Hydrographic Software News

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New Members Join NOAA’s Hydrographic Services Advisory Panel

NOAA acting administrator retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., has appointed three new members to the Hydrographic Services Review Panel, a federal advisory committee that gives NOAA independent advice for improving a range of services and products that support safe navigation and coastal resilience.   The new members of the panel are: Sean M. Duffy Sr., executive director, Big River Coalition, New Orleans, La. Retired USCG Capt. Ed Page, executive director, Marine Exchange of Alaska, Juneau, Alaska Julie Thomas, senior advisor, Southern California, Coastal Ocean

L3 OceanServer’s Iver Precision Workhorse autonomous undersea vehicle with low-drag side scan and bathymetry transducers. Photo courtesy of L3 OceanServer.

L3 OceanServer Unveils Iver PW AUV

L3 OceanServer announced its new Iver Precision Workhorse (Iver PW) autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The new Iver PW is the first in a family of highly capable commercial AUVs to address a wide variety of customer missions, including survey research and mapping, sub-surface security, and environmental monitoring. “Undersea missions are evolving, and L3 is uniquely positioned to develop military and commercial solutions using next-generation processing, autonomy and power technologies to enable new capabilities and missions,” said Daryl Slocum, General Manager of L3 OceanServer.  

REMUS M3V (Photo: Hydroid Inc.)

Hydroid Introduces New High Speed, Low Cost Micro AUV

Marine robotics manufacturer Hydroid Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, announced the release of the new REMUS M3V compact, one-man portable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).   Low cost and ready to use right out of the box, this micro AUV supports numerous applications including search and survey; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR); marine research; and multi-vehicle missions. The REMUS M3V can dive up to 300 meters in depth. It is an A-size (36” x 4.875”) vehicle with no fins or appendages outside the A-size envelope and can be used for multi-domain

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Klein Marine Offers Side Scan Sonar Training

Klein Marine Systems, a manufacturer of side scan sonars, will be hosting a three day side scan sonar training at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye Beach, N.H. Practical sessions on UNH Gulf Challenger, based in Newcastle, N.H.   Participants will develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as get hands-on experience with single beam sonars such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900 and the high-speed, Multi-Beam Klein 5000 V2 .     Training Topics Principles of underwater acoustics (Sonar Record Analysis, Targets & Shad-ows, reflectivity of underwater materials

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An Industry in Change

“What can we do differently?” The resonating question that over the last decade has reshaped a historically slow-moving industry into the fast-paced, innovation driven, entrepreneurial community we see today. By removing monopolies and making space for new concepts, we have seen smaller start-ups fast become leaders in their field. Today, both long established companies and newcomers alike must find the right a balance between innovation and reliability to thrive in an increasingly competitive space. I spoke with two companies – an established adaptor and one of the most successful

Manipulator control using Dex-OS software integrated to VMAX ROV simulator during engineering analysis (Photo: BluHaptics)

Simulation Meets Automation to Enhance ROV Training and Analysis

Forum Subsea Technologies and BluHaptics, Inc. have announced a joint agreement enabling technologies from both companies to be combined to provide solutions for ROV and subsea engineering applications.   The VMAX Software is a 3D ROV simulation product, which is used for training and evaluation of ROV pilots as well as by subsea engineering teams for modelling and verification of procedures involving intervention tasks related to installing and maintaining subsea equipment.   As Forum’s VMAX ROV Simulator provides a variety of ROV training scenarios designed to test pilots’

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SBG Systems Launches Navsight Marine Solution at OI2018

in all conditions, such as surveying under a bridge, or during a GNSS outages due to coastal infrastructures (buildings, harbor cranes, etc.) The Navsight Marine Solution supports RTK and every Precise Point Positioning service (Marinestar, TerraStar, etc.). It is compatible with the main hydrographic software such as Hypack, QINSy, or Teledyne PDS for seamless integration into existing workflows.   Navsight Marine Solution Availability Navsight is ITAR Free. All models are available for order. Ordering information and delivery time are available from SBG Systems representatives and authorized

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UKHO Conducts Seabed Mapping in Tonga to Support Blue Economy

