By the beginning of the 70’s seismic survey became a major
method of exploration of oil-and-gas-promising areas. In 1973
Ministry of Oil Industry of the USSR, giving crucial role to technical
upgrading of national seismic survey, decided to establish in
Gomel a specialized organization for developing and
manufacturing of non-explosive seismic sources, which started to
work in July 1973 and in December of the following year was
reorganized into Design Office of seismic equipment.
38 designers, workers and employees laid the foundation of
collective scientific production association "Seismotekhnika”, A.S.
Shahinian, A.G. Asan-Jalalov, A.A. Pevnev, A.P. Androsenko, V.G.
Poznyakov, P.P. Manoylenko and others stood at its origins.
In 1974 the number of employees was 107 persons, the total area
of buildings was 5,000 m2.
1974 was a year of the beginning of development of new pulsed
sources of seismic signals SR-32 and hydraulic vibration sources
such as SV-10/100, not inferior to the performance characteristics
of the best foreign specimens.
In 1975 14 surface sources of seismic signals SR-32 and two
sources of seismic vibration of SV-10/100 had already been made.
In 12 years the company grew almost tenfold.
The enterprise was under active construction: in 1985 production
area was already 15 700 m2, the company employed more than
197 units of technological equipment. Number of employees
amounted to 1,046 people. In the structure of the company there
were 40 departments, laboratories, creative teams, experimental
and pilot production. 43 topics of research and development work,
134 items of geophysical equipment, stands and spare parts were
From 1976 to 1987 – Design Office “Seismotekhnika” regularly
presented its products at the Exhibition of Economic Achievements
of the USSR. During this time, it exhibited such products as:
• Surface pulsed seismic signal source SI-32;
• Sample vibratory seismic sources of arctic type SVA-10/100;
• Vibroseis source SV-10/100;
• Control System BUSV / HS;
• Lubricators L-210;
• Pilot model SV-10/150;
• Software "Vibrotest.
Serial production of seismic sources SV-10/100 began in 1980. By
1987 more than 100 vibration sources SV-10/100 had been made
and passed to geophysical trusts.
Since 1977 they started the development of the workover unit
ARS-32, a pilot model of which was produced in 1981.
By order № 275 as of May 31, 1988 Design Office
“Seismotekhnika” was transformed into the Scientific-Production
Association of seismic technology with pilot production.
In addition to production of vibration sources, the enterprise
produced 134 items of various new vehicles, equipment and
facilities for geophysicists.
During this period 113 patent applications were filed, 74 inventor's
certificates were received. 14 applications for industrial samples
were drawn with 13 certificates received.
They continued further in-depth development of vibration sources:
1987 - SV-10/180
1991 - SV-16/150, SV-10/180 MP SVS-12/150
1992 - SV-22/150, SVP-20/80, transport base SBGSH-snow-
1994 - SV-20/120, SV-16/120, North option on BMP, BUSV MT /
1995 - SV27/150
Apart from this, various types of equipment were developed:
1991 - lubricators L-7/50M, L-140/50, logging unit SCS-5
1992 - unit for borehole seismic KSR-5
1993 – workover unit A-50M
1995 - unit for recovering of stuck pipes ALP, standalone logging
Nevertheless, the rupture of economic ties between the countries
of the former Soviet Union severely hit the economic stability of the
enterprise and the industry as a whole.
The deepening economic crisis forced to abandon the narrow
specialization and to seek new lines of development. An invaluable
aid in this situation was the inclusion of the enterprise in the state
program of import substitution.
Was developed - the unit for transportation of heavy solutions
APTR-12 - in 1998, block pump unit UND-1, wellhead platform OB-
53M - 1999, drilling rig VB-53M, block for fuels and lubricants
GSM, mud cleaning unit BKO, technological platform TP-20, jet
pumps type NS-605 and NS-608 - 2000, pump units ACHF-1000,
catwalks for A-60RT, A-50M - 2001, mud cleaning and disposal
unit "BOBR", a set of well equipment KOIS-5000 - 2002, pump-
circulation unit ANTS for A 70RT and HRI 300, mobile coagulation-
flocculation plant KFU-34 - 2003.
At the same time further development continued in the area of
geophysical equipment - production of vibration sources of seismic
signals SV-30/120M on Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant transport base
was started. In 2004 the company produced 23 units of vibration
sources with pushing force from 20 to 30 tons.
All these measures not only helped to preserve the enterprise, but
also laid a solid foundation for further sustainable development,
and more importantly gave the opportunity to keep a team of
In 2004, according to the state program the company was
reorganized into Open Joint Stock Company "Seismotekhnika”.
Thanks to successful cooperation with oilmen the company was
able to quickly master the manufacture of a wide range of oilfield
equipment that meets all modern requirements, that is:
- Mobile drilling rigs l/c-125 t
- Mobile units for repair and drilling of wells l/c 80 - 100 t
- Drilling mud cleaning systems
- Mobile Power Plants
- Blocks of fuels and lubricants
- Technology Platforms
- Other accessories
In 2008 - 2010 years of "Seismotekhnika" was certified as
compliant with the international systems ISO 9001 - 2009, ISO
14001-2005, ISO 18001-2009.
In 2011, an Italian company Drillmec SpA - the world leader in the
manufacturing of oilfield equipment – purchased 19% of
Seismotekhnika’s shares. This event opens a new stage in the
development of the company.
In 2013, the Italian company Drillmec S.p.A. becomes the major
shareholder (51%) of JSC "Seismotekhnika".