Hydrographic Software News

Chris Gibson, VP of Sales & Marketing at VideoRay.

One-on-One: Chris Gibson, VideoRay

Chris Gibson is VP of Sales & Marketing at VideoRay, a leader in portable, inspection-class remotely operated vehicles (ROV). Gibson is a ubiquitous figure around the globe representing the VideoRay brand, and has been with the company since its inception in 1999.  MTR spoke with Gibson recently for his insights on market and tech drivers.The familiar family of VideoRay ROVs are found globally in a wide range of industries and missions, from homeland security and defense, to inland and offshore infrastructure inspection, aquaculture, power plant inspection, and more. MTR caught up with Gibson

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SBG Systems Unveils New IMU

Inertial motion sensing solutions provider SBG Systems has released the Horizon IMU, a FOG-based high performance inertial measurement unit (IMU) designed for large hydrographic vessels surveying harsh environments.Navsight Marine Solution consists in a powerful and ready-to-use inertial navigation solution dedicated to hydrographers. It is available at different levels of accuracy to meet the various application requirements and can be connected to various external equipment such as Echo-sounders, LiDAR, etc.Navsight Marine Solution already offered two levels of performance with the Ekinox and Apogee

Nortek staff in China mobilizing the Signature VM package under the attentive eye of end user Wang Yan, Senior Manager of Hydrology at CCCC’s Zhongjiao No.1 Hangwu Engineering Reconnaissance Design Institute. As Signature VM is a straightforward plug-and-play system for current surveying, the crew were able to sail out for a test survey after only approximately 30 minutes of setup. Image: Nortek

Current Profiling & China’s Maritime Infrastructure Drive

China’s recent wave of infrastructure renewal has included a large portfolio of developments, such as ports and other developments, that have a subsea component. Accurate, efficient and cost-effective current profiling is vital in the successful implementation of major maritime projects.Nortek has been able to play a role in this side of China’s economic revolution, through its collaboration with a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), a Fortune 500 listed firm that has been at the forefront of the infrastructure drive.CCCC & NortekCCCC’s hydrological

Moray Melhuish who joins WFS Technologies as commercial director (Photo: WFS Technologies)

Melhuish Joins WFS Technologies

Wireless subsea technology provider WFS Technologies has appointed Moray Melhuish to the newly-created post of commercial director, responsible for building on the success of its industry-advanced innovations as well as increase its portfolio of national and international projects.Melhuish was previously business development director at independent ROV specialist, ROVOP, and prior to this was responsible for the sales and marketing work-class ROV systems at i-Tech, a division of Subsea 7. He also spent three years at Triton Group, now Forum Energy Technologies.An Aberdeen University graduate with an

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Australia Searching for Lost WWII Destroyer

went down but its exact location has proved elusive,” Rear Admiral Mead said.The Royal Australian Navy believes there is strong chance HMAS Vampire’s final resting place has been identified as the result of research by Australian and Sri Lankan hydrographers in recent months.The Australian hydrographic ship HMAS Leeuwin and mine hunter HMAS Diamantina are in the region to assist with a more thorough search.“There are no guarantees of success but we owe it to the families of those on board to follow up this new lead,” Rear Admiral Mead said.He continued, “Whatever the outcome

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DOF Subsea Tallies Multiple Contracts

DOF Subsea announced Tuesday it has been awarded various contracts, securing utilization for vessels in the subsea inspection, maintenance and repair (IMR) projects segment.The company said its Atlantic region has been awarded a contract by the Norwegian Mapping Authority regarding hydrographic services for the MAREANO 2019 program. The specialized survey and IMR vessel Geograph will be deployed on the project that is expected to last until late fall.DOF Subsea said it has also been awarded a contract by Siemens on the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm Project in the North Sea. The contract will utilize the

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Sparrows Provides Cable Handling for Hornsea One

Sparrows Group Cable and Pipe Lay Solutions (CPLS) division has delivered its largest renewables project to date as part of three contracts awarded through VBMS; DEME Offshore, formerly known as Tideway; and DeepOcean. The work scope, part of an upsurge in activity in the renewables market that helped the group to more than doubled its business during 2018, saw Sparrows provide equipment and personnel to handle the nearshore, export and inter-array cables for the Hornsea One offshore wind farm.Currently under construction, the site, located 120km off the UK’s Yorkshire coast, is poised to be the