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has chartered a motor launch to survey the waters in the Kingdom of Tonga as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies Program.   State-of-the-art multibeam sonar equipment will be used to map key areas of the seabed in the approaches to the harbor of the capital, Nuku'alofa, on the main island of Tongatapu.   This information will be used to update nautical charts and publications, help Tonga meet its international maritime obligations, including the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention and elements of the Implementation of the IMO Instruments Code

Virtual buoys are placed at exact locations via a map display in the NaviSuite Perio software (Image: EIVA)

EIVA Rolls Out Virtual Buoy Solution

Danish hardware and software engineering specialist EIVA has introduced a new system solution that offers an alternative way to ensure safe navigation by marking channels, shoals, wrecks, etc as well as during harbor expansions and other construction projects.    NaviSuite Perio provides harbor and other waterway authorities with the possibility of replacing marker buoys with virtual buoys that are managed via a software user interface and never actually deployed – yet, they are still displayed to AIS users as actual buoys at a given location in the water.    “NaviSui

MakaiLay’s new 3D Viewer showing the vessel, plough and cable shapes for progressive time steps seen behind the vessel. Relevant GIS data can be imported, such as digital terrain tiles on the bathymetry and aerial imagery overlay on the terrain in the background, as is shown here (Image: Makai Ocean Engineering)

MakaiLay Software Installed on Prysmian Cable Layer

The cable deployment control software MakaiLay was commissioned on the DP2 cable laying vessel Giulio Verne in November 2017 by the Prysmian Group.   It is expected that MakaiLay with its power-cable-specific module will be used by Giulio Verne when it starts installation work for the North Sea Link between Norway and U.K., which will be the longest subsea power cable interconnector in the world upon completion in 2021.   “We made it our priority to extend our popular real-time submarine cable installation management software to submarine power cable installations and we are

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Xiamen University Selects AML’s Moving Vessel Profiler

has purchased a Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) for the research vessel Jia Geng.   The university’s State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science will use the deep water underway profiling system, MVP300, to collect CTD, sound velocity and environmental data in support of both hydrographic and ocean science applications. The ability to collect high density data in real-time while the vessel is underway will produce higher quality results than can be achieved with static profiling systems, and in a fraction of the time.   The contract was secured through manufacturer AML Oceanograp

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OSIL Calibration Department in Demand

, holding common components in stock to ensure a quick turnaround, and are ideally placed regarding calibration standards for conductivity and salinity as OSIL operates the IAPSO Standard Seawater service from within its facilities. OSIL provides support, calibrations and repairs for a wide range of hydrographic instruments from its well-equipped facilities and offer a range of calibrations , pre-deployment verifications and services for CTDs, Sound Velocity, Current Meters & Tide Gauges, Multiparameter Sondes and AML X Change Sensors in addition to the Guildline Salinometers. Supported manufacturers

Fig 1 – Echoscope XD, Echoscope and Echoscope C500 Sonars (Image: Coda Octopus)

Meet the Future of Visualization and Mapping Sonars

features to enhance operations including the ability to insert geo-referenced models to enhance and visually augment the acoustic sonar data, the ability operate with and without GNSS position and motion data and the ability to export raw or binned point-cloud data for processing in third-party hydrographic software.    We have further developed our proprietary visualization software to add the ability to track targets for the breakwater construction market and our construction specific software CMS. This unique software enables both the visualization of large concrete blocks as they are

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Glider-Based Ecosystem Study

Fish Profiler (AZFP) 38, 125 and 200 kHz instrument in the Terra Nova Bay (Ross Sea, Antarctica).  The deployment lasted 3 weeks and the glider was recovered on January 31, 2018.     The purpose of this deployment was to obtain mesoscale and sub-mesoscale measurements of hydrographic processes and simultaneous biological distributions and abundance. From the resulting data, the researchers will examine the interactions between multiple trophic levels (phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish) and their relationships to the physical hydrographic driving forces such as sea ice and

File photo: NOAA Ship Fairweather underway in Alaska (Photo: NOAA)

