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PCCI Hires Carey as Chief Engineer

, port security barriers, and submarine cable shore landings. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University. He possesses OSHA, HAZWOPER, and confined space entry certifications.Alexandria, Va. based PCCI provides marine and environmental engineering, ocean facility installation support, all-hazards emergency response planning and training services, and hyperbaric systems engineering for industry and governments worldwide

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COVE Internship Project Begins Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

, or have completed, their studies at Acadia University, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD). Their backgrounds range from a Senior Ship’s Officer with a diploma in business administration, electronics technician, environmental engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, interdisciplinary design, and electronic commerce.IBM and Accenture have donated their time and resources in a week-long orientation course for the interns prior to the project start date allowing the interns to hit the ground running on their

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Fugro Completes GoM Surveys for Shell

Fugro said it has completed several deepwater geophysical surveys in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell.The project required data collection over multiple deepwater lease blocks in the greater Perdido and Mars development areas to support clearance of potential environmental, engineering, geological and archaeological hazards ahead of planned drilling activities, the Dutch-based geo-data company said.As the preferred contractor for this project, Fugro deployed a Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from its purpose-built survey vessel, the Fugro Brasilis. The Hugin AUV is depth-rated to 3,000 meters

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Kraken Achieves Military Standard Certification

was created by the U.S. Navy to see the future of naval technology in action today.”KATFISH-M was tested and certified by independent laboratories on a variety of U.S. Department of Defense military ruggedization standards known as MIL-STD-810G and MIL-STD-461. The MIL-STD-810G focuses on environmental engineering and requires products to pass a series of laboratory tests to ensure that military equipment can operate in extreme worldwide environments. The MIL-STD-461 standard covers the requirements and test limits for the measurement and determination of the electromagnetic interference characteristics

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How Could a ‘Sand Motor’ Help the Great Lakes?

taste of cutting-edge research in a variety of fields. At Sea Grant, Shea is mentored by assistant director for extension David Hart. Hart’s areas of expertise include coastal hazards and community planning.    Shea, a sophomore from Holmen, Wis., who is majoring in civil and environmental engineering, will present her findings at UW-Madison's Undergraduate Research Symposium on April 13.    Major questions under consideration include whether a Dutch-style sand motor could work along Lake Michigan and what implementation challenges it might present. "It's a rough, theoretical

Deployment of the Remus 600 to join the rest of the fleet - 5 AUVs and 1 USV - to begin an unmanned multi-vehicle collaborative mission. (Photo courtesy: Javier Gilabert)

Expanded Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spills

, easy to transport, low cost and open system. Our project is based on the idea that, the more trained agents involved, the more efficiently and available and useful and cheap the system will be.     The Author Dr. Javier Gilabert is Professor at the Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering - Technical University of Cartagena (UPCT) – Spain and PI of the Underwater Robotics Ready for Oil Spill project.     (As published in the MArch 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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Finding Monsters on the Ocean Surface

direction.   These figures provide an overview of the entire deployment in 2015, where a significant wave height greater than 10m and maximum wave height greater than 22m was measured, and the extreme wave direction.     The Authors Frederic Dias received a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1986. He started his career in the U.S. before coming back to France to join CNRS in 1990. In 2000, he moved to Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan and has been a Professor of Applied Mathematics since.  In 1984 Darryl Symonds started his career

Size-frequency distributions for meteotsunamis for each Great Lake. (Credit: Bechle, A. J. et al. Meteotsunamis in the Laurentian Great Lakes. Sci. Rep. 6, 37832; doi: 10.1038/srep37832 (2016).)

Meteotsunamis: An Underrated Hazard in the Great Lakes

year on the Great Lakes. Also, larger meteotsunamis of nearly three feet occur once per year on average.    The team headed by Adam Bechle, J. Phillip Keillor Fellow with the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and Wisconsin Sea Grant, and Chin Wu, UW-Madison professor of civil and environmental engineering, analyzed 20 years of data from 32 water-level stations on the U.S. side of the Great Lakes. Most meteotsunamis occur in late spring to early summer, coinciding with the beginning of the recreational season on the lakes. Most occur in the southwest part of the Great Lakes, with Lake Michigan

"They are the foundational recyclers of the lake." Trina McMahon (left) Katrina Forest and UW-Madison graduate student Jeff Dwulit-Smith have helped hone our understanding of actinobacteria. (Credit: Aaron R. Conklin)

We [Heart] Actinobacteria

, small microbes—like, really, really tiny —that make up a superabundant group of bacteria that’s involved in most of what goes on in the freshwater universe.   Nobody knows more about freshwater actinobacteria than University of Wisconsin-Madison professor of environmental engineering Trina McMahon. With the support of Wisconsin Sea Grant, McMahon’s laboratory members have spent the last five years studying the little critters from every imaginable angle—and in the process have become the pre-eminent experts on the topic. What they’ve found has enlarged

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