Hydrographic Sonar News

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ROVCO Completes Galloper Offshore Wind Farm Project

Rovco completed a ROV inspection contract, a $1 million contract that resulted in completion of the baseline asset integrity survey at the newly constructed Galloper Offshore Wind Farm, a 353MW installed capacity wind farm which lies 30km off the coast of Suffolk, UK.“This project demonstrates the future of offshore inspection,” said Brian Allen, CEO and founder of Rovco. “innogy is the first of our customers to complete a whole field 3D inspection, the data they’ve obtained will go a long way to enabling and ensuring better asset integrity and knowledge of their infrastructure.

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MCI Signs EchoPilot Deal

Marine Components International (MCI) in the UK has been chosen by Denmark’s Daniamant to distribute its British-designed EchoPilot forward-looking 3D sonar systems (FLS 3D).Dorset-headquartered maritime company supplies a wide range of high-end marine products to leading yacht builders and shipyards worldwide. MCI managing director Andy Scott said he is delighted to welcome EchoPilot to MCI’s portfolio.“EchoPilot is a pioneer in Forward Looking Sonar ever since patenting the World’s first forward looking sonar in 1992, and its latest FLS 3D sonar system is one of the very best

Mitcham Announces MA-X Sonar Product Deliveries

Mitcham Industries said its Klein Marine Systems unit has completed initial deliveries of new products based on its MA-X "gap filler" sonar technology.  Introduced earlier this year, MA-X technology is a cost-effective solution to filling the nadir gap that is characteristic of traditional side scan sonar.  By seamlessly covering the nadir region, MA-X based products eliminate the need for overlapping survey lines, resulting in an estimated 40% increase in efficiency."The reaction by the industry to MA-X we believe has been nothing short of incredible,” said Guy Malden

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New Tech Aids US Navy Mapping

of the primary yet challenging goals of SBIR programs is transferring the benefits of federally funded innovations to the private sector. Areté achieved this goal by partnering with Fugro to develop and commercialize RAMMS. As a result, PILLS itself was improved, making it possible to deliver hydrographic mapping of an accuracy and quality that can support numerous data applications, including updated nautical charts.“We are very pleased to be part of this full-circle technology transfer and successful collaboration between industry and government to the benefit of all parties,“ said

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Tritech Appoints Seatech China as Value-Added Reseller

Tritech International Limited, a Moog Inc. company, said that Seatech China Co., Ltd will become a Value-Added Reseller in China.Tritech’s range of  equipment is distributed worldwide through a network of Value-Added Resellers (VARs). The reseller offers local support. Tritech's latest product, the Gemini 1200ik dual frequency multibeam sonar, will be on display at Oceanology China in Shanghai where Tritech will be exhibiting alongside Seatech China.Seatech China is a leading distributor of high-technology and high-reliability marine equipment in China and provides a wide range of

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FarSounder Unveils 3D Forward-Looking Sonar

FarSounder has debuted a new sonar and a new name for its series of 3D forward-looking navigation sonars.  With the company’s continued growth and focus on research and development, it was time to give the series a name and offer more alternatives. The new name is the Argos series and are now 3 models in the series. The latest model the Argos 350 will be revealed for the first time at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).This new sonar option has all the same applications and quality found in its other navigational sonars. It has been designed with a smaller and lighter transducer

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Mayflower Wind Survey Wraps Up

Marine surveyor TerraSond said it has completed a high-resolution geophysical survey for Mayflower Wind, 20 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.Over the two-month campaign, which began in July 2019, TerraSond, an Acteon company, acquired high-resolution geophysical data using a complete suite of equipment in water depths from 35 to 65 meters. A sub-bottom profiler, a medium-penetration seismic system, a side-scan sonar, a multibeam echosounder, a magnetometer and passive acoustic monitoring sensor were deployed from the Geosea DP2 multipurpose support vessel. The acquired data are now being

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Fugro Enters the South Korean Offshore Wind

with UST21 will facilitate collaboration on marine projects in South Korean waters, whereby Fugro will expand UST21’s local hydrography capacity to provide site characterization services, including geotechnical, geophysical and offshore metocean solutions. In return, UST21’s local hydrographic expertise will provide logistical and operational support to Fugro’s offshore metocean projects. For example, in conjunction with UST21, Fugro will shortly deploy several Seawatch Wind LiDAR buoys offshore South Korea to perform vital wind resource assessments.“By combining Fugro&rsquo