NOAA Releases 2018 Hydrographic Survey Plans

Beginning in April, NOAA’s four hydrographic survey ships – Thomas Jefferson, Ferdinand Hassler, Rainier and Fairweather – will set out along with private contractors to tackle their assigned survey projects over the course of the 2018 field season.   Below are NOAA’s priority areas for planned survey projects 2018:   Alaska North Coast of Kodiak Island – Last surveyed in 1932, this survey project focuses on areas inadequate for safe navigation, particularly along the corridor of vessel traffic transiting from Kodiak.   West of Prince

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MUM's the Word: New UUV Takes Shape in Germany

As the world of autonomous vehicles flourishes on land and in the air, subsea applications have proven more challenging, despite great strides in recent years to deliver fully autonomous, efficient systems at sea. A team of engineers from Germany, engineers teamed from industry and academia, are aiming to drive the subsea vehicle market further faster courtesy of a project known as the Large Modifiable Underwater Mothership, or MUM.   “Today’s AUVs are usually limited with regard to energy, payload capacity and autonomy,” said Hendrik Wehner, Design Engineer, thyssenkrupp

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Seatools to Supply Monitoring System for The Ocean Cleanup

Subsea technology company Seatools said it has won a contract to develop and deliver a remote offshore monitoring system that will be used to gain real-time insight into the performance of the first-ever ocean cleanup system.   The contract was awarded by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch nonprofit developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans from floating plastic. The group will deploy the system during trials starting later this year on the U.S. West Coast.   “Besides the fact that we thoroughly support this meaningful initiative, the project is compelling from a

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Ocean Microstructure Glider Workshop Announced

Rockland Scientific and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences announced a specialized training program for Rockland turbulence measurement systems that are integrated with ocean gliders.   Ocean Microstructure Glider (OMG) 2018 will be hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Glider Initiative & Collaboration (MAGIC) at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences St. Georges, Bermuda from May 28 to June 1.   Classroom and field training will be optimized for both scientists and technicians and facilitated by instrument specialists from Rockland Scientific.   Fees to attend OMG 2018 are $1

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

University of Vienna Acquires New Multibeam Equipment

A project to create 3D models of pile dwellings in Austrian lakes thousands of years ago has resulted in the acquisition by the University of Vienna of a multibeam solution supplied by MacArtney.   The Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology is a research institute dedicated to the development of new techniques and methodological concepts for landscape archaeology. Its research program combines geophysics, aerial imaging, computer science and geomatics to develop efficient and universally applicable approaches for non-destructive detection, documentation

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AgileTek Hires Two

Subsea engineering analysis consultancy AgileTek said it has underlined rapid growth in 2017 with two new appointments and a promotion.   Soo-hyeong Kim has joined the company as a Graduate Engineering Analyst, alongside Andrew Olson, who has taken on the role of Business Development Engineer.   Kim previously worked at a computer aided engineering software provider, and Olson recently graduated from Imperial College London with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.   The company is also building on recent successes in the Asian market, after securing a major cable and umbilicals

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UKHO Creates High Density ENC of the Bristol Channel

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has disclosed details of a new Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) which could help to improve situational awareness and safety.   Developed to cover an area of the Bristol Channel known as ‘The Bridge’, this ‘high density’ ENC displays depth contours at one-meter intervals, allowing ECDIS to set safety contours at corresponding levels to support navigation through shallow water.   ECDIS will select safety contours based on a safety contour depth value set by the mariner. As most charts contain depth contours at

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3D at Depth Completes 300 Offshore LiDAR Metrologies

Advanced subsea LiDAR (SL) systems and survey support services provider 3D at Depth Inc. said it has completed its 300th subsea LiDAR spool metrology.   The subsea LiDAR measurement, conducted offshore within the Mediterranean Sea, covered eight long spool metrologies with lengths greater than 90m and was completed in 24 hours. The project delivered considerable savings overall for the EPIC installation contractor and provided valuable 3D data for the end user, a oil and gas major.   “We are excited to have reached this milestone,” stated Neil Manning, chief business developmen

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EIVA Expands in Brazil

Danish software and hardware engineering company EIVA said it has expanded its activities in Latin America with a dedicated business development team located in São Paulo, Brazil.    With the Brazilian team, EIVA is able to accommodate the increasing interest in its hardware and software products for offshore and shallow water construction and surveying operations from specialist operating in Latin America. Moreover, the company is able to provide customers in the region with a local point of contact with strong ties to the Danish headquarters.    The new Brazilian team

