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Mapping the Future

new markets by removing manned vessels and make it cheaper to access the deep sea; and finally, to inspire the public – these robots are discovering a new underwater planet with strange lifeforms and unfamiliar terrains. These exponential technologies can be used to assist in deep-sea environmental management, conservation, and even ecotourism. Ultimately, we envision this technology will be used to map the entire seafloor at a high resolution by 2030 – in alignment with the goals of Seabed 2030.How does this particular prize fit within the overall aims of the XPRIZE foundations?The Shell

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AI Guides Rapid Data-Driven Exploration of Changing Underwater Habitats

and Artificial Intelligence. The algorithms used are able to rapidly produce simple summaries of observations, and form subsequent deployment plans. This way, scientists can respond to dynamic changes in the environment and target areas that will lead to the biggest operational, scientific, or environmental management gains.More than 1.3 million seafloor images were collected and algorithmically analyzed to find biological hotspots and precisely target them for interactive sampling and observations. The initial wide-area seafloor imagery was acquired with an underwater vehicle “Ae2000f” using

New Hires Boost RCG US Team

with the New York Power Authority (NYPA) and prior to that in Federal legislative affairs at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). She has developed policy strategy for large-scale renewables, energy storage, electric vehicle infrastructure and microgrid projects. Kuhn earned her BA in Environmental Management, and her Master of Public Administration (MPA) at Indiana University. She will assist clients in navigating the US market through management consulting, strategy, and market intelligence assignments.Hutchinson is a highly experienced health, safety and environmental expert with 15 years&rsquo

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NOAA Names Pentony Atlantic Fisheries Administrator

five years as a policy analyst for the New England Fishery Management Council, primarily on issues related to habitat, marine protected areas, and the deep-sea red crab fishery.   He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Duke University in North Carolina, and a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Between college and graduate school, Pentony served for six years as an officer in the U.S. Air Force as an engineering project manager on a variety of military satellite and launch vehicle programs

Cirroteuthidae morphospecies swimming above the seafloor (Credit: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

The Price of Subsea Mining

Impact Assessments, which will occur before, during and after mining provide real results.    Amon said, “Deep-sea mining in international waters is a nascent industry. There should be applause given to the process thus far, especially concerning the adoption of an environmental management plan for the CCZ by the ISA as well as the stipulation that before exploitation, benthic biological baseline studies must be undertaken for each contract area. But there are still many outstanding issues and unknowns. These include that the Areas of Particular Environmental Interest (APEIs)

One of the fascinating aspects of viewing Earth at night is how well the lights show the distribution of people. In this view of Egypt, we see a population almost completely concentrated along the Nile Valley, just a small percentage of the country’s land area.  (Image Credit: NASA:Historic Images on Flickr Commons)

Preview: GEO Week 2017

to global challenges at a time of exponential data growth, human development and climate change that transcend national and disciplinary boundaries. The unprecedented global collaboration of experts helps identify gaps and reduce duplication in the areas of sustainable development and sound environmental management.   This October, the U.S. will host GEO Week 2017 in Washington, DC. GEO Week, consisting of the GEO-XIV Plenary, side events, and exhibition, will highlight and promote the role, applications and opportunities to use earth observations (EO) in delivering ‘Insight for a Changing

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M2 Subsea Awarded DNV-GL Certifications

to consistency, continual improvement and customer satisfaction, the company said. The accreditation was awarded following an independent assessment of M2 Subsea’s quality management.    The ISO 14001: 2015, which is aligned with the 9001: 2015, sets the requirements for environmental management systems. The accreditation covers business areas including operations, leadership, planning and support to ensure the company meets all environmental objectives as part of its daily operations.   Mike Arnold, chief executive officer of M2 Subsea, commented, “We are thrilled

CH2M diver with Fishers DHC-2, Inset – Grieg Seafarms aquaculture technician with Fishers DV-2 drop video (Photo: JW Fishers)

Underwater Video Aids Aquaculture and Marine Research

the underwater construction process and prove instrumental when the aquafarm goes into full operation.   Another Canadian company involved in aquaculture is SIMCorp with offices in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland. The company offers clients a full range of services including environmental management, site remediation strategies and waste management plans. They have considerable experience working with licensing and environmental regulatory agencies, as well as extensive knowledge of environmental compliance monitoring, waste management and new site applications in each of the respective

