US Navy Tests UUV for Mine-hunting Operations
systems currently used by the Navy,” said Carlo Zaffanella, vice president and general manager of Maritime and Strategic Systems for General Dynamics Mission Systems. Simulating mine-hunting missions, the UUV located and classified mine test targets submerged at various depths and on the seafloor. Knifefish is also capable of locating and identifying mines buried in the seafloor. “The Navy continues to work with its industry partner, General Dynamics Mission Systems, to develop, test, and deliver the needed Knifefish capability to the fleet,” Capt. Jon Rucker,
NATO Science Mission Employs ‘Double Muscle’
2017, there are two very similar robots. One is the MUSCLE vehicle, a reliable prototype developed by CMRE for seabed mapping with automatic behavior capabilities. The other is not just a twin; it is a recently engineered underwater robot aimed at testing target (typically simulated naval mines on the seafloor) reacquisition missions. This vehicle is called CAT, aka Black CAT, which stands for Collaborative Autonomy Testbed. It debuts during the current sea trial GAMEX ‘17, the Greek ARIADNE Mine countermeasure EXperiment 2017, conducted on board NRV Alliance from 28 March to 7 April 2017 in the
Hunting for Hydrocarbon Seeps in the Gulf of Mexico
In collaboration with multi-client geoscience data company, TGS, Fugro continues to map the seafloor in the Gulf of Mexico to pull together a complete picture of geological features, including hydrocarbon seeps. This latest survey, Otos, follows the completion of another TGS industry-funded Gigante survey in 2016, on the Mexican side of the 1,500-kilometer wide Gulf. Fugro has deployed two state-of-the-art geophysical survey vessels to acquire multibeam echo sounder (MBES) and sub-bottom profile data over the western, central and eastern regions of the United States’ continental slope.
US Navy ROV Gets a New Assignment
hatch clearance and attachment of the submarine rescue chamber’s downhaul cable. Subsequently, Phoenix personnel deployed with Hydros to San Diego to conduct at-sea demonstrations and acceptance trials. The vehicle successfully performed submarine rescue training tasks; including, inspecting a seafloor based submarine simulator, clearing debris and attaching specialized rigging to the simulator. The success of this demonstration led the URC to request transfer of Hydros from SUPSALV to the U.S. Navy’s Submarine Rescue Program. Following transfer approval, the URC renamed Hydros
MTR100 '13 Seafloor Systems, Inc
3941 Park Drive Suite 20-218 El Dorado Hills, Calif., U.S. 95762 Tel: 530-677-1019 Email: [email protected] Website: www.seafloorsystems.com CEO/President: John Tamplin Number of Employees: 7 Seafloor Systems, Inc. was formed in Portland, Oregon in 1999 by veteran Naval Hydrographer John Tamplin to provide hydrographic survey equipment and consulting to Survey companies in the Pacific Northwest. Since then, Seafloor Systems has expanded its business to provide hydrographic survey equipment rental, sales, and manufacturing to Geophysical and Hydrographic Survey companies worldwide.
LinkQuest Enters Multibeam Echosounder Market
LinkQuest Inc. has recently added a multibeam echosounder product into its product family of acoustic instruments: the EchoSweep 300 multibeam Echosounder. According to LinkQuest, the EchoSweep 300 is a high-resolution, highly robust and cost-effective swath bathymetric system for the mapping of seafloor, inland waterways and reservoirs. The EchoSweep 300 system, which maps the seafloor by a sweep of very narrow acoustic beams, is capable of reaching up to 280 meters in range with 140 beams. It operates at 260 KHz and has a swath coverage of 140 degrees. The new product can map the seafloor faster
Seafloor Systems Inks Distribution Deal with Teledyne
Seafloor Systems has signed an International Distributorship Agreement with Teledyne RESON and Teledyne BlueVew, business units of Teledyne Instruments, Inc. BlueView manufactures a variety of underwater surveying systems, including M900-2250 2D and 3D imaging sonars, and BV5000 3D Multibeam inspection sonars. RESON manufactures the SeaBat Multibeam Sonar systems, including the new SeaBat T-series (SeaBat T50-P, T20-P, and new T50-R, T20-R). Seafloor Systems provides and supports customized integrated turnkey sonar solutions, both sales and rentals. In addition, the company recently
SST Wins $15 Mln Order for Navy Seafloor Cable Project
testing of components; and documentation of all subsystems. SST President, Judith Meggitt remarked, “This contract award is the result of many years of successful support for NAVFAC EXWC and proven performance. Our team of ocean engineering professionals has years of experience installing seafloor systems. It is gratifying to be awarded this Task Order for a critical national system.” SST's Project Manager, Michael Harrison, commented, “Seafloor cables are a core business for SST. This is the latest in a series of successful seafloor system projects, and we look forward
Seafloor Systems Inc.
3941 Park Drive Suite 20-218 El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 T: +1 530 677 1019 E: [email protected] W: www.seafloorsystems.com CEO/President: John Tamplin No. of Employees: 7 The Company Seafloor Systems, Inc. was formed in Portland, OR, in 1999 by veteran naval hydrographer John Tamplin to provide hydrographic survey equipment and consulting to survey companies in the Pacific Northwest. Specializing in geophysical survey equipment, Seafloor has built up the largest multibeam echosounder rental pool in the U.S., providing full spectrum of equipment, software, personnel, training
Uncharted Depths: Exploring the Marianas with SuBastian
along the zone of spreading, where it creates new ocean crust.” This tectonic environment is unlike anywhere else on earth, providing a range of geophysical and geochemical conditions for chemosynthetic organisms, and supporting a surprisingly diverse biological community on the seafloor. In the Mariana region, only the Volcanic Arc has been systematically explored for hydrothermal vents. Scientists discovered 20 hydrothermally active seamounts and more than 20 new species exclusive to the area. Yet, more than 600 km of the Mariana Back-arc still remain uncharted.
