The E&P Sound & Marine Life Joint Industry 
Programme<> (SML JIP) has issued a Request for 
Proposals (RFP) to further understand the potential environmental impact and/or 
benefit of using marine vibrator technology for the acquisition of geophysical 

There is a range of source technologies and source methods currently under 
development aimed at delivering an alternative technology to compressed air 
source for use in geophysical data acquisition. Marine vibrator technology is 
one such alternative currently under development, and is the technology of 
specific focus for this RFP. This preliminary desk-top study will evaluate the 
available source measurements from marine vibrator designs currently under 
development in order to complete an informed comparison with compressed air 
sources and better understand the potential environmental impacts of marine 
vibrator technology and its operating conditions. These impacts could include 
those which might call for further investigation due to the nature and 
magnitude of the risk potential identified in this preliminary study.

This study will build upon previous SML JIP research which completed an 
environmental assessment of marine vibrator technology using a set of 
hypothetical source characteristics compared to a conventional compressed air 
source array.

Applicants will need to demonstrate expertise on acoustics, geophysical 
exploration sources, data quality and acquisition methods, and the biology of 
marine mammals, fish, and invertebrates. It also preferable for applicants to 
have experience of working on Environmental Assessment within the oil & gas 

The RFP can be downloaded from the SML JIP website here:

The deadline for proposal submission is 7 October 2016.

If you have questions regarding this RFP or the SML JIP, please send an email 
message to<>

Sarah Lindsay Tsoflias
Communications Committee Chair
E&P Sound & Marine Life Joint Industry Programme

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