Marine Operations

BGS Science Facilities

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The engineers of the BGS Marine Operations team are a highly experienced team that have undertaken both scientific and commercial offshore projects within UK waters and internationally, from inshore to mid-ocean regions, and from polar to tropical environments. 

The Marine Operations team has expertise in:

Marine Operations work out of a dedicated purpose-built building (the George Bruce Building) which is part of the Lyell Centre complex based at The Heriot-Watt Riccarton research campus. This facility is fully equipped with internal gantry cranes and container moving equipment and a 7 m deep test tank as well as a test borehole for carrying out onshore equipment testing.

Previous projects

> Recent coring and drilling projects

Seabed coring and drilling equipment

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RD1 – Rotary rock drill and vibrocorer

The unique BGS combined rotary rock drill and vibrocoring system, RD1, offers the versatility of two sampling systems on one rig. It can penetrate to 5m below seabed in rotary coring mode and 6m below seabed in vibrocoring mode and operates down to water depths of 2000m.

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RD2 – Robotic rotary rock drill and corer

The BGS Remote Drill Two, RD2, is our most advanced seafloor robotic drilling and coring system. It can penetrate up to 50m below the seabed and operate down to water depths of 4000m.

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Need more information?

Please contact the Marine Operations team or, if you have a specific project in mind, fill out a questionnaire.

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Sea floor: marine geoscience

The marine geoscientists at BGS provide independent and expert geological advice, research and data acquisition to anyone working in the marine environment.

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Seafloor drilling rig

Sea floor: scientific ocean drilling

Since 2003, BGS have implemented several high profile expeditions for the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling (ECORD).

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