DENVER, April 13, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Ascend Geo today announced completion of a successful seismic acquisition pilot project for Saudi Aramco in the Arabian Desert using the cableless Ultra System. The test recorded coincident seismic data on a large scale 3D project with a Sercel cable-based system operated by BGP Arabia. The pilot project is the first of its kind to test the role of cableless acquisition technology in the future of exploration in the Middle East.

With approximately 1,000 ultra channels on the ground performing at the same pace as the cable-based production crew in the 14-day pilot, this project provided a realistic opportunity for evaluating the potential for cableless technology.

The successful project assessed the operational efficiency of different deployment configurations, provided operational metrics to gauge performance, and supplied data quality comparisons with coincident geophone arrays.

Jason Criss, Vice President of Field Support for Ascend, commented, We are encouraged with the success of the pilot project in demonstrating that the Ultra System works very efficiently in this setting. Simple advantages gained through reduced footprint and operational requirements can easily translate into strategies for ultra efficient high channel count crews that are potentially smaller and more economical than the exclusively cable-based crews at work in Saudi Arabia today.

Mr. Criss went on to say, This signals a growing momentum for the acceptance of cableless technology in land seismic acquisition, not only in diverse, difficult project areas, but as a realistic technology pathway in achieving efficient mega-projects. We are obviously very excited to move forward quickly to establish the benefits for the marketplace.

About Ascend Geo

Ascend Geo is a leading provider of cableless seismic recording equipment for land geophysical exploration. Headquartered in Denver, Colorado, Ascend has offices in Houston, Texas, and representatives in China, the Middle East, and Latin America. For additional information, visit Contact Ascend Geo (Media Affairs), Director of Marketing, Ms. Sue Jackson, +1-720-881-4012.

About Saudi Aramco

Owned by the Saudi Arabian Government, Saudi Aramco is a fully-integrated, global petroleum enterprise, and a world leader in exploration and producing, refining, distribution, shipping and marketing. The company manages proven reserves of 260 billion barrels of oil and manages the fourth-largest gas reserves in the world, 263 trillion cubic feet. In addition to its headquarters in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Aramco has affiliates, joint ventures and subsidiary offices in China, Japan, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, India, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States. For more information, go to

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