Hydrographic Software News

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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

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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.

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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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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

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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

Antarctic Survey Vessel Wyatt Earp passing an iceberg in Antarctica.. Photo: Royal Australian Navy

Wyatt Earp Continues Antarctic Mission

Station in order to facilitate improved charting in this area.   During this survey, data will also be collected by Australian Antarctic Division and Geoscience Australia for the purpose of assessing the current status of benthic habitat in the vicinity of Davis Station.  Data from these hydrographic surveys will assist with safe passage of shipping transiting this area.   Wyatt Earp is loaded onto Australia’s Antarctic Flagship, the RSV Aurora Australis, which then makes the journey from Hobart to the Australian Antarctic Stations across the Southern Ocean. Winds here can reach

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New Training Courses from Teledyne

Teledyne RESON A/S announced a new series of SeaBat and Teledyne PDS training courses set at different global locations covering the latest hardware and software technology.    Teledyne PDS and Teledyne SeaBat Multibeam Sonars are used for many seabed mapping and dredging operations.   The open courses cover Teledyne PDS for Dredge or Multibeam operations and SeaBat training. Teledyne also offers a combined training session covering everything from SeaBat installation to producing a deliverable in Teledyne PDS.     Global Training Manager, Pim Kuus, said, “Besides

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LCJ Captures Ultrasonic Solid-State Wind Sensors

LCJ Capteurs produces solid state ultrasonic wind sensors built for the harsh marine environment. Their durability and user friendly operation also lend them well to use in weather stations and industrial applications, such as agriculture. These innovative sensors are now available through Fugawi based in Toronto, Canada. Fugawi has been an industry leader in software and digital charts for the marine industry since 1995. In addition to its own software, Fugawi distributes high tech marine products such as the NMEA 2000 Actisense gateways. “We are proud to add the LCJ Capteurs’ unique

A screenshot taken from the sigma S6 Ice Navigator in use, showing an iceberg being targeted in thick pack ice. (Image: Rutter)

Atlantic Canada Profiles: Rutter

Advanced Ice Analysis &  Ice Defense   The world of onboard navigation systems is always changing, and as such, existence of convenient user-interfaces and powerful navigation capabilities are in constant evolution. Contributing to this evolution is Rutter Inc., which in the first quarter of 2017 is releasing an update to its flagship radar system, the sigma S6 Ice Navigator, adding Advanced Ice Analysis to the system. In addition, Rutter will release the new sigma S6 Ice Defense system, an ice radar system aimed at users for whom ice management is a serious operational and safety

Autonomous vessels provide the key to the future safe conduct of naval operations in hostile and hazardous environments. (Photo: Thales Group)

Tomorrow’s Defense: Unmanned Vehicles Enter the Naval Arena

.”   Technology Themes The demonstrations in Unmanned Warrior were based around the following five themes that were selected by participants: Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Information, Surveillance, Target Acquisition, and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) Command and Control Hydrographic and Geointelligence Mine Countermeasures (MCM)   “We deliberately adopted a different approach to capability demonstration in that the MOD invited participants to offer their thoughts on what future capability might look like and where technology could be exploited without

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Seafloor Systems Debuts EchoBoat-G2

Seafloor Systems, Inc., a provider of customized hydrographic mapping solutions for the survey and civil engineering communities, has designed the EchoBoat-G2 unmanned survey vessel (USV) that can execute survey missions via remote control or semi-autonomous, utilizing modified Mission Planner Drone software. With Seafloor’s AutoNav auto pilot module, the operator can preplan survey waypoints, upload via RF to the vehicle, and the EchoBoat drone will automatically execute the mission, going from waypoint to waypoint, then return to base.    Users can inspect, secure and maintain

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New Inertial Sensors for Unmanned and Autonomous Vehicles

Embedded sensing systems developer LORD Sensing MicroStrain said it has expanded its portfolio of sensors for unmanned and autonomous vehicles for air, land and sea with the introduction of the 3DM­GX5 family of inertial sensors.   “We have a large portfolio that shares the same software and protocol, allowing customers to move up and down the product line where they need varying levels of precision with MEMS Inertial Sensors or GNSS,” said Andy Winzenz, Commercial Director, LORD Sensing. “Customers can stay within the LORD family and dial into their needs. LORD continues

