FOUNDATION GEOLOGY for BP

A SYNTHETIC MODEL for BP UK (2014-2015)

CHALLENGE: to derive a synthetic model for assessing boulder identification and distribution of shallow geology and then to plan the field acquisition of the data-set in order to confirm viability of this technique. This is in an area where seabed strength prevents conventional techniques from penetrating the seabed. The forward-thinking project required expertise and innovative equipment, including the PangeoSubsea Acoustic Corerâ„¢.

HRSS ROLE:
HRSS involvement –managing interfaces and evaluating theory – spanned from the Pre-Appraise to Concept-Select Phases. Tasks included validating and proving the theory created by BP Houston; accepting and acknowledging that the theory would allow field testing in UK waters and evaluating innovative technologies (from Acoustic Zoom and BP Houston). We also liaised with internal (BP) and external (suppliers).

KEY SKILLS:

LESSON LEARNED:
The importance of modelling the problem (what was the problem?) and testing for solutions prior to use in the field.

OBSERVATIONS:
A trip down memory lane! Fiona was able to re-visit a site from her Post-Doctorate days, including re-reading reports she actually wrote during that time. Her knowledge from these studies was invaluable to the work of Geohazards teams.

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