Hydrographic Software News

Rapp Marine to Equip New OSU Research Vessel

under construction at Gulf Island Shipyard in Houma, La.    Under the scope of the OHS SSV, Rapp Marine is responsible for integrating the systems required for science mission and cargo handling operations. The overboard handling systems will consist of the oceanographic winch and hydrographic winch systems, which will supply various tension members to the stern A-frame, main crane and overboard handling apparatus. The portable winch will also supply the tension member used with the portable side A-frame and portable crane.    The primary application of the oceanographic

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Fugro Boosts Offshore Wind Projects in Taiwan

will see the two companies cooperate on marine survey projects in the waters surrounding Taiwan, with IOVTEC expanding survey services in the country and Fugro providing fit-for-purpose technology, equipment and expertise.   “IOVTEC brings to the MoU its specialist skills in domestic hydrographic and bathymetric surveys for coastal mapping, government port and harbor agencies, dredging and marine contractors and offshore wind farm developers in Taiwan,” said Jerry Paisley, Fugro’s Director for Marine Site Characterization in the Asia Pacific region. “Fugro’s offshore

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Sonar Technology to Be Used to Detect Sharks in the US

A state-of-the-art sonar system first developed and deployed by Shark Mitigation Systems (SMS) in Australia is now being recommended for use in Southern California, where an increase in the shark population has been observed.   While shark attacks in California are rare (there have been 177 documented shark incidents in California since 1950, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife), the number of shark sightings has been on the rise. Some of the predators on the western U.S. coastline can measure up to 12 feet in length, posing a threat to surfers and beachgoers.   In

FTA’s and Teledyne CARIS’ project team together at the kick-off meeting for the start of the project (Photo: Teledyne CARIS)

Finland Selects CARIS Hydrographic Production Database

The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto (FTA) has selected Hydrographic Production Database (HPD) as the new system for chart production for current and future needs. With many lakes, an archipelagic sea and an estimated 40,000 islands, the FTA has a large and complex portfolio of navigational charts to maintain. The project to implement HPD will include deployment of software and the migration of existing products into an optimized workflow where data is centrally managed and various product types are derived from one updated source. The system will provide a platform where user-friendly,

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Swathe Services to Represent Planck Aerosystems in the UK

 Swathe Services said it has entered into an agency agreement with Planck Aerosystems to represent the San Diego based autonomous drone company in the U.K.   Planck Aerosystems is a drone company that enables autonomous operations from moving vehicles on land or at sea. The company’s specialized Shearwater unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be deployed in a matter of minutes, with minimal user training and experience. With powerful onboard computing capabilities, long range digital communications and intelligent computer vision software the Planck solution provides a safer, faster

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First Ever USV-supported Cable Route Survey

;s mother ship. ASView used exported .dxf survey lines from the TerraSond survey planning system to autonomously execute an accurate survey with minimal human intervention.    ASV Global has supported TerraSond for three consecutive years refining the use of autonomous systems in hydrographic survey applications. This year’s deployments follow on from a 2016 charting survey completed in the Bering Sea, off Alaska where ASV Global and TerraSond marked an industry first by completing a 9,578km hydrographic survey, 4,213km of which were completed unmanned. Combined, these operations

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Research Vessels: The Fleet is In

with particular silence requirements to avoid disturbing the sea environment. The ship was built according to criteria ensuring minimum environmental impact and reduced radiation of noise underwater, so as to allow studies on fish and marine mammals. She will be able to carry out its oceanographic and hydrographic research activities in any area of operation. Kronprins Haakon will set sail for scientific expeditions starting in 2018.   LNG Fueled Research Ship for Germany The Fassmer shipyard in Germany is currently constructing a new research vessel to be owned by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt

Argentina’s new oceanographic and fishing research vessel 52m Victor Angelescu (Photo: Kongsberg)

Kongsberg Installs Marine Ecosystem Assessment Solution on Research Ship

Kongsberg Maritime has successfully completed the installation of an extensive suite of Simrad marine ecosystem assessment technology aboard the Victor Angelescu, the Argentinian National Institute of Fisheries Research and Development’s (INIDEP) new oceanographic and fishing research vessel.   Built at Spanish yard Astilleros Armon Vigo SA, the new 52m research ship is a silent vessel, which combined with the sophisticated Simrad marine ecosystem package will enable highly accurate survey results for Argentinian scientists.   Kongsberg installed and integrated the majority of

