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Google Maps Goes Coastal with Unmanned Boat

A new high-tech unmanned vessel, launched with the help of Google, will use innovative technologies from the boatbuilding and mapping fields to map shorelines and raise awareness of the impacts of global sea level rise.   Originally designed to be worn by backpackers, Google's proprietary Street View Trekker camera system was provided on loan to the San Francisco Baykeeper organization, allowing them to create bay-level maps. It plans to use the imagery collected—nearly 500 miles of coastline ranging from San Jose to Antioch, California—on its website and for educational purposes.

Image: Dyena

High Resolution Data Logging

term recording of vessel structural accelerations, providing scientific data without having to trawl through months of spreadsheets. When an event occurs above the programmable threshold, raw data from before and after the event is stored in a single file alongside the daily overview spreadsheet and a Google Earth 3D map trace. The Dyena PRO unit constantly monitors the shock and vibrations received by the vessel structure and stores the data to the onboard solid state memory, alongside position, speed, heading and time. Sampling at 1,200 Hz, recording the peak and RMS averages every second and storing

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First US National Ocean Exploration Program Report

, academic institutions, and the private sector,” said NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research Acting Director John McDonough. Participating organizations involved with the report includeNOAA, Aquarium of the Pacific, the Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, Google, Inc., the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Esri, NASA, the National Geographic Society, the National Research Foundation, the Ocean Exploration Trust, the Roddenberry Foundation, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of State. Renowned explorers Sylvia Earle, Don Walsh, and Walter

Courtesy Battelle

Subsea Camera Gives Never-before-seen Views

Google Earth and Go-Pro go-anywhere access have upped expectations from cameras. Remotely accessing panoramic views from our front doorsteps is commonplace and we plunge our cameras into the water for underwater shots. That’s not to say these are simple technologies. A new camera developed by Battelle will greatly reduce the time, effort and expense needed to create complete 360-degree viewpoints in the depths of the ocean or in other hard to reach places. The HorizonVue M360 Deep, as the camera is known, combines Battelle’s long history in maritime engineering technology with

Proposed cable routing for PLCN (Image: TE Connectivity Ltd.)

Facebook, Google among Builders of New Transpacific Cable

Undersea communications technology company TE SubCom has partnered up with Facebook, Google and Pacific Light Data Communication Co. Ltd. (PLDC) to co-build a 12,800 km transpacific submarine cable system that will provide the first direct undersea route between Hong Kong and Los Angeles with ultra-high capacity transmission. Scheduled for commercial launch in summer of 2018, the Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN) will become the highest-capacity transpacific route when completed largely thanks to TE SubCom's C+L technology, which effectively doubles the available bandwidth and capacity per fiber

Dolphin & Whale 911 app: Image courtesy of NOAA Fisheries

Dolphin & Whale 911 App Released

information on smartphones, including a colorful species identification guide, the public will know who to call and what to do when they find a sick, injured or dead marine mammal, thus contributing to marine mammal conservation. Dolphin and Whale 911 app is available for download at: For the iPhone and other Apple products it is downloadable from the iTunes Store

Windfarm Offshore: Photo credit NOAA

MIT Honors ABB as 'Disruptive Company' Innovator

MIT Technology Review’s 2013 list of 50 disruptive companies shows that innovation is far from dead. Among the usual suspects such as Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google the publication of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology cites ABB for “perfecting a circuit breaker for high-voltage DC lines - a crucial step for widespread use of renewable energy.” The development of the breaker , announced by ABB last November, marked the resolution of a 100-year-old challenge. Thomas Edison’s inability to find a solution for interrupting high-voltage DC is one of the

Fischer Connectors Launches New Website

all catalogues, technical specifications, technical drawings, case studies, white papers and more. A new map to help quickly find local Fischer Connectors’ contact. Easier access to news, blog and social network posts. The possibility to stay connected via Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Vimeo.  

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Augmented Reality App Brings 3D Models to Life

vessel C.S. Sovereign or the Q1000 ROV - key assets for Global Marine in the power market. Alternatively, switch to X-Ray View to read more information about each key feature of the two by pressing the hotspots shown in the 3D image.   The app is available for free download from the App Store or Google play by searching ‘GMSL’.   

