Hydrographic Software News

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Tech File: Kongsberg’s Compact Survey Vessel

grids makes it a fast and accurate addition to the surveyor’s portfolio.   The new GeoSwath 4R system offers unsurpassed productivity in shallow waters with at least 12x water depth coverage right up to the waterline complying with the performance standards defined by the International Hydrographic Organization’s performance standards for bathymetric data. The new Dual Ping system provides double the data density along track resolution compared to previous GeoSwath Plus system. As well as significant hardware changes, there has also been a major update to the associated processing

Noble Globetrotter I (Photo: Sonardyne)

Noble Drillship Gets a DP Upgrade

Offshore drilling contractor Noble Corporation plc has selected acoustically-aided inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Inc., Houston, for its ultra-deep water drillship Noble Globetrotter I. The Marksman DP-INS system is being used to provide a high integrity, independent subsea position reference for the vessel’s GE DP3 dynamic positioning (DP) system as it drills exploration wells in water depths up to 10,000 feet.   Built in 2011, the Noble Globetrotter I is significantly smaller than a conventional drillship but has the same operational capacity. The reduction in size has

Multi-Physics Imaging routinely provides geologically consistent Earth models, such as this Magnetotelluric conductivity inversion integrated with drilling data to define a hydrocarbon prospect. (Image: CGG)

CGG Launched Multi-Physics Imaging Group

 CGG’s Multi-Physics business line has launched its Multi-Physics Imaging group, consolidating its recognized expertise in multi-physics data processing and interpretation, trusted technical consulting services and specialized commercial software development into a single global team.    As a complement to CGG’s seismic Subsurface Imaging capabilities, Multi-Physics Imaging helps oil and gas, geothermal and mining companies around the world gain a more complete understanding of the subsurface by optimizing the value of non-seismic geophysical data in their exploration

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Gnostech President Takes Controlling Ownership

Current president of Gnostech Inc., James Espino, has acquired the controlling ownership of the company from Braxton Science & Technology Group (BSTG) on May 19, 2017. As the president and controlling owner of Gnostech, Espino will lead the company into the future. “This is an exciting time for Gnostech. We can pursue new and emerging government contracting opportunities that leverage our diverse range of capabilities,” he said. “In the end, we will continue to provide the quality, technology-driven solutions and services to support the warfighter – something we’ve

Kraken Invests in German Subsea Components Firm

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has acquired a minority interest in ENITECH Subsea GmbH, renamed Kraken Power GmbH, a provider of specialized deep sea components for underwater robotics based in Rostock, Germany.   Kraken Power GmbH, led by Dr. Carl Thiede, has been working on pressure tolerant technology and products for the subsea market for the past 10 years and is a specialist in deep-sea components for autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). Pressure tolerant components are electronic components or assemblies that can operate satisfactorily under high pressure

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Klein Marine Systems: Side Scan Sonar Training

Side scan sonar systems manufacturer Klein Marine Systems will host a three-day side scan sonar training course at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye Beach, N.H., with practical sessions on UNH Gulf Challenger, based in Newcastle, N.H.   Participants will develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as get hands-on experience with single beam sonars such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900 and the high-speed, Multi-Beam Klein 5000 V2.   The course, to be held June 20-22, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., is geared toward hydrographers, first responders, police and firefighters

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ISF Watchkeeper Upgraded

 The International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and IT Energy have announced the launch of the latest release of their acclaimed ISF Watchkeeper software – ISF Watchkeeper 3.5 – developed for maintaining records of individual seafarers’ work hour records, as required by IMO and ILO regulations, and to help prevent crew fatigue and to avoid issues with Port State Control.  This major upgrade, which is available free of charge to existing ISF Watchkeeper users on over 8, 000 ships worldwide, has been designed to reflect the evolving needs of those at sea and managers ashore.

