Monday, February 20, 2017

Hydrographic Software News

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

Heath Hescock (Photo: Greensea)

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

Rosane Zagatti (Photo: BG Group)

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

Personnel from FTA and Teledyne CARIS (Photo: Teledyne CARIS)

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

Fugro Awarded US Government Survey Work

LiDAR, bathymetric LiDAR, digital cameras and multispectral/hyperspectral imagers, Fugro will provide integrated data collection and processing in support of the USACE’S National Coastal Mapping Program. Other services within the scope of this IDIQ contract include photogrammetry, vessel based hydrographic surveying, topographic and boundary surveying, conventional and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) surveying, terrestrial and mobile LiDAR scanning and geographic information system (GIS) development and production

RockBLOCK has been integrated on specially developed wave buoys deployed on to sea ice floes in the Arctic and Antarctic by NIWA. (Photo: Rock Seven)

‘Small Satcom’ Aids Polar Climate Research

With the growing need to secure new data from remote and inhospitable areas of scientific interest balanced against commercial challenges and tough competition for academic budgets as a background, the U.K.’s Rock Seven is reporting an upsurge in its Iridium satellite communication products being used for environmental science applications in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Several successful deployments have proven the robustness of the company’s RockBLOCK and RockFLEET systems, the manufacturer said, highlighting its suitability for reducing costs not only in the research sector, but also

The AquaHarmonics team, Alex Hagmuller and Max Ginsburg, stand with its 1/20th scale device. (Photo: Wave Energy Prize)

Wave Energy Prize's $1.5 Million Winner Announced

Ninety-two teams competed in the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Wave Energy Prize, which began in April 2015 and seeks to spur the development of wave energy converters that will ultimately reduce the cost of wave energy in the U.S.   Now, following 18 months of designing, building and testing, a winner has emerged.   A duo from Portland, Ore., Alex Hagmuller and Max Ginsburg – together AquaHarmonics – were named the winners of the $1.5 million grand prize for their AquaHarmonicsWEC concept, a point absorber with latching/de-clutching control.   Though the

Figure 1 Gavia being recovered by Belgian Navy vessel Photo Teledyne Marine

Teledyne Marine Demonstrates Enhanced Survey Capability

A global leader in the provision of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), Teledyne Gavia recently participated in the Belgian Navy’s 2016 North Sea Unmanned MCM Trials where unmanned vehicle solutions from Teledyne Marine where showcased. During the event Teledyne demonstrated a variety of technology including the Gavia AUV system which was utilized for mine hunting, Teledyne BlueView multibeam profiler for gap fill and target identification, a Teledyne SeaBotix ROV for target identification, and data management and visualization solutions from Teledyne Caris and Teledyne PDS software. The

A single pass of a FarSounder 3D forward-looking sonar with LHM can survey a much wider swath of the seafloor than with a standard echosounder. Image FarSounder

Local History Mapping for FarSounder

FarSounder announced its newest feature: Local History Mapping (LHM).  LHM offers users the ability to build a 3D map of the seafloor over which they have recently sailed. This map is updated with every ping and is displayed as an overlay on top of the system’s nautical chart display. This new overlay is displayed in conjunction with the real-time sonar overlay. When used together, one can quickly see what lies ahead and what they’ve recently passed over. LHM capabilities will be included as part of its standard navigation sonar software starting with SonaSoft 3.3. Since FarSounder

FlexMoT live monitoring software Photo Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD

FlexMoT for Monitoring & Detection of Offshore leaks

Leaks on offshore platforms present a hazard to the marine environment and human health. The monitoring system FlexMoT will detect irregularities and provide a warning system for disasters. The system was presented at this year’s OCEANS’16 in Monterey.   (Rostock/Darmstadt/Graz) Accidents in offshore oil & gas drilling are dangerous. The damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago shows how high the costs can be for nature and those responsible. Now, a solution was presented at this year’s OCEANS Conference.   FlexMoT is an

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Iver3-AUV Plays Active Role in Unmanned Warrior

OceanServer Technology recently participated in the first ever Unmanned Warrior (UW) in Loch Alsh, Scotland. Part of Joint Warrior, the semiannual, U.K.-led training exercise is designed to provide NATO and allied forces with a unique multi-warfare setting in which to prepare for global operations . The event also provides a stage research and training on the latest in autonomous naval technologies while simultaneously strengthening international interoperability. Multiple Iver AUVs were put in active roles by members of the Royal Navy, U.S. Navy and the Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC).