Becoming a NVIDIA member will allow Rovco to enhance its 3D reconstruction capabilities and inspection techniques. Picture – 3D reconstruction of jacket structure. (Photo: Rovco)

Rovco Joins NVIDIA Inception Program

micro to large inspection vehicles, Rovco has the resources required to provide inshore/offshore services and inspections anywhere in the world. Offering a unique approach to technical subsea challenges, Rovco has the expertise to deliver a high quality, extremely innovative solution for underwater hydrographic survey and inspection services, using state-of-the-art cameras, scanning 3D sonars, multibeam echosounders and various leading edge survey technologies

Martin Klein with a Klein  multibeam side scan sonar. “We were proud that side scan was able to finally replace the old wire drag technology.” (courtesy Martin Klein and the MIT Museum)

Klein's Side Scan Sonar, Then and Now

The company known today as Klein Marine Systems, Inc. has origins stretching back to the 1960s when Marty Klein, who many consider to be the father of side scan sonar, began building his own devices from his home in Lexington, Mass. As this iconic subsea technology company approaches 50, MTR speaks with Marty Klein as well as Klein Marine System’s general manager, Frank Cobis.    When did you realize you were destined for a career in the subsea world? Marty Klein: Wow. It started back in 1961 when I was a senior at MIT and I had to do a thesis. I like to build things, but I

GeoSphere data log shows the layered formation structure in the well. (Image: SLB)

GeoSphere: Mapping-while-drilling Evolution

Logging-while-drilling (LWD) technologies have evolved significantly in the past decade. Today they integrate sophisticated algorithms that take advantage of the ever-increasing technical complexity combining mechanical, electrica, and software systems that are implemented downhole. These achievements helps the users gain a better understanding of the reservoir while bring drilling into a new area of efficiency and cost savings. Marine Technology Reporter’s Correspondent in Brazil spoke to Jean Seydoux, Program Manager for Advanced Reservoir Mapping Technologies for Drilling and Measurement at

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Aquabotix Adds New Global Distributors

, GIS data collection, vehicle telematics and ocean ecosystem management (OEM). Seafloor Systems has joined the Aquabotix distributor network as a non-exclusive representative for Aquabotix in California, Washington, Oregon and Alaska, in the U.S. With more than 20 years of experience in the hydrographic community, Seafloor Systems specializes in integrated hydrographic survey solutions, and has strong expertise in complete turnkey and integrated Multibeam and Single Beam solutions. Seafloor Systems maintains the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the United States Geological Survey (USGS), universities

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Ping DSP Releases MBES Mode Bathymetry Software

Aiming to raise the bar for shallow water mapping and imaging, Ping DSP has introduced its new MBES Bathymetry Engine.   With a useable swath width of up to 14 times water depth, the 3DSS brings accurate, wide swath echo sounding to shallow water and provides the same operational and bathymetric performance benefits of Multibeam Echosounders but over the larger swath.   Ping DSP said the new MBES Mode uses an advanced new seabed detection algorithm that takes advantage of the dual head nature of the 3DSS sonar and its high resolution 3D imaging capability to achieve swath widths far

Kraken Bags $1.6 Mln Contract

Kraken Robotics Inc. said its wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract worth more than $2 million (US$1.6 million) for the delivery of advanced sensors, underwater robotics and software. Delivery of the entire contract is expected in 4Q 2017.   Karl Kenny, Kraken President and CEO said, “We’re delighted with this contract award from a highly valued customer. Over the past 18 months, Kraken has made a series of prudent investments in people and technology to advance the performance and affordability of our sensors and underwater robotics.