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Fugro Begins Survey for Norwegian Hydrographic Service

Fugro said it has commenced a hydrographic survey encompassing an area of Norwegian waters of approximately 15,000 square kilometers.   Awarded by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service, the contract value is 34.5 million NOK (approximately $4 million). The survey is part of the MAREANO program, for which Fugro has completed a number of surveys since 2006. The Norwegian program maps depth and topography, sediment composition, contaminants, biotopes and habitats. It takes place in the Barents Sea with various areas located above the 78th parallel and typical water depths ranging from 80 to 3

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Nautisk, MarineMTS to Provide ENC Auto-Updates

 Global maritime software solutions provider Nautisk has announced that it is working with MarineMTS to provide automatic ENC updates to vessels sailing with ECDIS.   Nautisk’s new Head of Innovation and Product Development Kjetil Bentsen said: “We approached MarineMTS to work with us to develop a service that would facilitate automatic updates of ENCs onboard vessels sailing global routes.”   “The solution that we are launching is revolutionary as it is non type-specific, meaning that it will work with ANY existing ECDIS and through any communication channel.

US Navy Partners with ALFA International

The Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport has entered into an agreement with ALFA International Inc. of Woonsocket, R.I. for the commercialization of NUWC XP-1, a high-performance polyurethane developed for protection of marine acoustic and optical equipment. The two-part polyurethane exhibits good hydrolytic stability and acoustic properties while also being optically clear, the manufacturer said. NUWC XP-1 can be cured at room or elevated temperatures in less than 24 hours. “Navy chemists and material scientists first developed the polyurethane known as NUWC XP-1 in the

New software from SEA will benefit the environmental data science community in areas such as interpreting ocean temperatures (Image: SEA)

Open-source Software for Environmental Science Community

Innovative data visualization software developed by Cohort company SEA is available as open-source for the environmental data science community.   The software, developed by SEA’s Research and Technical Support (RTS) division, enables users to easily access environmental data from servers over the Internet and view it in a variety of different ways.  The highly interactive data viewing enables rapid analysis and understanding of the features of complex, high dimensionality data.   RTS has used it for analyzing oceanographic data variability in order to better understand

Atair II (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Germany Chooses Kongsberg Research Ship Concept

A double digit multi-million Euro contract was signed by Kongsberg Maritime and Fassmer Werft on April 4th, 2017, following the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency’s (BSH) approval of Kongsberg to deliver a unique technical solution based on its ground-breaking Integrated Vessel Concepts for the newbuild research vessel Atair II, which will be built at the Fassmer yard in Berne. Kongsberg's Integrated Research Vessel concept will unite operational hydrographic and energy functions on board, facilitating seamless information sharing, enhanced efficiency and long-term life cycle

Fugro Awarded Survey Work Papua New Guinea

 Fugro has been awarded a total of six hydrographic survey contracts by the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) of Papua New Guinea to help contribute capacity development in the country, which has over 5,000 kilometers of coastline.   The surveys will be conducted utilizing a combination of Fugro’s Airborne LiDAR Bathymetry (ALB) and multibeam echo sounder (MBES) sensors and a seamless dataset will be delivered to the NMSA.   “As a pioneer of ALB development, Fugro has a solid track record in applying this advanced technology for mapping shallow water environments

The Nexus 2 features bi-directional spread spectrum acoustics for precise and reliable positioning (Image: Applied Acoustics)

STR Doubles Order from Applied Acoustics

Having chosen this year’s Ocean Business conference to order its first Nexus 2 USBL system, Subsea Technology and Rentals Ltd (STR) have subsequently presented Applied Acoustics with a second order, doubling its requirement for the tracking systems.   Nexus 2 is the second generation two-way digital system designed and produced by the U.K. headquartered company.  Developed with an emphasis on providing optimum performance over an extended operational range, the Nexus 2 creates a reliable and secure acoustic link with low susceptibility to interference.   “We’re

BMT Takes New Approach to Big Data Management

BMT Group subsidiary BMT Scientific Marine Services has launched an initiative driven by over 20 years’ experience of measuring and modeling data for the global oil and gas industry.   The solution, Data Exploration and Analytics Platform for Actionable Insights (DEAP-AI), is an intelligent studio capable of processing large and small datasets using a rich set of processing libraries, developed with support from IT company Capgemini and hosted by an cloud service provider Amazon Web Services (AWS).   “Our goal with this platform is to unify data acquisition, transmission

Richard Dentzman (Photo: Klein Marine Systems)

Klein Hires Dentzman as Sales Manager

. Throughout his career, Dentzman has developed markets for a variety of underwater mapping and navigation systems.   He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the SS American Memorial and he is affiliated and actively involved with the Navy Submarine League, U.S. Submarine Veterans, U.S. Hydrographic Society, Navy League, U.S. Naval Institute, American Association of Port Authorities and the Mine Warfare Association.    Dentzman holds a Master of Science (MS) in Geological Oceanography from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Geology from the University

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How Deep is the Ocean?