The Sea Ox enters the surf in Jacksonville, Fla. (Photo: Rob Howard)

Video: Robotic Surf Crawler

An amphibious crawling vehicle is designed to prevent people from having to work in the dangers of the surf zone and allow operations to continue in hours of darkness and in more inclement weather conditions.The Sea Ox and the smaller Sea Otter, both developed by C-2 Innovations, have a maximum depth of 100m and can operate autonomously or under remote control. The rugged Sea Ox, which recently survived 6ft surf and 2kn tidal stream in Californian user trials, has a wet range of 10NM, a dry range of 24NM and can conduct station keeping to collect longer term static environmental observations, or

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#Oi2020 History

 In 2009, The US Navy announced that it would begin providing recently-developed underwater detection equipment to Canadian authorities to assist in the search and recovery operations of Swissair Flight 111 near Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The equipment, known as the Synthetic Aperture Sonar and the Laser Electro-Optics Identification System, were both used to provide detailed images of the ocean floor and will be used to map the debris field. These systems are part of an equipment suite the U.S. Navy's Coastal Systems Station, Panama City, Fla., has developed to hunt underwater mines.

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Fugro Completes GoM Surveys for Shell

Fugro said it has completed several deepwater geophysical surveys in the Gulf of Mexico for Shell.The project required data collection over multiple deepwater lease blocks in the greater Perdido and Mars development areas to support clearance of potential environmental, engineering, geological and archaeological hazards ahead of planned drilling activities, the Dutch-based geo-data company said.As the preferred contractor for this project, Fugro deployed a Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from its purpose-built survey vessel, the Fugro Brasilis. The Hugin AUV is depth-rated to 3,000 meters

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Blue Ocean Monitoring Orders AUV

Blue Ocean Monitoring Ltd. has recently purchased a new L3Harris Technologies Iver3 Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) to support their global survey operations.This innovative technology directly challenges traditional vessel-based, ROV and larger AUV survey techniques, delivering highly accurate survey data with significant reductions in project cost, time and risk.  The AUV has been robustly engineered, is capable of operations to 200m, and is one of the smallest and lightest on the market, allowing for single-user deployment from small work vessels or directly from shore.Keith Wallace

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Unique Group Buys Five USVs

Subsea and offshore solutions provider Unique Group has sad it has signed an agreement to acquire five unmanned surface vessels (USV) DriX units from French technology company iXblue.The autonomous offshore survey vehicles are designed for a range of tasks such as geophysical and hydrographic surveys, touchdown monitoring of pipelines, subsea positioning, and remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) and autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) tracking.DriX, with its long endurance, increased hydrodynamics and flexible sensor payload, can improve the efficiency of offshore operations and act as a true

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WASSP Launches New Rapid Deployment Multibeam Sounder

by just two people from vessel to vessel, or even helicoptered in if necessary.“WASSP Multibeam was originally designed to help with the placement of Rock Lobster pots to optimize catch, and since then the technology has found many new markets and opportunities around the world such as hydrographic survey. With recent developments allowing a great mix of performance and portability we are very excited to bring our technology to this new market,” says WASSP Global Sales & Marketing Manager Rufus Whiteford.WASSP Multibeam has already been used effectively in disaster relief. After

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NATO employs MUSCLE Memory to Find Mines

Underwater vehicles communicate, make decisions, and work as a teamThe NATO Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) in La Spezia, Italy, is combining smarts and muscle to solve a complex warfighting challenge: finding and destroying mines in the murky waters of the littoral.CMRE has developed experimental unmanned vehicles for experimentation.  Now it is evolving those vehicles to communicate and cooperate with each other, and to solve problems on their own.According to CMRE’s director Dr. Catherine Warner, the center is trying to figure out where the unmanned systems best

The Kraken KATFISH graced the cover of the June 2019 edition of Marine Technology Reporter, the world's largest circulation b2b publication serving the subsea industry. To read the full story visit: https://www.marinetechnologynews.com/magazine/archive/2019.