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UKHO Contracts with TCarta

TCarta Marine was contracted by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to provide a baseline dataset of water depths and seafloor classification around the Republic of Kiribati. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island nation is threatened by rising sea levels.TCarta won the open bid for supply of Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB) to the UKHO to extract water depth measurements and seafloor classifications, including habitat types, from multispectral satellite imagery. In this project, TCarta is processing eight-band DigitalGlobe WorldView-2 and -3 data predominantly, as well as four-band

Yohei Sasakawa launches the operational phase of The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 project in Tokyo in February 2018. Photo: GEBCO Seabed 2030

OiA '19 & GEBCO Seabed 2030

spent my entire professional career involved with ocean mapping, the opportunity to now help promote the need, to rally resources and help to get it done, is personally very satisfying.”Following an introduction in which RDML Shepard Smith will provide some background on how NOAA, as a national hydrographic authority, is incorporating Seabed 2030 into its plans and strategies, the floor will then be handed over to six panellists who will each deliver a short presentation elaborating upon various aspects of Seabed 2030, its connection to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and

The 95-meter Hydrographic Survey Vessel is said to be the most complex vessel ever built in South Africa  (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Kongsberg on board South African Navy Survey Vessels

Kongsberg Maritime, through its Cape Town-based business partner Unique Hydra (Pty) Ltd, has been selected to deliver a cutting-edge integrated hydroacoustic and bridge system technology package for The Replacement of the SA Navy Hydrographic Capability Project.Kongsberg technology will be used on a state-of-the-art new Hydrographic Survey Vessel being built by Southern African Shipyards (SAS) in Durban. Due for delivery in 2022, the new 95 meters long, 17.5 meters wide ship is billed as one of the most complex vessels to be built in South Africa and will replace the SAS Protea, which has been in

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AML Equips New Swedish Research Vessel

or extra work,” explained Daniel Bergman Sjostrand, Oceanographic Engineer at SMHI.AML said the contract was secured through its local agent in Spain, Casco Antiguo.MVP systems have been provided to organizations around the world seeking to reduce the technical and financial unpredictability of hydrographic and ocean science surveys. Due to strong demand for the solution, AML has expanded its Nova Scotia operations and relocated to a new customized production facility to accommodate a higher volume of MVP builds

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

improved underwater positioning and through-water communications. The desire is to move toward providing a sustained presence where we can, not only, sense the environment but can affect it and react to it.”Lester has more than 30 years of experience with military, oceanographic, offshore and hydrographic equipment, including a detailed understanding of underwater vehicles and their applications. He oversees Hydroid’s U.S. and international sales and marketing teams, as well as customer service and training. Additionally, he collaborates with other Kongsberg entities to develop growth strategies

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Contemporary UUV Propulsor Design

From the standpoint of vehicle propulsion physics, an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) is little different from your personal ski boat or a tanker. It shares the Vessel-Propulsor-Drive system model, which allows a Propulsor to convert Drive energy into thrust for the purpose of moving a Vessel. The basic principles of thrust equilibrium and motion are common to all three, as are the translation of rotational energy into axial thrust by the central element of the system – the Propulsor.Not shared by different vehicle types are the constraints and design objectives that are unique to each vehicle&r

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

without any vehicle interaction once a mission was launched. One area of early innovation on the surface was the use of internal combustion engines for propulsion. These early ASVs were first inspired by fisheries research, intended as tools to track tagged fish. Eventually the focus shifted to hydrographic survey, which has become one of the most common missions today.ASVs Now  In recent years ASVs have proliferated, especially small systems for shoreside use. In the domain of ocean-going systems there are fewer players. ASV Global, now L3 ASV, pioneered this area, specializing in the development

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3D Mobile Laser Scanner for ABP Humber