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Fairbank Joins SBG Systems’ Sales Team

has hired Chelsea Fairbank as Sales Engineer in North America. She will team up with Jack Mawson, Sales Manager North America at the company’s U.S. office in Huntington Beach, Calif. and will be in charge of the marine and education segments.   Fairbank has an extensive background in the hydrographic industry, starting her career as hydrographic surveyor. During her five years with Fugro, she worked on international hydrographic and cable route surveys working with a broad range of Inertial Navigation Equipment integrated with LiDAR and Multibeam Systems to generate end-products of topographic

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US-built Survey Vessel Bound for Israel

berth, galley and head with shower are designed to keep crew comfortable. The survey package includes a computer work station for three, hydraulic A frame, aluminum davit and aft deck moon pool for equipment deployment. Vibration dampening mounts and acoustic dampening insulation will ensure accurate hydrographic readings.   The client commented during sea trials that the vessel will be an excellent tool for their operations throughout Israel and the Mediterranean

New small self-calibrating class 1-4 torque tool to bring savings to torque tool tasks with the use of smaller electric work vehicles (Photo: Saab Seaeye)

Smart Torque Tool Advances an Electric Future

A breakthrough in electric torque tool technology is set to further advance the capability of electric underwater robotic vehicles, says Saab Seaeye.   The electric underwater e-robotic systems manufacturer has collaborated with Australia-based Total Marine Technology (TMT) to launch a new lightweight electric torque tool that is smart, light, simple to fit, fast to set up, has an advanced, high accuracy torque control system and can operate across the Saab Seaeye range of e-robotic vehicles, opening up new market opportunities.   Considerable savings will come from using compact electric

3DSS-iDX-450 Sonar with new Sonar Interface Unit (Photo: PingDSP)

New Shallow Water Bathymetry Solution Unveiled

MRU, GNSS or INS systems aboard a fully equipped survey launch or unmanned vehicle.   Ping DSP’s flagship 3DSS-DX sonar has established the utility of combining accurate wide swath bathymetry with high resolution 3D (and 2D) imagery and the iDX now extends that capability as a complete hydrographic/imaging solution for customers who want both versatility and installation/operating simplicity without sacrificing performance.    The compact size (4" dia. x 25" long) of the 3DSS-iDX make it easy to use on almost any size vessel or Autonomous/Remote Controlled Surface Vehicle

Example of high resolution sonar data of shipwreck, showing capability to provide detailed and accurate models of seabed features to inform safety of navigation and environmental management (Image: UKHO)

Seabed Mapping Underway in Belize

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has deployed two vessels to survey the waters of Belize as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Program, the organization has announced.   Following a stakeholder meeting with the Belize Port Authority and wider government earlier this month, priority areas will be surveyed, capturing sonar data of Belize's main ports and approaches. High frequency mapping sonars are being used, which have no negative impact on its diverse ecosystems and marine life. The surveying is expected to continue throughout February and will focus on areas including

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Expedition to Capture First 4K Images of the Titanic

A manned submersible set to survey the RMS Titanic wreck site this summer will be equipped with a range of high-tech underwater imaging equipment that will capture the first ever 4K images of the historic shipwreck. Starting in June 2018, manned submersible services provider OceanGate Inc. will lead a group of scientists, content experts and mission specialists to explore and survey the wreck site in a series of week-long missions from St. John’s, Newfoundland. For the mission, OceanGate's manned submersible Cyclops 2 will be equipped with cameras and lights from Canadian firm SubC Imaging

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Coda Octopus Rolls Out New Real-time 3D Sonar

Coda Octopus Group, Inc. announced the launch of the first product within its fourth-generation range of sonars, the Echoscope4G Surface. The patented Coda Octopus Real Time 3D sonar is the world’s only commercially available real-time 3D sonar that enables vision, mapping and measurement in real time in low or zero visibility conditions underwater, the manufacturer said.   This first product within its next-generation (4G) range, Echoscope4G Surface, is designed for nearly plug-and-play ease of use for shallow water operational needs not to exceed 20 meters water depth. The Surface

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Rovco Secures Funding for 3D Visualization Project

