Drone Technology News

At the 2019 CEDA Dredging Days, IADC’s Secretary General René Kolman (right) bestows the 2nd Young Author Award 2019 to Ms Liesbeth De Keukelaere (left) for her contribution to the paper “Mapping water quality with drones – test case in Texel”. Photo: IADC

De Keukelaere Wins IADC "Young Author Award"

was selected as the Young Author Award winner for the co-authoring of the research paper “Mapping water quality with drones – test case in Texel”.A pilot test case at the Prins Hendrikzanddijk project in Texel, the Netherlands, was organized end October 2018 to demonstrate drone technology for water quality monitoring. Jan De Nul was working on creating a new dune area seaward of the existing dike. This dune takes over the coastal protection function of the existing dike and combines it with nature development, public services and recreational appeal. For the demo an octocopter

Image: Port of Amsterdam International

Sailing Drone Inspects Ships at Locks

Amsterdam announced a pilot project deploying a sailing drone that inspects the depth of marginal ships at the locks of IJmuiden, in a bid to gain experience in new technologies in nautical processes.The pilot has been set up with a view to gaining more information and experience regarding sailing drone technology. This development together with autonomously sailing vessels will have a great impact on future nautical processes.The experiment last week (8 to 13 July) took the first steps in examining the impact, the potential of the technology for Port of Amsterdam and the steps Port of Amsterdam has to

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

Drones for Coastal Enviro Management

. 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 attendees identified short flight times due to battery constraints as one of the biggest limitations in drone technology at present. Other desired technological improvements include expanded payload capabilities, modularity to allow drones to carry different payloads/sensors, all-weather capabilities, “smarter” drones with situational awareness, increased data storage capacity, standardization of data

"The first half of the 21st century is the 'Ocean Age,' said RDML Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., USN Ret., (Photo: Greg Trauthwein)

It is the 'Ocean Age,' Gallaudet Declares

the coming year, saying that, among other priorities, "seafood competitiveness" is a top priority, as the U.S. imports 90% of the seafood it consumes and runs a $16 billion seafood trade deficit.On the technology side, Gallaudet said that NOAA is "exponentially increasing its use of drone technology moving forward," with each ship carrying "fleets of drones" to help exponentially increase coverage of the oceans.Gallaudet also discussed the value of public/private partnerships, noting that NOAA recently partnered with Google to help it whittle down the mountains of data NOAA


Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize Field Pared to 9

to pull in exponential technology shifts into the marine realm,” said Dr. Virmani. “There are huge shifts in technology that we’re seeing in other areas that we want to bring into the marine realm,” such as the use of 3D printing to effectively cut costs, and the use of drone technology to make operations more cost effective.   “I am very excited at what is coming out of this so far, and I think you will see some technologies emerge that truly revolutionize the way in which we access the deep sea and map the deep sea.”   While Dr. Virmani is remiss

Oil spill recovery: Drone technology can aid disaster response effectively as in oil spill cleanup. (Photo: GettyImages/ESRI)

Drones: The Next Great Leap in Hydrography

and which have rough terrain present obstacles for both ground-based and airborne shore mapping efforts. Additionally, if there is a change in the foreshore, such as manmade infrastructure, it can take months to observe again and correct inaccurate products.   A Seamless Integration Drone technology itself has progressed over the past decade, allowing aerial photographic observation to become more accessible at a fraction of the cost of chartering aircraft for the same purpose. Fuel expenses alone can be an obstacle to obtaining aerial data. Drone integration with geographic information

Photo: DroneView Technologies

Drones to Perform Aerial Wind Farm Inspections

and data-driven solution.   ABS Group, a provider of technical inspection and verification services to the global power and wind energy industries, said it has signed an agreement with DroneView Technologies to deliver joint aerial wind turbine and equipment inspections utilizing drone technology.   According to ABS Group, drones provide a cost-effective, data-driven alternative to traditional inspections of aerial wind turbine blades at hazardous heights, which will drive safer, more efficient wind farm operations.   Ted Hofbauer, ABS Group Director of Renewables Business

Australian UAV Director James Rennie prepares the drone on the aft deck of the Aurora Australis (Courtesy Australian UAV)

Drone Technology Aids Antarctic Ship Operations

.   Australian Antarctic Division Future Concepts Manager, Matt Filipowski, said the drone was a valuable addition to the current suite of sea ice navigation tools, which include satellite imagery and radar.   “This is the first time the Australian Antarctic Division has used drone technology to assist ship operations,” Filipowski said.   The proof-of-concept flights were undertaken by Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) certified company, Australian UAV.   Australian UAV Director James Rennie said the project had a number of technical challenges.  

(Image: Shuttleworth Design)

Project Mars: The future of Autonomy

address the challenges of working in conditions that are dangerous or inaccessible has been recognized in recent years. The concept of autonomy has already reached many areas within the maritime sector, such as oil and gas, and particularly the military. While the terrestrial sector pushes on with drone technology, where major companies such as Amazon are investigating the potential of using drones for home deliveries, the shipping industry has yet to embrace it. “Some might see the lack of interest as conservatism on their part, and engrained adherence to having ‘eyes on’ the bridge

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