ABP Humber continues to increase their technology for Hydrographic surveying in their ports and harbors with the purchase of a new Carlson Merlin Lidar Scanner supplied by Swathe Services.The Merlin is a vessel-based 3D mobile laser scanner system developed specifically for coastal, offshore and inland waterway surveying. ABP Humber intends to use the system for quay wall inspections and surveying offshore structures.The Merlin is designed to integrate with existing hydrographic systems to simultaneously produce an accurate dataset of the environment above the waterline while a Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder

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Proserv Names Erntsen as CTO

Controls technology company Proserv said it has promoted Tore Erntsen to the position of chief technology officer (CTO), Subsea Controls, based at the firm’s Trondheim facility.Prior to taking on his new role, Erntsen  was vice president, engineering and technology, within the subsea team. He joined Proserv in 2012 when the firm took over the subsea controls business of Weatherford and he has been at the forefront of the core commitment to technological innovation, and its application, providing leading edge solutions for global customers.Erntsen  holds an MSc in engineering and ICT

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C-Enduro Delivered to Royal Navy

L3 ASV has announced the successful delivery of a long-endurance autonomous vessel known as the C-Enduro to the Royal Navy. The C-Enduro will be used for military data gathering trials by the Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) program as the Navy seeks to exploit autonomous technology.The 4.8-meter autonomous vessel is equipped with 10 sensors combining scientific and hydrographic survey equipment. The vessel operates using L3 ASV’s proprietary control system, ASView, and is fitted with L3 ASV’s advanced autonomy package, ensuring situational awareness and smart

Teledyne Gavia will formally introduce its new 6000 meter rated AUV --  SeaRaptor --  at Ocean Business 2019 in Southampton in April.

Teledyne Gavia: New SeaRaptor 6000m AUV

Teledyne Gavia will introduce its new 6000 meter rated AUV --  SeaRaptor --  at Ocean Business 2019 in Southampton in April.SeaRaptor AUV incorporates a broad range of Teledyne content including acoustic modems, ascent and descent weight releases, a black box pinger locator, sub-bottom profiler (Teledyne Benthos), multi-beam echosounders, obstacle avoidance multi-beam sonar (Teledyne RESON), Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), Current, Temperature, and Depth sensor (CTD) (Teledyne RD Instruments), and onboard processing software (Teledyne Caris). In addition, the first vehicle delivered also

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CWind Digitizes with CrewSmart

CWind, part of the Global Marine Group (GMG), a provider of topside, splash zone and subsea engineering services to the offshore renewables and utilities market, it has implemented CrewSmart’s management support service across its fleet of 21 crew transfer vessels (CTVs) and team of offshore wind technicians. The cloud-based CrewSmart system provides CWind with control over personnel and fleet administration, optimizing the overall efficiency of the operations team.In a rapidly expanding offshore wind market, as new projects come online globally, vessel demand has spiked, CrewSmart said, with

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Chesapeake Technology Opens East Coast Office

Chesapeake Technology Inc. hired GM Harold Orlinsky and opened an office on the East Coast. The office is located at 396 South Main Street, Cheshire CT 06410. This new base of operations will make it easier to visit key suppliers and customers and to provide sales coverage in more time zones.Orlinsky will be attending trade shows including US Hydro and Ocean Business 2019, and visiting resellers worldwide.Chesapeake Technology, Inc. is a privately held company based in Mountain View CA. SonarWiz software is used by hundreds of clients worldwide. 

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Fjord Orders 10 Hybrid Power Management Systems

Norway-based company Fjord Maritime has ordered 10 hybrid power management systems at Bosch Rexroth for application onboard of fish feed barges.The plug-in systems significantly reduce generator running times, cutting fuel consumption up to 60% and considerably reducing emission rates. Total cost of ownership will run down.- Smart plug-in system provides energy efficient solution for fish feed barges- Up to 80% reduction in diesel generator running times- Reduced fuel consumption and emissions- Diesels generators for new build barge can be downsizedThe containerized power management system features an

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Global Marine Group Buys Stake in Rovco

Marine Group (GMG) to bring intelligent inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) solutions to the global offshore market.GMG, made up of three business units - Global Offshore, CWind and Global Marine - has secured a 13.8% share in the Bristol and Aberdeen based remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and hydrographic services business. The partnership will see both companies work together to deliver a range of subsea solutions aimed at improving data acquisition.Rovco’s latest development, SubSLAM, which replaces visual video inspection with live 3D reconstruction technology, to obtain an accurate picture