Kraken Bids on International Mine Hunting Upgrade Program

Kraken Robotic Systems Inc., won a prestigious navy bid for a new sonar systems for an unnamed international navy. The navy customer has notified Kraken that it intends to enter into a contract with Kraken after the expiration of a standstill period.This was a competitive bid process for upgrades of the customer’s mine-hunting equipment. Kraken was one of four companies whose offers were received and evaluated and all four bidders have been notified of the result.  Under the program, Kraken will deliver the KATFISH towed synthetic aperture sonar as well as autonomous launch and recovery

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Commercial Hydrographic Training with USV

Swathe Services, a Hydrographic survey support company in Hayle, Cornwall UK ran what it calls the world’s first Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder training course using a remotely operated Unmanned Surface Vessel. Hydrographic Surveying is usually done with a manned survey vessel and takes many hours to complete. People came from as far afield as Norway, France, Slovenia, UK and the USA to attend the intensive 5-day course.As part of the training, the delegates mapped Hayle Harbor in Cornwall using an Unmanned Surface Vessel fitted with Multi-beam Echo-Sounder technology. The USV was remotely operated

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New Handheld Control Pendant for ROV Navigation

Operators of SEAMOR Marine remotely-operated vehicles (ROVs) will be excited about the newest release by the British Columbia-based company. Starting this fall, an all new Handheld Control Pendant will be available to pair with SEAMOR ROVs.The SEAMOR pendant is ergonomic, lightweight, easy to use, and more comfortable for pilots who are undertaking long jobs. SEAMOR Marine wanted to give users the option to step away from the console when needed while still being able to control the vehicle, particularly during launch and retrieval of the ROV, or when using an alternate display when navigating via

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ROV Helps Recovery Dive Teams Locate Dumped Car

After over 50 years in business, the JW Fishers team has heard just about every story possible concerning sunken ships, hidden treasures, scientific experiments, unexploded ordinance, location of drowning victims, and missing evidence recovery. The tools we provide to the operators undertaking these tasks vary from metal detectors and sonar systems to Remote Operated Vehicles (ROVs).According to The Remotely Operated Vehicle Committee of the Marine Technology Society, “exactly who to credit with developing the first ROV will probably remain clouded, however, there are two who deserve credit.

#Oi2020 History

In 1995, NOAA began construction of the Ronald H. Brown, which is currently the largest in the agency’s fleet. Following its launch in 1997, this oceanographic and atmospheric research vessel has traveled from its Charleston, SC, home port to the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. At a length of 274 feet, Ronald H. Brown can displace more than 3,200 tons and is outfitted with a suite of instruments for collecting and assessing scientific data above and below the ocean surface. This allows NOAA’s office of Marine and Aviation Operations to simultaneously measure the atmosphere and the

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Trimble Marine Construction Software for Positioning

The new Trimble Marine Construction Software for Positioning provides contractors with the ability to perform their own pre-/post-construction hydrographic survey.The system consists of Trimble Marine Construction software and a single beam echo sounder (SBES) for data acquisition, editing, plotting and dredge volume calculations. According to the developer, Contractors can reduce rework, increase productivity and improve site safety with a better understanding of the underwater environment.The accuracy of the waterway bed survey is the combined accuracy of the GNSS position and the echosounder

GeoSpectrum TRAPS onboard Canadian Navy’s Kingston-class coastal defense vessel (Photo: Elbit Systems)

Second Sonar Test Completed for Royal Canadian Navy

Elbit Systems’ Canadian subsidiary, GeoSpectrum Technologies (GTI), has announced the successful Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) trial of its Towed Reelable Active Passive Sonar (TRAPS) on board the HMCS Glace Bay of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), completing final assessment of a second TRAPS onboard RCN’s vessels (tests of GTI’s TRAPS onboard HMCS Shawinigan were competed during September 2018).The performance trials of TRAPS with HMCS Glace Bay were conducted by the Department of National Defense’s science and technology organization and the Defense Research and Development

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TSR Obtains Magnetometer to Aid in Treasure Hunting

Treasure & Shipwreck Recovery, Inc. (“TSR”), currently trading on the OTC market under the ticker symbol BLIS, announced that its brand-new cesium magnetometer was delivered. The following is an explanation of what this means by TSR chief operating officer and internationally known shipwreck expert Dr. E. Lee Spence:“This isn’t an off-the-shelf item that you can buy at your local dive shop or treasure hunting store. It’s a state-of-the-art piece of scientific equipment, costing almost $40,000.“Our new magnetometer is a model G882AR/4, made to special order