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Bert Instruments Adds Nexus USBL to Its Equipment Pool

based Bert Instruments’ team of consultants has been providing marine geophysical and environmental studies in the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America for petroleum companies, the U.S. Department of Defense, major Universities and private companies. The company’s expertise covers both hydrographic and oceanographic surveys and is headed up by electronic engineer Humberto Guarin PhD, skilled in digital image processing and underwater acoustics, and with some 30 years’ experience the field.   For each project specialist engineers and equipment, from its own extensive stock, is

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Case Study: Mapping a Glacial Landslide

Fraser University in Canada, and Doug Bonno, an undergraduate student at UW Tacoma. Also on site was another much larger boat, the USGS Gyre, carrying larger instrumentation aboard including a Teledyne Reson T50 and a couple of seismic systems.   The Z-Boat was equipped with a Teledyne Odom Hydrographic MB2 multibeam sonar and an SBG Ekinox-D INS, which gave the team Real Time Kinematic (RTK) position as well as heave, pitch, and roll of the vessel. The RTK data were being broadcast from a Trimble R10 base station that Shugar’s team brought on the excursion. Shugar’s team performed

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New Digital CHIRP Side Scan Sonar System

Falmouth Scientific, Inc. (FSI) has launched its new HMS-624 digital CHIRP Side Scan Sonar System, offering dual simultaneous 100/400 KHz frequency operation.   “A large percentage of our engineering and production teams, including VP of Engineering Fred Hegg and me, worked at Datasonics developing the first Digital CHIRP side scan sonar as well as their sub-bottom profiling systems” said FSI’s President and Chief Engineer, John Baker. “Our portfolio of products and systems are a reflection of that wealth of experience combined with today’s advanced technologies.

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New Ocean ICT Expo Planned for OI London

Oceanology International London expands IT, communications and data solutions focus with dedicated ‘Ocean ICT Expo’    Next year’s Oceanology International London (OI London) is set to expand with the launch of the Ocean ICT Expo, a brand new parallel exhibition focused on the IT, communications and data solutions that form the technical foundation for modern oceanspace research and industry.    Taking place in conjunction with the marine science and ocean technology event Oceanology International 2018 at ExCeL London on March 13-15, 2018, the all new Ocean

In an effort to advance the technology for marine surface vessels, a biennial competition is being held for universities to showcase their expertise; an endeavor that has been supported by Warner Linear (Photo: Warner Linear)

Warner Linear Steers Unmanned Vessel Design

Research and development into unmanned vehicles has made considerable progress in the past few years. Designing fully autonomous vehicles presents additional challenges since they need to share operational space with human-operated vehicles. In an effort to advance the technology for marine surface vessels, a biennial competition is being held for universities to showcase their expertise; an endeavor that has been supported by Warner Linear.   The development of autonomous marine vessels and the technology required to operate them will bring significant benefits to applications in search and

Mapping Drone Powered By HYPACK

Southeastern geospatial solutions company SurvTech Solutions, Inc. has selected the NEXUS 800 powered by HYPACK as its aerial mapping solution.    When asked why the HYPACK Solution was chosen, SurvTech Solutions president David O’Brien said the answer is simple: “Our goal was to acquire upland data simultaneous with subaqueous data and make a seamless point cloud of upland and submerged data. The integration of the Puck with our heading RTK GPS, IMU and sonar was extremely straightforward and HYPACK was there every step of the way. Since that integration, we have been collecting

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Monitoring Buoy Network Installed in UAE

A network of eight environmental monitoring buoys has been installed off the coast of Abu Dhabi, UAE by Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL).   The 1.2m coastal buoys, installed in water depths ranging from 6-16m in various locations along the UAE coastline amid extensive coral formations and seagrass beds, are equipped with multiparameter sondes for water quality monitoring, and GPRS telemetry equipment.   The robust buoys are designed for extended deployment in harsh coastal environments in a range of water depths. The rotationally molded PE hulls are foam filled to prevent the

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Gavia AUV Gets a Sonar Upgrade

Teledyne Gavia has continued the enhancement of its modular, versatile, low-logistics subsea survey solution, the Gavia autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), this time with the addition of a new Side Scan/Bathymetry module.   Incorporating Klein Marine Systems’ new UUV-3500 high-resolution side scan sonar with optional bathymetry sonar, the system is another high quality option for customers interested in utilizing the Gavia AUV for geophysical survey, cable and pipeline survey, environmental survey and under ice survey, as well as Mine Countermeasures (MCM), Rapid Environmental Assessment

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Coda Octopus Adds Wide Angle Option for Echoscope