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SeeByte Supports Unmanned Warrior Operators

SeeByte, developer of smart software for unmanned maritime systems, announced its participation in Unmanned Warrior. SeeByte was involved in four threads: Automatic Target Recognition (ATR), Command and Control, Collaborative Autonomy and Smart ROV Control. As part of this exercise, SeeByte supported the U.S. Navy Lab of Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC-PCD), Defence Research and Development Canada, an agency of the Canadian Department of National Defence, and the U.K.’s Defence Science and Technology Lab (Dstl).    Together with ASV Global, Bluebear, and

New GeoSwath 4 Deck Unit (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg Upgrades its Shallow Water Multibeam Echo Sounder

Kongsberg Maritime has launched GeoSwath 4, the fourth generation of its GeoSwath shallow water multibeam echo sounder, brought up to date with new features, better software and improved performance after more than 10 years on the market.   GeoSwath 4 features a new look deck unit, which is smaller and lighter, with sufficient Ethernet, USB and serial interfaces to suit any combination of peripheral sensors. Inside, the new hardware enables the GS4 to transmit on both port and starboard transducers simultaneously, doubling the previous along track data density and increasing the performance and

Image courtesy of IPRES.

Emerson, IPRES Enter Software Partnership

Emerson Automation Solutions has announced a business collaboration with IPRES (Integrated Petroleum Resource and Economic Service), an international company based in Norway that provides advanced software tools and services to the upstream oil and gas industry. Under the terms of the agreement, Emerson will sell IPRES’s flagship solutions IPRISK and IPRESOURCE to its existing and prospective customer base. Both solutions are complementary to Emerson’s Roxar reservoir management software portfolio and will provide operators with tools for economic risk analysis, predictive project

Artists impression of the ‘Hrönn’. (Photo: Automated Ships Ltd.)

World First: Unmanned Autonomous Boat for Offshore Ops

DNV GL and the NMA, and Norwegian and UK companies and institutions, it will be possible to rapidly and at low-cost be the first to market with a full-size unmanned ship.    Meet Hrönn  Hrönn is a light-duty, offshore utility ship servicing the offshore energy, scientific/hydrographic and offshore fish-farming industries. Its intended uses include but are not limited to:  - Survey - ROV and AUV Launch & Recovery - Light intermodal cargo delivery and delivery to offshore installations, and  - Open-water fish farm support.  The vessel can also be used

Well Cap Clamp. Photo: 3D at Depth

World's First Fabrication of Subsea Well Part Using LiDAR Data and 3D Printing

 Fugro and 3D at Depth, a global provider of advanced subsea LiDAR systems and solutions, announce the world's first application of subsea LiDAR data used to 3D Print an accurate 1:1 physical model of a damaged well part.    The ability to use accurate spatial data in subsea part fabrication with 3D printing, introduces a wide range of possibilities to reduce costs across intervention planning and Life of Field programs.    The subsea part fabrication was part of a larger project conducted in early 2016, using 3D at Depth's subsea LiDAR SL 2 technology and point cloud

Erik Anderson (Photo: EdgeTech)

Anderson Joins EdgeTech

Erik Anderson has joined EdgeTech as Hydrographic Product Engineer based in the company’s Boca Raton, Fla. office.     Previously with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Coast Survey, Anderson brings extensive hydrographic expertise to the organization. He has a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University, Master of Science in Hydrography and Category “A” International Hydrographic Certification.   Anderson has over 10 years of experience in the field of marine surveying working with equipment such as side

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New Aerial Mapping Drone Launched

The NEXUS 800 UAV is a unique and cutting-edge mapping solution unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) developed by HYPACK, Infinite Jib, SBG Systems and Velodyne.   The NEXUS 800 powered by HYPACK is a full end-to-end solution that represents a new paradigm in UAV data collection by seamlessly harmonizing LiDAR data with photogrammetry. The NEXUS 800 is an out of the box turnkey system that tightly integrates hardware and software to provide an advanced and seamless solution for LiDAR survey planning, data acquisition, post processing and analysis, and product creation.   The NEXUS 800:

Teledyne RESON T50-R Ultrahigh resolution Multibeam Echosounder with fully integrated Inertial Navigation System (Image: Seafloor Systems)

Seafloor Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Teledyne

offices, and to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Portland, New Orleans, Philadelphia and Atlantic City Districts.    “We anticipate that Seafloor’s further expansion into BlueView’s product line will provide us the tools to serve a wider range of customers within the hydrographic community,” said John Tamplin, President, Seafloor Systems. Teledyne BlueView’s products are employed for a variety of applications, including underwater navigation, monitoring, tracking and inspection applications for the energy, transportation, civil engineering, search and recovery

