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Research and Development SolGeo

Research and Development SolGeo: thanks to the continuous research and knowledge of our technicians we offer specific products to meet the needs of our customers, proposing optimal solutions in the geophysical field, for seismic and microseismic networks and data processing software.

Internal R&D
The strength of Solgeo is its ten-year experience in R&D. Its department counts multidisciplinary researchers ranging from mechatronic engineering, electronics, physics, computer science, mechanics.
The Research and Development department, besides producing specific products on customer request, is dedicated to the realization and design of tools and software marketed by Solgeo on the Italian and foreign markets.

The fields of application concern in parallel all Solgeo divisions, i.e. geophysics, dynamic monitoring, seismic and microseismic networks and data processing software.
R&D projects
for our clients
Eni, e-vpms®
SolAres, Italian Joint Venture between Solgeo and Aresys, is the official supplier and licensee of the ENI e-vpms® technology and brand.

e-vpms® (eni-vibroacoustic pipeline monitoring system) is a "Vibroacoustic Leak Detection" technology developed by SolAres and patented by Eni, for real-time monitoring of the integrity of oil and gas pipelines; the system is able to monitor hundreds of kilometers of pipelines detecting even minimal product leaks, intrusions and impacts.

More than 1400 kilometers of hydrocarbon pipelines are protected by e-vpms®:
  • Underground and outdoor pipelines for the transport of finished products
  • Raw transport underwater sealines
  • Aircraft fuel transport pipelines for airports
  • Re-injection water in mining deposits
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Since 2008 Solgeo has been collaborating with Saipem on a research project concerning the design and construction of acoustic wave equipment for the detection of anomalies and obstructions in hydrocarbon transport pipelines, in particular during laying.

The product, called EAR (EXTENDED ACOUSTIC RADAR SYSTEM) was created in collaboration with ARESYS and Politecnico di Milano and has recently been DNV certified to become an "asset" on SAIPEM's pipe laying ships. EAR is based on the measurement of acoustic waves able to detect obstructions and other anomalies in an empty pipe (filled with air).

To date the system has been tested and applied for almost a year during the laying of a sealine in Australia, on the DP vessel SAIPEM 7000 in Almeria and in the Gulf of Mexico on the pipelaying ship Castorone.
Enel, TubeSense
The experience developed in pipeline monitoring systems has led SolAres (a company formed by Solgeo and Aresys) to develop a system for monitoring " Forced pipelines" in hydroelectric plants. The experimentation was carried out in collaboration with CESI on an ENEL plant and led to very satisfactory results.
Edison Stoccaggio, Array (300mt)
The need to detect micro seismic events with magnitude intensity lower than 1, in the micro seismic monitoring networks in the Po Valley, led Solgeo to the realization of an experimental seismic array, consisting of 6 triaxial seismometers with an interdistance of 50 m. The array has been inserted in a well of 300 m depth specially made. Thanks to the study of the signals at different depths it was possible to "calibrate" the installation depth of the single seismometers in the other stations of the network, suitably sizing the wells.

The array is now also used by researchers at the University of Bologna for seismological research projects.