Commander Okafor of the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office with John Smart, Senior Geomatics Analyst-Teledyne CARIS, (Photo: Teledyne CARIS)

NNHO Expands Bathymetric Capabilities

Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office establishes new bathymetric capabilities with CARIS softwareThe Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office (NNHO) has selected Teledyne CARIS to provide solutions for both current and future national and international charting requirements. Equipped with CARIS Ping-to-Chart technology, the NNHO is establishing new capabilities for bathymetric analysis, and completion of hydrographic and other geospatial data. These tools will ensure an efficient workflow for the production of electronic charts and paper charts according to both the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)

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Ocean Infinity to Conduct AUV Surveys for Petrobras

U.S. based seabed survey and ocean exploration company Ocean Infinity announced Wednesday that its Brazilian partner has been awarded a contract to provide high-resolution hydrographic mapping services to Brazilian national oil company Petrobras.Working under contract to Brazilian offshore consulting company Cepemais, Ocean Infinity will go to work in the the Campos, Espirito Santo and Santos basins offshore Brazil, mapping an area of 5,000km2 and inspecting 12,000km of pipelines. Work will commence in mid-2019, and the contract duration is for three years.Ocean Infinity will operate a fleet of

Marta Padilla, Software Developer, Teledyne CARIS (Photo: Teledyne CARIS)

Teledyne CARIS’ Padilla Earns National Award for Excellence

Software company Teledyne CARIS announced Tuesday that one of its software developers, Marta Padilla, has been awarded the Ministry of Education in Spain’s prestigious National Award for Excellence in Academic Performance in the field of Engineering and Architecture. This award is one of the oldest academic awards granted, with a history dating back to the 19th century. Recipients of this award are recognized as the overall best student in their field of study in the country.  Padilla completed a BSc in Geomatics and Surveying Engineering at the University of Jaen where she received a

David Millar, Director TechX Program, The Oil & Gas Technology Center

TechX: Pioneering and Accelerating

With just under a month left to apply for this year’s cohort of our technology accelerator program, TechX Pioneers, it’s a great time to celebrate the successes of the class of 2018, as well as look forward to the opportunities ahead.In March last year we whittled down over 125 international applications to just 10 start-ups that met our exacting criteria for enrolling on the first TechX Pioneers program.The 16-week intensive accelerator program, and follow-on 12-month incubator, provides unprecedented access to a host of expert mentors, global partners in the oil and gas industry, unrivaled

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Forum Unveils New eROV

Forum Subsea Technologies' recently launched XLe Spirit is the first observation-class electric remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to utilize Forum’s Integrated Control Engine (ICE) to bring greater functionality commonly only found in larger work-class vehicles.According to the manufacturer, the advanced control electronics pod fitted to all Forum XLe observation class vehicles enables superior connectivity and expansion capabilities. Ethernet interfacing allows for seamless integration with other industry sensors using common IP architecture and ease of remote data transfer.Kevin Taylor

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New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

the Loop Current Campaign: Data Compilation to Improve Understanding, Simulation and Prediction of the Loop Current SystemThis project will design, develop, deploy, and maintain an information system to digitally compile, update, analyze, and make publicly accessible physical oceanographic and hydrographic data from Gulf of Mexico Loop Current field studies. The system will be an important component of future data compilation efforts for a long-term LCS research campaign. Award Amount: $647,813Project Director: Barbara Kirkpatrick (Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association)Projec

Fig. 1: Teledyne RDI ADCP attached to a hydrographic package before lowering to great depths. Credit: J. Lemus (U. Hawaii). https://goo.gl/VfvYn1

Full-Depth Current Profiling Around the Global Ocean

in how deep currents take part in the global climate system. Especially important are the changing heat and CO2 content of the deep ocean.Methods for observing the deep sea below the upper seasonal layer are established. For measuring deep currents, scientists worldwide attach compact ADCPs to hydrographic packages. These packages are routinely lowered to the seabed to catch water samples and to measure water properties.In this report we look at various findings from LADCP work around the global ocean. LADCP measurements were initially looking at deep currents in equatorial regions and in tropical

