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What's In Store for 2021? More Remote, More Data, More Autonomy

shore, says Chris Pearson, the UK’s National Subsea Centre director.Expect more sensors, data, analyticsIn the technology domain, the world is potentially equally as agile. Lee Wilson, who co-founded new company Honuworx at the start of 2020, says we now need to learn from the likes of Apple and Amazon and behave more like software companies, instead of sticking rigidly to a four-year technology roadmap and finding the world has changed at the end of it.So what does that involve? Expect there to be more sensors, data, and data analytics that will feed subsea robotics, automation, and remote hubs

On the Bookshelf: Diving the Thistlegorm: The Ultimate Guide to a World War II Shipwreck

the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Historic England and the Nautical Archaeological Society.The bookRelease date 25 November 2020 | Limited run of Hardbacks | RRP £35 | ISBN 978-1-909455-37-5 | 240 photo-packed pages | 240 x 160 mm | Available to pre-order now from, Amazon, online and from retailers

On the Bookshelf: Wild and Temperate Seas: 50 Favorite UK Dives

, Alex Gibson, Stuart Philpott, and Elaine Whiteford to share some of their favourite UK dive locations.The bookRelease date 25 November 2020 | Paperback & ebook | RRP £17.95 | ISBN 978-1-909455-31-3 | 176 photo-packed pages | 234 x 156 mm | Available to pre-order now from, Amazon, online and from retailer

The Imperial College London drone demonstrating autonomous UAV sensor placement on a wind turbine at the ORE Catapult facility in Blyth. The drone is equipped with a winch-tethered magnet and passive wheels capable of perching on, and sliding along, both vertical and horizontal surfaces.

R&D: Robotics Advances Inside the ORCA Hub

an audit trail and, ideally, is designed into the system from inception, adhering to ethical best practices and rigorous standards, such as the emerging IEEE standards on transparency and ethical design (P7001/P7000). HRI techniques investigated on ORCA include sophisticated visualization of plans and an Amazon Alexa-style personal assistant, for real-time updates and explanations through voice.  “Prototypes have been demonstrated and tested with real operators for autonomous underwater vehicles and ground robots on offshore platforms, both with real robots and in simulation through digital twins

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ConocoPhillips Deploys 'Low-code' Tech to Boost Bottom Line

the ocean to someone in HR," Jon Scolamiero, Mendix's manager of architecture and governance of product marketing, said.Low-code platforms are an accelerating trend as companies digitise globally, big tech is developing new systems and the impact of COVID-19 increases the focus on cost-cutting.Amazon launched a platform called Honeycode last week and Google bought AppSheet in January to replace an older system. Microsoft's Power App has existed for several years. Portugal's biggest technology start-up, OutSystems, is a major competitor."The concept matured in the last 7 to 10 years

Stripe Puts $1 Mln Toward Carbon-removal Projects

Canadian company excited Stripe’s advisors because the concrete industry is one of the largest contributors of greenhouse gases, and because the technology makes financial sense even before government subsidies for emission reductions.Though CarbonCure’s investors include Microsoft and Amazon founders Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, Stripe is doing something new, paying not for stock or the technology but for the carbon elimination.“It’s creating a market,” said Robert Niven, founder and chief executive, who will use the money to win more customers, hopefully for negative

The Riptide AUV (Credit BAE Systems)

Good Undersea Vehicles Come in Small Packages

can be continually updated by both the community and the company. This allows user driven software changes such as new user interfaces to shape the operating experience and delivery of improved ROV capabilities to the global Trident community.This easy to use, high performance package is available on Amazon staring at $1,700. It is truly a new era for accessible, and useful, ocean robots. Those looking for a tethered experience can select a highly optimized system or a modular approach with more end-user configurability. In either case, for the cost of a modern laptop or PC one can be fully equipped

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Amazon's Pink Dolphins Threatened by End of Fishing Ban

The Amazon river dolphin is an intelligent and friendly mammal that appears to grin and flush like a human blushing when it gets excited.But some are concerned about the world's largest freshwater dolphin coming under threat again in Brazil, where fishermen hunt and kill it illegally to make bait for a catfish called piracatinga.A legal moratorium on fishing the piracatinga ended last month, prompting calls for its renewal from environmentalists and researchers such as biologist Vera da Silva, who has worked to preserve the so-called pink river dolphins for 25 years."I never stop being amazed

Two new Robert Allan Ltd custom-designed pusher tugs are now being operated along the Amazon River system by Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd)

New Pusher Tugs for Hidrovias do Brasil

Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. has started operating two new pusher tugs custom-designed by Vancouver, Canada based Robert Allan Ltd, pushing barges containing bulk products along the Amazon River system. This HB PIRARARA shallow-draft pusher tug and sister vessel HB PIRARUCU have a Robert allan RApide 4000-Z3 tug design and were constructed by Estaleiro Rio Maguari in Belem, Brazil.Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations were used in the early phases of the design work to optimize the hull shapes and minimize total convoy resistance, and the Z-drives fitted in customized tunnels designed to optimize

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