Ports of Jersey Purchases Multi-Beam System

Ports of Jersey in the U.K. has taken delivery of a new Multi-Beam system from Swathe Services. Following an extensive trial period and tender process, Ports of Jersey selected Swathe Services to deliver the R2Sonic Sonic 2024 with TruePix and UHR 700 kHz capability.   The comprehensive equipment, software and support package was chosen by Aaron Gavey, Deputy Marine Operations Manager, to enhance the organization’s new commercial survey capability.   Gavey and his team also chose the new SBG Systems Apogee-U Inertial Navigation System with a Hemisphere R330 RTK base station and

RV Meen Shandhani (Photo: Photos: IMC/Bangladesh Department of Fisheries)

FRV for Bangladesh

design manufactured in Malaysia by Jaya Nets, while the otter boards are from BMI in Korea. Forward of the trawl winches, beneath the shelterdeck, there is a stainless steel/aluminum semi-contact plate freezer to port, while IMC designed an alcove into the starboard side. The alcove enables specialist hydrographic tools such as conductivity, temperature and depth (CTD) packages and water sampling equipment to be safely deployed and retrieved, with lifting accomplished by a dedicated A-frame and hydraulic winch combination located on the deck above.   The equipment can be transferred into the

An operator performing in-office simulations of a cable lay during Makai’s training course. (Photo: Makai)

Makai Offers Advanced Course for Cable Lay Operators

Makai Ocean Engineering is now offering an advanced cable laying course for operators who have managed real cable installations at-sea using MakaiLay. In addition to filling any knowledge gaps that operators might have in basic lay operations, this MakaiLay Level-II training course focuses on more advanced scenarios that might arise at-sea. This course produces graduates who are better equipped to install subsea cable accurately, safely, and swiftly, which benefits the installation company, the cable owners, the insurers, and of course the operators themselves.   Participants of the course

Petty Officer 2nd Class Tammy Helm from the Naval Oceanography Operations Command programs a REMUS 100 unmanned underwater vehicle prior to a mission as part of the first-ever Unmanned Warrior. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams)

Unmanned Warrior: The Science behind the Systems

Security System successfully conducted counter-unmanned underwater vehicles and diver port security operations using advanced algorithms and sensors. Next-generation LIDAR (light detection and ranging) was successfully employed from an unmanned aerial vehicle to conduct autonomous hyperspectral hydrographic reconnaissance. Maritime surface targets were detected and tracked from an unmanned aerial vehicle utilizing the Airborne Computer Vision system, which processes and discriminates contacts automatically for further investigation by operators. Not only does that get scientists and engineers

Rapaport Returns to OceanWise

to its Customer Service Team as a Business Administration Apprentice, as well as its second GEBCO sponsored intern, Azmi Rosedee from the University of New Hampshire. Rosedee will help update the company’s digital bathymetric database before returning to Malaysia as the new Data Manager in the Hydrographic Office of the Malaysian Navy.   Furthermore, the company’s first apprentice, George Wright, has commenced his BSc degree course in Digital Technology Solutions at the University of Winchester, and will continue to work on technical projects at OceanWise while attending classes

Image: Teledyne Webb Research

New Glider Piloting Software from Teledyne Webb Research

Teledyne Webb Research (TWR), a manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) including the Slocum G2 glider and Slocum hybrid glider, has released its new glider piloting software, the Slocum Fleet Mission Control Software (SFMC).   SFMC is a software suite used to manage multiple TWR Slocum glider deployments around the world. SFMC builds on the traditional Dock Server software application and provides a web based front end that allows for collaboration among multiple glider pilots.   TMR said the new SFMC software suite offers customers some key benefits including active

Photo: OFG

OFG Expands AUV Capability

HiSAS-equipped survey and pipeline inspection AUV Chercheur added to OFG fleet   OFG has invested in a 3000m-rated Hugin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), Chercheur, equipped with a sensor and software suite for efficient inspection of pipelines and infrastructure, pipeline route studies, site geohazard surveys, environmental monitoring surveys, and other seafloor-based applications such as UXO, archeology, salvage, and minerals exploration.    Chercheur is equipped with high resolution interferometric synthetic aperture sonar (HiSAS), multibeam echosounder EM2040, a sub-bottom

Oil spill recovery: Drone technology can aid disaster response effectively as in oil spill cleanup. (Photo: GettyImages/ESRI)

Drones: The Next Great Leap in Hydrography

Hydrographic charting is becoming more important outside the world of shipboard navigation as both industry and conservation have gone offshore to meet the increasing demands of a growing global population. By 2020, the subsea sector of oil exploration and extraction is expected to account for 20% of total crude oil production. In addition, global marine fisheries, which provide 15% of all animal protein consumed by humans, have been steadily collapsing for the last half century. As the needs of developed economies grow, so too must the tools to understand the new marine environments from which

Starmon TD (Image: Star-Oddi)

New Temperature-Depth Recorder

Star-Oddi has launched a new robust logger in the Starmon data logger serie, the Starmon TD.   For 15 years Star-Oddi has been manufacturing the Starmon mini with a temperature sensor, but now having the option to measure depth additionally has been welcomed by marine and fisheries scientists, the manufacturer said.   Starmon TD is designed with a fast response temperature probe. The time constant is only two seconds which makes it suitable for profile measurements when going through different temperature layers down the water column. It also makes it suited for fishing gear studies.