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3D at Depth Expands

a wealth of experience with a career that spans over 21 years’ in the offshore oil and gas industry. Over this period, he has held onshore and offshore positions with Subsea 7, UTEC Survey, Nautronix and latterly Proserv where he acted as the Survey Operations Manager. His expertise in the hydrographic survey, acoustic positioning, inertial navigation and data processing areas, will support the advancement and commercialization of new technologies to meet client's needs within the region

Marines test the future of oceanic reconnaissance at Marine Corps Base Hawaii using an Iver unmanned underwater vehicle (Marine Corp photo by Sgt. Jesus Sepulveda Torres.) The appearance of U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Note: visual information does not imply or constitute DoD endorsement.

US Marine Corps Awards UUV Contract to L3 OceanServer

focused on supporting the Marine Corps’ total mission profile,” said Daryl Slocum, General Manager, L3 OceanServer. “We have incorporated their direct feedback into two of our vehicle platforms, the Iver3 and Iver4, to build a premier product that supports nearshore and very shallow hydrographic surveys.”The Iver is an open platform and often the vehicle of choice for development programs interested in designing and testing new behaviors to be used across the fleet. Many of the recent Mine Countermeasure (MCM) behaviors and Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) algorithms were originally

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Admiral Tim Lowe to Head UK Hydrographic Office

The UK Hydrographic Office has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE, the current UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive, to the position of Acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.Rear Admiral Lowe will fill the role whilst a permanent replacement is sought for John Humphrey, the current Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the UKHO, who will leave at the end of January 2019.Rear Admiral Lowe said: “I look forward to taking the helm as Acting Chief Executive, whilst we continue to transform the UKHO into a world-leading marine geospatial information

 Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE (Photo: UK Hydrographic Office)

UK Hydrographic Office Taps Lowe as Chief Executive

The U.K. Hydrographic Office has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Tim Lowe CBE, the current U.K. National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive, to the position of Acting Chief Executive and Accounting Officer.  Rear Admiral Lowe will fill the role whilst a permanent replacement is sought for John Humphrey, the current Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the UKHO, who will leave at the end of January 2019.Lowe is a Rear Admiral in the Royal Navy and joined the UKHO as UK National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive in 2015. In his role, he has led a number of key projects for

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Rovco Awarded Funding for 3D Visualization Project

Remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and hydrographic survey company Rovco predicts its integrated technology that utilizes advanced 3D computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) systems with ROV platforms could transform the way offshore inspections are carried out and reduce costs by millions each year.The U.K. based firm, which has been working to advance the technology, has recently been awarded further funding by the U.K.’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to develop the next stage of its integrated live 3D vision and AI survey technology.The funding will support the project's

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Aker Solutions, Siemens Join Forces To Strengthen Digital Offerings

Norway's Aker Solutions has forged an alliance with the German technology giant Siemens to further develop digital offerings in engineering, operations and services.The global engineering company based in Oslo said that the collaboration focuses on the creation of software applications and joint service offerings including the development of industrial digital twins that will drive efficiency throughout the entire plant lifecycle.In addition, the companies will further develop specific offerings for the oil and gas sector based on Siemens' Comos engineering platform. These solutions will help

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Royal Navy Supports Successful Trial of New Micro-Robots

ecoSUB, has been successfully trialed in the North Sea off Orkney during a marine robot demonstrator mission coordinated by the National Oceanography Center (NOC).ecoSUB is a new type of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) developed by Planet Ocean in partnership with the NOC. The vehicles are around 0.5 meters in length and weigh only 4 kg, and are therefore classified as 'micro-AUVs'. Despite their small size, they are capable of diving to 500 m (2500m for ecoSUB-m25) and have sufficient battery power to stay underwater for several hours.Two of the new ecoSUB-µ5-SVP vehicles were

L – R Scott Johnstone (STR), Simon Goldsworthy (Sonardyne) and Jason French (STR) announce the investment at the OSEA 2018 exhibition  (Photo: Sonardyne)