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Blue Robotics Intros Ping360 Scanning Sonar

California-based Blue Robotics announced its newest product, the Ping360 Scanning Sonar, which offers small remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROVs) the ability to navigate in low visibility water conditions.The Ping360 is a mechanical scanning sonar – it uses a small acoustic transducer mounted on a motor that rotates it in one-degree increments.As it rotates, it transmits and receives acoustic pulses to build a 360-degree image of the surroundings. This is similar to laser scanners and LIDARs used for ground robotics and autonomous cars but using sound waves instead of light.When mounted on

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New Acoustic Test Facility at COVE in Nova Scotia

SensorTech has announced the acquisition of an acoustic test tank that will serve as the primary test facility for prototype acoustic evaluation of underwater devices. The facility will be located at our hydrophone and transducer manufacturing facility at COVE, in Nova Scotia.Earlier this year SensorTech created the Atlantic Acoustics Collective (AAC) that brought together members of the ocean tech community to identify common obstacles in testing and calibrating our collective products.The SensorTech testing facility will be open to the Ocean Tech community year-round, to fill a gap that we identified

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General Dynamics Launches New Bluefin-12

General Dynamics Mission Systems released the new Bluefin-12 autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle at Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) 2019.This new vehicle builds upon the proven Bluefin autonomy and uses shared Bluefin Robotics’ core capabilities, increased mission modularity and embedded intelligence to complete users’ long endurance, high-consequence and changing missions.The base Bluefin-12’s extended modularity supports the integration of user-designated sensors and payloads to deliver new mission-critical capabilities.The Bluefin Robotics core autonomy with

CODA Elects Plumb to Board of Directors

Coda Octopus Group, Inc. (CODA) (Nasdaq: CODA), a leader in real-time 3D sonar technology and real-time subsea intelligence, announced the election of J. Charles Plumb, Captain, USNR (Ret.) to its Board of Directors. Captain Plumb was elected at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders.Captain J. Charles Plumb is a retired U.S. Navy fighter pilot and former Vietnam Prisoner of War. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service, and his military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the P.O.W. Medal. Since his

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Film-Ocean Orders 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon

Independent subsea contractor, Film-Ocean, has ordered its 10th Saab Seaeye Falcon.Film-Ocean have developed and patented a chain measuring system for FPSO and Offshore Wind Farm mooring systems which is easily deployed with the Falcon providing results in real time and is accurate to 0.1mm.Saab Seaeye says that the versatility shown by Film-Ocean’s engagement of the Falcon, demonstrates the success of the design’s concept that has made it the most popular underwater robotic vehicle of its class in the world.The Falcon’s winning concept comes from creating a highly reliable vehicle

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Rovco Nets $12.8 Mln in 12 Months

over 2,000% on its 2017/18 performance. The work includes long term subsea framework agreements, technology platform sales and research grants from Innovate UK and the Oil and Gas Technology Center. This has been generated alongside numerous remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV) inspections and hydrographic surveys primarily to offshore wind farms and other tier 1 service companies in the UK and Asia markets.The organization also introduced its time-saving and automation technology to the global oil and gas industry, showcasing its machine learning and computer vision systems to several oil majors

USN: Knifefish UUV Program Achieves Milestone

The Program Executive Officer for Unmanned and Small Combatants (PEO USC) granted Milestone C approval to the Knifefish Surface Mine Countermeasure Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Program. The decision clears the way for low-rate initial production (LRIP) of the system, PEO USC announced Aug. 23.The Navy is expected to award a LRIP contract to Knifefish prime contractor General Dynamics Mission Systems.The Knifefish system is designed for deployment from the littoral combat ship (LCS), vessels of opportunity or from shore to detect and classify buried, bottom and volume mines in high-clutter environments.

