Survey Publications

IMCA Offshore Survey Division has developed a growing catalogue of guidance and technical reports, in particular covering the state-of-the-art technologies used by the industry. As survey companies often work closely with other marine contractors, IMCA provides a key link between the different groups sharing equipment and space on a single vessel. Survey contractors also benefit from – and contribute to – guidance produced by other technical committees, such as the Marine Division’s documents on positioning systems and DP.

The following guidance documents and technical reports have been published by IMCA Offshore Survey Division:

Reference Published Title Date Current Document
IMCA S 001 IMCA survey work contracting principles Feb 2017 Rev. 3
IMCA S 003 Guidelines for the use of multibeam echosounders for offshore surveys Jul 2015 Rev. 2
IMCA S 004 Common marine inspection document for small workboats (Marine inspection for small workboats) Apr 2020 Issue 4.1
IMCA S 006 Inter-vessel survey data standard telemetry protocol Oct 2019 Rev. 2.1
IMCA S 007 Terms and conditions for survey support services Feb 2017 Rev. 1
IMCA S 013 Deep water acoustic positioning Jan 2017 Rev. 2
IMCA S 015 Guidelines for GNSS positioning in the oil and gas industry Jul 2011
IMCA S 016 Guidance on mobilisation requirements for offshore survey operations Nov 2016 Rev. 1
IMCA S 017 Guidance on vessel USBL systems for use in offshore survey, positioning and DP operations Mar 2017 Rev. 1
IMCA S 019 Guidance on subsea metrology Sep 2017 Rev. 1
IMCA S 020 Guidelines on the management of survey and inspection data Sep 2020 Rev. 0.1
IMCA S 021 Guidelines for the management of peripheral survey sensors Jun 2020 Rev. 1.1
IMCA S 022 An introduction to inertial navigation systems Apr 2015
IMCA S 023 Guidelines on the shared use of sensors for survey and positioning purposes Sep 2020
IMCA S 024 Guidance on satellite-based positioning systems for offshore applications Jan 2017
IMCA S 025 Guidelines for the shared use of sensors for ROV and survey purposes Feb 2019
IMCA S 026 Guidelines on out of straightness survey Dec 2019

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