Coda Octopus said it has made a new addition to its range of real-time 3D sonar systems, adding a wide-angle 90° x 40° 240kHz option to its Echoscope sonar.   The new variant has multiple projectors and affords increased opening angle, thus increasing the field-of-view and survey area of coverage, according to the manufacturer. In addition to the real-time 3D imaging, which enables the Echoscope to deliver efficiencies in projects where there is low or zero visibility conditions, the new XD Dual Frequency model will enable large area imaging and mapping to be efficiently and effectively

The Bluefin SandShark is a one-person-portable, low-cost autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) designed to leverage today’s miniaturized sensors and small enough to be carried in a backpack. (Credit: General Dynamics Mission Systems)

Bluefin SandShark AUV is Ready to Order

 Small enough to fit in a backpack, Bluefin SandShark dives to 200 meters and multiple vehicles can work in parallel for large area, underwater missions.    General Dynamics Mission Systems announced its new Bluefin SandShark autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) can now be ordered on the company’s website by defense, commercial and scientific customers worldwide. Weighing less than 11 pounds before adding a mission payload, the ‘micro’ AUV fits in a backpack, can swim up to five knots and dive down to 200 meters (656 feet). The tail section of the Bluefin SandShark

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Teledyne to Showcase New Tech at OI North America

Teledyne Marine said its team will be out in full force to showcase its range of solutions at Oceanology International North America 2017, held February 14-16 in San Diego where the group will offer facility tours, on water and dockside demonstrations, and a look at its latest products and technologies.   Local faculty tours As San Diego is home to several Teledyne Marine brands, the group is offering an opportunity to arrive a day early and spend an afternoon touring four local Teledyne Marine facilities: Teledyne RD Instruments, Oceanscience, Impulse and SeaBotix – capped off with a

OINA 2017 - Blue Robotics will showcase its high performance, affordable underwater drone, the BlueROV2 at OINA 2017

OINA 2017 to Feature New ‘BlueTech’

or moorings and a user replaceable long life battery. The company will also display its core portfolio of products with main focus on oceanographers, fishing gear technologists and fish biologists. Valeport (booth #E20), a manufacturer of high quality instrumentation to serve the oceanographic and hydrographic communities worldwide will focus on several recently released products including; fastCTD, which allows quick and accurate CTD profiles (with Fluorometer option), rapidCTD, which is developed primarily to interface with the Teledyne Oceanscience RapidCAST winch system, SWiFT SVP, the latest generation

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Greensea Appoints New Robotics Engineer

Heath Hescock has been appointed Robotics Engineer at Greensea, creator of the universal marine industry operating platform OPENSEA. Hescock will lead the hardware integration process at Greensea and is primarily responsible for providing Greensea's production staff with software support. He provides system-level thinking and guidance, drawing from his strong background in hardware design and solid software experience. Hescock also leads design and development for Greensea’s proprietary printed circuit boards (PCBs) used in workboat vessel control systems. Prior to joining Greensea,

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New Open Source Software for Designing Wave & Tidal Energy Arrays

A newly launched open source software package aims to assist project developers to design wave and tidal energy arrays by identifying optimal layouts, components and procedures.   DTOcean, which stands for Optimal Design Tools for Ocean Energy Arrays, has been produced through a three-year collaborative project funded by the European Commission. The software package is now available as a free download along with manuals and tutorials from the European Commission’s Joint Research Center website.   DTOcean work planning has been implemented as five content-orientated Work Packages

David Neill of TAM International (left) receives a plaque from George Hendry, business development manager for Forum AMC, recognising the purchase of the 350th RT torque machine. (Photo: TAM)

Forum Delivers 350th RT Torque Machine

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. said it has designed, manufactured, tested and delivered its 350th rotational torque (RT) torque machine to TAM International, a globally recognized downhole inflatable packer leader.   The torque machine, or bucking unit as it is commonly referred, was manufactured at the Forum AMC facility in Aberdeen, U.K. This represents the sixth unit that TAM has purchased from Forum in three years, and is a testament to TAM’s growth plans, as well as their trust in Forum’s equipment and global support network. The machine will be used to make up or breakout

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BG Group & the FlatFish AUV

The development of AUVs capable of being launched from FPSOs or actually being docked at the seafloor next to the subsea systems has been an industry goal for some years and offers a solution to two major problems: making deepwater subsea inspection become a simple task and decreasing the related costs. MTR’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Rosane Zagatti, BG Group’s Subsea Technology Manager, about its FlatFish AUV project, which promises to bring solutions to deepwater infrastructure inspection challenges.   Subsea systems are now an integral part of offshore oil production and

