Ecotone technology has numerous applications across multiple disciplines: Oil & Gas, Aquaculture, Environmental mapping and Deep Sea Mining – even Marine archaeology can benefit from what we offer.

Oil & Gas

With Ecotone technology, automated environmental surveys can be done faster, cheaper and more precise. With the huge amounts of subsea pipelines and production systems present, this represents a tremendous potential for the Oil & Gas industries.

Pipeline inspection
Ecotone’s Underwater Hyperspectral Imaging (UHI) unit significantly improves the speed and quality of subsea pipeline inspection. Since the data are automatically recorded and analyzed, classification results are objective and not operator-dependent.

Subsea infrastructure
The UHI can be used to inspect subsea infrastructure and automatically detect changes in their surface; e.g. missing coatings or rust. The UHI is also a good match with Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for inspection work.

Mapping of drill cuttings
Subsea drill cuttings look just like natural sediments, but their spectral fingerprints differ. This allows the UHI to detect and distinguish them automatically. UHI data can then be used to map the distribution of drill cuttings at the drill site, as well as the transition back to natural sediments.
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The Ecotone UHI unlocks new potential for mapping and monitoring environmental impacts of aquaculture installations in sensitive areas.

Mapping of deposits
By separating spectral fingerprints of aquaculture deposits from those of natural sediments, we can map the spread of these deposits and monitor their impact on the ecosystem.

Environmental Mapping
The UHI can automatically identify and map the benthic species in an area, before and after installations are introduced. Revisiting the same area over time, a time series of the installation’s environmental impact can be created.

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Environmental Mapping

Imagine a tool that can automatically detect and map subsea habitats. A tool that lets you highlight selected species on a map, and even monitor their health over time. That’s where we’re going with environmental mapping.

Habitat Mapping
We are developing tools that will allow you to automatically detect a number of benthic species and create habitat maps automatically. You can search for particular species and have them highlighted in the map. In the near future, this will also be possible from AUV’s; even further automating the mapping process.

Corals and Sponges
Cold-water corals and sponges are often found in sites interesting for exploratory drilling. These are sensitive species in several parts of the world. We have developed specific libraries of “spectral fingerprints” to automatically identify and map them.

Health Monitoring
Underwater hyperspectral imaging can be used to identify health conditions of some benthic species. In our newly finished project, we have investigated this application on select sponges and corals. Read more in Letnes (Preprint)
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Deep Sea Mining

Extracting minerals from the sea floor is a potentially huge business. We are involved in several programs driving the development of technology for automatic mineral identification.

Mineral Identification
Using the spectral fingerprints of metals and minerals, the UHI can automatically detect and map sea floor areas interesting for development. This has already been done from the air. We’re going to do it under water, using ROV’s and AUV’s.

Environmental Mapping
Proper environmental mapping is necessary before exploitation of deep-sea minerals can be done at any site. Ecotone’s technology can automatically create subsea maps of the area. By repeatedly revisiting the same area, we can create time series of data revealing the environmental impact of the installation.
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