, the science of surveying and charting bodies of water, is essential to the safe, sustainable and cost-effective use of the world’s oceans.    This was International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s message at the 1st Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in Monaco (24 April).   Around 90% of the world’s oceans and 50% of coastal waters have never had their depth measured. And there are higher resolution maps of the Moon, Mars and Venus than for most of the world’s maritime areas.   In this context,

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Swedish Hydrographic Office Implements CARIS Production System

Teledyne CARIS said its Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) has been implemented as the Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) production system, replacing the legacy software previously employed by SMA for the management of spatial data.   The SMA is responsible for accessibility and safety in the Swedish waters. Services include but are not limited to, pilotage, icebreaking, maritime traffic information, maritime and aeronautical search and rescue and hydrography.   HPD supports the creation of paper and electronic charts, special publications and data services and has been customized

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Valeport Appoints Harvey as Financial Director

U.K. based manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation Valeport has appointed Phill Harvey to the new post of financial director. He joins the senior management team to oversee all financial aspects of the business.    Harvey brings to the role more than 30 years’ experience in the financial sector supporting many SME manufacturers and exporters. His commercial background includes roles at Handelsbanken and Lloyds Bank.   Valeport managing director, Matt Quartley, said, “Valeport is rapidly expanding into new markets, delivering new

General Atomics LiFT Batteries to Support UUV

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) has been awarded a contract to provide its Lithium-ion Fault Tolerant (LiFT) battery system for the Semi-Autonomous Hydrographic Reconnaissance Vehicle (SAHRV), a small, portable underwater vehicle (UUV).   GA-EMS is part of a team working with the U.S. Department of Defense to design, fabricate, deliver and conduct at-sea testing of the LiFT battery system for use on the SAHRV platform. The SAHRV UUV is intended for shallow water surveillance to scan, detect and identify mines and other obstacles.    “Our modular, flexible LiFT

CNO Tours Newest Oceanographic Survey Ship

and Naval Postgraduate School. The task force will develop a five-year roadmap designed to accelerate ocean science that supports the Navy's mission.    Richardson was interested in how USNS Maury will enhance the work of Task Force Ocean by helping us learn more about the ocean, including hydrographic surveys of uncharted regions and advancing our understanding of how the ocean water column, sea surface and seafloor advance underwater acoustic system performance.    "Advancing the capabilities that USNS Maury and her crew represent is the reason we've stood up Task Force Ocean

Ocean Infinity Awards Software Contract to 4D Nav

Ocean Infinity said it has awarded a contract to 4D Nav for InfinityView, a mission planning and monitoring software for their multiple autonomous vehicle systems.   The software will optimize the mission planning for all autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV), unmanned surface vehicles (USV) and the host vessel by applying deep learning technology. As the planned missions are being executed all of the autonomous vehicles and the host vessel will be tracked against their planned missions. If any deviations occur InfinityView will dynamically update the mission plan to allow corrective decisions

Subsea View of Inverted Helical Grooves on Drill Riser Buoyancy (Image: Trelleborg)

Revolutionizing Deepwater Drilling Riser Buoyancy

Software analysis and vortex-induced vibration (VIV) for access in extreme conditions   The ability of advanced software analysis capabilities to produce high performance, robust and dependable solutions is revolutionizing deep water drilling and production. By increasing the performance of products before they even enter the water, companies using software analysis capabilities are able to provide the solutions needed to combat the increasing harsh environments presented by the offshore world.    Maximizing Efficiencies As exploration of offshore oil and gas continues to move into

Joint hydrographic and seabed characterization survey in coastal waters off Davis station, Antarctica. (Photo: Royal Australian Navy)

