ASN opens a new era in subsea intelligent sensing based on advanced
DAS technology

Access to a single optical fibre in a subsea cable can provide:

  • Protection of subsea cables and infrastructure
  • Seismic measurements and recording of seismic events
  • Monitoring of oceanographic conditions

The OptoDAS interrogator is using a unique interrogation technique providing low-noise and long-range quantitative phase measurements in single mode optical fibers.

What is Distributed Acoustic Sensing?

  • Real-time distortion free measurements of fibre strain modulation over distances in excess of 125 km by having one-way loss budget of more than 25 dB
  • Extremely low inherent phase noise for fibre lenghts up to 10 - 20 km
  • No practical impact from connector reflections
  • Configurable gauge length with spatial sampling of 1 m
  • The unit can be delivered for permanent installation in a 19" rack or packaged as a portable unit
  • A dedicated software suite provides extensive functionality and flexibility for instrument control, data management, processing and display


ASN targets applications within the oil and gas industry and the subsea telecom and power cable industry

Offshore Oil and Gas
DAS Applications

In-well monitoring

Platform and subsea well monitoring

• VSP, flow, sand, valves, integrity, micro-seismic

Seabed monitoring

Pipeline leak detection

• Flexible pipes used in seabed fields

Overburden monitoring

• Low-frequency seabed surface waves

Reservoir monitoring

• PP imaging for 4D seismic

Subsea infrastructure monitoring

• Health monitoring

• Electrical fault monitoring

Subsea Cable
DAS Applications

Monitoring of integrity threats to subsea cables and associated infrastructure

• Trawl activities

• Anchoring

• Dredging activities

• Vortex induced vibration

Earthquake detection

Measurment of oceanographic conditions

• Ocean currents

• Seabed rock slides etc

Monitoring of marine mammal activities

Localization of electrical failures

• Partial discharge effects

Applications for Offshore oil and gas

Applications for Subsea telecom and power cables

In addition, DAS is currently being used for several terrestrial applications from safety/security to rail and road monitoring.

Terrestrial Applications


Applications for Offshore Oil and Gas

Interrogation of subsea wells

Pipeline monitoring

Borehole monitoring is a mature application of DAS, now entering the offshore production fields. Optical cables are being permanently installed for distributed borehole monitoring. The cables are normally clamped to the outside of production tubing or cemented into the casing annulus.

Distributed acoustic sensing is becoming a recognized monitoring tool for VSP, flow profiling, well integrity, valve control and micro-seismic.

The OptoDAS interrogator has extremely low instrument noise making it very suitable for in-well measurements. The very high optical power budget also facilitates monitoring of subsea wells with long tie-back cables without the need for specialized or engineered in-well fibre.

Seabed monitoring is an application under development. Seabed cables are very sensitive to acoustic seabed surface modes and ground movements. A single fibre in any optical cable installed on the seabed (trenched or un-trenched) can be utilized for various distributed sensing applications with high spatial sampling.

DAS recordings on seabed cables can be utilized for overburden monitoring, pipe leakage detection, time- lapsed seismic reservoir monitoring as well as health monitoring of seabed infrastructure. These applications are currently under development based on access to optical fibres on the seabed through existing riser cable solutions. Dedicated optical fibres in umbilicals, PRM cable networks, DC/FO cables, telecom cables or separate DAS cables may be used in combination with existing cable branching solutions.

The strong benefit of the OptoDAS interrogator for these applications is the low-noise characteristics and the high-power budget capability in combination of high spatial sampling.

Applications for subsea telecom and power cables

Trawl monitoring

Earthquake detection

Localization of electrical failure

Dark fibre in subsea telecom cables can be used to protect the cables against third party activities such as trawling, anchoring and dredging. Such fibre can also be used for environmental and scientific monitoring such as earthquake and tsunami detection, various oceanographic conditions and mammal monitoring.

On-line DAS monitoring with an optical cable next to an electrical high-power cable might provide an instant localization of partial discharge effects.

The OptoDAS interrogator has an extremely long range (in excess of 150 km with low attenuation fibre) making it very suitable for these seabed measurements. The interrogator has very low frequency capability (detecting signals below 0.01 Hz) and can also be used for temperature rate measurements.

Terrestrial Applications

DAS is currently widely used for monitoring of onshore pipelines including leak detection, external interference and ground movement monitoring.

DAS is also an attractive solution for perimeter intrusion detection targeted at the protection of critical assets in different market segments. With the long- range capability, it also provides an effective solution for border control.

By using existing optical cable networks in urban areas, DAS can provide sensing grids for high resolution traffic monitoring (including vehicle and road condition).

Railway monitoring is also an emerging application of DAS. With an optical cable along the track, DAS can provide information about moving trains, detect third party activity and locate rocks and landslide events.

The strong benefit of the OptoDAS interrogator for most of these applications is the low-noise characteristics and the high-power budget capability.

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The performance of the OptoDAS unit has been verified by a complete SEAFOM testing and the key results are included in the datasheet. You can request a copy of the OptoDAS datasheet by using the form below.