OSI Maritime Systems’ ECPINS Earns MED Type Approval

OSI Maritime Systems has received Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Type Approval certification from DNV GL for ECPINS Submarine (ECPINS) against new International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS).   The new IHO standards include new editions of IHO S-52 and S-64 which cover chart content, display aspects, and testing of data respectively.  In addition, ECPINS also meets the new ECDIS performance standard set out by IEC 61174.     “OSI remains at the

Part of the objects in the Patch are underwater, so the Optech CZMIL’s depth-penetration capability was crucial for surveying. (Image courtesy The Ocean Cleanup)

Teledyne Optech Aids Study of Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Teledyne Optech said it has partnered with The Ocean Cleanup in their Aerial Expedition research mission, where the Optech CZMIL (Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar) carried out the first in a series of low-speed, low-altitude survey flights across the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.    Every year, about eight million tons of plastic enters the oceans. Part of the trash accumulates in 5 ocean garbage patches, the largest located between Hawaii and California. Plastic in these garbage patches over time breaks down into tiny plastic particles that can be eaten by fish and birds, thereby

H38 deploying researchers (Photo: Brazil Navy)

A New Reef Biome Under the Amazon Plume

River in northern Brazil. The international group of scientists, coordinated by Fabiano Thompson (UFRJ) and Carlos Rezende (UENF), which used research ships to study the offshore seabed, was immensely surprised when confronted by a large reef system under muddy water off the Amazon River mouth during hydrographic studies in the region. During the multi-year research project, it was established that the reef system is at least 700 miles (1,126 km) long, ranging from around 25 to 120 meters deep, and approximately 45 to around 200 km offshore. Coral formations were detected from Brazil’s border with

Image: Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding

New Fisheries Research Vessel for Angola

Skipsteknisk and uses Silent-A/F/R technology to ensure highly accurate survey results from the advanced KONGSBERG scientific package.   Supported by KONGSBERG’s integrated technology, the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries’ new vessel will be capable of diverse applications, including hydrographic survey, sub-bottom profiling, acoustics research, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towage operations.   KONGSBERG’s delivery is focused on design, engineering, equipment, material and services for the

CTI Announces New Bundled Pricing

Chesapeake Technology, Inc. (CTI) has introduced new pricing that provides SonarWiz users with discounts of up to 35 percent, in an initiative designed to facilitate use of the software across all major sea floor mapping applications.   “Many of our larger customers use a variety of different sonar hardware,” explained John Gann, VP of Engineering.  “They’ve asked for an affordable ‘all-in-one’ solution for data acquisition, analysis and post-processing that they can use regardless of which sonar they select for a given survey.”   “We&rs

VideoRay Mission Specialist ROV (Photo: Greensea)

VideoRay Adopts the Greensea System

 VideoRay’s new Mission Specialist ROVs use Greensea’s operating platform, navigation and control   Greensea, creator of OPENSEA, a universal marine industry operating platform, has been selected by VideoRay as the software provider for the new Mission Specialist ROV. Greensea provides navigation, advanced autopilots and automation for VideoRay’s powerful new customizable vehicles.   With modular hardware and software, the Mission Specialist’s design maximizes efficiency and productivity by transforming to accommodate a wide selection of interchangeable ROV

Ministry of Defence has signed a licence agreement with ASV Global

MOD, ASV Global Ink USV Software Deal

The Ministry of Defence has signed a licence agreement with ASV Global allowing for the use of its Advanced Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) Capability technology.   The contract has been signed through Ploughshare Innovations, the technology transfer arm of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).   The licence is centred on Dstl’s Advanced USV Capability Project, due for completion in late 2017, which has developed an autonomous navigation system that enables USVs to operate safely at both high and low speeds.   With funding from Dstl, ASV Global has developed

(R-L) Captain Chris Hearn, Director, Center for Marine Simulation and Maria Halfyard, Manager, Applied Research and Industrial Projects  in the Offshore Operations Simulator which is outfitted with a DP system (controller is on the left) (Photo: National Research Council of Canada)

