DECEMBER 2, 2011
Transcendev and URI Complete SCIMPI/ERS/MFTM Compatibility Testing
Transcendev and the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography earlier this week successfully completed compatibility testing of the Simple Cabled Instrument for Measuring Parameters In-situ (SCIMPI) with the Electrical Release System (ERS) and Multi Function Tool Module (MFTM).
SCIMPI is a joint development of the University of Rhode Island, Transcendev, and Woods Hole Marine Systems, Inc., funded by NSF for through the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). SCIMPI provides an inexpensive seafloor borehole monitoring system for unconsolidated sediments. Emplaced via drill ship, the modular system provides flexibility in both the number of modules and the spacing between them. SCIMPI can last up to 4 years without replacing batteries or can be connected to cabled observatory infrastructure.
SCIMPI is lowered into a borehole for deployment suspended from the ERS, developed by Stress Engineering of Houston, TX, which releases it upon reaching target depth. The MFTM enables monitoring of SCIMPI’s health during deployment by transmitting data streamed from SCIMPI up the 26,000-ft wireline logging cable to the drill ship.