PGS deploys vibrator tracking from Fleet Management Solutions

Satellite tracking links PGS seismic vibrators to head office for real time monitoring and supervision.

PGS Onshore has deployed a satellite-based fleet monitoring solution from San Luis Obispo, CA-based Fleet Management Solutions (FMS). The solution connects PGS’ seismic acquisition vehicles operating in Alaska’s North Slope to PGS for remote monitoring. Seismic vibrators in the field are monitored for engine and asset trouble codes, fuel consumption, miles per gallon, hard breaking, power take-offs, engine RPM and oil pressure. Data is concentrated onto the FMS MLT-300i.


PGS head of survey, Kevin Crozier said, ‘We now have a system which provides alarms via e-mail and text-enabled phones whenever a vehicle tries to enter a prohibited area, such as a pipeline right-of-way or well pad. All commands, events, reports and alerts are transmitted, received and available within seconds. This is an absolute requirement, as our crews work in some of the harshest conditions in the world.’


The link to PGS’ head offices in Norway is provided by Iridium Satellite. FMS CEO Cliff Henley explained, ‘FMS designed the system to take advantage of Iridium’s worldwide gap-free coverage and robust two-way, low-latency data links. Safety is key to PGS and they require mission-critical data delivery in seconds, anywhere in the world. Iridium, with its fully meshed network, has met these requirements.’

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