Australian Scientists Study the Antarctic

what lives there. This information can then be used to better manage this unique environment. Marine geoscientist Dr. Alix Post participated in a voyage to the Sabrina Coast region of East Antarctica on board the RV Investigator. The voyage, led by Macquarie University, completed the most extensive hydrographic survey in East Antarctica to date and collected long sediment cores that contain a rich archive of climate information. In addition, the survey completed detailed assessments of benthic ecosystems, studying the organisms that live on or near the seafloor and mapped the seafloor, in support of

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SBG Systems Debuts New Post-processing Software

 SBG Systems has unveiled its new in-house post-processing software Qinertia at the Ocean Business show in Southampton, U.K. After the survey, this full-feature software gives access to offline RTK corrections, and process inertial and GNSS raw data to further enhance accuracy and secure the survey.   For more than 10 years, SBG Systems has been designing inertial navigation systems from the internal Inertial Measurement Unit to the filtering with GNSS data. Expert in real-time data fusion, the company takes another step in the surveying industry by unveiling Qinertia, a fully in-house

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New Survey Equipment for Port of Hamburg

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has added its third integrated dual head multibeam survey system to its range of hydrographic survey equipment.   HPA conducts around 900 surveys per year in the port of Hamburg, and it uses its smallest survey vessel Deepenschriewer IV primarily for multibeam surveys for depth control and documenting in shallow water areas.   For this purpose, MBT, MacArtney Germany, has supplied, installed, and set to work a dual head multibeam echo sounder system that includes high-resolution multibeam echo sounder Teledyne RESON SeaBat T20-R, a Valeport SWiFT sound

NovAtel Unveils Oceanix Nearshore Service

positioning technology, has unveiled its Oceanix Nearshore correction service at Ocean Business in Southampton, UK.   Oceanix Nearshore, a subscription-based GNSS correction service for Precise Point Positioning (PPP), provides sub-decimetre positioning for marine applications such as dredging, hydrographic survey, mapping and coastal patrolling. The robustness of Oceanix infrastructure sets it apart from the competition. Oceanix precise corrections data is generated utilizing a network of over 80 strategically located GNSS reference stations globally. Oceanix high rate corrections ensure the

FairfieldNodal, Ikon Science Team Up

FairfieldNodal has announced an exclusive alliance with Ikon Science, an industry leader in geoprediction software sales and services, to offer complete reservoir services to the oil and gas industry.   For nearly four decades, FairfieldNodal has been a trusted industry resource for multi-client seismic, data acquisition and data processing services. With this strategic alliance, the company can offer its customers an expanded technology portfolio that includes data acquisition, data processing and, now, reservoir services.   To meet today’s challenging economic environment,

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Kongsberg Introduces cNODE Micro

Kongsberg will unveil the innovative cNODE Micro system at Ocean Business this week. As the smallest member of the highly regarded cNODE series of subsea transponders, the new cNODE micro is designed to provide range accuracy better than 2 cm and is ideally suited for divers and shallow water ROVs, at depths down to 600 meters. With dimensions of 245 x 55 mm, cNODE Micro is both compact and light weight. It uses Kongsberg Maritime’s proprietary Cymbal digital acoustic protocols to provide the optimal positioning performance using the Kongsberg range of SSBL systems, from μPAP through

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EvoLogics at Ocean Business 2017

EvoLogics GmbH, experts in underwater information systems from Berlin, Germany, will proudly showcase the company’s recent developments at the Ocean Business 2017 exhibition in Southampton, UK, including new products, developer solutions and successful R&D efforts.   EvoLogics GmbH from Berlin, Germany, designs and manufactures underwater communication and positioning systems as well as smart robotic solutions. The company’s core technologies stem from bionic concepts that fuse state-of-the-art engineering with the best ideas found in nature. EvoLogics “ecosystem” of

Multibeam bathymetry on the Mississippi River at Baton Rouge  (Photo: Teledyne)

