Published online: Aug 13, 2010
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CALGARY, AB-Yesterday, August 12, Hemisphere GPS announced a multi-year agreement to supply S3-S Navigator-a customized Outback S3 precision guidance system for Summit Liability Solutions (Summit). S3-S Navigator uses Hemisphere GPS' Crescent GPS receiver technology in combination with Hemisphere GPS eDriveTC for tilt control to precisely apply drilling fluids to a disposal area and is designed to eliminate most of the human error currently present in drilling waste disposal services.

With Summit direction and logic, Hemisphere GPS modified the popular Outback S3 to interface with the Summit Earth system. Summit Earth is a Summit-designed, web-based data entry platform with built-in satellite imagery, regulatory compliance checking and self-auditing capabilities, and powerful reporting functionality.
Spatial information from Summit Earth is uploaded into S3-S Navigator and, once armed, the system controls the discharge valve of a disposal unit based on regulatory parameters entered by Summit's field technicians. The custom software of S3-S Navigator provides visual reference and guidance of the disposal operations. Upon completion of a job, spatial information collected in real time is downloaded from S3-S Navigator and uploaded into Summit Earth where the final report is produced and the true disposal area is overlaid onto satellite imagery.
S3-S Navigator provides on/off boundaries to keep the waste disposal within a given area and automatically turns the discharge system on and off when the vehicle reaches the set boundaries. eDriveTC provides S3-S Navigator with details of the vehicle's slope to prevent runoff and pooling of drilling fluids by limiting disposal on restricted terrain and enables either pitch or roll measurements to be taken. Field notes can be utilized and the system is designed to convert log files into useable file formats for use in Summit Earth and or Google Maps.