STR Upgrades to Sonardyne's Fusion 2

Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR), a multi-disciplinary technology expert specializing in the design, production, rental and sale of innovative marine survey equipment, has become the first company to invest in Sonardyne International Ltd.’s new Long BaseLine (LBL) and Inertial Navigation System (INS) software, Fusion 2. The announcement was made following Sonardyne’s launch event at OSEA 2018 in Singapore.STR will upgrade its existing 6G hardware to Sonardyne’s new 6 ‘plus’ variants, which, combined with Fusion 2, will make marine survey and offshore construction

Edd Moller presents Fusion 2 on launch day during OSEA 2018 in Singapore (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Unveils Fusion 2

Underwater positioning and navigation specialist Sonardyne International Ltd. has launched a new integrated acoustic and inertial positioning platform for marine survey contractors and offshore construction companies.Available from today, Sonardyne’s Fusion 2 Long BaseLine (LBL) and Inertial Navigation System (INS) software has been written from the ground up to offer a single solution aiming to make field development projects faster and easier. With Fusion 2, the separate software applications, vessel-fit hardware and often complex communication interfaces that have been typically required to

Jamaica Updates Hydrographic Information

Jamaica has begun upon updating hydrographic charts in key maritime developmental areas to improve coastal navigation, marine infrastructure works and other maritime activities, with assistance from the UK Government.United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has conducted hydrographic surveys of Kingston Harbour and its Approaches and Portland Bight as part of the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office initiative – the Commonwealth Marine Economics Programme (CMEP).Welcoming the data, MAJ Director General, Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, who is also chair of Jamaica’s

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Clark Joins Planet Ocean

Surrey based oceanographic and scientific instrumentation manufacturer Planet Ocean Ltd has hired Aaron Clark as the newest member of its sales team. Clark will serve as Technical & Scientific Sales Engineer, based at the firm's Camberley headquarters.Clark graduated from the University of Portsmouth with a B.Sc (Hons) in Marine Biology and is a keen SCUBA diver, qualifying as one of the youngest scuba divers in the U.K. after having been selected for a trial to lower the age for qualification. Subsequently he has gone on to obtain qualifications in advanced open water diving and scientific

Left to right: Paolo Cattaneo, Brett Laurenson and Alex Pretty (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Grows Its Team

Remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and hydrographic survey company Rovco said on Wednesday that it has established a dedicated business development team to support its growth plans as it looks to increase its presence in key international markets.Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco, said, “The expansion of our business development team is in direct response to increased activity across both the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors, and is a key step forward in our ambitious plans to increase our workforce over the next 12 months.Paolo Cattaneo, Brett Laurenson and Alex Pretty collectively

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Artificial Intelligence Aids Subsea Object Detection

A developer of real-time 3D sonar technology and real-time subsea intelligence has launched a new product that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to automatically detect and recognize distinct underwater objects.Coda Octopus announced Tuesday that it is launching the initial product of its AI-based Automatic Object Detection (AOD) software product series, the Survey Engine Automatic Object Detection Package (SEADP), which enables geophysicists to automatically accomplish the previously painstaking and costly task of manually sifting through data to identify, tag and report on boulders within a seabed

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Ridge Hires Sandal as Subsurface Manager

Norwegian offshore consultancy Ridge has appointed Ole Jacob Sandal as subsurface manager, effective November 1, 2018.Sandal 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

STEM Ambassadors Amy Northern and Tamsin Hodge with the UKHO's STEM Inspiration Award. Photo: UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO)

UK Hydrographic Office Wins National STEM Inspiration Award

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has been awarded Highly Commended at the STEM Inspiration Awards, in recognition of their outstanding commitment to encouraging young people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers.According to a press statement, held at the House of Lords on November 1, and attended by guests across industry, education and government, the STEM Inspiration Awards, organised by STEM Learning, celebrated the work of individuals and organisations in inspiring young people into STEM careers. Finalists in the large employer category included Nissan, Just Eat, Legrand

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Ocean Infinity Orders Five HUGIN AUVs