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Aqueos Achieves Certification Triplet

Subsea service provider Aqueos Corporation informs it has achieved the ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management System), and OHSAS 18001:2007 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System) standards as certified by the ISO accredited certification body, Det Norske Veritas (DNV).   Aqueos Corporation, with offices in Broussard, La. and Ventura, Calif., provides marine construction and specialty subsea services, including a complete range of commercial diving, remotely operated vehicles (ROV) and vessel-related services primarily to the offshore oil

BSEE Director Salerno and USCG Rear Admiral Thomas Discuss information Sharing and Joint Operations at OTC

BSEE, USCG on Sharing Information, Jt Ops

;re carried out. They described the protocol for sharing information on worst case discharge scenarios, as well as how joint working groups and quarterly meetings enhance collaboration.  Director Salerno described how coordination with industry takes place in the form of Safety and Environmental Management Systems (SEMS) plans, with the common goal of a safer, more environmentally friendly Outer Continental Shelf. Director Salerno explained that in the six years of SEMS evolution, there has been an ongoing process of improvement regarding how safety is incorporated into work performed offshore

EPN  dredger for 200 km Internal Waterway Courtesy Damen

Damen CSD350 dredger for 200 km Internal Waterway

channel will enable larger and more comfortable boats to use the route and so encourage the local tourism industry. The coast is renowned for its beauty and biodiversity, and a series of environmental studies have been undertaken to ensure minimal impact on the local plants and wildlife. An environmental management plan has been created for the project and it will be overseen by a government management team to ensure full compliance.  As an example of the care being taken over conservation of the environment, the dredging spoil will be used to construct a series of islands which will then be planted

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

regarding the use of such technology into the future will be made following a full review of the proof of concept flights.   Australian UAV also used a fixed-wing drone to map around Casey station from the air, mapping 30ha in the space of 20 minutes. The data will be used to assist in environmental management planning.   The use of drones by Australians in Antarctica is regulated by CASA, and is also subject to permits under environmental legislation specific to Antarctica.  

Kenneth Mackie (Photo: James Fisher and Sons)

James Fisher Subsea Excavation Earns ISO, OHSAS Certifications

it underwent three days of intense scrutiny to ensure its practices met with the high standards of the certifications.   ISO 9001 is a quality management standard that presents guidelines which are intended to increase business efficiency and customer satisfaction while ISO 14001 is an environmental management standard and OHSAS 18001 is an occupational health and safety management standard.   Kenneth R. Mackie, Managing Director of James Fisher Subsea Excavation, said: “I am incredibly proud of the team for delivering such a high standard of work across a number of areas every day

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BMT Cordah Names Glass as Managing Director

structure.  All five airports were certified to ISO9001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO14001 standards. Glass has a degree in Industrial and Operations Management and is a member of the: Chartered Management Institute and Institute of Management Consultancy. He is an Associate of the Institution of Environmental Management and Assessment and an approved professional by the EHS centre Abu Dhabi for all entity sectors.  

Brian Salerno

BSEE Dir. Salerno to Address Offshore Technology Conference

;  Brian Salerno, BSEE Director             Rear Admiral Paul Thomas, US Coast Guard, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy What: OTC Luncheon with the Center for Offshore Safety: Improving Effectiveness of Safety and Environmental Management Systems and Recognizing Contributions. When: Thursday, May 6, 2015             12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CDT Where: Offshore Technology Conference             

Immersive 3D Operator Training Simulator

ExxonMobil's License for EON Reality

and operational performance of production facilities. EMRQ opened its facility at Qatar Science & Technology Park in 2009 to conduct research in areas of common interest to the State of Qatar and ExxonMobil. Scientists and researchers at EMRQ continue to advance projects in the areas of environmental management, water reuse, LNG safety and coastal geology.  

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EPA Awards 10th Grader for Work on Marine Oil Spills

students, the general public and professionals during a period of four months in Portland, Houston and Los Angeles. This increased general awareness of the environmental impact of oil spills, the inefficiency of current methods of oil remediation and the need to develop more efficient methods of environmental management after an oil spill.   Veeramoney has won several awards at local, regional, state and international competitions and the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

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