Innovative approaches to environmental effects monitoring using an autonomous underwater vehicle

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Conference1st International Workshop on Underwater Robotics for Sea Exploitation and Environmental Monitoring, October 1-3, 2001, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Subjectautonomous underwater vehicle; (AUV); CTD; C-SCOUT; chemical sensors; drilling cuttings; drilling muds
AbstractAn overview is given of a project to develop autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology for environmental effects monitoring (EEM) in the offshore oil and gas industry. This project is a joint venture between the Institute for Marine Dynamics of the National Research Council Canada (NRC-IMD) and the Ocean Engineering Research Centre at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN-OERC), with the support of several Canadian companies and universities. With the offshore oil and gas industry growing rapidly, it is important that new and innovative methods for EEM be considered. The paper reports on results from the project "Offshore Environmental Risk Engineering using Autonomous Underwater Vehicles" (OERE-AUV). The results include: (a) the development of a new general-purpose test-bed AUV called "C-SCOUT", (b) the planning for a series of sea trials using an existing vehicle to determine the effectiveness of an AUV to delineate a near-shore ocean outfall, (c) the characteristics and performance of several candidate sensors for EEM, and, (d) the development of hydrodynamic dispersion models for discharges into a marine environment. The ultimate application of the research is for the EEM of discharges of produced water, drilling cuttings and drilling muds from offshore oil and gas production facilities.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Ocean Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number5268
NPARC number8895420
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