Kraken Sonar Changes Its Name to Kraken Robotics

Kraken Sonar Inc. has changed its name from Kraken Sonar Inc. to Kraken Robotics Inc., reflecting its evolution from manufacturing sensors to supplying complete robotic systems, software and services in the unmanned maritime systems (UMS) market.   The company will begin trading under its new name effective Friday, September 22; its stock symbols will remain the same: TSX-V: PNG and OTCQB: KRKNF. Kraken’s Canadian operating subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been renamed Kraken Robotics Systems Inc.   While the public company name and Canadian operating subsidiary names will

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Case Study: High Accuracy Survey under Bridges

Client: WSA Berlin Application: Hydrography/Charting Product: Apogee-E Inertial Navigation System Project: Multibeam echo sounder stabilization and data georeferencing   The vessel Spreegrund, property of WSA Berlin, has been equipped by MBT, part of MacArtney group, with state-of- the-art equipment including the Apogee-E, the highest accuracy inertial navigation system from SBG. One of the main goals was to obtain very good results when surveying under bridges.    The catamaran survey vessel named Spreegrund serves as survey vessel on German lakes, adjacent canals and

Oceanscan Invests in Applanix Multibeam and INS

detect, making it an ideal high-resolution sonar. When UHR is selected, the beam width is 0.6° x 0.6° providing narrow beam widths – invaluable for detail offshore site surveys such as pipeline inspections, trench mapping, cable lay operations, wreck surveys or other micro bathymetry/hydrographic applications.   User-selectable frequencies from 170 to 450kHz and swath coverage from 10° to 160° are selectable on the fly, during survey operations. The latest features are also included offering 1024 soundings per ping and the new Pipeline mode.   Adil Ali, Oceanscan

Teledyne CARIS Names Codevintec as Italian Distributor

has been a distributor in the geomatics industry for many years. As a contribution to Teledyne CARIS’ list of distributors, Codevintec can now provide survey companies, scientific research organizations and mapping agencies in this region further information about the Ping-to-Chart hydrographic software solutions, which include support for Airborne Lidar Bathymetry (ALB) operations, big data management and autonomous operational solutions

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FarSounder Overlays S-57 & S-63 Charts

FarSounder’s SonaSoft software’s latest release has been upgraded to be compatible with S-57 and S-63 Charts. Anyone using these chart formats is now able to overlay realtime data on their charts using FarSounder’s software and reap the many benefits of its innovative Forward Looking Sonar (FLS).   “The operators of those ships preferring to use S-57 and S-63 charts are important to us. Our team has worked diligently, with the user in mind, to make this option a reality for them,” said Cheryl M. Zimmerman, CEO.    The software upgrade will provide many

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Fugro to Open ‘Hydrography Center of Excellence’

including autonomous vessels and aircraft, integrated data acquisition techniques, remote processing and large data transfer to reduce risk, increase accuracy and streamline project timelines for clients.   With the opening of the Houston-based center, which will handle a wide range of hydrographic project types, including nautical charting, cable routing and Law of the Sea boundary claims, Fugro said it is formalizing its coastal zone mapping services using complimentary geophysical and geotechnical techniques to benefit a wide range of applications including resource development, infrastructure

Ocean Infinity Selects Kraken's AquaPix

Kraken Sonar Inc., a marine technology company dedicated to the production and sale of software-centric sensors and underwater robotic systems, said its wholly-owned subsidiary Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract valued at approximately C$3,000,000 (US$2.5 million) by Ocean Infinity.   Kraken will supply and integrate its AquaPix (Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor) solution onboard eight of Ocean Infinity's HUGIN autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV). Delivery of the systems is planned to commence during the fourth quarter of

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Oceangoing Lab: The Real Test of a Nutrient Analyzer

 The U.K.’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) undertakes integrated ocean research and technology development from the coast to the deep ocean. As such, the NOC has a heavy requirement for seawater analysis. However, in addition to analytical work at the NOC’s facilities in Southampton and Liverpool, the organization’s researchers also need to be able to analyze samples on board a variety of research vessels. Under these conditions, high levels of precision and reliability can be a challenge for most laboratory equipment, so NOC has invested in SEAL Analytical segmented flow

Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, will be a keynote speaker. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Teledyne Marine Workshop Set for San Diego

Teledyne Marine will host its second biennial Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW) at the Catamaran Resort in San Diego, CA, scheduled for October 15-18, 2017. TMTW will attract hundreds of attendees from around the globe, who will converge to explore, learn, and share their experiences on a broad range of technologies and applications.   This year’s TMTW will include more than 50 industry speakers spanning four concurrent morning tracks focused on the utilization of marine technology for offshore energy, oceanography / hydrography, civil engineering / water resources, and defense /

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Seatools Upgrades FPROV on Van Oord’s FFPV Stornes