Subsea technology company Rovco said it has secured Innovate UK funding to develop a cutting-edge 3D visualization system as part of a two-part Artificial Intelligence demonstrator project potentially worth £1 million.    Working in partnership with the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult, the first phase of the project will see Rovco develop the equipment and software required to produce live 3D data from challenging and extreme subsea environments. The technology will be trialed and tested at ORE Catapult’s renewable energy test facility in Blyth.   Phase two will

Teledyne TSS Launches New Pipe Tracker

Teledyne Marine division Teledyne TSS has expanded its range of subsea pipe and cable detection and tracking products with the launch of the new smaller HydroPACT 660 pipe tracking system.   The 660 has been designed to help reduce the cost of subsea pipe surveys by allowing the use of smaller classes of underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs). In addition, TSS is also expanding the capabilities of its larger HydroPACT 440 pipe tracking system by introducing a new 24VDC upgrade kit.   The new, compact HydroPACT 660 sports a single small form factor coil array measuring 1,200mm x

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Laser Scanner Delivered for Norwegian MCM

focused specifically on locating and identifying mines. The Hugin systems enable users to conduct fast and efficient operations with zero surface visibility while improving safety conditions by allowing personnel to remain outside the minefield.   In peacetime, the AUVs also contribute to hydrographic operations.   2G Robotics said the ULS-500 PRO dynamic underwater laser scanner system will contribute to the detection, classification and assessment of mines. 2G’s system acquires data in real-time and provides users with 3D models of targets and environments accurate to the sub-centimet

Proton 5 is due to launch in early 2018 (Photo: JW Fishers)

JW Fishers Debuts New Marine Magnetometer

JW Fishers said it will release its new magnetometer, Proton 5, in early 2018.The fifth generation magnetometer with many new features is a top performing, microprocessor driven, marine magnetometer detection system, the manufacturer said.   The system is fully digitized and displays the current five-digit measurement on a new easy to read six-inch LCD screen that is backlit for night operations. Up to 80 of the previous measurements are displayed graphically in a history plot on the screen. User friendly menus allow easy configuration of all operation settings.   System tuning is now

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Greensea Hires Parrilla as Robotics Engineer

Greensea, creator of universal marine industry operating platform OPENSEA, has recently announced the appointment of Matthew Parrilla as Robotics Engineer.   Parrilla will work in the Emerging Technologies group at Greensea, led by founder and CEO Ben Kinnaman. This group focuses on the next generation of supervised autonomy and navigation technologies behind Greensea's marine software.   Prior to joining Greensea, Matthew was a lead developer of a customer facing application at Cox Automotive, Inc. He earned a B.S. degree in Physics from the University of Maryland, worked as a data

WHOI machinist and resident facilitator D.C. Collasius finishes a part he produced using a 3D resin printer in the new DunkWorks rapid protyping facility. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, © Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Moore Foundation Awards $3 Mln to WHOI

Scientists and engineers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) will receive a two-year, $3 million award from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to transform how the oceanographic community develops and deploys technology ranging from individual sensors to comprehensive, round-the-clock observing systems. By integrating new ideas and exploring new partnerships, WHOI researchers aim to foster an environment that reduces the cost of ocean science and engineering and that enables more flexible ocean observing systems that can rapidly incorporate new technologies to meet evolving science

Figure 1: The ProteusDS software pre-processor is shown. This software allows users to add mooring elements such as shackles and swivels from a central library. Line types such as Amsteel Blue or wire rope can likewise be selected. (Image: Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd.)

Don't Let the Ocean Knock You Down

For many years, moorings have been designed using basic mass-drag-buoyancy calculations, spreadsheets, rules-of-thumb, black magic scripts and a dose of ‘salty-sea-dog’ experience. With these methods one can frequently estimate a line size to use or an approximate anchor weight. But sometimes this isn’t good enough. This article looks at getting more precise with mooring analysis using numerical modeling software designed for ocean engineers.   Numerical modeling software for single point moorings has come a long way in recent years. Finite-element based cable analysis software

Aquabotix updated dealer/distributor map (Photo: Aquabotix)

