Hydrographic Software News

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Subsea Europe, Cyprus Subsea Partner Up

.Sören Themann, CEO, Subsea Europe said, “Adding Cyprus Subsea to our team of trusted partners brings a new dimension to our activity. While extending our geographical reach is in line with our next day delivery goals, the capability to characterize oceanographic processes in and around hydrographic survey sites will give our clients a more complete picture of their study regions and how they are changing.”Cyprus Subsea Managing Director, Dr. Daniel Hayes, added, “We recently decided to invest in increasing capacity for seafloor surveying and recognized that the complexity of

DVocean is an 8-meter-long, 2.65-meter-wide survey boat. (Photo: HafenCity University)

Subsea Europe Services Supports Hydrographer Training in Hamburg

Donation of multibeam technology and support strengthens hydrographic research capabilities of university’s new dedicated survey vesselMarine survey technology specialist Subsea Europe Services GmbH has pledged to support HafenCity University in training a new generation of expert marine hydrographers by ensuring availability of the latest hydroacoustic technology aboard the new survey boat DVocean.Based in Hamburg, HafenCity University is the only facility in Germany certified to the highest standards of training for marine surveyors. Its hydrography program was modernized in 2016 and subsequentl

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VIDEO Interview: Subsea Europe Services: Driving the ‘Survey System-as-a-Service’ Business Model

to make it possible for every organization to collect and evaluate marine data professionally. During our first year in business we made a significant investment in the rental pool. We currently have more than 10 systems up to date. We've developed and also successfully implemented the integrated Hydrographic Survey System concept. And we've grown our field support capabilities so we have a total of five people, which I think is a great achievement under the COVID-19 dominated world.I know everything today is viewed through a COVID-19 lens, and we will be getting back to that later, but when you

The winner of UCLs NORBIT prize this year is James Gibbons. Photo courtesy Norbit/UCL

Gibbons Wins UCL's NORBIT Prize

This year, NORBIT UK chose to sponsor an academic prize for a high achieving student at UCL (www.ucl.ac.uk). The academic staff of the Geospatial Science and Hydrographic Surveying course agreed that the NORBIT prize should be awarded to the top student during teachings to have graduated in 2020.The winner this year is James Gibbons, who has a background in Earth Science and an active interest in structural, physical and chemical properties of the subsurface. The Geospatial Science and Hydrographic Surveying course expanded his knowledge of these disciplines while also allowing him to “gain

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Wintershall Noordzee Deploys Wärtsilä Software to Boost Offshore Safety

Dutch offshore oil and gas operator Wintershall Nordzee has recently seen Wärtsilä's Navi-Harbour WebVTS 5.0 software application for its platform in the Dutch North Sea.The software features an early warning system to avoid allisions between the offshore platforms and vessels in their vicinity. It works by providing remote access to Automatic Identification System (AIS) or Vessel traffic Service (VTS) data sources to maintain constant and full situational awareness, using a standard internet browser. "The WebVTS decision support tools effectively mitigate potential marine

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NUWC Division Newport Names Chhim Director of Cybersecurity for Undersea Warfare

Rebecca Chhim has been promoted to director of cybersecurity for Undersea Warfare (USW) Combat System Integration for Submarines and USW Systems at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport, effective December 20.As a senior scientist and technical manager with 20 years' experience working in cybersecurity, Chhim will provide continuity of technical leadership and oversight to ensure long-term stewardship of Division Newport’s technical capabilities, focusing on Cyber Undersea Warfare Engineering Thrust.“I’ll be shifting back to the tactical world, working with

TechnipFMC is working with a consortium on subsea hydrogen production and storage technology Deep Purple. Image from TechnipFMC.

What's In Store for 2021? More Remote, More Data, More Autonomy

will be of use in the offshore wind industry for blade inspection – but also bigger and more capable ROVs, including work class, for inspection, repair and maintenance and even geotechnical work, says Karl Daly, director, IRM services Europe, at Fugro, speaking at the recent joint IMCA, SUT, Hydrographic Society in Scotland seminar. Instead of contracting a DP vessel, operators will be contracting for delivery of data, he says.While initially there will have to be a human in the loop for all operations, from the growing number of remote operations centers popping up, the future will move to one

Karnveer Gill joins the Greensea team.