In June of this year, remotely operated vehicle (ROV) manufacturer Seatools completed the upgrade of the fall pipe ROV installed on Van Oord’s flexible fall pipe vessel Stornes. The depth upgrade enables Van Oord to perform precision rock installation in water depths of up to 2,100 meters.   Seatools initially delivered the fall pipe ROV in 2007, with a depth rating of 1,350 meters. Over the years, the 300 kW fall pipe ROV, executed with a range of dynamic positioning modes such as auto-heading, auto-track, and auto-swing, successfully performed precision rock installation operations in

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BMT Debuts VENARI-85 MCM Concept Design

. Such an approach not only avoids compromise and repurposing costs in later years, it also maximizes the ability to conduct effective MCM throughout life.”   Derived from the Latin meaning, ‘to hunt or chase’, the VENARI-85 design is optimized for next generation warfare and hydrographic technology and can operate large numbers of air, surface and subsurface unmanned vehicles. This flexibility in design provides a clear development path to enable future generations of unmanned technology and operating concepts to be hosted from VENARI-85 as they mature and develop over the coming

Saab Seaeye Joins NOC Robotics Innovation Center

Underwater robotics company Saab Seaeye has joined the National Oceanography Center’s (NOC) Marine Robotics Innovation Center, as an Associate Member.   For Saab Seaeye, the NOC is an important hub in the development of underwater autonomous and robotic systems, and this new membership will further enable Saab Seaeye to collaborate with other strategic partners in the advancement of underwater robotic systems.   Jon Robertson, Managing Director at Saab Seaeye, said, “Our association with the NOC will allow us to advance the emergence of transformative robotics by continuing

SeaCat SAS during initial testing on ARCIMS USV with Kraken MINSAS in June 2017 (Photo: Kraken)

AquaPix MINSAS integrated onboard ATLAS SeaCat AUV

Kraken Sonar Inc. wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Sonar Systems Inc., has been awarded a contract valued at over C$425,000 ($336,600) by ATLAS ELEKTRONIK Canada to supply and integrate its AquaPix Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar and Real-Time SAS Signal Processor on the Atlas SeaCat autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). Delivery is expected in September 2017. AquaPix is designed for operation on AUVs and towed platforms. The modular system uses the latest electronics, transducer arrays and signal processing software optimized for the demanding size, weight, power and cost constraint

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Trelleborg Suite Supplied to Prelude FLNG

Trelleborg’s marine systems operation has supplied a suite of products to Shell’s Prelude FLNG facility, the largest offshore facility ever constructed. Prelude, which is 488 meters long, 74 meters wide, and made with more than 260,000 tons of steel, will extract and liquefy natural gas from a site in North West Australia.   Trelleborg supplied its gas transfer technology and SafePilot navigational and piloting systems for Prelude.   “Our SafePilot solution, SSL, ESL and radio ESD for tandem condensate offload have been used on Shell’s Prelude FLNG,” said

M3 Sonar mounted on Seabotix vLBV ROV. (Photo: Teledyne Seabotix)

Teledyne Seabotix ROV Integrated with Kongsberg M3 Sonar

The Kongsberg M3 Sonar system can now be mounted on the Teledyne Seabotix vLBV Observation Class ROV. The M3 Sonar is a 2D multibeam system with sophisticated imaging and profiling capabilities. It provides high-resolution and easy to interpret images by combining the rapid refresh rate of conventional multibeam sonar with image quality comparable to a single-beam sonar. The new M3 Sonar integration package developed by Teledyne Seabotix enables detection of small objects at distances of more than 150 meters combined with a 120° to 140° field of view, allowing the operator to see the

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Teledyne CARIS Launches S-100 Online Workshop

Teledyne CARIS is offering a new self-paced, online training program, which examines the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) S-100 Standard and the related S-101 Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) Production Specification.   This informative workshop is intended for anyone interested in learning about the new S-100 Standard, and will help answer commonly asked questions including: What is S-100? What are some of the benefits? What is an S-101 ENC and how does it relate to S-100? What is the current status of S-100 and S-101? What are some other products

Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 will support the RRS Sir David Attenborough’s work by enabling science teams to precisely monitor the position of underwater systems including Boaty McBoatface. (Image: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Ranger 2 for RRS Sir David Attenborough

Sonardyne acoustic positioning technology selected for Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough   Ocean science technology company Sonardyne International Ltd said it has been awarded the contract to supply subsea acoustic tracking and position reference equipment for Britain’s new polar research vessel, RRS Sir David Attenborough.   The Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system will be used by scientists to precisely track the position of, and communicate with, scientific instruments and robotic vehicles deployed from the vessel, including the now famous Boaty McBoatface AUV.