Aquabotix Adds Global Distributors

and scuba training solutions and services, with an expert focus in the marine and diving environments.   Seismic Asia Pacific Pty. Ltd., which will represent Aquabotix in Australia and New Zealand. Based in Salisbury, Queensland Australia, Seismic Asia Pacific is a leading provider of hydrographic, oceanographic and geophysical systems within Australia and throughout southeast Asia and the Pacific Rim. The company also provides hardware and software equipment and system solutions to local government, defense and resource specific sectors.     Hydro Systems Development

Photo from Catch the Next Wave at Oceanology International 2016 (Photo: Reed Exhibitions)

Parallel Events Add Depth to Oceanology International

A series of complementary showcases are set to make 2018’s Oceanology International the most comprehensive forum in the event’s 49 year history.   The Oceanology International 2018 exhibition and conference, will runs from March 13 to 15 at ExCel, London, as organizer Reed Exhibitions looks to expand the event’s remit. The 24th edition of this biennial global forum will spotlight technological developments including robotics, advanced sensor technology and autonomous systems. The conference program, meanwhile, will include 11 free-to-attend technical tracks, all chaired by

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Valeport MIDAS SVX2 Selected by Saab Kockums

Oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation manufacturer Valeport said it has secured a contract to supply four customized MIDAS SVX2 probes to Saab Kockums.   The MIDAS SVX2 is an advanced probe, combining sound velocity with salinity and density technologies to provide a versatile instrument which delivers superior data profiles. The MIDAS SVX2 was selected for its commercial off the shelf (COTS) status which contributed to project cost and lead time efficiency, Valeport said.   Swedish manufacturer Saab Kockums develops naval technology to design, build and maintain

Garrot, a Canadian Coast Guard’s launch dedicated to the hydrographic survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service recently converted to unmanned mode by ASV Global. (Photo: Fisheries and Oceans Canada)

Hydrographic Survey Vessel Converted for Autonomous Ops

ASV Global said it has converted a 26ft hydrographic survey launch to enable it to operate autonomously using the ASView control system, while maintaining its ability to operate in a conventional manned mode. The launch, which is part of the Canadian Coast Guard’s (CCG) fleet dedicated to the survey operations of the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS), will be used as a test platform for unmanned survey work.   This delivery to the CHS marks ASV Global’s 10th unmanned conversion of a customer vessel using the ASView system.   ASView enables the launch to follow planned

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

K-MATE Autonomy Controller Put to the Test

Supported by KONGSBERG experts and technology, the GEBCO-NF Alumni Team, one of 19 semi-finalist teams competing in the $7 million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE competition, has completed technology readiness tests of its unique unmanned surface vessel (USV) / autonomous underwater vessel (AUV) concept and associated combination of communications hardware and software to process and transmit data remotely. The test event was held on the fjord outside KONGSBERG’s factory in Horten, Norway on Thursday, November 23.   All Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE teams will hold testing site visits around

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SeeByte to Extend US Navy Unmanned Capability

SeeByte said it has been awarded a Naval Sea Systems Command contract valued at $22.59 million over five years to provide engineering, technical support and training services for the MK18 Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) Family of Systems (FoS).   The award allows the government to execute task orders with SeeByte for the provision of various supplies and services including but not limited to upgrades to the SeeTrack Common Operator Interface for Navy (COIN) EOD software modules, purchasing of autonomy software (SeeByte’s Neptune autonomy engine) licenses for MK18 UUVs, MK18 software and

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New Sonars for Shark Marine’s Navigator

Shark Marine Technologies said its Navigator series is now available with three different forward looking sonar solutions: Teledyne Blueview’s Proviewer line, Tritech’s Gemini and Sound Metrics’ Aris.    Teledyne Blueview sonars have been the standard forward looking sonars available on the Navigator since its early models, and now Tritech and Sound Metrics sonar options have been added in line with the Navigator’s initial design philosophy, that no single configuration is perfect for every job. This has been a key design aspect for the Navigator over the past 12

Fishery Research Vessel 7417 Baía Farta (Photo: Damen)