Bluefin-9 unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Image: General Dynamics Mission Systems

MTR100: General Dynamics Mission Systems

General Dynamics Mission SystemsQuincy, Mass., President CEO: Chris BradyNo. of Employees: 13,400https://gdmissionsystems.com/en/underwater-vehicles/bluefin-roboticsGeneral Dynamics Mission Systems is an innovator of open architecture and mission integration to meet the most demanding operational requirements on any platform in the multi-domain operational arenas – from the outer reaches of space to the sea floor. In 2016 General Dynamics acquired the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) provider, Bluefin Robotics, to extend the integration of high consequence solutions to the unmanned undersea

Sonardyne Demos New Tech at ANTX

Sonardyne Inc. will present its advanced unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) tracking results at the Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (ANTX) this week in Newport, RI.The event’s attendees will be shown the results of recent trials which tested Sonardyne’s Sentinel Intruder Detection Sonar (IDS) against elite US Navy divers and small UUVs. Specifically, the strength of Sentinel IDS’ combined active and passive intruder detection sonar for ship and harbor security, against even the smallest UUVs, will be demonstrated.  Since its introduction, Sentinel has been used in critical

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MTR100: Sonardyne International Ltd.

Sonardyne International Ltd.Hampshire, UKJohn Ramsden (Managing Director)Staff: 290 worldwidewww.sonardyne.comFrom the day it was founded close to 50 years ago, Sonardyne’s focus has been customer-driven innovation in our oceans for energy, science and security. Today, it operates on a global scale, providing underwater acoustic, inertial, sonar and optical technologies that are enabling users to position, monitor, measure, detect, image, log, analyze and communicate data, when and where they want in the ocean space.The company is at the forefront of the drive towards safe, efficient and cost

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Swire Seabed Completes Unmanned Pipeline Inspection

Swire Seabed said it has completed a second offshore pipeline campaign for Equinor in the North Sea. The campaign, undertaken in July 2019, is the first fully unmanned offshore pipeline inspection ‘over the horizon’ ever completed, surveying up to 100 kilometers from the shore.The  inspections were completed using Kongsberg Maritime’s Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with the SeaKit Maxlimer unmanned surface vessel (USV) acting as the host vessel for surface positioning and communications to shore. The complete operation was controlled from an onshore control center

CTI Announces SonarWiz, Hires Maddock

Chesapeake Technology Inc. (CTI) hired David Maddock shortly before Ocean Business 2019 (OB2019).Maddock has over a decade of experience as a software engineer in the hydrographic industry. Before joining the CTI team, he served as Technical Director for Programming at HYPACK where he worked with side scan, sub-bottom, multibeam, and LiDAR data acquisition and processing. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Central Connecticut State University and a M.S. in English Literature and Language from Signum University.CTI was active at OB2019 and SonarWiz was used for on board demonstrations of post-proce

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MTR100: Teledyne Marine

new depthsIn 2019, Teledyne also launched the SEARAPTOR, a survey grade deep water autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) designed to operate at abyssal depths.  A wide range of sensors allow the SeaRaptor to complete several types of missions including: broad area search with side-scan sonar, hydrographic survey with multibeam and sub bottom profiler, and high resolution inspection survey with camera and acoustic sonar. These surveys support applications such as search and recovery, salvage, exploration, construction support, marine archaeology, and oceanography.The SeaRaptor. Image: Teledyne MarineThe

The latest Kongsberg AUV, HUGIN Superior is its most advanced, with significantly enhanced data, positioning and endurance capabilities.  Photo: Kongsberg

MTR100: Kongsberg Maritime

Kongsberg MaritimeHorten, NorwayPresident/CEO: Egil HaugsdalNo. of Employees: 11,000www.kongsberg.com/maritimeKongsberg Maritime’s subsea portfolio includes everything from underwater robots and transponders to hydroacoustic sonar systems and cloud-based infrastructure for data storage and analysis. The company’s subsea portfolio includes single and multibeam echo sounders, sonars, underwater vehicles and subsea transponders and positioning systems, in addition to software and solutions for defense customers. In line with other marine sectors, Kongsberg Maritime is also at the forefront

Falcon fitted with multi-function manipulator in test tank. 
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Saab Seaeye's Falcon for Ocean Research

A Saab Seaeye Falcon electric underwater robotic vehicle is to help support a network of oceanographic and atmospheric sensors that are part of the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI) transforming ocean research.Funded by the National Science Foundation, the overall OOI program is managed by Massachusetts-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. The moored, mobile autonomous, and cabled sensors provide real-time data access to address critical issues such as climate change, ecosystem variability, ocean acidification, and carbon cycling.  The observatory consists of:The Coastal & Global

The wind- and solar-powered Datamaran system aims to make offshore wind data gathering easier, faster, cleaner and more cost efficient. (Image: AMS, Equinor)

