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the leading technology providers and industry leaders to showcase their solutions and latest learnings, all under one roof at one time.Like London, the most popular topics and technologies will include Unmanned Vehicles, Vessels and Robotics, Ocean Observation and Sensing technologies and Hydrography, Geophysics and Geotechnics. We’re also reprising our “Catch the Next Wave” program from London, organized in association with The Explorers Club, which highlights how the spirit of exploration drives forward science and technology. Speaker pairings, comprising a leading explorer with a scientist

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NATO Uses IoT to Study the Oceans

around the globe. These include the University of Oldenburg’s work monitoring plastic debris in the North Sea and Spain’s coastal authority, Salvamento Maritimo, using SPOT Trace to devise oil spill disaster recovery procedures. The National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics and the “Istituto di Scienze Marine” of the Italian National Research Council use SPOT Trace to study surface currents in the Mediterranean and the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has used large quantities of SPOT Trace satellite trackers also

Ole Jacob Sandal (Photo: Ridge)

Ridge Hires Sandal as Subsurface Manager

possesses extensive international and North Sea experience gained over 20 years in the oil and gas business, with roles ranging from exploration, drilling, corporate management and business development, combined with. He brings to the role a broad technical background, with a masters in petroleum geophysics and geology from University of Bergen, and a large national and international network within oil and gas business, research and finance.In connection with this appointment, Ridge enters into a co-operation agreement with HRH Geology.“In recent years, I have focused on establishing HRH Geology

Participants at the first Arctic, Antarctic & North Pacific mapping meeting for The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, held at Stockholm University, October 8-10 (Image: The Nippon Foundation / GEBCO)

Seabed 2030 Meeting Held in Stockholm

details on their mapping efforts to the group included the Canadian Hydrographic Service; the Danish Geodata Agency; the Italian Ministry of Defense; the Norwegian Hydrographic Service; the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency; Italy’s National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics; Fugro; Kongsberg Maritime; TE Subcom; the Geological and Mining Institute of Spain; and NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service, among others.Following updates on mapping activities, the meeting broke out into working groups to discuss how to overcome technical challenges in compiling data

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

postgraduate training course at the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping (University of New Hampshire), highlights what a valuable global resource this capacity-building program is. The team also benefits from the experience of academics from a range of fields including geology, geomorphology and geophysics, as well as surveyors from national hydrographic offices, navies and industry. This diversity is still one of our greatest strengths.”In addition to strengthening human resources, the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team has been continually developing its concept, adding new technology and improving systems

MTR does not present an “MTR100 Creative Photo” award, but if we did this year’s winner is Houston Mechatronics. Pictured is Houston Mechatronic’s Aquanaut in wet testing earlier this year holding it’s MTR100 ‘trophy’. (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

MTR100: The Ones to Watch

for AUVs arising,” adds Jackson. “There will be a lot more opportunities, different shapes and sizes and pay loads.”Cellua has about 25 staff plus a network of contractors, with offices in Vancouver and the U.K., and agents globally. It also has two joint ventures: Ocean Floor Geophysics, a subsea geophysical firm, which owns and operates AUVs with and has its own sensor development and data processing group; and Subsea Geo Services Inc., set up to operate Cellula’s seafloor drills on behalf of clients.(As published in the July/August 2018 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

Defense Research and Development Canada Upgrades its AUV

Ocean Floor Geophysics In. (OFG) said it was awarded a contract to deliver and install two Self-Compensating Magnetometer (SCM) systems to the Department of National Defense’s (DND) science and technology organization, Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC), under the Built in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP).The systems, which are supplied with a specialized Subsea Processing Unit (SPU), will be installed on a shallow-water IVER Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) and a 5,000m depth-rated ISE Explorer AUV.The SCM system works by running a simple AUV calibration routine at the beginning

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New Range of Underwater Connectors

Immersible connectors have to meet a variety of mechanical and chemical constraints. SOURIAU has been active in this market for a very long time, continuously adapting its product range to customer requirements in the field of military submarines, oceanography, geophysics and the oil industry. With SWIM, SOURIAU is launching a new range of connectors designed for new markets.The new SWIM range (Shallow Water IMmersion) is designed for marine applications in depths down to 300 m, which are considered shallow immersion. These connectors are designed for innovative applications like surface drones for

Figure 1: Map of raw Total Magnetic Intensity (TMI) acquired with SCM installed on the hull of Teledyne Gavia vehicle (Image: OFG)

Self-compensating Magnetometer for Gavia AUV

OFG self-compensating magnetometer (SCM) added to Teledyne Gavia sensor suiteTeledyne Gavia, manufacturer of the Gavia autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), has completed trials of the AUV self-compensating magnetometer (SCM) from Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG).Now, following successful integration and field trials in Iceland, the sensor system is being offered as part of the expanding suite of tools available to Gavia AUV users.CEO of OFG, Matthew Kowalczyk elaborated on the principal advantage of the SCM system: “There are many magnetometer technologies available on the market. The requirement

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Major Gas Hydrate Mapping Campaign Completed in Japan

