Desktop Studies are an extremely
cost-effective risk reduction tool.
Desktop Studies provide a preliminary, yet comprehensive, analysis of the operating
environment to focus resources more accurately and
efficiently. Desktop studies improve project
efficiency and reduce costs by providing a clearer understanding of future
challenges by identifying potential problem areas during pre-FEED and
FEED (Front End Engineering and Design) that may have otherwise been overlooked.
Desktop Studies are the
compilation and analysis of pre-existing relevant data. These studies identify preliminary operating
areas, develop feasible route engineering plans, and design appropriate
survey programs prior to field survey mobilization.
Relevant information contained in a desktop
study can include bathymetry, regional geology, environmentally sensitive
areas, shipwrecks, existing infrastructure, potential geohazards,
geomorphology, metocean observations, and boundary
information. Additional sources
of information, including client owned field data, scientific research papers,
etc., may be included in desktop studies.
C & C’s internal GIS database
system "CCGIS MapTM Professional” hosts an array of relevant proprietary and
public domain information on geography, geology, hazards, geotechnical data,
archaeological assessments, and environmentally sensitive zones. This private database is maintained and
updated on a daily basis and holds information from sources including NOAA
hydrographic charts, published papers, and USGS, and
BOEM / BSEE databases.
Desktop study results are delivered in the form of a
comprehensive report detailing the data sources utilized, digital data, and
hardcopy charts. Digital information are provided in a common geographical information system (GIS) framework that
provides simplicity of data management where multiple layers can be viewed,
data easily queried, and interpretation and analysis performed quickly and