Teledyne CARIS Launches HIPS Essential

Teledyne CARIS has announced  the release of HIPS Essential, the newest edition to the flagship HIPS and SIPS suite of products. It has been designed keeping the needs of Ports and Waterways, small survey companies and small hydrographic offices in mind. HIPS Essential is a lightweight subset of the powerful HIPS and SIPS application. It is ideally suited for organizations or individuals wanting a streamlined software package for bathymetry processing. HIPS Essential includes the tools necessary to support both singlebeam and multibeam sonar data including the necessary calibration routines

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ScanFish ROTVs Now Feature ‘3D’ Steering

The EIVA ScanFish remotely operated towed vehicle (ROTV) models have always been able to follow the seabed, keep a fixed depth, or undulate up and down through the water. Up until now, it has not been possible to also have the ROTV effectively move side-to-side.   However, after trying out various setups and running tests with customers to ensure feasibility, ScanFish ROTVs have an additional way to move through the water. EIVA has developed a way to modify existing ScanFish ROTV models with ‘3D’ steering – that is, the ability to not only swim up and down, but sideways as

Six micro-UUVs ready for delivery (Photo: Riptide)

UUV Manufacturer Aims Big by Going Small

Riptide looks to outfit a growing market: smaller UUVs   Unmanned undersea vehicles (UUVs) trace their history to the Special Purpose Underwater Research Vehicle (SPURV) developed by the University of Washington’s Applied Physics Laboratory in 1957. While the UUV was conceived decades ago it was the remotely operated undersea vehicle (ROV) market, with offshore oil and gas providing a significant driver, which initially saw significant technical and product developments.    It was not till the late 1980s and early 1990s, that UUVs began to be noticed again.   New

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US Navy ROV Gets a New Assignment

A U.S. Navy remotely operated vehicle, designed and built by Phoenix, has been transferred to Undersea Rescue Command.   Tasked by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Office of the Director of Ocean Engineering, Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) to design and build a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) to conduct salvage operations to water depths of 2,000 feet of seawater (fsw), Phoenix International Holdings, Inc. took the vehicle, originally named Hydros, from a “blank piece of paper” to a completed ROV ready for at-sea testing within the span of 10 months.

Man and machine: Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems team are determined to deliver the standard operating platform for the marine industry. (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea: Redefining the Connection between Man and Machine

Ben Kinnaman and his Greensea Systems crew are on a mission to have its software backbone become the standard of subsea robotics and the marine industry, bringing a paradigm change in the relationship between man and machine. From his Richmond, Vermont headquarters, he explains.   To kick things off, can you share with our readers how you came to found and own Greensea? I grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina; I grew up on the water. My first job was at 13 working on fishing boats and sailboats, and then I started diving. I went to school and earned an undergraduate degree in physics

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New Full Color 3D Underwater Laser Imaging System

Kraken Sonar Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotik GmbH will introduce its new SeaVision system at the Ocean Business conference to be held in Southampton, U.K. from April 4-6, 2017.   The SeaVision RGB underwater laser imaging system offers the resolution, range and scan rate to deliver dense full color 3D point cloud images of subsea infrastructure with millimeter accuracy in real time. The initial system is designed for deployment on underwater robotic platforms such as remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs) and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). A handheld diver system is planned for

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Greensea Hires Gomez as Engineering Technician

Greensea has appointed Morgan Gomez as Engineering Technician. He is responsible for hardware integration and software configuration for several customers, including VideoRay, SeaBotix, STIDD and Outland Technology. Gomez earned his Associates of Applied Science Degree, Engineering Technology - Unmanned Aerial Systems from Northwestern Michigan College, and is pursuing a degree in electrical engineering. “Morgan was hired as an intern, but after seeing his exceptional work and ability to quickly learn new systems, we knew he had to be a permanent part of our team,” said Jason LaShelle

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SoCal Tech Focus: Blue Robotics

Blue Robotics, based in Torrance, Calif., makes the BlueROV2, the world’s most affordable high-performance remotely operated vehicle (ROV). With a six-thruster vectored configuration, open-source electronics and software and plenty of expandability, it’s the perfect ROV for inspections, research and adventuring. Production began in Torrance in July 2016, and there are now more than 200 vehicles in the wild to date. A high quality and low cost design paired with a highly configurable and customizable design, the BlueROV2 is suitable for a plethora of jobs. The BlueROV2 utilizes the open