Ocean Floor Geophysics Inc. (OFG), in cooperation with Fukada Salvage and Marine Works Co. Ltd. (Fukada), has completed a third high resolution Controlled Source Electromagnetic (CSEM) survey of near surface gas hydrates using the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Scripps) Vulcan system for the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) in Japanese waters.Following the CSEM surveys and 3D inversion models completed in 2014 and 2015, the 2017 survey comprised more than 413 line kilometers of high resolution data collected in depths up to 1,640 m from the Fukada vessel

 FUGRO BOOSTS EFFICIENCY OF SUPER SEWER SITE CHARACTERISATION WITH JACK-UP PLATFORM INNOVATION Photo Fugro

Fugro Riverbed Assessment for Sewer Upgrade

Fugro recently completed two site investigation campaigns for Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O'Rourke, the consortium undertaking construction of the project’s central section for client, Tideway. Over a seven-month period, work included drilling, downhole geophysics and testing to depths of 80 metres to provide ground risk and engineering data along a 10-kilometre stretch of the river. Efficiency in cycle-time and river transit in tidal waters was crucial in delivering information to suit the phasing of planning and design. To meet a programme that involved 55 bridge manoeuvres negotiating 12 of

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Seismic Software donated to Delft U of T

acoustic impedance and velocity and to make a porosity estimation of our reservoir. We are very pleased with the results and also impressed with the software’s user-friendliness thanks to very helpful user manuals embedded in the program."    Kees Wapenaar, Professor of Applied Geophysics, Department of Geoscience & Engineering, TU Delft, said: “We are delighted to have received these software donations from CGG, with whom TU Delft has a strong historic connection. Over 30 years ago, a group of students at Delft University started a company called Jason Geosystems, which

XPRIZE Senior Director Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Ph.D., will give a closing keynote at Catch The Next Wave. Credit: XPRIZE

Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Announcements at OI2018

Forum costs £100 + VAT ($138) for each event, and can be purchased at registration. Central to the Oi18 conference program is a series of linked, free-to-attend Technical Tracks which will enable participants to follow given themes in detail. These range from tracks devoted to Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics, Unmanned Multi-Vehicles & Vessels and Oil & Gas to tracks given over to Marine Renewables, Underwater Imaging & Metrology and Navigation & Positioning. Conference Manager Ellen Burgess says: “With an overarching agenda to confront a range of technical, practical

Example illustrating how pile dwellings were built by our ancestors and their way of living - via the multibeam solution (Photo: MacArtney)

University of Vienna Acquires New Multibeam Equipment

of a multibeam solution supplied by MacArtney.   The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology is a research institute dedicated to the development of new techniques and methodological concepts for landscape archaeology. Its research program combines geophysics, aerial imaging, computer science and geomatics to develop efficient and universally applicable approaches for non-destructive detection, documentation, visualization, analysis and interpretation of archaeological landscapes.   Prior to placing the order for multibeam equipment, scientists

Photo from Oceanology International 2016 conference (Photo: Oceanology International)

Oceanology International '18: Conference Schedule Finalized

conference will be chaired by leading authorities in their respective fields, and the potential for enlightened, galvanizing discussion and the cross-fertilization of progressive ideas is genuinely exciting.” The conference program gets under way on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 with a Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics track,chaired by Andy Hill, Marine Geohazard Technical Authority at BP Exploration, and Richard Salisbury, Senior Consultant at Fugro. This session will discuss data collation and examination methods used in mapping offshore seabed and sub-seabed environments, highlighting the

The GEBCO-NF Alumni Team’s concept utilizes a SEA-KIT unmanned surface vessel, USV Maxlimer. (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

K-MATE Autonomy Controller Put to the Test

USV / AUV concept as a next generation, long-range, long-endurance ocean capability. USV Maxlimer is able to operate safely and effectively without assistance for months at a time in open waters.”   The HUGIN AUV, Chercheur, deployed by the SEA-KIT USV is owned and operated by Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG). It is one of the best equipped survey and pipeline inspection AUVs in the world, with HISAS interferometric synthetic aperture sonar, multibeam, sub-bottom profiler, OFG Self-Compensating Magnetometer, water chemistry sensors, acoustic modem, and a state-of-the-art positioning system. 

An AUV launch (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Six AUVs Dive Simultaneously at 5,000+ Meter Depths

Payload Side Scan Sonar - EdgeTech 2205 Multi-Beam Echosounder - Kongsberg Maritime EM 2040  Sub-Bottom Profiler - EdgeTech 2-16 kHz  HD Camera - CathX Ocean Still Colour Camera  Conductivity/Temperature/Depth Sensor - SAIV  Self-Compensating Magnetometer - Ocean Floor Geophysics  Turbidity Sensor - FLNU (RT)D Methane and Cathx Laser Sensor   Minimum and Maximum Speed 2 and 6 kn   Operating Depth ca 5 m - 6,000 m   Length 6.2 m   Telemetry Acoustic Positioning  HiPAP 502   Endurance 60 hr at 3.6 kn with SSS/SBP/MBES operatin

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