Greensea Continues to Grow, Gill Joins Team

Sunnyvale, CA Native Karnveer Gill is Passionate about Algorithm Design and New Technology DevelopmentGreensea, creator of OPENSEA, the open architecture robotics platform for the marine industry, has hired Karnveer Gill, Junior Robotics Engineer, to help advance OPENSEA’s software tools and applications. Karnveer received his electrical engineering Bachelor of Science degree from San Francisco State University where he worked as a mechatronics teaching assistant as well as a research assistant in the Control for Automation and Rehabilitation Robotics Lab.Gill cited Greensea’s drive to

Proserv, Intelligent Plant Ink Deal Aiming to Drive Digital Evolution

Proserv Controls signed a strategic alliance with software engineering firm Intelligent Plant, a deal aimed to deliver advanced control systems and data analysis to provide operators with digital solutions tailored to their needs and feedback. The announcement follows a broader industry trend toward leveraging true digitalization to help rationalize efficiencies in the offshore industry. Ultimately the tie-up with Proserv and Intelligent plan will integrate improved visibility of system information, and key metrics, enabling more effective monitoring of core equipment and a the ability to predict

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PD Ports chooses NORBIT Multibeam Tech

NORBIT Subsea will supply an Integrated Wideband Multibeam System (iWBMS) to PD Ports. With NORBIT iWBMS and integrated iLiDAR capability, PD Ports will be outfitted for fast, efficient hydrographic, engineering and dredging surveys."After a comprehensive tender evaluation process, we are delighted that the experienced team at PD Ports chose the leading NORBIT equipment and support services, " said John Fraser, NORBIT. "PD Ports has been using multibeam systems for many years and, following the recent NORBIT commissioning on the Tees Sentinel vessel, we are delighted to now offer the

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BV Classes High-tech Research Vessel Jákup Sverri

54 meters in length, Jákup Sverri, which will conduct work for the Faroe Marine Research Institute, is packed with the latest specialized and highly automated equipment for oceanographic and fishing research activities, including pelagic and bottom trawling, underwater acoustic research, hydrographic, seismic, ROV operations, and plankton and bottom sampling.To support its wide-ranging operational profile the vessel – which features four scientific laboratories – has also been equipped with a dynamic positioning (DP) system and is outfitted for operation in ice and cold climates

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EvoLogics Launches a Fully integrated USBL Buoy

EvoLogics debut a new USBL buoy, a fully integrated solution based on the company’s S2C USBL devices.The buoy comprises a USBL transceiver with a built-in battery, mounted to a floating unit with an on-board PC, GNSS receiver with dual antennas, and a Wi-Fi access point.The design concept of the system derives from fishing floats that remain highly stable even in rough seas thanks to their long stems and minimal cross-section near the surface.This allows the elongated buoy to remain stable in harsh conditions, and when deployed close to a vessel hull or pier walls, where the waves are taller.

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Send in the Drones: First aerial drone-dipping sensors take off with Valeport

A new system for autonomous airborne hydrographic survey has been launched by THURN Group. The THURN QuickDip system of data collection uses aerial drones to carry Valeport sensors on pre-planned survey routes to deliver an efficient and repeatable method of gathering survey data from inaccessible or dangerous waters.THURN Group developed the innovative QuickDip technology for inland and coastal water-ways to offer a range of benefits including: rapid data collection from multiple sites of interest, repeat-able map-based surveys to monitor change detection, the ability to safely collect data from

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Paramount Launches another Boat for S. African Navy

Paramount Maritime launched its second of three next-generation Survey Motor Boats (SMBs) for the South African Navy in a move that will enhance the capabilities and infrastructure of the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO). This follows the launch of the first Survey Motor Boat to the South African Navy in August 2020.Veecraft Marine, a subsidiary of Paramount Maritime, had been tasked with the design and manufacture of the three Survey Motor Boats, all of which having taken place in their shipyard in Cape Town, South Africa.In addition to the three Survey Motor Boats to be delivered to

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Teledyne CARIS receives Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Award

Teledyne CARIS announced significant funding from Canada’s Ocean Supercluster award to develop software for remote operations survey processing. .Teledyne CARIS’ project aims at three targeted deliverables:The enhancement of its desktop-based product line to leverage the cloud to deliver consistent access for global users in every possible circumstanceSupport for remote mapping operations to underpin advancements in ocean roboticsInfusing its passion for future ocean mappers with access to virtual training through the CARIS Cloud Platform. The company has partnered with Ocean Floor

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OSIL, URI Collaborate on Research Project

