C Technologies Geomar de Mexico, a prominent survey and mapping service
provider for the land and offshore oil and gas industry, has purchased the
iXBlue fourth-generation GAPS USBL acoustic positioning system for the
company’s Mexico division. This will be the first time the system is directly
available to customers in Mexico.
new system, which was launched by iXBlue early in 2014, will be used to track
subsea systems in shallow and deep waters in the Gulf of Mexico and to support
a range of other subsea applications such as ROVs, subsea equipment placement,
and diver operations.
part of the formal qualification program, C & C staff put the new GAPS
system through a number of challenging test scenarios. The results were
extremely positive. For example, C & C Technologies was able to track and
position a transponder, moving through very shallow waters (2–3-m depth) to a
range of 1,300 m. This is a level of performance that other commercially
available equipment would struggle to achieve.
the fourth-generation GAPS enables us to meet the growing demand for offshore
survey work in Mexico,” said Jose Aguilar, Director, C & C Technologies
Geomar de Mexico. "GAPS is a very flexible system, enabling us to better meet
our customer needs. The pre-calibrated feature of the system reduces project
time and translates to higher profitability for C & C. We were very
impressed by the GAPS performance and our staff in Mexico benefited from
extensive iXBlue training and customer care. We hope to continue our expanding
relationship with iXBlue in Mexico by investing in a number of other systems.”
Andersen, responsible for offshore sales and business development at iXBlue
Inc. Houston, TX, said, "GAPS combines a USBL, inertial navigation system,
real-time positioning, and GPS within the same unit, which makes the units
stand-alone and compact. Pre-calibration and the simplicity of deployment
provide significant operational cost and time-saving advantages. Critically for
C & C’s requirements in Mexico, the unit is suitable for deep water
(greater than 4000m) and very shallow water (less than 10m)
environments. The system can also be deployed from noisy vessels and in
reflective environments such as harbors: these performance benefits have been
demonstrated in many demanding environments and commercial applications.”
About C & C Geomar de Mexico
C & C Technologies, Geomar de Mexico, is a subsidiary of C & C Technologies, Inc., with 230 employees in four offices across Mexico.
C & C provides a wide range of surveying and mapping services for the land and offshore oil and gas industry, the telecommunications industry, and government organizations.
C & C corporate divisions include Marine Construction Surveys, Land and Transition Zone Surveys, Geotechnical services, Geoscience Services, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Surveys, Autonomous Surface Vehicle Services, and C-Nav Worldwide DGNSS Positioning Services.C & C Technologies is headquartered in Lafayette, Louisiana. C & C has over 600 personnel strategically positioned across global offices in Houston, Seattle, Singapore, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, Angola, the United Kingdom, and India.