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MTR100: SeeByte

software solutions to enhance the capabilities of underwater sensors, vehicles and systems. SeeByte came to be in 2002 in the Oceans Lab at Heriot-Watt University, and has since grown to become a leader in advanced software solutions with a global market presence. In October 2013 SeeByte was acquired by Battelle Memorial Institute, enabling rapid development and deployment of solutions for government and commercial clients around the world.   SeeByte’s SeeTrack software, which enables fast and efficient mission-planning, monitoring and post-mission analysis, has been chosen by more than 20

Battelle to Debut HorizonVue M360 Video System at OI

New ROV video system gives 360-degree view in real time and back on shore   Battelle’s unique HorizonVue 360 interactive camera and viewing software will be demonstrated to attendees of the Oceanology International conference in London March 15-17. The video system is now available for sale or rental throughout the global offices of Seatronics Ltd., specialists in marine electronic equipment.   The camera’s viewing capability and interactive video provides never-before available situational awareness allowing ROV operators to inspect subsea equipment and to perform detailed

Camera Enables ROVs to See 360 Degrees

Battelle’s HorizonVue M360 Video System provides 360 video at 2,200m in demo with Technip, USA and Canyon Offshore, Inc.   Battelle and Technip recently tested the capabilities of the HorizonVue M360 Video System on a job in the Gulf of Mexico’s Green Canyon to inspect subsea oilfield equipment. The result? Greater situational awareness in a complex operating environment 2,200 meters below the surface. The system is now available for sale and lease.   “We were able to capture footage of pipeline and other subsea equipment as well as placement of marker buoys in this

David Lane (Photo: SeeByte)

SeeByte Founder Awarded CBE

like to congratulate Dave on receiving his CBE. SeeByte continues to benefit from the hard work that Dave put into the company and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors.”   Professor Lane remained involved with SeeByte as a Board member until 2013 when SeeByte was acquired by Battelle. Along the way, Lane oversaw the setup of SeeByte Inc. in the U.S. and the development of much of the technology which has allowed SeeByte to reach its market position in smart software for unmanned maritime systems

Cyclops 1 Submersible (Photo: OceanGate)

Peering into Ocean Depths with Eyes in the Back of Your Head

OceanGate and Battelle combined undersea technologies to explore mysteries of the Gulf of Mexico’s Flower Garden Banks   When OceanGate’s Cyclops 1 dove deep into the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, it did so with an extra set of all-seeing eyes. Mounted to the five-man submersible was the Battelle HorizonVue, a video camera that provides real-time, live video with a 360-degree view.   The camera helped the crew during its expedition this week that kicked off the “Eye on the Sanctuaries Tour,” exploring ocean depths to 500 meters (1,600 feet) to

Autonomy Takes Off Underwater

companies and professionals dedicated to delivering AUV technology that are intent on making the work on and below our oceans safer and more efficient. For insights on recently developments in the AUV sector, MTR reached out to several leading executives, including: Rear Admiral Fred Byus, USN (Ret.), Battelle; Richard Mills, Product Sales Manager for AUVs, Kongsberg Maritime AS; Stefan Reynisson, General Manager, Teledyne Gavia, and Graham Lester, VP Sales & Marketing, Hydroid Inc. for their insights. Briefly describe your company’s offering to the AUV market. Reynisson, Teledyne Gavia Teledyn

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Subsea Camera Integrated with ROV

Battelle’s HorizonVue camera demonstrates undersea 360-degree views from an undersea robot   For the first time, Battelle’s HorizonVue undersea camera was integrated with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) as part of a demo in the Quincy Shipyard, home of Battelle’s Bluefin Robotics.    The new camera allowed operators to see the harbor floor, a nearby hull and navigate through submerged pilings using a 360-degree live video feed. The instrument can operate at the ocean’s surface or down to depths of 4,500 meters, withstanding pressure of 6,575 pounds per

Fred Byus (Photo: Battelle)

Battelle Unifies Maritime Technologies Leadership Structure

Positions Battelle, Bluefin Robotics and SeeByte to offer market-driven innovation to government and commercial customers   Battelle’s maritime technologies range will now be housed under one leadership structure lead by Rear Admiral Fred Byus, USN (Ret.) “to better meet the accelerating growth of the government and commercial maritime technology markets,” the company announced.   Battelle said it has seen accelerating growth in the government and commercial maritime technology markets over the last decade and has undergone expansion—both organically and through

Bluefin Robotics CEO Named Fellow of ABET

the activities of ABET. “It is a true honor to be selected as an ABET Fellow,” Kelly said. “I take great pride in the work I do every day and appreciate the recognition from this prestigious organization.” Kelly has manned the helm of Bluefin Robotics, a subsidiary of Battelle, since 2008. Under his direction, Bluefin has become a world leader in marine robotics. Kelly currently serves as a Representative Director for ABET, and has also served as Executive Committee Member and Commission Chair for the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. Previously, Kelly