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Hydrographic Survey Boat Delivered to Nelleman Survey

Danish shipbuilder Tuco Marine Group has delivered a fully-equipped 12-meter ProZero DC to serve as a platform for hydrographic surveys for Nelleman Survey A/S.   According to the builder, the 12-meter ProZero DC boat’s deep and sleek V-bottom offers good seaworthiness and directional stability, essential qualities when performing hydrographic surveys.   “Seaworthiness and directional stability are some of the most sought-after parameters when it comes to modern, high-speed workboats,” explained Martin Kyndi from Tuco Marine. “This is why we focus so strongly on

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MacArtney's CEMAC for Safe Cable Handling

MacArtney’s offshore cable handling equipment named CEMAC is designed  for power and telecommunication cables and for cable handling operations within the renewable energy industry, in particular the offshore wind sector.   In addition to supplying challenging subsea solutions from concept to completion, MacArtney has also specialized in designing and manufacturing vessel deck systems and equipment for the renewable energy industry and in particular the offshore wind sector.   The equipment in question, the so-called CEMAC offshore handling equipment, belongs to a product line

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UKHO Supports HMS Queen Elizabeth in Portsmouth

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has supported the safe arrival of HMS Queen Elizabeth into Portsmouth by providing specialist marine geospatial and hydrographic expertise and data capabilities.   Following initial dredging operations to make Portsmouth’s navigation channel and entrance deeper, hydrographic data was collected by the survey launch HMS Gleaner using modern multibeam echosounder technology to confirm the available water depth.   As well as providing advice during data collection, the final dataset was then validated by the UKHO to ensure it was the to the

Reliable and constant measurements of environmental currents and other oceanographic environmental conditions can markedly improve the performance of fish farms in Chile. (Photo: Nortek)

Maximizing the Potential of Chile's Fish Farms

How the right measurement technology can help Chile’s aquaculture industry fulfill its potential   Climate change is just one of the challenges that ports in Chile increasingly have to deal with, and an investment in the latest Doppler technology and online systems has proven to be a significant benefit for its ports. How can Chile’s aquaculture industry maximize this technology’s potential?    From the early 1990s to 2007, Chile’s aquaculture took off, and by 2006 it was producing 38 percent of the world’s salmon. Now, the country produces 1.4-1.

Underwater image captured using an EM 712 multibeam echo sounder (Image: Kongsberg Maritime)

Canadian Coast Guard Expands Mapping Capability

Kongsberg Maritime said the Canadian Coast Guard has chosen its high resolution EM 712 multibeam echo sounders for the medium icebreakers CCGS Pierre Radisson and the CCGS Des Groseilliers.    Gathering critical hydrographic data can be a challenge in the Canadian Arctic. The innovative, retractable design of the new EM 712 echo sounder systems optimizes performance of the sounder when deployed and protects it when the vessel is breaking ice.   When deployed, the high-resolution EM 712 collects valuable navigational and scientific data from otherwise inaccessible parts of the planet

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Teledyne CARIS Updates Bathy DataBASE Software

Teledyne CARIS said it has updated its Bathy DataBASE (BDB) software. The new version, 4.4, addresses feature generalization and automation of product generation for chart compilation, as well as the increasing emphasis on bathymetric Lidar surveys.   A collection of new techniques for generalizing bathymetry in chart compilation workflows can be found in BASE Editor, which is part of the BDB suite. Point suppression and smoothing techniques help reduce the manual work associated with turning survey data into chart ready vector features. These techniques can be used in isolation or together

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New PAR Measurement Logger Launched

Designer and manufacturer of freshwater and oceanographic monitoring systems and instruments Precision Measurement Engineering has launched the new miniPAR Logger that logs photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), water temperature and tilt measurements. The completely submersible logger measures the amount of diffused sunlight through water, which can be beneficial for understanding nutrient loading, photosynthesis and algal blooms in natural waters up to 100 meters deep.    The miniPAR sensor is a Li-Cor Underwater Quantum Sensor, which measures PAR from all angles in one hemisphere.