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OSIL Expands In-House Engineering

 Ocean Scientific International Ltd. (OSIL) said it has expanded its U.K.-based facilities to include an in-house engineering and CNC machining department.   “OSIL produce uniquely customized equipment, and having the provisioning to allow rapid prototyping, product development and precision manufacture to take place in-house enables us to deliver products to the market quicker, to maintain more effective controls over the equipment produced and gives us better administration of the supply chain.” said OSIL Managing Director, Dr. Richard Williams.    The equipment

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Tech File: Blue Robotics BlueROV2

 The popularity and availability of aerial quad-copter drones have grown exponentially over the past few years. But, in large part because of the complexities that water penetration poses for electronics, underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) have not experienced that same level of popularity. The technology required to fabricate the components for an ROV to explore beyond a few meters depth has been beyond the capabilities of all but a handful of companies who have mastered the skills. In many cases, those skills have been kept proprietary and the products have demanded high prices.

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Schlumberger, Transocean Ink Service Agreements

Cameron, a Schlumberger company, today announced the signing of two 10-year pressure control equipment management service contracts on behalf of Transocean valued at greater than $350 million. The first contract calls for Schlumberger to manage Transocean’s Cameron risers in the Gulf of Mexico. This comprehensive agreement includes storage, maintenance, inspection, repair, recertification and data-driven riser management on the rigs. Through the second contract, Schlumberger will provide a comprehensive suite of solutions to maintain and service blowout preventer (BOP) systems and other

Schlumberger Signs Two Transocean Service Agreements

Riser management and subsea blowout preventer service agreements aim to reduce offshore nonproductive time and total cost of ownership   Cameron, a Schlumberger company, signed two 10-year pressure control equipment management service contracts on behalf of Transocean valued at greater than $350 million. The first contract calls for Schlumberger to manage Transocean’s Cameron risers in the Gulf of Mexico. This comprehensive agreement includes storage, maintenance, inspection, repair, recertification and data-driven riser management on the rigs. Through the second contract, Schlumberger

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Finnish Transport Agency Chooses Teledyne CARIS

Through a competitive tender process, The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto (FTA), who is responsible for Hydrography in Finland, has selected Teledyne CARIS to provide a new bathymetric data management system. This will be a fundamental part of FTA’s infrastructure to manage existing bathymetry, as well as managing and validating incoming bathymetric surveys provided by external contractors.   The MERTA project, which has a seven figure contract value, will include the deployment of software, migration of existing bathymetric datasets, and will provide new optimized workflows at

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Rovco Awarded Innovate UK Funding

ROV services company Rovco said it has secured Innovate UK funding which will enable the firm to carry out extensive research and development activity and perform a full feasibility study into the advancement of underwater 3D modeling technology.    Once developed into a real-time inspection system, this technology has the potential to revolutionize the way energy companies manage and inspect their subsea assets, potentially saving hundreds of millions of pounds in subsea inspection costs each year, Rovco said.   The project will be 70 percent supported by Innovate UK, and the

Airmar Acquires Former Materials Systems Inc.

; MSI’s proprietary process, which involves injection molding ceramics to enable the production of high-performance composite transducers at low cost, will provide Airmar the ability to broaden its technology base. This is particularly important for applications such as imaging, hydrographic survey, acoustic communications, and defense. The benefits of the innovative technology include increased sensitivity, wide bandwidth, and high transducer efficiency. “In addition to acquiring all the assets, MSI Transducers Corp. has retained the complete management and production

High-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders chartplotters Photo Lowrance

Lowrance Debuts High Powered HDS Multifunction Displays

Lowrance announced today the release of a high-performance addition to the HDS series of fishfinders/chartplotters – Lowrance HDS Carbon. The new Lowrance HDS Carbon adds a high-performance dual core processor, multi-touch SolarMAX HD screen, dual channel CHIRP and Network Dual Sounder to the proven features that have made HDS multifunction displays the choice of anglers at all levels. The HDS Carbon series includes 12-, 9- and 7-inch models. Anglers in the market for a want-it-all integrated system need a processor that can smoothly drive the high-tech capabilities of HDS Carbon like

An unmanned rigid-hull inflatable boat operates autonomously during an Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored demonstration of swarmboat technology held at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. During the demonstration four boats, using an ONR-sponsored system called CARACaS (Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command Sensing), operated autonomously during various scenarios designed to identify, trail or track a target of interest. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Video: US Navy Tests Autonomous Swarmboats

