURVEY contributed to the successful completion of this operation and brought many advantages. Additionally, we are pleased to have achieved an industry first, working with iSURVEY, with this being the first time remote survey support has been utilised on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.”

“The iSURVEY team was not only pro-active, but enthusiastic throughout the digitalisation project and we were happy to work alongside them.”

Øivind Røegh, Group CEO at iSURVEY said: “We were exceptionally pleased to support the drilling campaign for A/S Norske Shell.

“The Norwegian Continental Shelf is, and remains, a target for iSURVEY and to be able to offer our services remotely was a fantastic opportunity, which brought many benefits to our client. We are determined to pursue this way of working in the future and give our clients further cost savings, which is central for the future of our industry.”

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