The University of Rhode Island (URI) had a recent requirement for two oceanographic buoy systems and land-based deck unit for ongoing oceanographic research under the Rhode Island Consortium for Coastal Ecology Assessment Innovation & Modeling (RI-CAIM), a five-year grant program funded by the National Science Foundation (Award #OIA-1655221). Researchers have requested systems that can use a new array of sensors and equipment, called the integrated Bay Observatory, that has already been acquired by URI through RI C-AIM.  The data from this platform will be sent back to a computer system

Valeport Promotes Frankland

Valeport promoted Guy Frankland to Head of Marketing, as it targets market leadership in the environmental sensors sector.  The internal appointment of Frankland, former marketing manager, marks the latest step in the strategic growth plans for Valeport, a leading oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrument manufacturer.With more than 20 years’ experience in strategy, brand and digital marketing, Franklandjoined Valeport in 2018 and has been responsible for overseeing a comprehensive refresh of the brand that has served the subsea sector for more than 50 years, supporting Valeport&

iHSS-Compact is delivered in a single, ‘person-portable’ Pelican case for fast deployment and streamlined set up. Photo: Subsea Europe Services

SUBSEA TECH: Compact Hydrographic System for Shallow-Water ‘Gap-Filler’ Surveys

Subsea Europe Services GmbH has introduced a new compact version of its unique integrated Hydrographic Survey System (iHSS). Dubbed iHSS-Compact, it is designed to meet demand for shallow-water ‘gap-filler’ marine surveys and simplifies the acquisition of commercial grade marine data for users of any experience.iHSS-Compact is designed to provide a low-cost, turnkey marine survey package for deployment on almost any vessel. The system is delivered in a single, ‘person-portable’ Pelican case for fast deployment and streamlined set up.iHSS-Compact can be pre-configured and

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SeaRobotics Launches Utility Class ASV

;the option of modular upgradeable expansion to multi-ASV deployments,” Dennis said.One of the first confirmed contract awards is from CSA Ocean Sciences, a U.S.-based marine environmental consultancy firm that already uses a number of other SRC ASV models on large-scale environmental, hydrographic and geospatial survey projects.Speaking of the order, CSA CEO, Kevin Peterson, said, “We are excited about the addition of the SR-Utility 3.0 to our existing fleet of SR-Surveyor M1.8s and the benefits that this breakthrough technology offers to our customers. Having a highly reliable and

Rhonda Reidy preparing the AZFP for prey mapping just moments after tagging a whale. (photo credit: Jessica Qualley).

Reidy Awarded NSERC Grant in Partnership with ASL to Measure Baleen Whale Prey in BC

The University of Victoria Ph.D. candidate Rhonda Reidy has recently received funding for her project “Modifying an Acoustic Zooplankton and Fish Profiler for quantitative spatial sampling of baleen whale prey in British Columbia”, co-supervised by Dr. Laura Cowen and Dr. Stephane Gauthier. This funding comes from an NSERC Alliance grant awarded to Laura Cowen. Reidy studies baleen whale foraging dynamics. North Pacific humpback whales, in particular, are increasing in abundance and, in BC, are increasingly struck by vessels and entangled in fishing gear. New tools are required to observe

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Rovco, CWind Wrap First Phase of East Anglia ONE Subsea Inspection Works

Rovco, a UK-based provider of ROV and hydrographic services has completed the first stage of its long-term contract awarded by CWind for its annual subsea balance of plant (BOP) and cable inspection works at East Anglia ONE offshore windfarm in the UK. The East Anglia ONE offshore wind farm, with the capacity to produce 714MW of electricity, first delivered power to the UK grid in early September 2019. All 102 turbines are now installed and the wind farm was fully commissioned in July 2020CWind, part of the Global Marine Group, was awarded a multi-year framework from ScottishPower Renewables and

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Partners Team Up to Develop Utility Class ASV

CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) and SeaRobotics Corp. (SRC), both based in Stuart, Fla., are working together to jointly develop the next generation utility class autonomous surface vessel (ASV).Based on the fully integrated SR-Surveyor M1.8 ASV, introduced by SRC in 2019, the new utility class ASV will deploy the same fully integrated control, survey, and autonomy systems, providing the market with a fully compatible line of ASVs that are capable of addressing a wide range of tasks – from 1.8 m inshore/nearshore vessels to over 12 m ocean going vessels.The SR-Utility 3.0 and SR-Surveyor M1.

