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Freight Planning… What About Offshore Wind…?

of turbine blades and other large parts with street poles that fold flat and with traffic circles that have wide, straight shortcuts through the middle.”That’s a description of wind-freight logistics and infrastructure in Denmark, captured in a report by Robert Collier for the University of California at Berkeley Labor Center. Is there a MARAD discretionary grant program to pay for folding utility poles at urban intersections?These exact moves may not be required in towns in Staten Island or Humboldt Bay, Calif. or Cleveland, Ohio. But if people are thinking about a National Freight Strategic

A new MIT-developed search-and-rescue algorithm identifies hidden “traps” in ocean waters. The method may help quickly identify regions where objects — and missing people — may have converged. Image courtesy of the researchers/

Tech Talk: Algorithm Aims to Assist Ocean Search and Rescue

published today in the journal Nature Communications. Their coauthors are lead author Mattia Serra and corresponding author George Haller of ETH Zurich, Irina Rypina and Anthony Kirincich of WHOI, Shane Ross of Virginia Tech, Arthur Allen of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Pratik Sathe of the University of California at Los Angeles.The team demonstrated the technique in several field experiments in which they deployed drifters and human-sized mannequins in various locations in the ocean. They found that over the course of a few hours, the objects migrated to the regions that the algorithm predicted would be

The DTRA's Blowfish Project demonstrated its capabilities during the Joint Exercise Arctic Edge 2020 in Juneau, Alaska in February 2020. During the exercise, Blowfish engaged the system’s underwater neutralization disruptor against surrogate underwater explosive threat targets. The VideoRay ROV system demonstrated 100% success in seven disruption attempts on varied target types (Photo: Darnell Gardner)

The Blowfish Project: ROV Helps to Secure US Waterways

. Code-named the Blowfish Project, this technology is a collaborative effort with the U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technology Division (NSWC IHEODTD) and Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific, utilizing development and testing sites located in California, Maryland, and Virginia.Similar to available technology fielded for land-based counter-IED applications that allow for operator standoff and disruptor capabilities, the Blowfish system incorporates technology that has been adapted to address underwater threats. The system also includes advanced

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Another Sabertooth Vehicle for Hibbard

has led to the recent purchase and a vision of increasing their capacity to both single and double hull vehicles to fit a broader range of capability.Hibbard has deployed the double hull Sabertooth for inspecting the longest water supply tunnel in South Korea as well as a major hydro-electric tunnel in California.With that success and the expanded capacity the double hull offers, Hibbard Inshore is again “pushing the envelope” with the assistance of a Sabertooth to reach 20 kilometres or beyond from a single access point.“The Sabertooth family of hybrid AUV/ROV multi-role vehicles has

Deepwater Horizon burning in April 2010. Image by US Coast Guard

What Did Scientists Learn from Deepwater Horizon?

;Understanding what these environments look like in their natural state is really critical to understanding the impact of oil spill conditions.”Additional authors of the review are chemist Ryan P. Rodgers (Florida State University), and microbiologists J. Cameron Thrash (University of Southern California, Los Angeles), David L. Valentine (University of California Santa Barbara), and Helen K. White (Haverford College)

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Aker Solutions, Cognite Win $2M Grant for Floating Wind Farm Tech

California Energy Commission has awarded Aker Solutions and Cognite a $2 million grant for a project called NextWind Real-Time Condition Monitoring.The project is focused on next-generation solutions in wind through digitalization and aims to develop a holistic digital solution that will enable monitoring the condition of an offshore floating wind farm and its impact on the environment via live data streaming.Aker Solutions, partnering with Cognite, was selected for the grant award as part of the California Energy Commission's Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC). The program provides

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NOV Names New Chief Technology Officer

while also retaining his responsibilities as Chief Marketing Officer.”As Chief Marketing Officer, Reid has been charged with developing the market and strategic engine of NOV across regional operations and business segments. Reid joined Varco International in 1992, and has lived in Scotland, California, and Houston while working worldwide in roles covering business development, product development, leadership, and management

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NASA Asks Gamers, Citizen Scientists to Help Map World's Corals

Video gamers and citizen scientists are being invited to embark on virtual ocean research expeditions to help NASA map coral reefs around the world in an effort to better understand these threatened ecosystems.During the past several years, researchers at NASA's Ames Research Center in California's Silicon Valley have developed new instruments that can look below the ocean surface in more detail than ever before. Using techniques originally developed to look at stars, these "fluid-lensing" cameras use complex calculations to undo the optical distortions created by the water

Nortek and Del Mar Oceanographic are collaborating to give researchers from around the globe a cost-effective way to answer vital questions surrounding the functioning of ocean processes. Image: Nortek

Case Study: Helping Ocean Researchers Obtain Hi-Resolution Measurements at a Lower Cost

phase.The Wirewalker/Nortek combination has been used in several locations around the globe, including by the USA’s Office of Naval Research funded projects in the Bay of Bengal, the North Atlantic and North Pacific, as well as by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography off the coast of southern California, USA. The projects have covered two broad areas of research: 1) characterizing ocean mixed layer velocities free from the influence of surface waves, and 2) obtaining vertical resolution of velocity fluctuations on small scales over large depth ranges.One particular research project where the Wirewalker

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