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Teledyne Marine to Unveil New Tech at Ocean Business

group’s autonomous surface vehicles (ASV) and remotely operated vehicles (ROV) outfitted with a suite of Teledyne payload. Pre-registration for these sessions is available here.   For those looking to get out on the water, Teledyne will also conduct demonstrations of its multibeam, hydrographic software and underway SV technologies onboard the Falcon Spirit throughout the event.  Attendees can pre-register here, or sign up on-site at the Teledyne Marine stand.   Attendees interested in pre-scheduling a meeting with a member of Teledyne Marine at Ocean Business can request

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Hydrographic Surveys for MCA in the Shetland Islands

MMT has since 2006 been one of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency´s Civil Hydrography Program survey providers of high resolution multi-beam bathymetry, providing hydrographic data for updating nautical charts for safe navigation and efficient maritime transport. Currently MMT UK, based in Banbury Oxfordshire, is undertaking two hydrographic surveys in the Shetland Islands on behalf of the Maritime & Coastguard Agency.   One survey runs from Yell to Unst and is a 45 day survey running along the coastlines. The other survey is a 90 day survey from Yell to Lerwick and is covering a

The worksite (Image: DOF Subsea UK)

Next-Generation Subsea Metrology: Better Measurements, Fast

DOF Subsea, together with subsea technology companies Sonardyne, 2G Robotics and Seatronics (an Acteon company), successfully demonstrated a new underwater surveying technique in December that could significantly shorten the time needed to map underwater structures and offshore sites.    Representatives from across the North Sea energy sector, including senior figures from oil majors, contracting companies and service providers, attended the demonstrations which were held over three days at The Underwater Centre in Fort William.    The event was organized by DOF Subsea to

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SoCal Tech Focus: Planck Aerosystems

OINA attendees got a chance to see Planck’s technology in action in South San Diego Bay.   Planck’s guidance, navigation and control system enables fully autonomous flight of a drone, to and from a small boat, at sea, all while underway. Demo attendees were chosen from across the hydrographic, oceanographic research and government sectors, and spent an hour on Planck’s test boat. Having never previously flown a drone, attendees were given a tablet, and were able to plan a mission, launch the aircraft and land the aircraft on the boat, all while underway. The aircraft does all

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OSIL to Launch Next Gen Small Field Buoy

Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) said it will introduce the latest incarnation of the Small Field Buoy at the Ocean Business show in Southampton, U.K.   The platform, which is now a more maneuverable 55cm in diameter, also offers an improvement to the high visibility profile of previous platforms, meaning it is better suited to frequent redeployments in high-traffic coastal and port areas, according to the manufacturer. The buoy is suitable for all applications, including scientific studies, water quality monitoring, coastal engineering projects, harbor and coastal monitoring and

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SBG Systems Upgrades Its Ekinox Series

SBG Systems said it will soon present its new generation of advanced and compact inertial navigation systems, the Ekinox 2 Series.   The Ekinox Series is a line of tactical grade MEMS-based inertial navigation systems first released in 2013. The newest generation – set for launch at the U.S. Hydro Show, in Galveston, Texas – is now twice more accurate in attitude due to a complete redesign of the in-house Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) integrating cutting-edge gyroscopes and accelerometers.    Ekinox 2 Series is fully compliant with IHO standards. It provides 0.02°

From left to right: Jakob Prei, EVA-320 and Kaja (Photo by Marko Kesküla)

Case Study: Surveying Wrecks around Estonia

those lost during WWII, pose a potential environmental threat because of their cargo and fuel. High resolution Multibeam sonar systems help find and identify such wrecks. Below are some examples of wrecks surveyed using a Teledyne RESON SeaBat 7125.   About the Estonian Maritime Administration Hydrographic Department The Hydrographic Department of the Estonian Maritime administration was founded in 1993. Its primary purpose is to conduct hydrographic surveys in Estonian waters, including inland waterways.   There are 13 surveyors at work in the Hydrographic Department. The survey season

DEDAVE AUV in Fraunhofer’s test tank in Ilmenau, Germany (Photo: Kraken)