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RV OceanXplorer Rebuild Completed by Damen

hangar was added to the superstructure as well as extensions on both sides of the accommodation decks to house new cabins over the (increased) full beam of the vessel. Following the structural part, the work included overseeing the complete integration of all ship’s systems including specialist hydrographic and laboratory systems and an innovative IT infrastructure to facilitate the combination of state-of-the-art research facilities with the on board Hollywood standard cinematography and media studios.The ship is unique in its combining of up-to-the-minute research facilities – courtesy of

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Fugro to Deploy Latest RAMMS Tech to Map Lake Huron

Fugro is mobilizing its Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS) to Ontario, Canada, to acquire 3,147 square kilometers of high-resolution bathymetry data over Lake Huron for the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS).The survey is expected to last six months from data collection to data delivery and will support the agency’s ongoing nautical charting updates in the country’s Great Lakes region.Fugro has used RAMMS throughout North America, the Caribbean and Europe since launching the next-generation airborne lidar system in 2018. In addition to nautical charting, RAMMS has supported

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Vestdavit Wins NOAA Marine Davit Deal

to provide service, support and spares for the variety of marine davits it has supplied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).NOAA operates a fleet of research and survey vessels that conduct a wide variety of missions, including oceanographic research, marine life studies and hydrographic surveys. Davits are needed to handle RHIBS of different sizes and 30ft Hydrographic Survey Launches, depending on the NOAA mission.The all-embracing five-year contract is valued at up to US$2.5 million and aligns with U.S. Department of Commerce requirements. It covers 20 davits delivered to multiple

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Ultrabeam, USS team up to deliver Autonomous Pipeline Survey

Ultrabeam Hydrographic teamed up with Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) to conduct a pair of subsea gas pipeline inspection surveys in Northern Ireland.   Both companies are based in the UK and offer unmanned platforms as an alternative to traditional manned survey vessels.  The contract was awarded by Mutual Energy, which wanted experience on how unmanned autonomous platforms can increase the knowledge of their pipelines while reducing risk and overall cost."Mutual Energy contracted with Ultrabeam Hydrographic in August 2020 to perform inspection surveys of our Larne and Belfast

Schematic view of a controlled source electromagnetic (CSEM) survey. A horizontal electric dipole (HED) is towed above receivers that are deployed on the seafloor. The HED emits a continuous EM signal which is recorded by the receivers (For illustration; Credit: EMGS)

Offshore Surveyors OFG, EMGS Enter CSEM Tech Pact

Canadian offshore survey firm Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG) and its Norwegian counterpart Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA (EMGS) have signed a cooperation agreement.Under the agreement, the two offshore surveyors have agreed to work together on various projects to promote the use of marine controlled-source electromagnetic (CSEM) technology."The agreement places specific emphasis on exploiting the obvious synergies between the state-of-the-art towed-streamer CSEM system from FG (under its exclusive right to acquire the PGS EM technology) and the industry-leading sea-bottom CSEM/MT nodal system

According to Bentley, the solution spans project conception in the early phase design through to handover. (Photo: Image courtesy of Shell Deepwater)

Shell Deepwater Picks Bentley Systems' Digital Twin Solutions

Shell’s Deepwater business has selected Bentley Systems' digital twin solutions to streamline its capital projects process and accelerate time to first oil.Bentley Systems said that Shell, with a plan to deliver several subsea tie-back projects over the next 10 years, has recognized an opportunity to accelerate capital project delivery and cut project delivery time by implementing an integrated digital project & engineering environment."The solution spans project conception in the early phase design through to handover," Bentley Systems said.GT Ju, General Manager Gulf of

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Houston Mechatronics Leverages Greensea's OPENSEA

Greensea says its universal open software architecture OPENSEA was put to work as a development platform for Houston Mechatronics in the early development phases of its shape-shifting Aquanaut underwater vehicle.HMI's Aquanaut is a multipurpose subsea robot which employs a patented shape-shifting transformation from an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to a tetherless remotely operated vehicle (ROV), removing the need for large vessels and umbilicals. The vehicle's two distinct operating modes enable both the efficient collection of data as well as the remote operation of maintenance and

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PLA, USS Support University College London Course

The Port of London (PLA) Hydrographic department teamed up with Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) to provide educational support to University College London’s (UCL) IHO CAT A course in Hydro-graphic Surveying.The PLA have supported the University by providing lectures in current Hydrographic techniques and equipment as well as supporting their student field projects.  However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the final element of this year’s support had to be conducted virtually.  The PLA, in conjunction with the USS and UCL, devised a two-week schedule which incorporated a combination