TE SubCom to Upgrade to Southeast Asia Cable System

consortium is composed of Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad (BIG), China Mobile International Ltd. (CMI), China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), China Telecom Global Limited (CTG), Donghwa Telecom Co. Ltd (DHT) (a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom, Co., Ltd.), Globe Telecom, Inc., Google, KDDI Corporation, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin a subsidiary of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk), and TOT Public Co., Ltd. (TOT).  

Coast Survey’s wrecks and obstructions database provides info on thousands of wrecks.

Coast Survey Improves Access to Wrecks Data

data formats from which to choose. Historically, shipwreck data in AWOIS was available in Adobe PDF and as Microsoft Access Database (MDB) format. More recently, KML/KMZ files replaced PDF and MDB formats, making it easier for public users to view AWOIS data, by using freely available software such as Google Maps or Google Earth. Now, in addition to KML/KMZ and Microsoft Excel formats for general users, Coast Survey provides the data in ArcGIS REST services and OGC WMS services, for use in GIS software programs or web-based map mashup sites

FASTER Cable run route: Image NEC

Google Consortium to Lay 'FASTER' Trans-Pacific Cable

Google and five other large companies team up to build a cable under the Pacific Ocean that will deliver incredibly fast internet speeds informs system supplier NEC Corporation. A consortium of six global companies have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” which will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million. In order to address the intense traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content

HYPACK Holds Hydrographic Training Event

Reinshaw topographic laser system, support for multiple navigation devices, export for 3D printers, vector-scaled soundings in HYPACK SHELL         and HYPLOT (WYSIWYG), multiple offsets for rig moves in HYPACK SURVEY, updated IENC presentation to latest standard, Google Glass helmsman display, real-time capture for GoPro and Nikon cameras, enhanced targeting of side scan sonar in HYSCAN, unicode implementation to support foreign language         characters and update of translation texts, enhanced remote viewing, allowing for


HYPACK Hosts 2015 Training Event

laser capabilities, integration of Leica and Reinshaw topographic laser system, support for multiple navigation devices, export for 3D printers, vector-scaled soundings in HYPACK SHELL and HYPLOT (WYSIWYG), multiple offsets for rig moves in HYPACK SURVEY, updated IENC presentation to latest standard, Google Glass helmsman display, real-time capture for GoPro and Nikon cameras, enhanced targeting of side scan sonar in HYSCAN, unicode implementation to support foreign language characters and update of translation texts, enhanced remote viewing, allowing for viewing and control of HYPACK SURVEY on a tablet

Bathymetry and plant height map created with Visual Habitat 2.0 data (Image: BioSonics)

BioSonics Upgrades Aquatic Habitat Mapping Software

interpolated maps with bathymetric contours. VH2 allows users to interpolate and form gridded data using three different methods: Triangulated Linear Interpolation, Inverse Distance Weighting and Ordinary Kriging. Users can print maps directly or export results as KML, shapefile or image files for use in Google Earth or ArcGIS. VH2 also automatically computes grid statistics including the area, water volume and plant and volume. Existing users can download VH2 at no cost and a demo version is available for new users.   BioSonics President Tim Acker explained, “The release of VH2 software provides

'LiveFleet' App: Image Telerik

New Offshore Vessel Management Mobile App

;On-the-fly, we can produce print-ready technical vessel specification sheets. This was not possible before we implemented Telerik, and in the end, we’ve saved thousands by doing away with printed materials and brochures.”   The LiveFleet app is available from the Apple App Store and Google.Pla


. The wholistic approach in design at INNOVASUB also incorporates Mechanical, Mechatronics Engineers that work with the company on part time or contract basis. The patented dive computer system of INNOVASUB in the market is running the Depth Monitor software that can be downloaded from App Store or from Google Play. The last patent pending device IWU, monitor the breathing pattern of the diver and provides alarms based on abnormal breathing patterns or respiratory arrest: IWU can also detect the regulator malfunction. The harness incorporated version of IWU (STP) detect, logs the position of the diver

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