Creating The Premier Energy Data Company

PGS and TGS have merged to form a pioneering data and services company in the energy sector, serving customers across the energy value chain and positioning itself as a strategic partner for energy companies. Explore our vision. 

The Fleet to Beat

Marine Acquisition

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Better by Design

Paul Courtenay and Martin Widmaier head up our acquisition projects and survey design teams. They explain how we have designed our teams, tools, processes and culture to deliver outstanding reliability.


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Design, Acquire, Deliver

Chapter Index

Ramform has come to symbolize reliable delivery, time after time. 

A Safe Bet

Designed for safe, reliable results

First comes thorough understanding of the geophysical and operational challenges. Then we tailor our powerful technology toolbox to customer targets. Add the unique PGS culture, evolved by dedicated professionals, and processes designed to cope with known and unexpected hazards. The result is safe, reliable delivery, time after time. 

Survey Design

Finding the sweet spot

Survey success starts in design. Planning a marine seismic survey helps to predict costs, data quality, and emissions. The interplay between the earth, the acquisition geometry, the environmental and operating conditions, and the processing and imaging workflow, all contribute to the success of the project and the final seismic results.

The PGS survey design group is a small, agile, and competent team that's embedded within our integrated organization. They work with geologists, imaging experts, operations, and an R&D organization that brings all the new technology and smart ideas to the table.

Eastern Hemisphere

Carine leads one of two regional teams supporting Eastern Hemisphere clients and projects. Her group includes principal geophysicists Alex Goertz and Ashish Misra, and senior geophysicists Tashi Tshering and Okwudili Orji.

Carine RoalkvamRegional Geophysical Advisor and Geophysical Support Manager

Western Hemisphere

Derek gives advice on geophysical solutions for Western Hemisphere clients and projects, interacting with experts worldwide to design optimal solutions for north and south America.

Derek UngerRegional Geophysical Advisor

Tailoring and evolving

The most important step is to understand our customer's geophysical objectives. We also have to understand the area we will be operating in, and locational complexities like shallow water or installations. This may play into the environmental challenges, and of course there is a budget and set timescale for turnaround. Our survey design process aims to find the optimal solution, the sweet spot.

With the energy transition has come an increased demand for high or ultra-high resolution 3D seismic. Targets are often shallower. PGS combines wide-tow multi-sources with high-density streamer spreads to enable cost-effective acquisition of 3D seismic data with good coverage of the nearest offsets and dense spatial sampling.

Our operations engineers review client and PGS survey designs to be confident they will work in the real world.

Reality Check

From concept to reality

While regulations and permitting are an element in all project planning processes, there is more that must be mapped and managed to get ready for real-world realities. To enable reliable delivery of the project, location risks must be understood and mitigated, including in-sea hazards, the remoteness of the survey area, weather, and security considerations.

Logistics are an essential element in the plan, to provide smooth supply routes for crew, provisioning and support services. Client procedures may prescribe additional requirements that must be complied with before a survey can begin.

Project Management

Halvor leads a 10-man team of highly experienced operations experts that act as a lynchpin between operations and vessel management, sales, business development, HSE, and sourcing.

Halvor TveitenVice President Acquisition Projects

Elite Operation

Culture and safety

Culture is the most important factor of safety performance. The way we do things is built upon years of experience, from events and how people respond to them, the way the organization deals with those events. Building the culture is a huge investment, which requires sticking to priorities, maintaining values and sometimes sacrificing short-term gains.

A safety culture will always support the best possible decision making, whether those decisions are on the back deck, in the work boat, or on the bridge. We need the right decisions for the right reasons, as we work in an environment where everybody contributes to their own safety.

Ergonomics and endurance

Onboard maritime and seismic crew work and play as one team, with one culture. Trust and effective communication on the back deck is fostered by interaction in social areas: eating, playing and exercising. Unrivalled stability means crews sleep well and make better decisions. A healthy workforce and a safety culture are built meticulously, from the back deck to the bridge.  

We're convinced that better rested experts make better decisions.

PGS keeps a relentless focus on health, safety and environment.

Safety First

Risk mitigation

There will always be hazards that cannot be removed from the offshore environment. But we believe all incidents can be avoided or managed. The first step is correctly mapping and mitigating risks. The second is evolving a robust process for emergency response, including regular training - top down and bottom up - to ensure our responses become intuitive.

Training for a crisis

PGS' emergency response process allows us to deal with almost any kind of event, considering technical, maritime, and security risks. As real incidents rarely occur, our crews practice in a specially built simulator, often together with partners and client teams. Our emergency response training involves the 1st, 2nd and 3rd lines: in multiple locations, from the bridge to the boardroom, and includes media and next-of-kin support teams. We have been rated 'best-in-class' across the maritime and offshore industries.


Roger leads our Health, Safety, Security and Environment team. He and his team of specialists have varied backgrounds, including maritime captain, seismic party chief, military security expert, environmental consultant, and global medical advisor.

Roger HonningdalVice President HSE

Practice Makes Perfect

Exceptionally reliable

Our reputation is not about exceptional performance, it is about reliable performance at a very high level – no matter what we face. That does not happen by chance. It requires careful design, thoughtful preparation, and a lot of practice. 

Get in Touch!

"PGS sets the benchmark for reliable performance at a very high level, no matter where we are and what we face. That does not happen by chance – it requires careful design, thoughtful preparation, and a lot of practice," says Rob Adams EVP Operations. If you have a project you would like to discuss with our acquisition experts, get in touch!"

How to Build the Fleet to Beat

  1. 1Prioritize safety and reliability Implement rigorous safety protocols and a culture that prioritizes crew well-being and equipment excellence.
  2. 2Design smart surveys Craft optimal survey designs by tailoring acquisition technology to specific geophysical objectives and environment.
  3. 3Focus on efficient high-resolution solutions Invest in advanced source, receiver and towing technology, and satellite communications to capture fit-for-purpose seismic data in a cost-effective manner.
  4. 4Develop a safety-centric culture Cultivate trust and a collaborative environment focused on teamwork, communication, and continuous safety training.
  5. 5Build robust risk mitigation Establish emergency response processes to deal with known hazards and unexpected events, with regular training from the boardroom to the back deck, and using digital twin simulators.