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The Case for 3D Printing Downhole Tools

Advanced design software supports growth of additive manufacturing applications in the oil and gas industryAdditive manufacturing (AM, aka 3D printing) is beginning to impact product-development strategies in the oil and gas industry just as it already has in many other industries—by shifting the production paradigm in unexpected ways.Particularly in the case of downhole tools, overall tool size is compatible with the range of part dimensions that today’s AM systems are capable of manufacturing. Consider a common piece of equipment on any oil and gas rig: the tricone drill bit. Required to

A yellow underwater robot (left) finds its way to a mobile docking station to recharge and upload data before continuing a task. (Purdue University photo/Jared Pike)

VIDEO: Purdue Working on Mobile Docking Station for AUVs

Subsea robots can be great for environmental studies and search-and-rescue missions and, but eventually, they must return to a base to recharge their batteries and upload their data, which is a challenge if your robot is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) exploring deep ocean waters.However, a Purdue University team has created a mobile docking system for AUVs, enabling them to perform longer tasks without the need for human intervention.“My research focuses on the persistent operation of robots in challenging environments,” said Nina Mahmoudian, an associate professor of mechanical

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Hydramec's LARS for Fugro's Uncrewed Surface Vessels

Offshore surveyor Fugro has ordered a Hydramec launch and recovery system for its new uncrewed surface vessels recently ordered from Sea-Kit.Fugro, based in the Netherlands, in August ordered two 12-meter SEA-KIT X class uncrewed surface vessels (USVs), with one bound for their Asia-Pacific region and the other for North Sea operations.The first of the 12-meter SEA-KIT X class USVs is expected to be delivered to Fugro in Perth, Australia, in the fourth quarter of 2020 and will feature remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) launch-and-recovery systems and station-keeping

Ocean Startup Challenge Awards 14 Companies $25K Each

The first-ever Ocean Startup Challenge has awarded 14 startup companies with $25,000 each to help the companies advance their technologies and increase market adoption. They will also receive industry support, including coaching from an Executive in Residence. The companies were among 31 shortlisted to attend online bootcamps, receive one-on-one coaching and pitch to the Ocean Startup Challenge final judging panel last week.  Organizers had planned to announce 10 winners of the 2020 Ocean Startup Challenge, but the caliber of the startups led the judges to extend that pool to 14 winners. While

UC San Diego mechanical engineering major Raymond Young works on a team project, sponsored by Boeing, for the class Hacking for the Oceans. His team is developing a software suite of autonomous unmanned surface vehicle behaviors that could help scientists monitor the environment for harmful algal blooms. Image Courtesy UC San Diego

Hacking 4 Environment: Oceans - Creating Entrepreneurs from Scientists and Students

The University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) recently completed a first-of-its-kind course that had student teams working to develop creative solutions to complex challenges facing our oceans – and the results are a reminder of the value in trying new approaches.In the 10-week classes, held over spring quarter, 50 students grouped into teams of four used agile entrepreneurial approaches (Lean Startup method and Problem Curation techniques) to address an ocean-related problem that could use a new solution.Student teams experienced what it is

Kongsberg Maritime’s HUGIN AUV is a powerful tool for deep-water hydrographic surveys. Photo: Kongsberg

Four HUGIN AUVs for the Indian Navy

vessels currently in build for the Indian Navy. GRSE Chairman and Managing Director Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Vipin Saxena said: “We are pleased and look forward to making use of the HUGIN AUVs from KONGSBERG, which will augment the Indian Navy’s capabilities for coastal and deep-water hydrographic surveys to aid maritime operations, and will act as a force multiplier.”The AUVs will be supplied with containers and launch and recovery systems, plus training and support

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Valeport onboard Mayflower Autonomous Ship project

are immensely proud that our instruments are involved in the project,” said Kevin Edwards, Valeport’s Head of Sales.Valeport has supplied the subsea sector for more than 50 years and continues to innovate and lead the way in the design and manufacture of precision instrumentation for the hydrographic and oceanographic communities.https://www.marinetechnologynews.com/news/solar-powered-autonomous-mayflower-604843Photo Courtesy: Mayflower Autonomous Ship project/Valepor

Scientists Arjuna Balasuriya (bottom right) and Camille Monnier (top right) along with staff from Teledyne Marine wait after deploying AutoTRap Onboard™ for an ANTX mine hunting test. Source: Teledyne

