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Title:
DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING MEASUREMENTS ON A SEABED
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2017/111611
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A device (110) for performing measurements on a seabed (3), comprises a chamber (111) containing a sensor (120) and a fluid (115) at a constant temperature and at an ambient pressure. This removes the need for calibration in large ranges of both pressure and temperature. In addition, this eliminates the need to wait until the sensor (120) has achieved ambient temperature, and thereby achieves a desired accuracy of the recordings from the sensor while decreasing the operation time. The device preferably comprises an insulating layer (113), an internal temperature stabilising device (130) and a circulating device (131) to ensure a constant temperature and low temperature gradients within the chamber (111). The pressure within chamber (111) may be equalised to ambient pressure by a pressure inlet (112).

Inventors:
REMY AGERSBORG (NO)
BJARTE FAGERÅS (NO)
MARTIN VATSHELLE (NO)
HUGO RUIZ (NO)
LARS HILLE (NO)
TROND ESPEDAL (NO)
JOHN EVEN LINDGÅRD (NO)
YNGVE RUSÅS (NO)
Application Number:
NO2016/050263
Publication Date:
June 29, 2017
Filing Date:
December 20, 2016
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
GRAVITUDE AS (NO)
International Classes:
G01V7/00; G01V11/00
Foreign References:
US20020135377A12002-09-26
US7637168B22009-12-29
US20100153050A12010-06-17
US7196535B22007-03-27
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HYNELL AS (0256 Oslo, NO)
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Claims:
Claims

1. A device (110) for performing measurements on a seabed (3), comprising a chamber (111) containing a sensor (120) and a fluid (115) at a constant temperature and at an ambient pressure.

2. The device (110) according to claim 1, further comprising an insulating layer (113) around the chamber (111).

3. The device according to claim 1 or 2, further comprise an internal temperature

stabilising device (130).

4. The device according to claim 3, wherein the internal temperature stabilising device (130) further comprises a circulating device (131).

5. The device according to any preceding claim, further comprising an inlet for ambient pressure.

6. A system (100) for performing measurements on a seabed (3), comprising the device (110) according to any preceding claim, a surface vessel (2) and conveying means (4) for conveying the device (110) between the surface vessel (2) and seabed (3).

7. The system (100) according to claim 6, wherein the conveying means (4) includes an umbilical.

Description:
DEVICE AND SYSTEM FOR PERFORMING MEASUREMENTS ON A SEABED

BACKGROUND

Field of the invention

[0001] The present invention concerns a device and system for performing measurements on a seabed.

Prior and related art

[0002] Some sensors used for precise measurements on a seabed are sensitive to ambient temperature, Examples include sensitive instruments for measuring pressure and gravity.

[0003] During a survey, such instruments are moved between different locations on the seabed by means of a surface vessel and/or a subsea vehicle such as an AUV or an ROV. In the following, 'ambient' pressure and temperature is the specific pressure and temperature at each such location on the seabed. In order to obtain accurate measurements, the instruments must be allowed to achieve ambient temperature at each location. Temperature stabilisation may add hours to each measurement, and has a significant impact on the time required for measuring at tens or hundreds of locations during a survey. In turn, this adds to the cost of the survey, e.g. due to the price for hiring a survey vessel with an ROV and trained operators.

[0004] In addition, calibrating sensors in the large ranges of temperature and pressure found in the seabed is unpractical. Keeping a reasonably small number of both measurements and parameters in the calibration functions results into a limitation in the accuracy of the calibration.

[0005] The objective of this invention is to solve or reduce these and other problems while retaining the benefits of prior art. SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0006] This is achieved by a device according to claim 1 and a system according to claim 6. Further features and benefits appear from the dependent claims.

[0007] In particular, the invention concerns a device for performing measurements on a seabed, comprising a chamber containing at least one sensor and a fluid at a constant temperature and at an ambient pressure. This removes the need for calibration in large ranges of both pressure and temperature. In addition, this eliminates the need to wait for temperature stabilisation, and thereby achieves the desired accuracy of the recordings from the sensor while decreasing the operation time. [0008] The device advantageously further comprises an insulating layer around the chamber. This will protect the internal fluid from rapid temperature changes influenced by the ambient temperature, and decrease the requirements for active heating or cooling elements within the chamber.

[0009] The device may further comprise an internal temperature stabilising device. This is an active device for controlling the temperature inside the chamber and thereby increase the accuracy of recordings made by the sensor.

[0010] The internal temperature stabilising device may further comprise a circulating device to ensure even temperature, i.e. a minimal temperature gradient, within the entire chamber.

[0011] The device may further comprise an inlet for ambient pressure. The inlet provides an opening to the ambient pressure and is one way of ensuring that the fluid within the chamber is kept at ambient pressure. Alternatives include a membrane, a piston or any other means known in the art to equalise the pressure within the chamber to ambient pressure.

[0012] The invention also concerns a system comprising the device, a surface vessel and a means for lowering the device to the seabed.

[0013] The system may include an umbilical or any other means for recording and/or transmitting data from the sensor.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0014] The invention will be explained with reference to exemplary embodiments and the accompanying drawings, in which

Fig. 1 illustrates a principle of the invention

Fig. 2 illustrates a temperature variation versus depth

Fig. 3 illustrates a device according to the invention.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF A PREFERRED EMB ODEVIENT

[0015] The drawings are schematic and not necessarily to scale. For ease of understanding, numerous details known to the skilled person are omitted from the drawings and following description. In the claims, the terms "a", "an" and "the" should be construed as "at least one", whereas "one" means exactly one.

[0016] Fig. 1 illustrates a deployment system 100 with a surface vessel 2 at a sea surface 1 deploying or retrieving a device 110 through the water column to/or from a seabed 3. In Fig. 1, conveying means 4 illustrates any means for deploying and moving the device 110 on the seabed 3, and for retrieving the device 110 from the seabed 3. The conveying means 4 may include an umbilical or similar for transmitting signals from and supplying power to the device 110. If desired, a real embodiment may include an AUV, an ROV and any other tool for deploying, moving or retrieving the device 110.

[0017] Fig. 2 illustrates a temperature variation in the water column. The temperature typically decreases with increasing depth. The temperature variation in the water column will influence the sensor recordings at different depths, and may cause a need for temperature stabilisation of a sensor 120 before it can start recording on a specific depth.

[0018] Fig. 3 shows a chamber 111 with an insulating layer 113. The chamber 111 is filled with a fluid 115 at constant temperature. Inside the chamber 111 is a temperature stabilising device 130 for keeping the temperature stable inside the chamber 111 throughout the operation. The temperature stabilising device 130 may further comprise a circulation device 131 to ensure a minimal temperature gradient within the chamber 111.

[0019] At the top of the chamber 111 there is one or more inlets for external fluid/pressure 112. The sensor is illustrated by 120 and a means for transferring the recordings is illustrated by a cable 121. The cable 121 is optional as the recordings could be transmitted over a wireless link or stored locally.

[0020] The inlet(s) 112 can be placed in any of the walls of the chamber, and the system may include additional devices in place to prevent fluid drainage from the chamber 111 during the time the device is out of the water.

[0021] Alternatively, the inlet(s) can have the form of a tube or a cavity and connect outside water with the pressure inlet of the sensor 120. They can be filled in with water or any other fluid.

[0022] Thus, as the sensor 120 is exposed to ambient pressure but remains at constant temperature, the needs to wait for temperature stabilisation and for 2-dimensional temperature-pressure calibration of the sensor 120 is eliminated.

[0023] While the invention has been described by means of example and schematic drawings, the full scope of the invention is defined by the accompanying claims.