JULY 22, 2011
Transcendev and URI Complete SCIMPI Dock Testing
Transcendev and the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography earlier this week completed immersion tests of the Simple Cabled Instrument for Measuring Parameters In-situ (SCIMPI).
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.
The SCIMPI production prototype was tested at sea from the R/V Endeavor in March 2011, revealing two subtle design defects which were later corrected.
The recent testing from the dock at URI’s Narragansett Bay Campus confirmed proper functioning of SCIMPI’s sensors and communications with the datalogger module. The first permanent emplacement of SCIMPI into a seafloor borehole is expected to occur in 2012.