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Flying new Routes Subsea

, but Ward sees that some are seeing the potential. “There is no doubt we have faced challenges in bringing this technology to market,” he says. “Primarily, many companies want to carry on doing operations the way they always have, for example some operators still specify ROV and boom cameras for pipeline inspection.  But those customers who have embraced this HAUV, that require a slightly different approach to tackling GVI, have reaped the benefits in cost savings and improved data quality.“HAUV has been fully commercially operational for nearly a year now, it has a growing

Out-of-this-world: a UX-1 HROV. Photo: EU UNEXMIN Project

Subsea Mining: The Next Big Thing for UUVs

an EU consortium that includes SMD, Damen, Sandvik, INESC TEC, Fugro, Zentrum fur Telematik and BMT Group. When we called, they were deliberating on commercial ways forward for EVA et all. “It certainly has been a success,” Martins says. “EVA packs an extensive set of sensors (multiple cameras, laser-based light systems, multiple sonar types) in a versatile and highly maneuverable system. It was used successfully in a challenging environment, such as the underwater mining scenario, in industrial conditions, and while providing crucial data for the planning, supervision, command and control

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New Subsea Wireless IP Camera Technology

the pig passing through the pipeline and fragmenting in open water to verify pipeline cleanliness, without the need for a diver or remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) in the immediate vicinity. The solution, engineered by wireless subsea device specialists WFS, came in the form of subsea HD cameras mounted on a standard subsea basket, wirelessly controlled and capturing the entire operation in stunning high definition.Building on technology first developed in 2014 and used Australian oil company Woodside for subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR), WFS Technologies developed the Seatooth

Superheated hydrothermal fluid flows upwards from an underwater volcano 2000m below the Gulf of California, Mexico (Photo: Schmidt Ocean Institute)

Scientists Find New Hydrothermal Field

balloons, and even a discarded Christmas trees. This provided a stark juxtaposition next to the spectacular mineral structures and biodiversity.”The expedition was an unprecedented study of hydrothermal and gas plumes, with researchers using advanced technology including 4K deep-sea underwater cameras and radiation tracking devices, as well as sediment and fluid samplers working via a remotely operated vehicle, ROV SuBastian. To get a true measure of methane and other volatile substances existing in the deep sea, scientists need to capture the samples at the source. The scientists were able to

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A SmallSat AUV Network

of small satellites, or SmallSats, to control AUVs. NTNU post-docs, Ph.Ds and masters students are nearing their SmallSat launch day, after which North Sea AUVs will have taken a step toward being able to relay data to scientists onshore for long periods. Both SmallSats and AUVs will have hyperspectral cameras able to detect chemicals, metals, plankton or do survey work.The California-based Prof. Rajan is a senior scientist known for planning, executing and creating autonomous systems and robotics at NASA’s Ames Research Center. Prof. De Sousa leads an international network of AUV-keen scientists

Martin McDonald, Senior Vice President, ROV Division, Oceaneering International.
Courtesy of Oceaneering International

One-on-One with Martin McDonald, SVP, ROV Division, Oceaneering

in subsea wireless technologies. These three components will open up a new theater of operations for autonomy and remote operations.Oceaneering's E-ROV vehicle. Courtesy of Oceaneering InternationalReal-time data processing and subsea imaging comprise another important area – integrating the cameras and sensors to the ROVs to provide real-time 3D imaging of structures that are communicated directly to engineers onshore so they can then make asset-integrity decisions quickly. The images can also be built into a virtual reality environment, effectively digitizing the field and enhancing subsea

A Timelapse of EagleRay Transitioning from Sea to Sky (Credit NCSU)

Drones for Coastal Enviro Management

seamlessly transition from hover to forward flight and back again. Its swappable twist-lock payload system allows operators to fly multiple missions using a single aircraft. The MBARI operators used this drone combined with a FLIR imager for thermal front mapping. They also used very high-resolution cameras and were able to identify animals in the water, in this example jellyfish, as well as birds in flight.In addition to the field results from MBARI, and other science users, the workshop presented new ideas for drones that can operate both in the air and underwater. North Carolina State University

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ABS: Guidance for Remote Inspection Technologies

President, Western Hemisphere Operations. “The guidance notes, which build on our Guidance Notes on Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, demonstrate our commitment to continually address new technologies that support safer and less intrusive surveys.”Using digital technology and high definition cameras, ABS said it can collect, trend and provide value to clients with new RITs in a safe and effective way.Developed through extensive marine and offshore trials and testing, the guidance covers a range of areas, including equipment specification, data management, associated management systems, recommended