Research Vessel Launched for Angolan Fisheries Ministry

;Baía Farta, a new Fishery Research Vessel (FRV) 7417 for the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries. The vessel's sponsor was Dra. Isabel Cristóvão, director of Gabinete de Estudos, Planeamento e Estatística.   The FRV 7417 is suited to various purposes, including hydrographic operations, acoustics research, pelagic and demersal trawling, plankton, water, environmental and geographical sampling, oil recovery and emergency towing operations. “[The vessel] will enable the Angolan Fisheries Ministry to carry out research into its fishing grounds that will help to

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Klein Plans 2018 Side Scan Sonar Training

Side scan sonar manufacturer Klein Marine Systems will host three days of side scan sonar training, including a one day on-water practical training, from January 29-31, in Pensacola, Fla.   The training, organized with the support of Higgs Hydrographic Tek, will help participants to develop a thorough understanding of sonar image analysis as well as hands-on experience with single beam sonar such as the dual-frequency Klein 4900.   Training topics include: Principles of underwater acoustics  - sonar record analysis, targets and shadows, reflectivity of underwater materials

The Planck UAS returns to the WAM-V (Photo: Eric Haun)

Unmanned Vehicles In, On and Above the Water

As part of the annual BlueTech Week in San Diego, attendees were given an opportunity to see several unmanned vehicle technologies in action.   The main event was put on by a team consisting of Marine Advanced Research, Inc.; Planck Aerosystems, Inc.; and Teledyne Marine, Inc. (all with bases in California). Together, the team demonstrated multi-interoperability among five different unmanned systems on the water, in the air and subsea. A Z-Boat 1800RP unmanned surface vehicle (USV) from Teledyne Oceanscience used Odom MB2 multibeam sonar technology to search for and inspect targets of interest

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Teledyne RD Instruments Updates Sentinel V ADCP

Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) said it has added new features for its Sentinel V Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP). Originally designed for self-contained current profiling and waves measurement applications, the ADCP’s functionality was recently expanded to allow for real-time applications at data rates of up to 16 Hz. Now, two additional features have been added:  an option for bottom-tracking for moving boat applications and a new utilities software to interface with TRDI’s existing VMDAS software program to simplify vessel mounted data applications. Teledyne RDI said

Deep BV immediately put its new Sonardyne Mini Ranger 2 USBL tracking system to work in a project to survey an area for unexploded ordnance. (Photo: Sonardyne)

Deep BV Takes Delivery of Sonardyne Positioning Equipment

Dutch survey company Deep BV has purchased underwater acoustic technology supplied by Sonardyne International, UK, to support its inshore, harbor, coastal and offshore activities.    Within days of the order, the two Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) tracking systems and WSM 6+ mini transponders were delivered to Deep BV’s headquarters in Amsterdam and were put straight to work during an operation to search for unexploded ordnance (UXO).    Sonardyne said Mini-Ranger 2 boasts a number of features that makes it suited for underwater operations such as UXO surveys

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Tuco to Build Hydrographic Survey Boats for Denmark

Tuco Marine Group said it has signed a contract with DALO (The Danish Defense Acquisition and Logistics Organization) to deliver two bespoke hydrographic survey boats to replace two existing survey vessels that have become obsolete.   The new vessels, based on Tuco’s ProZero concept, have been designed to allow full use of the latest technology for hydrographic surveys.   The boats are designed to accommodate two hydrography specialists in addition to a dedicated helmsman. The hull has been specially adapted to address two challenges that are hard to solve at once: on the one hand

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Hurtigruten Brings Underwater Drones to Exploration Cruising

Underwater drones join the burgeoning business of exploration cruising   Norway-based Hurtigruten is a leader in the niche exploration cruise market, in part for its capacity to entertain travelers in fresh new ways such as virtual parachute descents and indoor snow, among many others. Now the company which sails to some of the most remote Arctic and Antarctica destinations is set to roll out another offering: underwater drones capable of exploring cold water locales.    Through a partnership with Blueye Robotics, Hurtigruten will offer underwater vehicles for use on board two of

Roxar RMS reservoir characterization and modeling software (Photo: Emerson)

Emerson, Statoil Ink Collaboration Agreement

Emerson has signed a collaboration agreement with Norwegian operator Statoil to further develop its Roxar RMS reservoir characterization and modeling software. The announcement is the latest in a series of partnerships between Emerson and Statoil that has spanned many years and includes high-value contracts on a number of Statoil’s North Sea fields as well as R&D collaborations.      Under the terms of the three-year agreement, Statoil will share with Emerson some of its Intellectual Property (IP) from its internal “‘Fast Model Update”’ (FMU)