Station-Keeping In Ice

While substantial amounts of petroleum reserves exist in the Arctic—30% of the undiscovered gas and 13% of the undiscovered oil, according to the U.S. Geological Survey’s 2009 estimates — there are hurdles that need to be cleared before oil and gas companies can efficiently operate there.  A high priority is to be able to accurately predict the forces that nearby ice floes would exert on a vessel’s hull upon impact, and have the ability to react to this information in a timely manner (see sidebar, page 48). A Dynamic Positioning (DP) system outfitted to operate in managed

Image: Paul Unterweiser

Tech File: Imagenex 881AL-GS Gyro-stabilized Scanning Sonar

The Imagenex model 881A-GS, 881L-GS (881A/L-GS) and 882-GS are gyro stabilized, high resolution scanning sonars. Manufactured in Canada, the 881A/L-GS is available in models built to withstand depths up to 10,000 meters and can scan and display targets from 0.2 to 200 meters away. Available with either an RS-485, RS-232 or Ethernet interface gives the user a wide range of options for integration into an existing underwater platform.   The principal benefit of a gyro stabilized sonar is that it can produce a clear sonar image regardless of how the host vehicle may be moving. That clear image is

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MTR100: CEE HydroSystems

CEE HydroSystems is committed to continuing to developing new modern SBES options for cost-effective shallow water hydrographic surveying.   Bruttour International launched CEE HydroSystems in 2011 as a new division established to focus on the development and manufacture of field proven shallow water CEE hydrographic survey products first designed by Bruttour. Since the company’s inception, CEE HydroSystems have grown and increased design and engineering capabilities to enhance its product range and now offer a suite of highly specified single beam echo sounders. In 2015, Australia based

GeoTesting services maximize the value of well tests by integrating geological and geophysical models with dynamic well test data in a shared earth model. Photo Schlumberger

Schlumberger Unveils Well Test Design and Interpretation Software

Schlumberger announced today at the 2016 SPE Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition the release of GeoTesting geology-based well test design and interpretation services. GeoTesting services maximize the value of well tests by integrating geological and geophysical models with dynamic well test data in a shared earth model for more accurate interpretation compared with conventional analysis limited to geometrical models. “GeoTesting services bring a new level of certainty to reservoir characterization with optimized well test designs that validate and calibrate reservoir models using

Petrofac Supports Well Decommissioning for Tullow Oil

Petrofac’s differentiated approach to decommissioning, in support of Tullow Oil’s well plugging and abandonment campaign in the Southern North Sea (SNS), has delivered significant results and saved $2.5 million compared to traditional approaches, the company said.   Well engineering and well project management services were deployed within the six-month contract for the Horne & Wren asset in support of Petrofac’s established position as Duty Holder. Part of Tullow Oil’s Thames Area Complex decommissioning project in the SNS, the well plugging and abandonment campaign

Submarine glider being deployed by RN personnel (Photo: NOC)

UK’s Largest Marine Robot Mission is Underway Off NW Scotland

of the mission is to maximize the amount of data transmitted back to the operations room in real-time, to ensure it can be used by Royal Navy and Dstl staff.   Commander Peter Pipkin, Royal Navy Fleet Robotics Officer, said: “It is a great moment to see the largest UK deployment of hydrographic unmanned systems”. Dr Tim Clarke, a Dstl Marine Scientist added: “Dstl is using these trials to prove and demonstrate the capabilities of autonomous vehicles, leading to an improved and efficient maritime capability for the Royal Navy in the future”.   Rolly Rogers of

INIDEP vessel (Credit Astilleros Armon Vigo SA)

Marine Ecosystem Assessment Solution for Research Ship

Argentina’s National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development (INIDEP) has selected an extensive suite of Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology from Kongsberg Maritime for installation aboard its new oceanographic and fishing research vessel.   Currently under construction at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA and due for delivery mid-2017, the new 52m research ship will be built as a silent vessel, which combined with the advanced Simrad marine ecosystem package will enable highly accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists. The combination of acoustic systems

(Photo: Aquabotix Technology)

MTR100: Aquabotix Technology

Aquabotix Technology Corporation, developer of smart technology for ROVs, has helped to create a new breed of ROVs: the ROV/AUV hybrid. Its HydroView and newly launched Endura ROVs are remotely controlled via a tether with the added functionality of autopilot commands.   Endura, which employs the latest software and hardware innovations, has been engineered for dependability and functionality across a wide range of underwater applications. It outperforms other mini ROVs in thrust, dependability and software performance. Endura is easy to use, ready for the water in three minutes, and basic

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