The U.S. Navy is examining new possibilities for autonomy in future naval missions, putting autonomous unmanned vessels to the test in a recent demonstration in the lower Chesapeake Bay.   Officials from the Office of Naval Research (ONR), together with partners from industry, academia and other government organizations, leveraged a combination of high-tech software, radar and other sensors to get a “swarm” of rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs) and other small vessels – “swarmboats” – to collectively perform autonomous patrol missions with only remote human

Mosaic generated by SIPS Backscatter engine (Image: Teledyne CARIS)

CARIS Onboard 1.1 Launched

Marine mapping software developer Teledyne CARIS has released CARIS Onboard 1.1, which enables users to process data in near real-time resulting in minimized data conversion and processing times. Designed with autonomous operations in mind, CARIS Onboard will save time as less interaction is needed for automated survey activities.   This release introduces several new processes including the incorporation of the SIPS Backscatter engine. Backscatter mosaics can now be generated alongside surfaces in near real-time. This version also presents the ability to compute GPS tide, and apply observed

EIVA's New Blended Learning Courses

courses.  At an introduction price of € 200  ($212) per day for the classroom part, blending learning is currently offered in the following subjects and software products at the EIVA headquarters in Denmark:   Data navigation and acquisition  NaviSuite Kuda for hydrographic survey operations NaviSuite Nardoa for data processing during pipeline and cable lay operations

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Airborne Hydrographic Survey Commissioned After NZ Earthquake

technology is being deployed in New Zealand to assist in relief efforts following the damaging 7.9 magnitude earthquake near Christchurch on November 14, 2016. At the request of the New Zealand Government, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight is to conduct a rapid hydrographic survey of the seafloor in the coastal margins of the north east coast of the South Island.   RAN LADS commanding officer, Flight Lieutenant Commander Susanna Hung, explained the mission. “We will fly over the area and collect hydrographic survey data, which will reveal what has happened

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Nexus 2 USBL Available for Rent in the U.S.

Applied Acoustics’ new Nexus 2 USBL positioning system, launched at Oceanology in London earlier this year, is now available for rent in U.S. via the company’s American representatives Subsea Technologies Inc based in Katy, Texas.    Nexus 2 is the latest and most sophisticated system in the range of subsea USBL systems that are designed and manufactured by the Great Yarmouth, U.K., based company.  Incorporating advanced bidirectional spread spectrum acoustic protocols Nexus 2 achieves greater, reliable accuracy over an extended operational range. Embedded as standard

Kraken Establishes German Subsidiary

Kraken Sonar Inc. has established a new German subsidiary, Kraken Robotik GmbH (KRG), to commence operations at the Bremen Innovation and Technology Centre effective January 1, 2017.   According to Kraken, the move to expand operations into Germany corresponds to strong growth in the region where the company has an increasing base of customers and strategic partners.   In addition to customer support, KRG will focus on the development of 3D imaging sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for underwater robotic platforms. Machine learning is a type of AI that

Slocum glider with 200 kHz AZFP echosounder under test (Photo: ASL Environmental Sciences)

Ocean Glider Equipped with Fishery Echosounder

NOAA's Beaufort Laboratory (National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and Southeast Fisheries Science Center) collaborated with the Center for Ocean Technology and College of Marine Science of the University of South Florida to instrument an echosounder into an ocean gilder to extend surveys of pelagic and demersal fishes associated with rocky reefs in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast U.S. Atlantic.   ASL Environmental Sciences (ASL) supplied a purpose-built 200 kHz single-frequency scientific echosounder, a modification of ASL's proven Acoustic Zooplankton and Fish Profiler (AZFP), to Teledyne

CERBERUS Diver Detection Sonar (Photo: AEUK)

Atlas Elektronik UK Secures Cerberus Diver Detections Sonar Sales

In the past two months Atlas Elektronik UK (AEUK) have secured two contracts with undisclosed Middle and Far Eastern naval customers for the supply of its Cerberus DDS systems. The first contract is for the follow-on sale of a number of sonars to be utilized in the expansion of a naval harbor protection system and will feature AEUK’s fully integrated multi-sonar software which allows the simultaneous operation of multiple sonars. The second contract is with a Middle Eastern navy who has chosen Cerberus for its ability to be operated in a very challenging sonar environment, as well as

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