Kraken, Fraunhofer Ink Tech Licensing Deal

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement for underwater robotics technology with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Optronics, System Technologies and Image Exploitation (IOSB) in a strategic move to further strengthen its IP portfolio.   Fraunhofer is the largest organization for applied research in Europe with 69 institutes, over 24,500 employees and a €2.1 billion annual budget. Since 2012, Fraunhofer has been developing intellectual property and technology related to underwater robotics. Over C$6 million has been invested in Fraunhofer's underwater

Wave Glider with BGAN dome, two cameras and additional sensors (Photo: Liquid Robotics)

Tech File: BGAN Satcom for the Wave Glider

Equipping unmanned systems in the ocean with faster and higher bandwidth communications options opens doors for researchers to more effectively monitor, manage and protect the ocean. Liquid Robotics now offers a BGAN satellite communication option for the Wave Glider, an unmanned surface vehicle, that enables persistent and mobile ocean monitoring over long durations. This service allows a Wave Glider to access 100x more satellite bandwidth (464 kbps vs 2.4 kbps) in locations around the world, when compared to traditional approaches such as Iridium RUDICS based communications. The additional bandwidth

Trimble to Distribute Teledyne's PDS Software

Trimble partners with Teledyne Marine to distribute its software for construction, hydrographic survey and dredging operations   A new agreement will see Trimble distribute a branded version of Teledyne's PDS software package for hydrographic survey, construction and dredging operations—Trimble Marine Construction Software. The software provides measurement and positioning to improve marine construction efficiency and safety.   According to Trimble, its Trimble Marine Construction Software expands its portfolio and extends its connected approach for marine construction companies to

Joe Turner, Co-founder, Exocetus, and the Exocetus Coastal Glider (Photo: Greensea)

Exocetus Selects Greensea for Navigation and Control

Another Greensea system is entering the market – this time with the versatile, long duration, Exocetus Coastal Glider. Greensea is providing its commercially available navigation, control and automation product based on the patent-pending OPENSEA operating platform – the first operating platform for the marine industry – for the command and control of the Exocetus vehicle and sensors.     The Exocetus AUV carries more payload and is faster than competing gliders, according to the manufacturer. It also operates well in changing salinity conditions common along the coast.

Domenti Apakidze on the Black Sea with his JW Fishers side scan sonar (Photo: JW Fishers)

Sonar Systems Help Search Teams, Scientists and Salvors

providing topside personnel a clear picture in a low visibility environment, letting them guide the diver directly to the job site.   When two recreational scuba divers went missing off Gonio, a coastal town on the Black Sea, Domenti Apakidze was working on a research project with the State Hydrographic Service in the Republic of Georgia. Domenti and his team offered to assist in the search using their JW Fishers SSS-100K/600K side scan. This sonar is a tool commonly used in hydrographic surveys. It creates a detailed map of the underwater terrain and any obstructions on the bottom that could

KATFISH undergoing sea trials in Conception Bay South, Newfoundland in February 2017 (Photo: Kraken Sonar)

KATFISH Completes Phase One Sea Trials

Kraken Sonar Inc. said it has successfully completed phase one sea trials of its KATFISH towed Synthetic Aperture Sonar system.   Karl Kenny, Kraken’s President and CEO, said, “These are exciting times in the underwater robotics industry. Customers are starting to fully understand the cost and risk mitigation benefits of unmanned systems. Both military and commercial markets are showing encouraging growth as they are now incorporating unmanned vehicles and intelligent sensors in their procurement plans and budgets. In fact, industry analysts Market Info Group estimates that the

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Norway’s New Oceanographic Icebreaker Launched

with particular silence requirements to avoid disturbing the sea environment. The ship was built according to criteria ensuring minimum environmental impact and reduced radiation of noise underwater, so as to allow studies on fish and marine mammals. She will be able to carry out its oceanographic and hydrographic research activities in any area of operation.   The launching ceremony was attended, among others, by Jan Gunnar Winther, Director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, by Sissel Rogne, Director of the Institute for Marine Research, by Anne Husebekk, Rector of the University of Tromsø

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Saab Seaeye Invests in Engineers

Manufacturer of electric underwater robotic systems Saab Seaeye has launched a recruitment drive to find software and electrical engineers at all levels, including senior engineering management, for its Fareham, Portsmouth, Head Office and manufacturing base. According to the company, the increased investment comes as rapid advances in miniaturization and control architecture are creating smaller, smarter robotic systems that are more agile, more powerful and are bringing advanced technology and efficiencies to an ever widening range of complex tasks across many different market sectors.

