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Module

CEG3710 : Offshore Surveying

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Stuart Edwards
  • Lecturer: Professor Peter Clarke
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0

Aims

The student will gain an understanding of the special methods used and problems encountered when applying the basic principles of surveying science in an offshore environment. It is emphasised that these basic principles, EM propagation, GPS, geodetic coordinate systems, standard least squares methods etc., are all treated elsewhere in the programmes of study. Here the previous theory and practices are reinforced but the emphasis is explicitly on their modification and application in the offshore environment. Tidal theory together with basic Kalman filtering are introduced. The student will also be introduced to the terminology, regulations and organisations current in the offshore industry and have the opportunity to practice team working and logistical planning as demanded by the industry during the Fieldwork Exercise (seabed mapping).

Outline Of Syllabus

Tidal theory: The need to account for tidal effects when navigating and surveying offshore. Sounding and sweeping for bathymetric survey: The design of a sounding survey; need for and equipment for sweeping.
Swathe bathymetry: The techniques, equipment and calibration
Sub-sea bottom seismic investigation: A brief overview
Position fixing: Including a review of visual positioning techniques; technical and practical considerations and their appropriateness; electromagnetic positioning by range measurement; EPF principles; Range-difference measuring systems and their calibration; GPS/GNSS for offshore surface positioning; Equipment and services for offshore positioning.
Positioning computation techniques including sequential and step by step Least Squares, Kalman filtering and its application.
Underwater acoustic positioning: Principles of underwater measurement of range: techniques, equipment and calibration; acoustic networks, acoustic range and bearing.
Integration of survey techniques: Vessel requirements; integration of sensors; integration of software. Calibration of whole systems.

Teaching Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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