Director of Project Management, Seismic Services and Offshore Geotechnics Business Lines, Fugro Martin Hartland is currently responsible for the development of a new technique for gathering full azimuth seismic data in ice covered areas.
During 2010 he was the operations director for latest additions to the Fugro “C Class” seismic fleet including a multi-streamer 3D project for Statoil in the Chukchi Sea using M/V Geo Celtic, in addition to management of several recent projects in the Barents sea during 2011.
Martin has been the project manager for the equipping, new building and the start up for operations of eight new Fugro vessels since 2005 including the latest ROV/Construction vessel M/V Fugro Symphony. His other Arctic project experience includes a two year project for Australian government survey organisation (AGSO) in the Antarctic using the M/V Polar Duke and R/V Geo Arctic.
Martin also has 10 years of sea time as an engineer onboard submarine power cable lay vessels and seismic ships eventually as a chief engineer and later as a project manager.
He is a former civilian technician apprentice for the ministry of defence (Navy) with main areas of experience: refitting of submarines and surface warships, Installation of hydraulic weapon systems and diesel, steam and gas powered power plants.
Presentation Abstract “Acquisition of high quality Seismic data in Arctic regions”
The development of Arctic oil and Gas projects is going to be costly, indeed some recent studies indicate up to 4x the cost compared to fields in other parts of the world.
There are clearly significant reserves waiting to be discovered but the explorations costs remain prohibitive.
It is clear that a good Arctic project will need to be based around the highest quality seismic data set achievable as costs are so high that the consequences of drilling in a sub optimal location represents an unacceptably high project risk.
Current techniques for seismic surveying in arctic areas are not adequate to meet the coming demands and this opens an opportunity for a different approach to acquiring large volumes of high quality seismic data in ice covered areas.
Techniques are now being developed that can be considered a paradigm shift in the way to approach this problem and as these techniques become a proven solution, project risks and costs will come down.
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