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Inertial Navigation Systems and What I’ve Learned

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It’s been one year since I took on the role of Marketing Coordinator at Zupt. In the course of a year, I myself have grown professionally, and I’ve learned so much along the way – about metrologies, land seismic surveys, inertial navigation, and both the onshore and offshore industry.

I learn something new every day, it seems – and I honstly believe that learning process could never stop, due to the fact that Zupt is always working to expand the scope of our capabilities. As a company, we aren’t content with merely maintaining the status quo. We’re constantly working toward improving our existing products and services, or applying our technology to other aspects of the industry. This is evident in the various advancements and achievements we’ve made since last May:

  • Last summer, we announced a half century of metrologies since 2009, a significant milestone for Zupt. And as if that wasn’t enough, we surpassed 75 metrologies within 9 months of that announcement, and are projected to reach a full century this summer!
  • At SEG 2013, we debuted our B-PINS SPOT – the latest generation land seismic system for survey under canopy – complete with laser-range finder to automatically measure the height of the pack above ground level, and deliver vertical and horizontal accuracy of about 0.25 m.
  • We’ve made improvements to our C-PINS, by using Titanium housings to provide a more durable, lightweight solution capable of reaching depths of up to 4,000 meters.
  • Zupt received ISO 9001:2008 re-certification after a successful audit of our Quality Management System by DNV-GL. Obtaining this re-certification proves our dedication to providing quality control and conformity assurance for our clients.
  • In addition to our existing inertial navigation systems for the land seismic and the marine construction markets, Zupt has been working on the development of the W-PINS for the Steam Assist Gravity (SAGD) heavy oil drilling market. This spring, we were able to perform real-world tests on the W-PINS to achieve an unprecedented level of precision in determining the well bore geometry and position of the “toe” of these wells.
  • Another of Zupt’s developments continued this past year – video mosaicking for the marine construction industry. Our aim is to utilize state of the art computer vision and photogrammetry techniques, combined with inertial navigation systems to provide precise, real-time and high resolution post processed ortho photos of subsea assets (pipelines, wells, flying leads, etc.).

It’s been a great first year at Zupt, and definitely a learning experience with all the developments and advancements the company has made in such a short amount of time. If there is one lesson I could take away from my experience thus far, it would be to never get too comfortable – there’s always room for improvement.

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