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 Identify areas with soft sediments to plan access and assess hazards


Challenge ID:



Onshore: Hatfield


Identify areas with soft sediments to plan access and assess hazards.


ON 1.2: Seismic Planning - Identification of adverse terrain for trafficability

Consortium Lead:

RPS Group

Interviewed Company:

RPS Group


ON.REG.00 - Generic onshore

Challenge Description

What is not possible / not adequately addressed at present?

Knowing access limitations and potential ground conditions is an important factor in planning effective seismic operations. Efficiently moving both equipment and people around is critical to completing a project in good speed. In addition, from a safety perspective, being able to map emergency response times and how (and what type of transport/vehicle) to get from a particular point to any point within the working area may prove critical in a safety of life situation.

What effect does this challenge have on operations?

Areas of soft terrain affect how equipment and personnel are moved around the work area and also the choice of survey equipment utilised. Heavy vibrators may not be able access a particular area nor a truck-mounted drill unit. Field scouting/reconnaissance is required in advanced of operations.

Thematic information requirements:

Terrain information

Distribution and status of infrastructure

Land use

Land cover

Topographic information

Water quantity

What do you currently do to address this challenge? 

How is this challenge conventionally addressed?

Use satellite imagery to identify potential areas and then verify in the field.

What kind of solutions do you envisage could address this challenge?

Improved classification including seasonal variations to identify optimum survey window. Reduced field scouting/reconnaissance efforts pre-survey and more realistic survey timings and costs proposed.

What is your view on the capability of technology to meet this need?

Are you currently using EO tech? If not, why not?


Challenge Classification

Impact on Lifecycle (0=none, 4=high):

Climate / Topography / Urgency:



Climate class:

Generic climate



Topographic class:

Not specific



Seasonal variations:

Wet season focus



Impact area:

Health and Safety, Cost reduction



Technology urgency:

3 - Immediately (0-2 years)

Challenge Information Requirements

Update frequency:


Data currently used:

DEM, high resolution imagery (including Google Earth)

Spatial resolution:


Thematic accuracy:

Not specific

Required formats:

Not Specific

Timeliness (Vintage):

Reference data

Geographic extents:

Regional, Basin

Existing standards:




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