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OceanAlpha Launches 5G Unmanned Vehicle

by Ericsson and China Mobile.According to its developer, the unmanned "environmental smart vessel" is designed to help address the problem of water pollution by quickly and efficiently collecting water quality monitoring data, identifying the cause of the pollutant with high-definition cameras and taking necessary measures to address these pollutants.“Relying on 5G communication technology, OceanAlpha’s unmanned boat can conduct water area monitoring, VR back-end demonstration, water quality monitoring, remote application control and autopilot,” said Ran Zhang, general

Resourceful: Norwegian AUV and oceanographic researchers work in sync. Photo Credit: Professor Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU AMOS

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

Marlin AUV just released. It’s a writer’s impression of the missions now being planned by AUV-equipped oceanographic researchers at Norway-based research community, AMOS. The real mission is about to begin. AMOS will shortly be test-firing tiny, disposable satellites bearing spectral cameras that will also gather and beam back the data gathered by the spectral cameras and sensors of their REMUS-dominated fleet of AUVs. The pocket satellites will instantly process and send to shore data on the contours and algal life above and below arctic ice. The satellites will also help AUVs communicate

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

out of reach 25 years ago are commonplace. The Hugin vehicle is one of the leading commercial vehicles in service today. It is illustrative of the entire community, offering a comprehensive payload sensor suite including side-scan sonar, sub-bottom profiler, multibeam echosounders, magnetometers and cameras. Emerging payloads demonstrated on Hugin include synthetic aperture sonar and laser scanners. The navigation solution for Hugin AUVs uses raw output from an onboard inertial measurement unit (IMU) coupled with other available in-situ sensors processed in real-time using a Kalman filter. These are

“Two Thales unmanned surface vessels are pictured entering Plymouth Sound for the first time.”

Photo credit: Shaun Roster Photography

Sensor and AI System for Plymouth Sound

;game changing’ sensor system with connected artificial intelligence (AI) machine-learning technology around Plymouth Sound as part of the vision to turn the city into a center of excellence in maritime autonomy and unmanned vehicles.Plymouth-based M Subs  will operate a secure network of cameras, radars, and other sensors which will provide situational awareness and communications with the unmanned vehicles operating out of the city’s harbor.The system will also provide the command & control of unmanned vehicles using the nearby ranges at sea.  Data from the network is being

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Arctic Rays Chooses GTS as West Coast Rep

Arctic Rays LLC, an underwater technology specialist in the design and manufacturing of high-performance lights, cameras and sub-sea equipment, has announced GTS Consulting as the company’s west coast representative. The territory for GTS Consulting on behalf of Arctic Rays includes California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia.

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Eight OSD Systems to Petrobras

supply eight Oil Spill Detection (OSD) systems to Brazilian oil major Petrobras in the world’s largest x-band radar-based OSD surveillance and response contract to date.The agreement is in partnership with Ulstein Belga Marine, primary supplier to Petrobras, and includes radars and thermal imaging cameras for Petrobras Mobile Offshore Production Units (MOPUs) in the Campos Basin. Delivery and commissioning are scheduled for 2019.The backdrop for the record delivery is a February 2018 agreement reached between Petrobras and the Brazilian federal Environmental Agency, Ibama, committing Petrobras to


Subsea Vision & Photogrammetry Lab Formed

develop a common offer covering camera calibration, subsea image treatment and innovative photogrammetry solutions.FORSSEA ROBOTICS decided last year to adapt its Atoll ROV embedded visual docking technology into a stand-alone product. The company was already manufacturing and commercializing underwater cameras, mainly for R&D underwater vision applications.The so-called V-LOC (Visual LOCalization) technology has been designed for quick and operational use. One operator sticks the marker on the structure and the camera computes the six-degree coordinates in real-time on the user screen.Following offshore

IP Multi SeaCam (Photo: DeepSea Power & Light)

DeepSea Expands SeaCam Product Line

DeepSea Power & Light is expanding its SeaCam family of subsea imaging solutions with the new IP Multi SeaCam and IP Apex SeaCam. These subsea cameras offer efficient and high-quality compression along with support for common real-time IP streaming and camera management protocols, the manufacturer said.The IP Multi SeaCam provides a compact, fixed focus solution for subsea monitoring and tooling applications. Efficient and high-quality compression provides sub-200 ms latency network streaming with full HD resolution in both the 72° HFOV flat port and 105° HFOV dome port options. The 256 GB

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USV Accompanies The Ocean Cleanup System 001

by U.K. based AutoNaut, is accompanying Wilson in order to conduct long-term monitoring of the surrounding environmental conditions and provide information on the system itself. The small autonomous craft is overseen remotely by an operator at sea and a small team based on the south coast of England. Cameras on the AutoNaut vehicle’s mast and hull provide a live-feed view of Wilson both from above and below the sea surface. Onboard sensors provide a scientific understanding of the environment by measuring the sea surface waves, oceanic currents, water quality and weather conditions.“We are

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