Remote surveillance test setup at DNV GL offices (Photo: DNV GL)

Remote Surveillance for Subsea Equipment Manufacturing

The oil price collapse of 2014 triggered a wave of cost reduction among upstream businesses that saw global oil and gas companies slash capital expenditures by about 40 percent between 2014 and 2016. For DNV GL, the message was clear: everyone in the supply chain must advance cost reduction strategies for the offshore industry to remain competitive.   With innovation and cost savings in mind, DNV GL developed a solution for remote surveillance service for subsea equipment manufacturing.   The primary goal of this new alternative was based on cost savings, improved safety for surveyors

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Saudi Aramco Buys Teledyne Gavia AUV

The Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) has acquired an autonomous underwater vehicle from Teledyne Gavia.   The Gavia Offshore Surveyor AUV system is expected to enhance Saudi Aramco's agility in meeting high demands for hydrographic survey services through the company's in-house survey operations. The Gavia system will be utilized predominantly for debris survey and pipeline inspection in the Arabian Gulf, with a potential service extension for other type of surveys in water depths up to 1,000m in the Red Sea region.    Saudi Aramco selected the AUV due to its modularity

A 3-D image from NOAA Ship Fairweather multi-beam sonar. The profile of the F/V Destination is clearly visible, including the bulbous bow to the right, the forward house and mast, equipment (likely crab pots) stacked amidships, the deck crane aft, and the skeg and rudder. (Image: NOAA)

Crab Fishing Vessel Wreck Found off Alaska

30 through May 1. The Dyson used its multibeam echo sounder to search the area around the last known position of the Destination. While the ship was not able to positively identify any contacts as the Destination, it did narrow the search area.   A second survey by NOAA Ship Fairweather, a hydrographic survey vessel, was conducted on July 8 and 9. The Fairweather used its multibeam sonar, designed for seafloor mapping and object detection, to locate the Destination in approximately 250 feet of water.    With the wreckage and debris field located by NOAA ships, a U.S. Coast Guard

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Valeport Supports Quest for Marine Discoveries

Valeport, a manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation, said it is supporting scientists to expand knowledge of marine biodiversity with its latest CTD profiler, the fastCTD, which records the conductivity, temperature and depth of sea water.   The fastCTD is integral to the research kit that will accompany respected marine biologist Dr. Sonia Rowley as she undertakes her latest expedition to the island of Pohnpei, in the western Pacific Ocean, from August 2 until September 13. The trip follows in the wake of successful explorations at Pohnpei, the Cook and

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EdgeTech Upgrades its Sonar Software

EdgeTech enhances Discover software with new coverage mapper and target logger   EdgeTech, producer of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, has released a new version of its Discover sonar software. The new software coverage mapper module has advanced navigation features allowing the setup of survey lines with a left/right steering indicator to assist in survey line control. Background navigation charts and other imagery such as multibeam bathymetry and satellite imagery can be layered or blended with individual transparency control, a feature unique to this software.

From left to right: Dr. Jan Albiez, Dr. Sylvain Joyeux and Patrick Paranhos (Photos: Kraken)

New Hires Join Kraken Robotik

Kraken Sonar Inc. subsidiary Kraken Robotik GmbH has added several new members to its team: Dr. Jan Albiez, Director of Engineering; Dr. Sylvain Joyeux, Senior Software Scientist; and Patrick Paranhos, Director, Business Development.   Kraken Robotik GmbH Managing Director, Dr. Jakob Schwendner, said the three new hires are “recognized leaders in underwater robotics” who join the company “as Kraken continues to prepare for more growth in our market areas and product lines.”    Dr. Jan Albiez –Director of Engineering After being employed for six years

BTOWU vessel Fantastiko (Photo: ABB)

ABB Marine Software Supports Ocean Research

ABB said it is providing the shipboard systems and systems expertise that will support the research voyages undertaken by ‘By the Ocean we Unite’, a charitable organization whose mission is to highlight the damage done by the millions of tons of plastics that end up in the world’s oceans every year.   The group has installed a state of the art Marine Advisory System including SPOS Onboard weather routing software from MeteoGroup, on the sailing yacht Fantastiko to help crew route-plan and monitor weather conditions on a research voyage in waters off Rotterdam, the South of

rendering of the Atair; first vessel in the BSH fleet with LNG technology  (Photo: Wärtsilä)