AUV Case Study: Marine Roboticists are Turning AUV Sight into Perception

In 2018, marine robotics scientist Arjuna Balasuriya was at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) in Newport, Rhode Island, testing new software for an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). In the past, his AUV research had meant long ocean cruises in rough choppy waters, but for the moment, he was analyzing his algorithms from a comfortable dry seat on land.Balasuriya and his team from Charles River Analytics were developing an app for the AUVs made by Teledyne Gavia, which could navigate on their own in the oceans to take sonar surveys of the seafloor. But to be truly autonomous, they needed

Next-Gen AI Capability for Teledyne Gavia AUVs

Teledyne Gavia introduced Charles River Analytics’ AutoTRap Onboard AI-based object detection software as a new capability onboard its Gavia marine vehicles. AI has emerged as a solution for delivering consistent and accurate results for underwater vehicles, led by developments such as AutoTRap Onboard, designed to be a smart, real-time automated target recognition (ATR) app offered from Charles River Analytics.The new partnership with Teledyne Gavia expands the boundaries for underwater unmanned sonar operation. Now, operators can acquire Teledyne Gavia’s unmanned underwater vehicles

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Valeport launches new sensors for subsea survey

Valeport launched two new sensors for ROVs/AUVs and subsea survey.The new miniIPS2 and new uvSVX, which both offer operationally specific interchangeable pressure transducers that deliver enhanced accuracy for specific depth ranges. These field-swappable sensor heads make it easy for users to select the correct pressure range for their work and offer increased accuracy at any depth, alongside streamlining benefits to users who previously required different instruments for shallow and deep water. The smart miniIPS2 underwater pressure sensor has an accuracy to 0.01%. Key to the design is the

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship is scheduled to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 2021. (Photo: IBM)

AI- and Solar-powered Autonomous Ship Mayflower Launched

A new Mayflower has been launched in Plymouth, 400 years after its historic namesake set sail from southwest England to America.The new vessel won't be carrying pilgrim settlers across the Atlantic. In fact, it won't hold any crew or passengers at all. The sleek AI- and solar-powered trimaran is autonomy level five, meaning it can operate independently with no human intervention. Next year, it will embark on the famous ocean voyage from Plymouth, England to Plymouth, Mass. completely autonomously, gathering vital environmental data.Two years of design, construction and AI model training has

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Underwater Vehicle Propulsion Tech: Tail Shape and Vehicle-Propulsor Performance

Successful underwater vehicle (UV) performance is all about a properly functioning system. The components of a UV’s Vehicle-Propulsor-Drive system are not individual performers. They must be in harmony.Often overlooked during system design is the relationship between the propeller and the vehicle body, particularly how the water reaches the propeller and – and perhaps even more importantly – how the local pressures between the vehicle and propeller can affect development of useful thrust. This article is intended to give UV vehicle designers and builders a little insight into this

The Terradepth leapfrog concept. Graphic from Terradepth.

Charting Terradepth's Big Ambitions in the Unmanned Vehicle Space

wants to bring a new multi-AUV mapping concept to market. Crucially, it’s one that doesn’t rely on surface vessels. Terradepth is also looking to change the model around how underwater data is owned and sold.The company, based in Austin, Texas, doesn’t come from a subsea or even hydrographic background. It was formed by two former US Navy SEALS, CEO Joe Wolfel and President Judson Kauffman, with a mission to increase seafloor mapping rates economically and to create a business based on the data it gathers.Terradepth CEO Joe Wolfel.An ocean data challengeTheir focus came from personal

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Teledyne CARIS AI Software Used in Uncrewed Offshore Survey

Teledyne CARIS, a Teledyne Technologies company, said it was an integral part of the team involved in a recent uncrewed offshore survey mission in the Atlantic Ocean. Teledyne CARIS’ Mira AI and CARIS Onboard software were present on the vessel to enable autonomous survey and real-time processing operations.The mission’s uncrewed surface vehicle (USV) built by SEA-KIT mapped over 1,000 square kilometers of the ocean floor in 22 days, while being continuously monitored via satellite communications at its Remote Operations Center in Essex, U.K. A specialized team comprised of the GEBCO-Nippon

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SRO Solutions Upgrades IBM Maximo for FPSO Player MODEC

