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3D at Depth SL3 non-touch data collection process with the TBD-1 Devastator Aircraft (Credit: Air/Sea Heritage Foundation photo by Brett Seymour)

Subsea Wreck Brought to Life by Lasers

was important to capture not only the repeatable, accurate, millimetric details of the aircraft but also the substance and structures of the marine biomass on and around the aircraft. These challenges created a unique opportunity for 3D at Depth’s SL3 subsea laser LiDAR with its real-time 3D data processing unit. In addition, the team used still photography, 4K video, 3D photogrammetry, and 360⁰ VR.Over a period of six days on site, dozens of dives were conducted to the wreck located under 130 ft of water. Four registration markers were set in pre-approved areas to check accuracy for both laser

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Ocean Geo-Frontier Tallies Survey Contract

and Japanese conglomerate Hitachi (21%), submit its tender to JOGMEC in February 2018.OGF will use JOGMEC’s seismic vessel for a range of activities, including basic geophysical surveys (for domestic petroleum and natural gas), vessel operation and management, geophysical data acquisition, data processing and the supply of related equipment.The business, in line with new Japanese ocean policy, aims to acquire detailed geological information in sea areas around Japan for the development of domestic resources. The service agreement will continue for up to 10 years through annual renewals

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

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

, as are improvements in satellite technologies. Adding to these two are advancements 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 Timelapse of EagleRay Transitioning from Sea to Sky (Credit NCSU)

Drones for Coastal Enviro Management

be drones.• As with any data, drone data need to be translated into information, which can then be used for management.• Using drones to acquire accurate quantitative geospatial data is challenging and requires advanced technical skills and knowledge. Hiring experts in drone operations and data processing is typically necessary.• Best practices for using drones to collect geospatial data are well established. Guidance on best practices is available in publications such as the PrecisionHawk e-book Beyond the Edge, and the USGS Unmanned Aircraft Systems Data Management Plan 2015.• Workshop

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3D at Depth Expands

offshore talent to meet the growing demand for subsea LiDAR technology solution, 3D at Depth established a U.K. entity, 3D at Depth Ltd. The Norwich location is the headquarters for their European, Middle East and Africa regional sales, services, and project support. Norwich also opened a dedicated data processing and offshore services center. The center provides an equipment and data processing hub located in a globally central time zone to enable better customer support with faster more efficient regional responsiveness.The company also recruited industry professional Ian Ellis to manage the Aberdeen

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Magseis to Acquire Fairfield Seismic Technologies

;s wholly owned U.K. subsidiary WGP Group," said a press release from the company.The name of the new business will be Magseis Fairfield. Fairfield Geotechnologies will remain privately held by the Sugahara family through Fairfield-Maxwell and focus its efforts on data licensing and data processing, as well as imaging, data analytics and data interpretation.The parties have agreed that the purchase price payable by Magseis shall be based on an enterprise value for the Business of approximately USD 233 million, which comprises a combination of cash and Magseis shares.In addition, Fairfield-Maxwe

CARIS Onboard can be used to process and monitor survey data from multiple platforms (Image: Teledyne CARIS)

Teledyne CARIS to Present at Hydro 18

learn how to keep pace with the volumes of data generated by modern survey operations, ensure it is of suitable quality, and turn it into more information products to support our oceans. Space is limited in this information session, so register early to ensure your seat.‘Advancing Hydrographic Data Processing through Machine Learning’ on October 30, 5:30 p.m. presented by Burns Foster, Manager of New Product Initiatives, Teledyne CARIS. Attendees will learn how this newly assembled machine-learning algorithm is being used to automatically identify and classify common types of noise in sonar

Swathe Services Takes Over as HYPACK Distributor

Swathe Services will take on responsibility for sales and maintenance of HYPACK software solutions in the U.K. and Ireland following the closure of HYPACK’s U.K. partner Del Norte Technology.U.S. company HYPACK – A Xylem Brand is a supplier of hydrographic survey and data processing software for single beam, multibeam, side scan sonar and many other applications in the hydrographic survey and dredging industries.Swathe Services, the Cornwall, U.K. based hydrographic survey services company specializing in Multi-Beam Echo Sounder (MBES) surveying, takes over HYPACK distributor duties for

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Hunting Hydrocarbons

;Combining PAM and geochemical sensing into single surveys will be a further step in understanding the cost benefits associated with this type of force multiplier,” says Lind.Blue Ocean is also working on integrating JASCO’s OceanObserver system, which would enable a modicum of real time data processing on board the glider. “As stands, processing for PAM data on board a glider platform can involve some 375,000 samples per second,” says Lind, “which is a lot of number crunching. With this software, some of the processing can be carried out on board the Glider, enabling real-time

