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1 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc SSD Activities and Updates by Paul D. Higley Specialty Devices, Inc. Presented to the 2010 Annual Fall Meeting of the Gas Hydrates Research Consortium Oxford, Mississippi

2 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc SSD Engineering Changes and Activities on the SFO Stay on the heave compensator 100% of the time (for the HLA) Replacement of the Lift Cable Additional Capabilities Cores, Add-on instruments, Ethernet Re-Deployment of the IDP Modify and test the HLA deployment plan Deploy the HLA Pod The Spill SSD Activities for 2010

3 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc Cruises March Engineering Cruise April SSD Tests and IDP/ HLA Pod Deployment and the Spill June Dives on the HLA, IDP and test deployments September Cruise 1 Mapping and Cores September Cruise 2 Attempted HLA Deployment Mapping and PFA inspection

4 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc HLA Deployment Method HLA Array on Deployment Spool Hydrophone Breakout on HLA Array Cable

5 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc HLA Deployment Method SSD Deploying one HLA Array and DATS Transporter HLA POD HLA Array on the SSD Cage HLA DATS Transporter

6 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc HLA Deployment Method

7 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc SSD Upgrades to aid in HLA Deployment Method The Plan Replace the Steel lift cable New Synthetic one piece cable Replace the Mid-water Weight with added Weights & Floats Test on Engineering Cruise

8 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc SSD Upgrades to Aid in HLA Deployment Method The NEW Plan Re-Terminate the Steel lift cable Replace the Mid-water Weight with added Weights & Floats Test on the April Cruise Matt Lowe, Brian Noakes, Larry and Andy Gosset Create the floats and weights to make this happen !

9 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc April 2010 Cruise Tested the New SSD Steel Lift Cable Approach Tested the HLA Pod Deployment Tested the HLA DATS Transporter & installed in the HLA Pod Tested the HLA Array spool deployment Time, Weather and Oil ended the cruise.

10 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc SSD Upgrades to Aid in HLA Deployment Method April Deployment Tests

11 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc SSD Upgrades to Aid in HLA Deployment Method April Deployment Tests

12 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc June 2010 Cruise Deployed the HLA Pod Inspection dive on the IDP and the HLA Pod

13 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc September 2010 Cruises Inspected the Pore Fluid Array Previous Video Picked up and moved the CSA sampler from the Rovard Pictures to be provided by others No SSD Problems following last September Cruise

14 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc SSD Activities and Updates SSD Upgrades for 2010HLA Array Deployment ModificationsIncluding Array carrier and DATS TransporterCage mountEthernet link to the surface for payloadsPermanent External InterfaceConversion of remaining lights to new LEDlights.8 core tube CarouselWater and surface sampler

15 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc SDD Status SSD Transitioned to MMRI Staff Upgrades Coming: 2000 m working depth SSD Year in Review Problems : Nearly all cable and connector based Caused failure of the communications to the ship Improvements Reliability Larger Equipment Carry Capacity Smoother ride/Rougher Sea Capabilities More Cores Added Instrument Capabilities Contros, Mass Spec., Flourometer Ethernet, Fiberless Optical link

16 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc September 2010 Cruises Recover Pore Fluid Array

17 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc Seafloor Observatory Funding for the Gulf of Mexico Hydrates Research Consortium provided by: The Minerals Management Service (MMS) of the Department of the Interior, The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) of the Department of Energy, The National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology (NIUST) of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the Department of Commerce. Our Special Thanks to

18 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc Station Service Device SSD End of formal presentation Additional Information on Design and Build of the SSD

19 October 26, 2010 Specialty Devices, Inc Station Service Device SSD SSD w/o cage or battery pack Length =1.62 m (64), Width = 1.22 m (48), Height = 1.09 m (43) Weight Air 385 kg. (850 lbs.) Sea Water kg. (10 lbs) Operating Depth 1,000 m Could be upgraded to 2000 m SSD in cage with battery pack Length = 2.11m (83) Width = 2.13m (84), Height = 1.85m (73) Weight Air 840 kg. (1850 lbs.) Water 455 kg. (1,000 lbs.) Operating radius from cage 50m Surface Ship radius from cage 300m (1,000 ft.) (water column current dependant) Payload short tether 10 kg. ( 24 lbs.) Payload with drop weight 29 kg. ( 64 lbs.) Bottom time per dive est. 20+ hours Maximum bottom current 0.5m/s (1.0 kts) Interface Power 12, 24, 150, w Interface communications real time serial to 115kb, Ethernet 2 cage baskets 8 Push Cores and rack, 2 nd Hand w/ cutter water sampler, oil slurper Specifications


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