Hydrographic and geophysical survey company Ocean Infinity has placed three separate orders for a total of five Kongsberg Maritime HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Systems, increasing its inventory to 15.Kongsberg Maritime said the AUVs are supplied with its latest generation HISAS 1032 synthetic aperture sonar, giving Ocean Infinity a total of six HUGINs with the ability to deliver high resolution imaging in its fleet.HISAS generates high resolution range independent imagery and full swath bathymetry. Coupled with the other sensors on board, the HUGIN AUVs produce a data set including HISAS

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Next-Gen Autonomous Survey Vessels

to create the next generation of autonomous vessels for the commercial survey market.The partnership brings together the expertise of both companies for the joint development of a variety of fit-for-purpose unmanned surface vessels (USVs). Delivery of the first USV, designed for medium- to large-scale hydrographic survey applications, is scheduled for Q2 2019.“We believe that over time a significant portion of our marine business can be optimized through the use of autonomous and remote technology, and we are very excited that we have reached an agreement with L3 ASV,” said Wim Herijgers, Director

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

measurement techniques. In total, the meeting identified numerous sources of new bathymetric data. The combined area of these contributions in terms of square kilometers will be announced later this year.Organizations presenting 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

RBR Opens Office in China

Oceanographic instrumentation manufacturer RBR announced it has opened RBR China in Qingdao. The wholly-owned foreign enterprise under the direction of RBR Ltd. (Canada) will support the growing customer base and collaborative business development activities in China, the company said.“The market in China is huge and the local innovation in ocean science research, operational oceanography, deep sea studies and autonomous vehicle development is tremendous. RBR’s continued investment in China will help enable more innovative projects in China and allow RBR to share these experiences and

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Olis Robotics Hires Levedahl

Remote robotics software developer Olis Robotics announed it has hired of Dr. Blaine Levedahl to lead the company's U.S. Government programs.Don Pickering, CEO of Olis Robotics, said, “Dr. Levedahl’s depth of knowledge and experience leading robotics programs in both government and industry as well as his expertise in research and system development, is a perfect fit for us as we build out our team.”With a focus in conducting and managing both fundamental research and end-to-end system development, Levedahl leverages a diverse range of engineering experiences to identify problems

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The 'Digital Twin' Evolution for Offshore Wind

Testing, inspection and certification services provider Bureau Veritas said it has partnered with Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in an effort to jointly develop a Veristar AIM 3D “Digital Twin” of ORE Catapult’s 7MW Levenmouth Offshore Wind Demonstration Turbine in Fife, Scotland.So-called Digital Twins can improve the operations and maintenance of offshore wind farms by combining real-world turbine operating data with numerical modelling to improve understanding and enable a risk-based approach to maintenance activities, thereby reducing unplanned activities, improving

Teledyne CARIS to Adopt New Licensing Technology

Teledyne CARIS announced it will be moving to new software licensing technology. Clients will first see this implemented in conjunction with the upcoming release of Bathy DataBASE 5.2, with integration into other CARIS applications scheduled for the coming months.With this new licensing technology, Teledyne CARIS is responding to changing market requirements and customers wishes as well as preparing for new options for future software deployment, the company said.According to Teledyne CARIS, key benefits of this new technology include:Convenient and easy softkey activationThe elimination of physical

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Rovco Buys a Falcon DR ROV

U.K. subsea services company Rovco said it has expanded its remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and hydrographic survey capabilities with the addition of an electric Saab Seaeye Falcon DR ROV to its fleet.The 1,000-meter depth rated, long-range Falcon DR will enhance Rovco’s ability to deliver intricate and demanding missions that require a variety of high bandwidth sensors, either at depth or over long distances, the company said.The Falcon DR marks a £200,000 investment for the firm and is part of its expansion program. As well as its commercial use, it will support Rovco’s

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L3 ASV to Conduct UK Autonomous Navigation Study

L3 ASV has announced that it has received U.K. government funding for a pioneering project on autonomous navigation of maritime vessels. The company will conduct a study with its partners in the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), focusing on the future of marine navigational data and charts. The project is funded by the Department for Transport’s Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) and aims to promote early-stage science, engineering or technology innovations with the potential to advance the U.K.’s transport system.

Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) can be used to provide an accurate simulation of the response of complex offshore floating structures under realistic sea states, including extreme weather conditions. (Image: HR Wallingford)

New Tools Optimize the Design of Floating Renewable Energy Devices

New research at HR Wallingford in collaboration with the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) in the U.S., has developed a toolkit that can be used to optimize the design of floating offshore renewable energy devices, by accurately simulating the response of these floating structures under realistic sea states.A variety of concepts for floating offshore renewable energy devices is under development around the world, and each one presents its own challenges. This is not only due to the marine environments in which the devices may be placed, where they will frequently be exposed to significant wave

JFS’s twin grab offshore equipment on back deck (Photo: James Fisher and Sons plc)

James Fisher Continues Growth in Middle East

James Fisher and Sons plc reported further expansion of its operations in the Middle East, including the recent completion of cable and pipeline trenching projects and new construction and decommissioning activities going live across the region.With decommissioning and subsea trenching projects recently completed, James Fisher said it has moved onto five construction and decommissioning projects currently underway, including cable installation, survey and diving operations and the cutting and removal of subsea infrastructure in the Gulf of Arabia. A heavy duty 500t linear winch is also on route to the

Baía Farta (Photo: Damen)

Angola’s New Fishery Research Vessel Delivered

government and it currently employs over 100,000 people in both commercial and artisanal fishing.The Baía Farta, a Damen FRV 7417 type vessel ordered in July 2016 and officially launched in November 2017, is equipped for the full range of fisheries research and assessment activities including hydrographic operations, acoustics research, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towage operations, the shipbuilder said.The Baía Farta has been built to Silent-A/F/R Class notation standards. To maximize her effectiveness

MSS Defender at the surface in a pond in Spring City, inspecting a submerged ship for training (Photo: Nortek)

Collaborators Make ROVs Smaller and More User-friendly

Putting together a highly specified remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) is a complex business, often requiring fluid integration of components and software from several different manufacturers. Getting it all to work together takes a high level of collaboration between professionals, located around the world.The Defender models now being produced by Pennsylvania-based VideoRay, a world leader in inspection-class ROVs, are a prime example.For these vehicles, Norwegian Doppler specialist Nortek deployed its DVL1000 Doppler Velocity Log in collaboration with both VideoRay and Vermont’s

CARIS Onboard can be used to process and monitor survey data from multiple platforms (Image: Teledyne CARIS)

Teledyne CARIS to Present at Hydro 18

of experts and learn how to keep pace with the volumes of data generated by modern survey operations, ensure it is of suitable quality, and turn it into more information products to support our oceans. Space is limited in this information session, so register early to ensure your seat.‘Advancing Hydrographic Data Processing through Machine Learning’ on October 30, 5:30 p.m. presented by Burns Foster, Manager of New Product Initiatives, Teledyne CARIS. Attendees will learn how this newly assembled machine-learning algorithm is being used to automatically identify and classify common types of

(L-R) Chelsea’s Brian Phillips and John Ramsden, Sonardyne.  (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Acquires Chelsea Technologies Group

The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.“Chelsea, like Sonardyne, is a U.K.-based, privately-owned, technology driven company with a deep understanding in software and sensor development,” said Sonardyne Managing Director John Ramsden. “They have strong footholds in shipping, hydrographic and ocean science markets, which complement our capabilities. In addition, Chelsea operates in the water environmental, process control and defense markets. We believe there are exciting opportunities for us in these sectors, which will be part of our future growth.”“We will remain

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20’ WAM-V Delivered to XPrize Finalist TeamTao

container for shipment,” said MAR representative Kurt di Sessa. “We’re proud that we were able to design, prototype, test, and deliver that solution on schedule to support their XPrize bid.”Marine Advanced Research is planning a production run of 20’ WAM-Vs configured for hydrographic survey and oceanography, starting in 2019. The WAM-V is an innovative class of watercraft from 8’ to 150’ that can be tasked with port surveillance and security, UAV & UUV deployment and retrieval, MCM (Mine Countermeasures), nodal communications, benthic operations survey, maritime

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