UK-based tech company SRO Solutions has recently completed what it says is a "major digitization project" for the Japanese FPSO provider MODEC in Ghana where the company has two FPSOs deployed."The project, part of a series of high value digitization upgrades SRO has completed for the business since 2018, has resulted in a more efficient and accurate inventory for MODEC in Ghana streamlining its onshore headquarters in Accra with its vessels the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah (KNK) in the Jubilee Oil Field, and FPSO Professor John Evans Atta Mills (JAM) in the Tano Ennyera Ntomme (TEN) Oil Field

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Optimizing Aquaculture with Sonar

As Bubba Blue says in the movie Forest Gump there are an endless number of ways to prepare shrimp, which is probably why shrimp are one of the most consumed seafoods in the world.Traditional methods of wild-capture fishing cannot possibly satisfy the ever-increasing demand. Aquaculture, or the practice of farming marine life, has increased to meet this demand and now accounts for over half of all shrimp production. However, the shrimp aquaculture industry operates with little understanding of how much shrimp is in a pond. Farmers must take a “best guess” approach that ultimately results in

PGS towed CSEM streamer. Image courtesy of PGS.

Canada's OFG Acquires PGS' Towed Streamer CSEM System

PGS, Norway-based oil and gas seismic data specialist, has signed a deal with Ocean Floor Geophysics, (OFG) under which OFG has acquired the exclusive rights to use the hardware, software and intellectual property associated with the PGS towed streamer CSEM (controlled source electromagnetic) system, in exchange for shares in OFG."The towed-streamer CSEM technology developed by PGS is a state-of-the-art system that allows for the acquisition of high-quality marine CSEM data in a fast and efficient manner. The system complements existing CSEM technology to permit a broad operating envelope,"

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Curtin Joins Acteon as TerraSond Managing Director

into an agile, multidisciplinary, client-focused survey company. Thomas is stepping back from his role as managing director but will continue as a consultant and to assist Bill during the transition to his new role.”TerraSond’s recent milestones include winning a seventh consecutive hydrographic surveying contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) worth up to $250 million over five years across all contractors; providing site investigation work for offshore wind projects; and pioneering the use of automatous survey vessels. With other Acteon companies, TerraSond

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Equinor Taps into DUG's Tech for Seismic Processing

Norwegian energy giant Equinor has signed a multi-year deal with supercomputer group DUG Technology, covering seismic processing and imaging technology.Under the agreement, DUG says, Equinor will replace existing third-party technology with an integrated solution using DUG McCloud, a platform that allows clients to mix and match DUG's high-performance computing as a service (HPCaaS), seismic processing and imaging (P&I) services, and the DUG Insight geoscience software.DUG McCloud includes disk storage and an online archive facility that allows web-based data visualization.  DUG Managing

USS Delivers Unmanned Surface Vessel to Tetra Tech

something small, portable, and customizable to our requirements all in a short delivery timeframe. This USV has a stable catamaran configuration and modular payload pods which stood out from the other USVs on the market in this size class. Working with the team at USS it was evident that practical hydrographic surveying knowledge had influenced the platform design from day one. They understand not only how to build the vessels, but how they will be used in the field. It's clear that this USV has been designed for surveyors, by surveyors. The knowledge and professionalism of the team at USS

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New Survey Boat Launched for South African Navy

Paramount Maritime, a Paramount Group company, said it has launched the first of three next-generation Survey Motor Boats (SMBs) to the South African Navy in continued support of its programs to enhance the capabilities and infrastructure of the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO).In addition to the three Survey Motor Boats to be delivered to the South African Navy Hydrographic Office (SANHO), this program also provides for the delivery of a Hydrographic Survey Vessel and a Sea Boat as well as a third, fully operational inshore Survey Motor Boat, to remain ashore and in reserve.Veecraft

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Buss Energy Acquires Stake in Drone Inspection Firm

Germany based Buss Energy Group has acquired a 24.9 percent stake in Austrian drone specialist Aero Enterprise which provides drones for offshore wind turbine inspections.The Aero Enterprise drones are based on helicopter technology and thus can be used even at high wind speeds, and are, according to the developer which is particularly relevant at high sea. “The inspection by drone was the next logical step for us to complete our portfolio,” explains Managing Director Martin Schulz. “We can offer our customers a highly professional analysis of their wind turbines. The

Mike Read, President, Teledyne Marine.

