Connected Tethered Aerial Detection System for Supporting Safe Marine Seismic Operations
T. Moulinier, V. Peyrin and T. Mensch
Event name: First EAGE Workshop on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Session: Novel Applications
Publication date: 03 December 2019
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In this paper, we present an aerial surveillance system for detecting emerged floating objects at sea from a moving platform. It consists of a tethered helium balloon equipped with a dedicated cluster of cameras, a communication system for real time data transfer and a processing software for automatic detection of potential targets. As a first application, the system is designed to be deployed offshore to support marine towed-streamer seismic operations; by helping to detect obstacles which are located on the course of towed equipment and could both (1) damage the seismic equipment at sea and/or (2) reduce productivity. First, the context of marine seismic operations and the challenges of object detection are presented in this paper. Then, we discuss how the use of tethered balloons can help in detection of floating objects at sea.