New Autonomous Vehicle for Offshore Wind Surveys

a rigid wing sail while the LiDAR, navigation, and communication systems are powered by deck and sail mounted solar panels and large batteries.In addition, standard integration interfaces enable broad flexibility in sensor payload and survey types such as standard meteorological ocean, bathymetric and hydrographic, current and wave characteristics, avian and marine mammal detection, and alerting.Over the last 18 months, Equinor and AMS have conducted studies and built prototypes to test the system. These have shown dramatic improvements in lead time, cost and areal coverage versus today’s options

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Bluefin-9 Simplifies Underwater Planning & Monitoring

Bluefin-9 Collect High Resolution Imagery of the SeafloorThe Bluefin-9's tightly integrated commercial off-the-shelf sensors deliver best-in-class imagery and collect bathymetric and environmental data, including data on water currents, temperature, salinity and turbidity. Designed for detailed hydrographic surveys, the Bluefin-9 autonomous unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) is outfitted with Sonardyne Solstice Multi-Aperture Sonar (MAS) that provides high-resolution imagery even in littoral waters

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Hydrographic Survey Training Courses: UK

This September, Swathe Services are running a five-day and a one-day HYPACK training course.The intensive five-day HYPACK/HYSWEEP Multi-Beam Echo Sounder (MBES) training course for hydrographic surveyors, will run from Monday 23rd - Friday 27th, September 2019 at the Swathe Services office in Cornwall UK.The one-day HYPACK training course will run on Monday, September 30, 2019 at the Kendleshire Golf Club in Bristol UK, and cover the latest features of HYPACK software.Managing Director James Williams said: “People come from the UK and overseas to attend our courses. The 5-Day course offers

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#Oi2020 History

In June 2010, it was announced by the National Oceanography Centre that its robot submarine-- Autosub3--was instrumental in the Centre’s study on the reasons behind the steady thinning of a vast glacier in Western Antarctica over recent decades. The now-retired robot submarine was deployed deep beneath a floating ice shelf by scientists investigating the thinning and acceleration of Pine Island Glacier. The study was led by Dr. Adrian Jenkins of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), and also involved scientists from NOC in Southampton and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) in the US.

SharkCam Reveals Secrets of UK Basking Sharks

An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) known as the REMUS SharkCam has been used in the UK for the first time to observe the behavior of basking sharks in the Inner Hebrides, off the west coast of Scotland.The groundbreaking technology, designed and built by the Oceanographic Systems Laboratory at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), is set to reveal the secret lives of the world’s second largest fish—a species that little is known about, despite being prevalent in the region’s waters.The research team, which included colleagues from the University of Exeter, World Wildlife

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3D Models of Newly Discovered US WWII Sub

Aberdeen-based subsea 3D scanning specialists, Viewport3, have been collaborating with an eminent international explorer, Tim Taylor to process pioneering underwater 3D scans on the bow and stern of a US submarine which was lost in 1942.Viewport3 were contracted by Tim Taylor, CEO of New-York based Tiburon Subsea Services and founder of Ocean Outreach Inc, as part of his ongoing “Lost 52 Project”, which he states, “honors the men, their memory and their mission”. The project is responsible for discovery and mapping of 4 out of 8 of the US WWII submarines located to date.The

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Picotech's Man-Portable Multibeam USV

support for RTK via VRS Now (with user’s subscription), RTK via base station with optional UHF modem, optional mounting points for tracking prisms and an optional Lidar.PicoPODs have been incredibly successful with early adopters. The systems have been deployed in the UK, US, Japan and Italy for hydrographic survey of ports, tidal barriers, rivers, tailing ponds, SAR and multibeam training courses

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Sonar: Critical to Bridge Demolition, Recovery

What happens when a bridge or other structure is no longer in use and needs to be removed? There are several options, the most exciting of which is demolition.These jobs require caution and careful planning to guarantee safety and ensure that debris does not cause damage to the local waterways or roads. Four of the most common methods are bursting, hydraulic breakers, dismantling, and explosives.The Historic 1936 Highway 47 Bridge over the Missouri River was demolished this past spring. The old bridge was located 12’ from the new bridge that was built over the past several years. Being as close

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WASSP Updates S Series Multibeam Sonar