Ocean Influencer: Mike Read, Teledyne Marine

, instruments, imaging, interconnect and seismic solutions. Here are some latest technology advances:Z-Boat 1800T, Trimble Edition(Teledyne Oceanscience)Teledyne Marine’s new Z-Boat 1800T ready for your next inspection or mapping project.The Z-BOAT 1800-T is a high-resolution shallow water hydrographic unmanned survey vehicle with an Odom Echotrac E20 Singlebeam Echosounder and dual antenna Trimble BX992 GNSS heading receiver. Each sensor is integrated into a compact, portable, and cost-effective package. The combination of Trimble’s precise heading and positioning/guidance paired with

Karl Kenny, CEO, Kraken Robotics

Ocean Influencer: Karl Kenny, Kraken Robotics

The July/August edition of Marine Technology Reporter, the 15th Annual "MTR100", recognizes Karl Kenny and his Kraken Robotics team for moving forward fast on the evolution of subsea technology and business.Karl Kenny and Kraken Robotics are on a mission to revolutionize the way business is conducted subsea. It’s about high-quality data, collected, delivered and analyzed more regularly, liberally shared among a disparate group of stakeholders, from science to commerce to military. It’s about tossing out old norms and embracing different ways of doing business.Underwater vehicle

Sea-Kit's Uncrewed Surface Vessel Ends 22-Day Offshore Mission

bathymetric surveying as they remotely operated the multibeam and ensured optimized data acquisition. USVs to redefine offshore operationsTravis Hamilton, Product Manager at Teledyne CARIS said: “At Teledyne CARIS, we are inspired by projects that align with our passion for innovation in hydrographic survey. We were pleased to support this project with our automated hydrographic processing solutions CARIS Onboard and CARIS Mira AI that apply workflows designed to remotely support the unique challenges of uncrewed surveys from shore-based stations.” The proven ability to conduct

Fugro's New USV to Chart Waters Off South Australia

waters of South Australia’s Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait as part of the Australian Government’s HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (HIPP).The Dutch-based offshore survey services company will carry out  the 998 km2 survey will be conducted on behalf of the Australian Hydrographic Office (AHO), which will use the data to update nautical charts for safer navigation. Data will also be shared with scientific agencies, including Geoscience Australia and the national AusSeabed community.This area within Gulf St Vincent and Investigator Strait is the major waterway for the

Stevie, the Taurob robot, at Shetland Gas Plant. Photo from Total.

INTERVIEW: Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics, at Total E&P UK; Total’s “Stevie the Robot”

Total has been working on robotics for some years now, having launched the Argos challenge in 2013 and now getting ready to put the Taurob designed Stevie robot through its paces in a trial at Shetland Gas Plant. We spoke with Kris Kydd, Head of Robotics, at Total E&P UK.What have been the main lessons learned to date around enabling these systems to operate in an offshore environment?Total believes that robots have a huge amount to offer to our industry. We are pioneering their use on oil and gas sites, and the last seven years have seen progress, and lots of lessons learned!  Robots offer

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Bennett Joins Kraken Board

Kraken Robotics Inc. announced that Cathy Bennett has joined the company’s board of directors.Bennett brings more than 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur, business executive, and corporate director across private, public and non-profit entities. Her experience crosses multiple sectors including the government, energy, manufacturing, mining, restaurants, telecom, and technology sectors. Bennett was a Member of the House of Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador from 2014 to 2018 as well as Minister of Finance and the Status of Women. A seasoned corporate director, Bennett holds an ICD.

A Stena Drilling rig - Credit: Stena Drilling

SRO Updates Stena Drilling's Rigs with IBM’s Maximo System

Offshore drilling contractor Stena Drilling has had its asset management software system on six offshore rigs replaced.The company hired UK-based tech firm SRO Solutions which, over the course of 14 months replaced its existing asset management system with IBM’s Maximo software. Six engineers from SRO carried out the work, and also delivered training on the rig fleet in the Canary Islands, Israel, Guyana, and Scapa Flow in Scotland.SRO operations director Andrew Carrie led the project which is the 20th major asset management system upgrade SRO has undertaken, using IBM’s Maximo

Case Study: Unmanned Tech Narrows Data Gap on Yellow River ... World’s "Most Sediment-laden River"

With a total length of 5,464 km, the Yellow River is the second-longest river in China. As running through the Loess Plateau during the middle journey and carrying much sand and dust, it is then be-coming the most sediment-laden river in the world. Yellow river runs through nine cities of China and is affecting the daily lives of tens of millions of people live alongside the river.Monitoring the changes of underwater terrain and studying the pattern of river evolution can provide important data support for river management and flood control, however, due to technical limitations and harsh environment

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