Germany Orders LNG Fueled Research Ship

The Fassmer shipyard in Germany is currently cinstructing a new research vessel to be owned by Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie (BSH), the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency.   The new 75-meter-long ship, the Atair, will replace her 30 year old namesake, and will be the first German research vessel operating on liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel.   The engines for the new vessel will be supplied by Wärtsilä, who will also supply exhaust cleaning systems based on selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology and the LNGPac system for complete fuel gas

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SeaRobotics Delivers USVs for Hydrographic Surveying

SeaRobotics Corporation said it has built and delivered two complete autonomous 2.5‑meter unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) to a government hydrographic service. The USVs are complete hydrographic systems, including multibeam echo sounders, support sensors, a cast winch, deployment carts and road trailers.   According to SeaRobotics , the contract reinforces the commitment government and commercial entities are making to take unmanned surface vehicles out of the laboratory and research environment and integrate them into the world of professional surveyors. The efficiency and cost effectiveness

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Wilson Joins QPS Sales Team

QPS has hired Matthew J. Wilson in a marketing and sales position at QPS-US Inc, effective September 1, 2017.   Wilson joins QPS from NOAA Office of Coast Survey, Atlantic Hydrographic Branch, Norfolk, Va. where he is served as a Physical Scientist since 2008.   Wilson received a M.B.A. from Pennsylvania State University in December 2016, graduating with Beta Gamma Sigma honors. He has a M.S. in Ocean Mapping from University of New Hampshire, December 2012.

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Case Study: Klein System 5900 Side Scan Sonar

Klein Marine System’s flagship 5900 high-resolution and high-speed side scan sonar is designed for use as either a conventional towed system or a payload for an unmanned surface vehicle (USV). Klein recently tested its newest sonar features in Israel on the USV Seagull, Elbit’s versatile platform for mine hunting and antisubmarine warfare. Among these features is the ability to control and stream full-resolution side scan sonar images via satellite.During a recent test, the Klein 5900 made several passages over the wreck of the Italian Submarine Scirè, sunk by the British naval

The fleet of Saildrones are being prepared for a summer and fall of science from the Bering Sea to the Arctic to the far reaches of the tropical Pacific Ocean. (Photo: Saildrone Inc.)

NOAA to Deploy Saildrones for Climate Study

During the next four months, NOAA scientists will deploy Saildrone unmanned ocean vehicles to hard-to-reach locales such as the Arctic and the tropical Pacific with the goal of better understanding of how ocean changes affect weather, climate, fisheries and marine mammals.   The Saildrone is wind and solar-powered research vehicle resembling a sailboat, capable of performing tasks at sea such as met ocean data collection, environmental monitoring and fish stock analysis, autonomously or under remote control. For NOAA, the vehicles will soon travel thousands of miles across the ocean, reaching

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Greensea Hires Abbott as Robotics Engineer

Greensea, creator of the universal marine industry operating platform OPENSEA, has hired Geoffrey Abbott as its new robotics engineer, responsible for advancing Greensea’s user interface and vehicle control systems for original equipment manufacturer products.   As a robotics engineer at Greensea, Abbott will help further the company’s ability to easily integrate, configure and deploy its technology across vehicles and sensors in the marine industry.   Abbott was previously a software development manager at MyWebGrocer, where he led a team in the Rapid Application Development

Ocean Radar Detects Mini Tsunami 40 Minutes before Impact

In May 2017 the Dutch coast was hit with a “mini tsunami” that brought a flood wave more than 2 meters tall, sweeping away beach chairs, boats and parasols.   No one was seriously injured, thanks to the fact that the wave reached the beaches very early in the morning, at about 5:30 am local time.   About 50 kilometers southwest of Zandvoort there are two WERA ocean radar systems installed at Monster and Ouddorp. These systems are owned by Rijkswaterstaat (a part of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment) and measure the ocean currents around the entrance of the

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VisualSoft Selected for Cable-laying Vessel NKT Victoria

