CGG : Sercel Launches 508XT Land Acquisition System

PARIS, France, Sept. 24, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --
Sercel announces today the launch of its new 508(XT) system, which heralds a newparadigm in land seismic acquisition by offering MegaCrews the ability to recordup  to  one  million  channels  in  real  time,  resulting in unparalleled imageresolution.The  508(XT) is the first member of  Sercel's new generation of state-of-the-artland  seismic acquisition systems designed to drive crew productivity, operatingflexibility and data quality to a new level.Powered  by Sercel's new step-changing cross-technology architecture, branded asX-Tech(TM) or (XT) for short, the 508(XT) system combines the best of cabled andwireless system technologies and integrates a host of exciting new capabilities.X-Tech allows access to data with zero downtime and in real time thanks to a newgeneration  of intelligent  networking technology.  Specific features  for localdata  storage, automatic  rerouting, and  new levels  of redundancy  and qualitycontrol ensure non-stop production.Along  with  the  508(XT) system,  Sercel  also introduces QuietSeis(TM), a new,high-performance  digital sensor based on next-generation MEMS, allowing seismicsignals  to  be  recorded  with  three  times less instrument noise than before.Compatible  with  Sercel's  leading  VE464  vibroseis  solution, the 508(XT) andQuietSeis offer the best single-sensor acquisition solution, making data captureeasier, faster and more accurate.In addition, with its reduced weight, need for fewer people per crew and reducedbattery  unit requirement  (up to  100 times less  than competing  systems), the508(XT) increases  crew productivity and significantly reduces acquisition costswhile  continuing to accommodate a wide  range of sensors (1C or multicomponent,digital or analog).Pascal  Rouiller,  Sercel  CEO,  said:  "Expanding  on the commercial success ofSercel's  400 series, which  has sold  more than  4 million 408 and 428 channelsworldwide  to  date,  the  508(XT) ushers  in  a  new  era for land seismic dataacquisition.  It offers unparalleled data  quality and integrity for continuous,very  rapid  acquisition.  Its  X-Tech  architecture  combines  the best of bothwireless  and  cabled  technologies  to  introduce  a  new  level of acquisitionflexibility  and operational reliability for  all types of geographies, climatesand environments."Jean-Georges  Malcor, CGG CEO, said: "Sercel has  once again raised the bar withits  launch of the 508(XT) system.  Its one-million-channel recording capabilityis  unique  to  the  industry  and  will  be pivotal in the evolution of onshoreseismic.  It will also play a key role in the wider adoption of broadband, high-density  wide-azimuth surveys by our clients to optimize field development plansand  maximize production. The 508(XT) is exactly  the toolkit the industry needsto  face the  growing geophysical,  operational and  environmental challenges ofconventional  and  unconventional  resources,  complex  new frontiers and maturereservoirs."About CGGCGG (www.cgg.com) is a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leadinggeological, geophysical and reservoir capabilities to its broad base ofcustomers primarily from the global oil and gas industry. Through its threecomplementary business divisions of Equipment, Acquisition and Geology,Geophysics & Reservoir (GGR), CGG brings value across all aspects of naturalresource exploration and exploitation.CGG employs over 9,800 people around the world, all with a Passion forGeoscience and working together to deliver the best solutions to its customers.CGG is listed on the Euronext Paris SA (ISIN: 0000120164) and the New York StockExchange (in the form of American Depositary Shares. NYSE: CGG).Contacts Christophe Barnini Tel: +33 1 64 47 38 11 E-Mail: invrelparis@cgg.comCGG - Sercel launch of 508XT: http://hugin.info/142000/R/1730760/578535.pdf[HUG#1730760]