We operate a fleet of approximately 3,500 support ground vehicles and machinery. This includes tractors, trucks, bulldozers, off-road vehicles and snow-mobiles. We also utilise a fleet of specialised exploration support and transportation units, specifically designed for use in transition zones.
The field crews are supported by 28 operational bases, located in each Russian hydrocarbon province where we operate – as well as Kazakhstan. 16 of these bases have specialized repair and maintenance centers which service our transport, machinery and equipment. They also calibrate the tools and conduct training for our engineers.
At IGSS, we are always looking for the next innovation. This means continually monitoring opportunities to implement new technologies and optimize our processes.
Historically, we have implemented a number of advanced technologies, enabling the company to enhance the geologic interpretation of seismic images. Vertical seismic profiling (VSP) is one example – an innovation which provides additional accuracy in measuring seismic velocity values at exact depth intervals beneath a site.
Currently, we are testing the use of a wireless high-speed data transmission system – a cutting-edge piece of technology which connects our on-site equipment with the recording system. Being wireless, it cuts out the need to unreel and lay cabling. This saves time and labor, while providing valuable flexibility when working in complex terrains and challenging environments.
Other recent innovations include three-component digital telemetry equipment produced by SERCEL which improves the quality of acquired data and adaptive seismic 2D/3D technology which allows for controlled modification of the linear sweep based on vibration feedback – improving the stability and reliability of seismic signals.
Finally, we have also implemented new technologies for transition zones during a recently completed 3D project in the Caspian Sea – named ‘Zykh and Govsany Oilfield’ – we were able to seamlessly record data in the ‘land-sea’ transition zone using a single recording placement. This was achieved by using an efficient combination of the four types of sources we believe to be optimal for each of the relevant landscape zones: vibration, pulse, explosives and air-guns.