TECHNOLOGY Vessel movement influences offshore communications system design

Stanley R. Holcomb Brown & Root Inc. Houston Stephen D. Burger Amoco Orient Production Co. Chiwan, China Communication links for the Liuhua 11-1 oil production project, offshore China, required a system that would function with vessel movement under typhoon conditions of heavy rainfall and extreme wave action. The system includes a microwave path between two floating production facilities and a satellite connection between the offshore facilities and onshore China (Fig. 1 [21206 bytes]). The system provides multiple local-area-network (LAN) linkages, and voice with fax in English and Chinese. The satellite link has a geostabilized platform offshore and a China National Off...

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