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CASE STUDY: Daning, China


Global Mountain Solutions (GMS) helped complete a 2D Seismic project for an Oil and Gas client focused on Exploration and Production. This project was completed in China from July-August 2013.

Client Type: Oil and Gas - E&P
What: 2D Seismic Project
Where: Daning, China
When: April - July 2013


  • Created a safe work environment in difficult mountainous terrain
  • Created a detailed emergency response plan
  • Provided rescue services
  • No injuries or LTI’s (Lost Time Injury)
  • Conducted quality control activities


  • Created a safe work environment in difficult mountainous terrain
  • Provided operational efficiencies in difficult terrain
  • No injuries or LTI’s (Lost Time Injury)
  • Quality Control conducted

Customer Needs

With high safety expectations, our client wanted to ensure that the extremely hazardous and varied terrain was incorporated into the project planning phase in order to identify and mitigate risks throughout the completion of the project. The prospect laid on a sparsely vegetated and heavily eroded loess plateau. A dendrite pattern of deep canyons and steep ravines and sinkholes had been eroded out of the plateau forming complex and convoluted topography. Elevation gains between the valley bottom and plateau range between 50-350 meters with steep to vertical walls characteristic of loess deposits. The canyon walls are easily excavated by both erosion and human activity and the steep faces were unsupportive to a person’s weight. The region was subject to continental monsoon climate with heaviest rainfall occurring during the months of July and August. Loess is highly susceptible to erosion during rain storms. Rain not only caused slumping, landslides, and sinkholes, but also quickly saturated the top layers of the topsoil making for slippery and tenuous footing in wet conditions. This terrain had the potential to be very dangerous and unsafe to perform the activities required to complete the project.


An initial terrain assessment was completed ahead of the start of operations. The assessment identified that much of the proposed survey lay in hazardous terrain. The report included site-specific risks and suggested mitigations to reduce hazards to field crews. GMS mountaineers provided rescue services, safe terrain facilitation via mountain safety training and coaching of crews in difficult terrain, as well as providing expert assessments of another contractor's field work practices and also assisted these contractors in the field whenever possible. In order to successfully provide mountain safety training and rescue a comprehensive detailed terrain emergency response plan was completed that met OGP report 423 guidelines was in place before operations commenced. This was tested throughout the completion of the project to ensure continuous improvement as well as training management, medics, and doctors for difficult rescue practices.


Having GMS incorporated into the planning phase of the project allowed for proper hazard, risk, and mitigation planning which created a safe work environment to complete the seismic project successfully. During the course of the project not only were there no lost time injuries (LTI’s) but project efficiencies were created by using GMS solutions to complete work in difficult terrain, this included rope access and facilitated guidance through difficult terrain. The GMS team also provided quality control and assurance by assisting BGP with their activities when possible as well as ensuring that the project activities were completed according to industry standard.

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