Forum Energy Technologies, Inc. has announced a new contract that will see pipeline and cable survey software installed on the advanced cable laying support vessel NKT Victoria.   Two VisualSoft Four Channel High Definition Digital Video Systems (VisualDVR MCHD) will be supplied to iSURVEY Group, a provider of survey and positioning services to the global oil and gas and telecommunications sectors. The first vessel installation for the newest system in the VisualSoft range, is to be utilized on the NKT Victoria in the Moray Firth.    The NKT Victoria (DNV-GL Class) is a 140m x 30m

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EdgeTech Delivers Multi Phase Echo Sounder to UNH CCOM

EdgeTech, provider of high resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, recently delivered a 6205 Multi Phase Echo Sounder (MPES) system to the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC).     The EdgeTech 6205 MPES produces real-time, high resolution, three dimensional (3D) maps of the seafloor while providing co-registered simultaneous dual frequency side scan imagery.  EdgeTech said its Multi Phase technology allows a user to collect wide swathe, wide angle, high resolution bathymetry data that’s

AML Oceanographic products include a modular range of instruments with field-swappable sensor heads. (Photo: Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd.)

Modulus Technology Adds AML Oceanographic to Its Portfolio

.   Founded in 1974, AML Oceanographic (formerly Applied Microsystems) has more than 40 years’ experience in the field of oceanographic instrumentation. Headquartered in British Columbia, Canada, AML Oceanographic designs and manufactures instrumentation and deployment systems for hydrographic surveying, environmental monitoring, and other subsea applications. Known for its field-swappable sensors and UV biofouling control, AML recently acquired the Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) from Rolls-Royce to provide end to end sound velocity solutions to the hydrographic market

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French Bathymetric Survey Vessel Renovated and Refurbished

.   MacArtney France is the supplier of the multibeam solution for the bathymetric vessel ‘Ingénieurs Lesbordes’ and is likewise the integrator of the diverse steps of modification which were imperative to the successful adaptation of the vessel to the prevailing International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) survey standards.   The bathymetries produced are essential for navigation (permissible draft, obstacles) and dredging operations (decision support, control) and they are also necessary for the hydro-sedimentary knowledge of the river Adour, the various channels of access

Atair II (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor Bags Equipment Order for German Research Vessel

in Berne, Germany. The order was booked into Cargotec's second quarter 2017 order intake. MacGregor equipment deliveries are planned for completion by the end of the first quarter of 2019.   The new dual-fuel (LNG) 74m vessel, Atair II, is under construction for the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH). It will operate in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, conducting hydrographic surveys and wreck search operations in addition to marine environmental monitoring. The vessel will have a 200m2 working deck that features laboratories and an air pollution measurement station.  

Figure 1: Data flow diagram for vertical uncertainty component of the Hare-Godin- Mayer MBES uncertainty model (Calder, 2007).

Seamless Hydrographic Workflow: Processing Evolved

, seafloor interpretation evolved from hand-pasted sidescan mosaics with hand-contoured mylar overlays to semi-automated processing incorporating sophisticated algorithms such as CUBE (Calder, 2003) and Geocoder (Fonseca, 2005). While hydrographic hardware advancements are exponentially improving, hydrographic software data processing and their associated workflows still provide challenges for even the most experienced users. While software generally keeps pace with the advancements in hardware and processing methods, many of the frustrations are present because human operators must connect all the pieces

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New Tide Gauge, Water Temperature Monitoring Network in UAE

A three year project to design, install and deliver a fully operational network of 34 water level and temperature monitoring stations for Bayanat LLC in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been completed by OceanWise working with its licensed partner, Seatronics, an Acteon company,   The stations are positioned at strategic locations within UAE from the Western Region to the border with Oman, a distance of over 400 km.   Water level is being measured using Valeport VRS-20 Radars with water temperature being measured using PT100 sensors from General Acoustics. All equipment is solar

Iain Wallace (Photo: Rovco)

Wallace Joins Rovco as CTO

U.K.-based subsea company Rovco has appointed Dr. Iain Wallace o its senior management team as chief technology officer (CTO).   A former technical lead for the European Space Agency, Wallace will drive the development of a real-time 3D vision system for ROVs and AUVs. He will also explore how artificial intelligence can be used to solve asset integrity issues by extracting actionable information from traditional video survey data.   As CTO, he will enhance Rovco’s underwater photogrammetric 3D modeling capabilities utilizing the latest simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM)

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