Paul Bunje (Photo courtesy of XPRIZE)

Teams Vie for $2m Ocean Health XPRIZE

technology start-up fluidion, a company with expertise in micro and nanotechnologies, deep-water operations and engineering of sensors for extreme environments. •TEAM SEAS (St. Petersburg, Fla.), a team of scientists and engineers from SRI International, the University of South Florida and the Battelle Memorial Institute. •Team SINDEN (Fukuoka, Japan), a team of faculty, scientists and engineers from Kyushu University’s International Institute for Carbon-Neutral Energy Research, the Kyushu Institute of Technology, the University of Tokyo and the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science

David P. Kelly

Bluefin Robotics

553 South Street, Quincy, MA 02169 T: 617 715 7080 E: dtalbot@bluefinrobotics.com W: www.bluefinrobotics.com President: David P. Kelly No. of Employees: 200 Company Profile: Bluefin Robotics, a Battelle Company, develops, builds, and operates Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs), subsea batteries, and related technologies for defense, commercial, and scientific customers worldwide. It offers a full range of modular, free-flooded AUV platforms having designed in more than 50 different configurations. The Bluefin team brings a unique set of skills including hard-won expertise in the application

MTR 100: Battelle

505 King Ave., Columbus, OH 43201 T:  624-424-7208 E:  delaneyk@battelle.org W:  www.battelle.org CEO/President: Jeffrey Wadsworth GM: Fred Byus, RDML, USN (Ret.) Sales Manager: Rich Granger Number of Employees: 85 Annual Sales: $20 million The Case: Battelle’s Maritime Systems group provides customized hardware development, engineering services, product manufacturing and support. It can bring purpose built solutions to the most difficult technology challenges in the maritime environment especially addressing submersibles, persistence, life cycle engineering and sensors.

James Bellingham will begin work as the Director of the WHOI Center for Marine Robotics in early fall 2014. Bellingham comes to WHOI from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), where he was director of engineering and most recently chief technologist. (Photo courtesy of MBARI)

Bellingham Named Director of WHOI Robotics Center

Institute of Technology, where he was founder and manager of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Laboratory.  He was also co-founder of Bluefin Robotics in 1997, a Massachusetts-based company that develops, builds and operates autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).  Bluefin was later acquired by Battelle. “We are thrilled to welcome Jim to Woods Hole Oceanographic,” said WHOI President and Director Susan Avery. “His combination of a strong academic research background, entrepreneurial business savvy, and experience working with other academic, nonprofit, private sector, and

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Subsea Camera from Battelle

A new camera developed by Battelle aims to reduce the time, effort and expense needed to create complete 360-degree viewpoints in the depths of the ocean or in other hard to reach places. The HorizonVue M360 Deep combines Battelle’s history in maritime engineering technology with RemoteReality’s specialized optic designs and software to create a unique instrument capable of providing continuous 360-degree video feed at the ocean’s surface or depths of up to 10,000 ft., the manufacturer said. Intended for use by the ocean science community, it can be installed on underwater robots

The Bluefin 21, Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is hoisted back aboard the Royal Australian Navy Australian Defense Vessel (ADV) Ocean Shield after successful buoyancy testing. Joint Task Force 658 is supporting Operation Southern Indian Ocean, searching for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777.  (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Peter D. Blair/Released)

Bluefin Robotics on the Hunt for MH370

itself in the environment, turning sensors on and off, for the most part by itself, was the toughest concept to get reporters to understand as the difference between current gen air vehicles and current gen AUVs. David P. Kelly is the President and CEO of Bluefin Robotics a wholly-owned subsidiary of Battelle.  He is responsible for the strategic direction and operational execution of the business.  David is a senior member of the IEEE, a member of ACM, and a registered professional engineer in the State of Texas. David holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute

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ENVIRON in Port Gamble Strategic Alliance

International environmental, health, safety and sustainability consultancy, ENVIRON, says it has entered into a strategic alliance with Port Gamble Environmental Sciences (PGES) in Port Gamble, Washington. Originally founded in 2005 by Dr. Jack Word and senior staff from Battelle’s Marine Sciences Laboratory, PGES operates throughout the world from the Arctic to tropical environments, helping businesses and governments solve aquatic and contaminated land environmental problems. Dr. Word and his team of ecotoxicologists, who are internationally recognized for applying an inter-disciplinary

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Subsea Camera Gives Never-before-seen Views

Google Earth and Go-Pro go-anywhere access have upped expectations from cameras. Remotely accessing panoramic views from our front doorsteps is commonplace and we plunge our cameras into the water for underwater shots. That’s not to say these are simple technologies. A new camera developed by Battelle will greatly reduce the time, effort and expense needed to create complete 360-degree viewpoints in the depths of the ocean or in other hard to reach places. The HorizonVue M360 Deep, as the camera is known, combines Battelle’s long history in maritime engineering technology with RemoteReality&

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