Rutter develops new ice tracking system for offshore operations


Engineering company Rutter, Statoil Canada, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador have collaborated on a new remote sensing technology to automatically detect and track ice.     

The collaboration is aimed at improving offshore oil and gas operations in harsh environments with ice conditions.

Integrated with Rutter’s sigma S6 systems, the new technology is capable of identifying, outlining and drift tracking of ice floes. 

The system can also detect icebergs embedded in pack ice and open water leads.

Rutter president and CEO Fraser Edison said: “The technology that was developed has resulted in a large step forward in ice management capabilities.

"The technology that was developed has resulted in a large step forward in ice management capabilities."

"The additions to the sigma S6 system will allow the automatic identification of ice characteristics leading to improved operational safety and efficiency for operations in ice-infested areas."

Recently, the technology was field-tested in the Baltic Sea by Statoil during trials.

Sigma S6 system can improve a radar's ability to identify and track multiple oil spills, small targets, icebergs and small ice formations using multi-layered processing. 

It can be supplied as a complete turnkey radar system or configured with a pre-existing X-band radar.


Image: The new remote sensing technology will automatically detect and track ice. Photo: courtesy of CNW Group/Rutter Inc.