Brian Allen (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Dives into International Waters

from micro to large inspection vehicles, Rovco has the resources required to provide inshore/offshore services and inspections anywhere in the world. Offering a unique approach to technical subsea challenges, Rovco has the expertise to deliver a high quality, cost effective solution for underwater hydrographic survey and inspection services, using high resolution state-of-the-art 4K cameras, scanning sonars, multibeam echosounders and sub bottom profilers.  

Brian Allen (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Dives Into International Waters

from micro to large inspection vehicles, Rovco has the resources required to provide inshore/offshore services and inspections anywhere in the world. Offering a unique approach to technical subsea challenges, Rovco has the expertise to deliver a high quality, cost effective solution for underwater hydrographic survey and inspection services, using high resolution state-of-the-art 4K cameras, scanning sonars, multibeam echosounders and sub bottom profilers.    

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SeeByte Software Supports USV

SeeByte, creator of smart software technology for unmanned systems, and ATLAS ELEKTRONIK UK (AEUK), a specialist in delivery of innovative maritime systems, have together successfully integrated SeeByte’s Neptune software onto AEUK’s ARCIMS unmanned surface vessel (USV) mission system.   ARCIMS is an USV specifically designed for multi-role applications including MCM, ASW, Hydrography and security. ARCIMS hosts the AEUK autonomy engine specifically developed for towing mission systems and includes collision avoidance capabilities. This agreement sees SeeByte and AEUK develop the

Fugro will use its deepwater survey expertise to support the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE with high resolution bathymetry data of the competition area. (Image: Fugro)

Ocean Mapping: Fugro Partner with Shell on X-Prize

by competing teams.”   Given that 85% of the world’s oceans is yet to be mapped using modern survey techniques, there is a lot of seabed yet to cover. “Fugro is working on a number of fronts to help close this data gap,” said David Millar, Fugro’s director of hydrographic services for the Americas. “Our partnership with the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is especially exciting, as the competition could result in game-changing technology that will be for the benefit of industry and our understanding of the world’s oceans.”   In addition to

Gemini 720is (Photo: Tritech)

Tritech Deploys Shark Detection Sonar

Tritech International Ltd, [Tritech], a Moog Inc. Company, has successfully deployed its first full-beach shark detection system in collaboration with Shark Mitigation Systems Ltd (SMS). The Clever Buoy system is currently active at City Beach in Perth, Australia.   Each Clever Buoy is solar powered and utilizes a PC running the jointly developed SharkTec software, with three sonars creating a continuous area of coverage. When the SharkTec software identifies a shark, a message is sent to onshore via the Clever Buoy app and is integrated into emergency services messaging to the public. City

Falcon (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Saab Seaeye’s Falcon ROV Gets a Boost

Saab Seaeye said it has enhanced the Falcon's intelligent control system with its advanced iCON behavior-based intelligent control architecture, meaning the electric robotic vehicle can now host many new features as an advanced platform for further automation and behavior-based software development.   Station‐keeping and fine position adjustment is a new attribute that reduces the operator's workload by allowing them to concentrate on the task at hand. Fitting a Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) and interface node has made this possible.   It is also now possible to add higher accuracy sensors

Forum’s ROV simulator provides two subsea missions for visitors to California Science Center. (Photo: Forum)

Forum ROV Simulator is a Hit at CA Science Center

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has delivered a custom built simulator to California Science Center, the largest hands-on science museum in the Western United States. The dual simulator station provides visitors with the experience of operating a subsea remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for themselves.   The core technology used in the simulator is Forum’s proprietary VMAX ROV Simulation Software used by Forum’s ROV customers for training and evaluation of their ROV pilots. Forum’s development team have tailored the control interface within the software to allow the virtual ROV

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