The Multi-tool of Onshore Seismic.

Hawk is an autonomous nodal system that offers unprecedented flexibility; one set of ground electronics that can support analog or digital sensors and no radio infrastructure.

The Field Station Unit can include up to 3 analog and 3 digital channels. The digital sensor interface is compatible with Accuseis and Vectorseis providing an array of channel and deployment configuration options with a single set of ground equipment.

Unmatched Flexibility.

I wish there was a nodal system that was flimsy, made data download excruciatingly slow, required separate equipment for digital and analog sensors, and used radio transmission...said NO ONE, EVER!

We believe a nodal system should be easy to operate, simple to deploy, highly durable and FAST! Having confidence in the recording and data quality when operating a nodal system is critical, so accessing and QC’ing the data must be as painless as possible. Hawk was designed with these two key considerations in mind.

Not only is it the fastest transcription process in the industry, but it’s also the only system that uses a single set of ground electronics to support analog or digital sensors. That means a single system can support almost any survey design and imaging requirements.

Say goodbye to poor equipment utilization rates, and hello to simplicity.

And did we mention that Hawk is fully integrated with G3i HD, our cable-based system?

You can combine the two systems in any way necessary and run the entire operation from a single platform -delivering one SEG-Y or SEG-D formatted dataset to clients. Now that’s real value.


  • Each Field Station Unit (FSU) stores up to 16GB of analog or digital sensor data
  • Bluetooth and WiFi enabled -no radio infrastructure required
  • Supports High Productivity Vibroseis Operations (HPVS) including slip-sweep, DS3, DS4and HFVS
  • Operational flexibility – Up to 3-channel analog geophones and INOVA digital sensors within the same field station electronics


Excited about using a different computer and operating system to manage data download and transcription? Or using two separate recording systems for hybrid ops? We didn’t think so. All INOVA recording systems are powered by a robust software called iX1 that consolidates source control and hybrid system spread management into one simplified view for the Observer. We thought you might also like to see data download and transcription progress within the same software, so we created a module for that too. Can we get you anything else to make your system more enjoyable?

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Analog Arrays

Analog Arrays

The magic happens in the Field Station Unit (FSU). The intelligence and flexibility to support various arrays including the option of a takeout cable to further decrease operational cost.

Analog arrays supported:

  • 1C analog array
  • 3x 1C analog array

Analog Sensors

Analog Sensors

Support for various analog point sensors is embedded in one simple, highly durable and lightweight box.

Analog point sensors supported:

  • 1C analog single point sensor
  • 3C analog single point sensor
  • 3x 1C single point sensor

Digital Sensors

Digital Sensors

We’ve engineered the FSU to extend the usability of the Hawk acquisition system to cover almost every scenario and imaging requirement. One small box does it all.

Digital sensors supported:

  • 1C digital single point sensor, Accuseis
  • 3C digital single point sensor, VectorSeis
  • 3x 1C digital array, Accuseis

Cable System Integration

Cable System Integration

Two systems, one dataset -beautiful harmony.

Say goodbye to the frustration of managing two recording systems for the same survey. INOVA’s Hawk and G3i HD are fully integrated so you can deliver one seamless dataset to your clients.

The onboard iX1 software in all INOVA recording systems allows you to manage the entire spread, and reflects both cable and nodal ground units on a single, intuitive display.Observers have full command and control over operations, so they can quickly QC and manage data, sources and spread diagnostics in one location.

Mixed Source

Mixed Source

It’s common to have surveys over a large area where terrain varies and dictates the use of vibs and dynamite. Hawk supports both kinds of energy sources and offers an intuitive source QC functionality through the onboard iX1 software. Hawk can also support a wide variety of High Productivity Vibroseis Operations (HPVS).

Common Data Format

Common Data Format

The power of the iX1 software provides a single common data format when operating INOVA cable and cable less systems together. No headache of merging datasets here.

Bluetooth & WiFi

We made the decision to eliminate radio infrastructure to reduce complexity and get crews up and running quickly. Crews can access station status, GPS performance and sensor diagnostic information using the QCTool with WiFi communication. For in-field data sampling, we’ve created technology that collects geophysical data using WiFi.

Speed and Accuracy

Speed and Accuracy

In our Hawk and & Quantum acquisition systems, and in our iX1 system software, we offer accurate navigation and GPS positioning information. Equipment deployment/retrieval, troubleshooting and in-field QC is more efficient and can be optimized using the reporting capabilities of iX1.

Included in every Hawk system is the QCTool and which provides the crew with full visibility over deployment/retrieval operations, equipment status and data QC, and also enable remote geophysical data harvesting.

For improved navigation and control over vibrator operations, we offer ConnexVib as an optional in-cab, upgrade to any INOVA vibrator.

In-Field Data Storage

In-Field Data Storage

Each Field Station Unit (FSU) contains 16GB of data storage or the equivalent of ~90 days with 24-hour recording at 2ms sampling using a 1C sensor. This means, with proper battery management, you can shoot for weeks before you need to download the data.

Checking the status of each FSU to ensure the sensors and equipment are functioning properly is easily managed with the iX1 onboard software and the QCTool.

Data Retrieval & Transcription

Data Retrieval & Transcription

We developed the Hawk to support downloads of continuous or shot-based data, which significantly reduces downloading time.You simply plug the nodes into the download rack (up to 24 FSUs at a time per rack, scaleable up to 624 per trailer), and within 10 minutes you have access to shot records.

We also provide several options for data conditioning including:

  • Import receiver gathers
  • Output shot gathers: correlate, correlate + stack or VOR
  • Export in either SEG-Y or SEG-D format

Batteries & Charging

Batteries & Charging

Each FSU requires a dedicated battery to support the receivers and data storage. Our lithium ion battery is 288 WHr and enables ~30 days of continous recording with 1C analog sensor. Batteries brought in for charging in the trailer can be fully charged within 6 hours. Each battery rack can support up to 32 batteries at a time.

Hawk System Specs


Sensors Supported: 1,2, or 3 channel analog; 1 -3c Digital
Operating Temperature: -40°C to +85°C
Data Storage: 16GB (upgradeable to 32GB) per Field Station Unit (FSU)
Battery Options: 288 WHr; 3.45 kg (7.6lb)
Power Consumption per FSU: 309 mW (1-channel analog)380 mW (3-channel analog)950 mW (3c digital)
Weight per FSU: 1.72 kg (3.8lb)
LED Status Indicator Station Health, Sensor Health, GPS Signal, Battery Voltage
Wireless Communication Interface Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
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