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Teledyne Marine Hosts its 2nd Technology Workshop

More than 270 customers from around the globe converged in San Diego from October 15-18 to attend Teledyne Marine’s second biennial users’ conference, the Teledyne Marine Technology Workshop (TMTW). There, more than 50 customer presentations detailed utilization of Teledyne Marine products and technologies for applications spanning offshore energy, defense, ports and harbors, oceanography, aquaculture, dredging, hydrography and hydrology. The event also included several afternoon plenary sessions presented by Teledyne Marine’s OneTeam, which detailed the group’s joint

SeaVision generates high resolution 3D imagery for predictive analytics. (image: Kraken Robotics Inc.)

Partners to Advance Subsea Robotic Inspection

A first-of-its-kind integration of artificial intelligence, autonomous underwater vehicles, laser sensors and 3D imaging aims to advance inspection services for the oil and gas industry.   Kraken Robotics Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., has partnered with GE Venture Avitas Systems to integrate autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), acoustic and laser sensor technology and artificial intelligence-based navigation software into unique subsea inspection solutions for the oil and gas, offshore renewable energy and shipping industries.   The announcement was

Z-Boat 1250 (Photo: Teledyne Oceanscience)

New Remotely Operated Hydrographic Survey Boat

Teledyne Oceanscience has introduced a new remotely operated hydrographic survey boat suited for inland waters such as streams, rivers and lakes.   The new trimaran style Z-Boat 1250 is “sturdy enough for tough terrain but light enough to be one person portable,” according to Teledyne. The vehicle has a lightweight hull manufactured from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) plastic, and is IP67 rated, which makes it well suited to survey in most water conditions. The vehicle weighs in at less than 50 pounds, including all instrumentation. A collapsible sliding crossbar makes the

Figure 1: Hell Bay 4 demonstrated collaboration using robots from different manufacturers. 10 systems networked together through a central command station. (Photo Courtesy SeeByte)

Unmanned Forces: Building a Multi-Domain Autonomous Fleet

Success on the frontline relies largely upon harmonious operations between all sectors of the armed forces, whether that is Army, Navy, Air Force or Amphibious units. Naturally, each unit is assigned operations according the capabilities it brings to the battlefield and together bring the best of each domain. While this concept seems a clear choice for manned operations, multi-domain collaboration is rarely seen in unmanned operations. While unmanned systems are increasingly being used in the military domain across air, ground and sea in their own right, they are rarely used in tandem.    Ke

An AUV launch (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Six AUVs Dive Simultaneously at 5,000+ Meter Depths

A fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) recently launched during a survey mission in the North Atlantic have completed the deepest known commercial dive performed by multiple AUVs simultaneously.   The mission, carried out by seafloor monitoring, mapping and exploration firm Ocean Infinity, saw six Kongsberg HUGIN AUVs descend to ocean depths greater than 5,200 meters, reportedly a world’s first for this type of vehicle.   The 6,000m rated vehicles were launched on October 18, each with an independent mission that surpassed water depths of 5,200 meters, collecting MBES data

At the stakeholder meeting in Maine: Mark Kontio, Maine staff assistant for Congressman Bruce Poliquin; Lt. David Vejar, northeast navigation manager; Chris Rector, regional representative for Senator Angus King; Rear Adm. Shep Smith, director of Office of Coast Survey. (Photo: NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey)

Penobscot Bay Survey in Focus at NOAA Stakeholder Meetings

Survey hosted two stakeholder events in Belfast, Maine, to engage the local community on various NOAA products and updates in the region. Originally from Belfast himself, Rear Adm. Smith, director of the Office of Coast Survey, provided a warm introduction to both events. Dean Moyles, of Fugro, a NOAA hydrographic contractor, presented a summary of the hydrographic survey work being performed in Penobscot Bay. Lt. David Vejar, NOAA northeast navigation manager, highlighted various products and services, including how to access NOAA charts and data, the upcoming Gulf of Maine Operation Forecast System, nowCOAST

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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