Dr. Steve Pearce (Photo: ASL)

ASL Hires Acoustics Scientist Pearce

will be involved in the design of new underwater acoustics products. It is expected that he will become the Product Manager for the Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) and will accept the responsibilities that are presently fulfilled by David Lemon. As part of this role, he will assist with data processing and will coordinate customer support inquiries.Pearce brings to ASL over a decade of experience in underwater acoustics R&D. He earned his Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in 2014, where his studies focused on sidescan sonar signal processing to suppress multipath interference in the context

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Mapping the Future

on that most of the technology required to meet the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE challenge existed commercially, but lacked a comprehensive, innovative workflow to work together. We wanted to utilize existing proven means in exciting new ways and leverage emerging technology, such as cloud- based data processing and unmanned surface vessels.Alumni of the GEBCO training program come from all over the world; do you feel the international nature of the group has helped in terms of developing innovations for USV Maxlimer?The boat designer was very good at listening to the expertise and knowledge of the

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New KONGSBERG Mapping Cloud Solution

an accessible and practical means of uploading and distributing real-time data, which can be subsequently made available to use in diverse applications and products.Mapping Cloud enables existing PC applications to be run in a Virtual Machine (VM) environment, and allows users to efficiently manage data processing, archiving and sharing with partners and customers through web browsers. With Mapping Cloud, data uploaded in e.g., Australia could be processed in Paris and the results displayed in San Francisco on a user's favorite application. By sharing secure data that can be worked on simultaneously

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A System of Systems Approach to Mine Countermeasures

individual technologies, most of which were small businesses, to perform the job to be done,” said Bob Melvin, Teledyne Marine System’s Vice President of Engineering.“Autonomy was the focus, starting with mission planning, navigation and station keeping. Then we mixed in real time data processing and target recognition on the vehicles themselves. Post mission analysis time was practically zero,” Melvin said.“The 32 minute exercise was an amazing display of using autonomous vehicles for mine detection and clearance in a small harbor while keeping the warfighter out of harm&rsquo

The GEBCO-NF Alumni team concept sets sail from Horten, Norway, on the first of three 24-hour sea-trials. The team observed the successful round of tests from a guard vessel, seen here behind USV-Maxlimer. (Photo: GEBCO)

Competitor Preps for XPRIZE Final with 24-hour Sea Trial

launch and recover the AUV.  The surface vessel acts as an active communication link during subsea survey operations.Commenting on the collaborative approach, Yulia Zarayskaya, training program alumnus and Project Lead, noted that “the skills acquired by the alumni through the data processing development, as well as working alongside team partners and suppliers, puts them at the forefront of rapidly developing autonomous marine operations and the modern processes of transforming data into useful information.”It is hoped that the team’s technology will find wider applications

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Rutter Releases Sigma S6 V9.2.0

Rutter Inc. has released the latest update to the Rutter sigma S6 product line, version 9.2.0. This new version is being released for general availability this week. It is also available as an upgrade on existing systems for qualifying customers.Rutter’s proprietary radar data processing system interprets data from both conventional marine navigational and coastal surveillance radars, providing enhanced radar imagery and state of the art detection, tracking, and measurement capabilities. The sigma S6 suite includes the sigma S6 Ice Navigator, sigma S6 Small Target Surveillance, sigma S6 Oil

Echotrac E20 with laptop and transducer (Image: Teledyne Marine)

SES Orders Teledyne Odom Singlebeam Echosounders

operating from 10 to 300 kHz operating frequency and from 0.2m to 6km depth range, delivering precise depth information from the first ping.According to the manufacturer, the Echotrac E20 features greater portability, faster setup times and higher quality data, minimizing time to survey and reduced data processing time. It is robust, compact and water resistant for reliable performance under nearly all field conditions.Alan Craig, President and CEO of SES, said his company placed a stock order of more than 25 of the new echosounders in order to meet demand in North America market

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AI Guides Rapid Data-Driven Exploration of Changing Underwater Habitats

of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo, demonstrated how the use of autonomous robotics and artificial intelligence at sea can dramatically accelerate the exploration and study of hard to reach deep sea ecosystems, like intermittently active methane seeps. Thanks to rapid high throughput data analysis at sea, it was possible to identify biological hotspots at the Hydrate Ridge Region off the coast of Oregon, quickly enough to survey and sample them, within days following the Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV) imaging survey. The team aboard research vessel Falkor used a form of Artificial

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