RESEARCH PAPERS: Arctic Engineering/Offshore Mechanics

An Acoustic System for Pipeline Profile Measurement

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H. Van Calcar

Marine Systems Operations, Honeywell, Inc., Seattle, Wash. 98107

J. Energy Resour. Technol 105(4), 475-479 (Dec 01, 1983) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3230956 History: Received April 19, 1982; Revised February 11, 1983; Online October 22, 2009


This paper presents an acoustic position measurement system used for precise three-dimensional flowline profile measurement. The system measures several points along the flowline using the long-baseline measurement technique and augments this measurement with depth telemetry repeaters to maintain elevation accuracy throughout the changing installation geometry. The paper discusses both the measurement system and the performance enhancement features. The paper concludes with a discussion of the hardware configuration and the accuracy that can be expected when the technique is extended into deeper operating areas.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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