IHO signs data sharing agreement with PGS

26 September 2019

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS), Norway, have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate the future exchange of bathymetric data. 

PGS undertakes seismic surveys for oil and gas exploration companies to assist them in locating and exploiting offshore hydrocarbon reserves. During these surveys, among other things, PGS records water depth data.

The MoU provides a framework for on-going liaison between the IHO and PGS to ensure the efficient and effective use of this data. Both parties will benefit from a regular dialogue on matters of common interest and, when appropriate, the opportunity to invite representation from the other.

Whenever entitled to do so, PGS will provide data gathered during seabed mapping to the IHO Data Centre for Digital Bathymetry (DCDB), from where IHO Member States will have access to it in support of their national and international projects. In return, PGS is also expected to have access to the DCDB data archive to support its own projects.

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