Kongsberg Maritime’s UK division has completed the installation of APOS Survey operator station on Bibby Offshore’s charter vessel, the Olympic Bibby.

The new station will allow surveyors to leverage Kongsberg Maritime’s High-Precision Acoustic Positioning (HiPAP) system and deliver better survey results.

APOS Survey station has been designed for permanent, as well as temporary installation on vessels and offers full LBL and SSBL, quicker mobilisation times.

Kongsberg Maritime Aberdeen base subsea sales manager Ed Fennell said: "This innovative software safely integrates into the vessel’s HiPAP system through a high-speed optically isolated serial connection to maintain independence from the vessel’s dynamic positioning (DP) network, and allows the bridge crew to maintain full control of what is shared with APOS Survey.

"Additionally, the software in APOS Survey removes any restrictions normally associated with operating a HiPAP system for survey purposes as it is predominantly used as a DP reference system."

"The software in APOS Survey removes any restrictions normally associated with operating a HiPAP system for survey purposes."

The surveyor will be able to operate independently of the bridge as APOS Survey will communicate with the HiPAP transceiver directly.

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The station will also enable the surveyor to interface local survey grade sensors, IMU, gyro and GNSS, set-up lever arms and load sound velocity profiles to unlock the full potential of HiPAP for survey operations.

Bibby Offshore survey manager Robin Longstaff said: "The built-in software offers great ease-of-operation and fully integrates with our existing survey suite, which eliminates the need for further re-training of staff.

"Added to this is its ability to operate independently from the vessel’s sensors and settings, which allows us to integrate our survey grade sensors, thus unlocking the full positioning potential of the vessel’s HiPAP."

APOS Survey has been developed to provide a solution for subsea survey as well as construction operations.

Image: APOS Survey will communicate with the HiPAP transceiver and allow the surveyor to operate independently of the bridge. Photo: courtesy of Kongsberg Maritime AS.