EchoBoat-MB Making its Way to Mexico
Seafloor Systems delivers EchoBoat-MB to Consorcio IUYET S.A. de C.V. Seafloor Systems announced the delivery of one of its EchoBoat-MB systems to Consorcio IUYET S.A. de C.V., one of Mexico's largest engineering firms. The EchoBoat-MB is a remotely controlled, multipurpose vessel capable of carrying multiple sensors for hydrographic survey projects. The system delivered to Consorcio is equipped with Sonic 2020 Multibeam Echosounder by R2Sonic LLC, Ekinox-D High Accuracy Dual GPS Inertial System by SBG Systems, miniSVS Sound Velocity Measurement Sensor by Valeport Ltd and HYSWEEP
Grava Named VP at Seafloor Systems
Seafloor Systems announced that Josh Grava, Sales Manager, North America, RESON Teledyne Marine, is joining John Tamplin, President, Seafloor Systems, Inc. in a newly created position, Vice President Sales. Josh will manage U.S. and International sales and rentals for all multibeam hydrographic sonar systems. Grava joined RESON in 1997, straight from University of California Santa Barbara, as sales and marketing assistant. Within a year, he created a sales manager position for himself with RESON’s Transducer and Hydrophone product line, and through dedicated business development, steadily
Nautilus Minerals Recommences Exploration Programs
Nautilus Minerals Inc. has signed a contract with Gardline CGG Pte Ltd. to provide exploration services for Nautilus' 2015 program in the Solomon Islands. The vessel MV Duke will be used to generate targets to expand Nautilus' Seafloor Massive Sulphide (SMS) prospect inventory within its 100% owned Solomon Islands exploration licenses. The contract with Gardline CGG is for 43 days of services, mobilizing from Brisbane, Australia on or about April 25, 2015. The program will define SMS targets using efficient multibeam echo sounder and plume hunting techniques. Plume hunting is a regional
OceanWorks Supply Seafloor Communication Nodes to HCC
says it has completed the delivery of a spare node base and two node pods to Harris CapRock Communications (HCC) in support of the ongoing operation and maintenance of CSnet International’s Offshore Communications Backbone (OCB) system. The OCB subsea infrastructure, including five seafloor nodes which form the existing seafloor observatory portion of the system, was originally designed by OceanWorks International. The system, deployed in 3000m of water in the Mediterranean Sea during the fall of 2010, has been providing scientists with real time data from sensor installations covering
EchoBoat-RCV Integrates with Norbit iWBMSc
Seafloor Systems announced it has integrated and tested the Norbit iWBMSc (Integrated Wideband Multibeam Sonar, Compact) multibeam echosounder system with the EchoBoat-RCV remotely controlled survey vehicle. In addition to its ultra compact form factor, the Norbit system features an integrated INS and Sound Velocity sensors—eliminating the need to install separate devices while greatly reducing calibration and offset measurements. The EchoBoat-RCV is Seafloor Systems’ multi-payload, remotely controlled survey platform, which features portability, improved thrust, and large payload
Nautilus Seafloor Production Tools Arrive in Oman
Nautilus Minerals Inc. announced, on behalf of the Solwara 1 Joint Venture (comprising Nautilus 85 percent and Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limited 15 percent, a subsidiary of Petromin Holdings PNG), that the three Seafloor Production Tools (SPTs) have arrived safely at Duqm Port in Oman. The three SPTs are scheduled to undergo extensive wet testing at Duqm Port. The testing is one of the next major steps in the progession towards seafloor production, and will involve submerged testing of: Control systems operations and feedback Hydraulic functions Collection system functions Survey and
SonarMite Drivers Available for Trimble Access Field Software
Seafloor Systems announced the release of SonarMite drivers for Trimble Access Field Software. Seafloor’s SonarMite-MILSpec and SonarMite DFX singlebeam echosounders now work seamlessly with Trimble Access survey system. From GNSS, scanning, and optical technology for field data collection to powerful software programs for processing, modeling and analyzing captured data, Trimble offers complete solutions to address full work processes and unique challenges in the field.
New Remotely Controlled Multibeam Survey System
Provider of specialized survey equipment to the hydrographic and geophysical survey community, Seafloor Systems, Inc. has released its EchoBoat-RCV remotely controlled survey vessel with integrated multibeam echosounder. Following testing and trials, the EchoBoat multibeam system is now available for purchase and rental to conduct high-resolution surveys for inspection, engineering and construction projects. The system can be operated from shore with remote desktop control to enable the user to calibrate the system as well as carry out accurate and detailed hydrographic surveys.
WASSP Goes Wireless with New Remote Mapping System
a super yacht, the WASSP-Wireless system uses a wifi radio link to send a real-time sea floor map back to the super yachts bridge system and display on a MaxSea navigation plotting platform - all in real-time. Using a wide angle, multi beam transducer, WASSP-Wireless quickly and accurately covers the seafloor. With one pass at a depth of 20m, WASSP-Wireless will map a swath over 60m wide using 112 sonar beams and renders an information-rich 2D or 3D real-time image on the bridge. Seafloor topography, rock or coral outcrops, obstacles are clearly identified giving large vessels the opportunity to
MTR100: Seafloor Systems, Inc.
3941 Park Drive El Dorado Hills, CA 95762 T: +1-530-677-1019 [email protected] www.seafloorsystems.com CEO/President: John Tamplin No. of Employees: 10 Annual Sales: $3m Seafloor Systems, Inc. provides a full spectrum of hydrographic survey equipment, software, personnel, training and support—specializing in the geophysical sector—for survey companies worldwide. The company develops and manufactures the HydroLite portable hydrographic survey