Oceanographic Measurements

RPS design and implement meteorological and oceanographic measurement programmes which provide reliable information on winds, waves, tides, currents and seawater properties, at specified locations, or across regions of interest.

Oceanographic measurements are the foundation of our business. Measurements are used to corroborate theory, identify and quantify physical processes, and to calibrate/verify numerical models of atmosphere forcing and ocean response. Resulting information can then be applied to operational planning or facility design.

Over more than 25 years of operation in a variety of geographic settings ranging from the Antarctic to tropical waters, and from deep ocean to coastal waters, we have evolved mooring design and fabrication techniques which minimise the probability of mooring failure and optimise instrument performance, for deployment durations ranging from a few weeks to more than a year.

Through constant attention to development, servicing and turn-over, we maintain a large inventory of sophisticated field instrumentation, including acoustic releases, tide gauges, ADCP’s, current meters, temperature loggers, CTD’s, wave buoys and buoy-mounted meteorological stations.

Data are recorded on-board instrumentation for processing after recovery, or may be available in real-time via radio or satellite telemetry.

RPS have developed reliable and quality-assured data processing and analysis techniques, which maximise the application of recorded data.

Our impressive track record of success in this work is based on extensive experience, a thorough understanding of client requirements, careful planning and attention to quality control. Quality assurance is imperative, and is maintained via fully traceable documentation covering:

  • mooring design documentation
  • instrument preparation procedures
  • instrument calibration
  • data processing, checking, editing procedures.

All quality documentation is retained along with archived data, to ensure the integrity of data in any future application.

Safety is recognised as prerequisite in any successful offshore operation. Safety Plans are prepared prior to each field operation.