WASSP Multibeam has announced the release of two new firmware updates, CDX 4.0 and DRX 6.0, for its S Series multibeam sonar systems designed for the survey market, including dredging, dive site profiling, wreck hunting and many other survey activities.These updates will add a number of new functions to WASSP systems currently in use and, in most cases, can be installed by the user free-of-charge.A new Compensation Control adjusts for sea temperature and salinity, ensuring that the seafloor remains flat irrespective of different absorption losses in the water column.Whether using CDX or a third-party

TSR to Purchase New SAR Vessel

Treasure & Shipwreck Recovery announced that it has entered into an agreement for the purchase of a research and recovery vessel for its operations. The company expects to take delivery by August 15 and to begin operations shortly thereafter. The vessel is a significant addition to the company because it is already well outfitted with the necessary base equipment, has a range of 1,500 miles, and the ability to carry out the company’s operations, as planned by its COO, underwater archaeologist Dr. E. Lee Spence. For its overall size, range, and liveaboard capability, the vessel has a

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New Multibeam Sonar Package Unveiled

The new WASSP F3X professional multibeam sonar package developed by ENL Group, majority-owned by Furuno Electric Company, is designed for for fisherman and mariners who need the ability to see deep into the ocean.The WMB4340 and WMB6340, both available from Furuno, provide superior target detection of fish in the water column, track fish targets deeper than ever before, and allow navigators and surveyors to map the seabed and structure below with confidence, the company said.WASSP F3X penetrates the water in a 120˚ swath with 224 individual beams. Its higher output power provides a nearly 50% increase

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Lukoil Scans for Treasures Ahead of Oil Exploration

A recent subsea survey project in the Black Sea has scanned for ancient shipwrecks and other archaeological treasures ahead of future oil exploration in the area.UK based services firm James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) said it completed the deep-towed subsea survey on behalf of Russian oil and gas company Lukoil in waters offshore Romania that are known to hold treasures dating back to Venetian golden era of centuries ago.The survey covered an 8- by 6.13-kilometer grid over three planned exploration wells in approximately 1,000 meters water depth, in the Ex30 Trident Block.Being the site of a recent

ASV BEN (Bathymetric Explorer and Navigator) is a custom prototype built by SV Global Unmanned Marine System for University of New Hampshire’s Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping. ASV BEN has a state-of-the art seafloor mapping system that can map depths reaching 650 feet. (Photo: Ocean Exploration Trust)

Searching for Shipwrecks

The ice had barely retreated from the coast of northern Lake Huron this spring when a group of farflung researchers converged in Rogers City, Michigan. They were there to map unexplored areas of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. If all went well, they would discover new shipwrecks and natural features such as sinkholes, fish habitats, and interesting geological formations.During the two-week expedition, researchers mapped areas within the sanctuary with a multibeam sonar system aboard autonomous surface vehicle ASV BEN (Bathymetric Explorer and Navigator) from University of New Hampshire’s

RTSYS' micro-AUV NemoSens (Image: RTSYS)

RTSYS Debuts Micro-AUV NemoSens

French acoustics specialist RTSYS has launched its latest versatile micro autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) NemoSens, designed to perform numerous civil applications such as seabed imagery, environmental monitoring or wreckage localization.Unveiled after years of development, the flexible new AUV is small (less than 1 meter long) and is easy to carry and launch (less than 20 pounds including payload). Micro-AUV NemoSens can host any kind of payload, be it a CTD probe, sidescan sonar or any other sensors. Thanks to an open LINUX architecture it can be programmed from a ROS or MOOS interface to

Dr Lam Pin Min, Senior Minister of State for Transport and Health, giving his opening address. Photo: MPA

MPA Celebrates World Hydrography Day

In celebration of World Hydrography Day themed “Hydrographic Information Driving Marine Knowledge” this year, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) hosted the East Asia Hydrographic Commission working committee meetings in Singapore.The World Hydrography Day celebration event was held at Fort Canning, Singapore on June 28, 2019. "Singapore’s port is over 700 years old. Our rich history dates back to the early 14th century when Singapore was establishing itself as a free trade port. Today, we have grown into a global hub port, the largest transshipment port in the

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3D Sonar Used in Fishery Research

A collaborative research project aiming to assess pelagic fish species such as menhaden and herring is using an application of 3D sonar technology to increase sustainability and benefit the commercial fishing industry.In Rhode Island, pelagic fish, like the Atlantic menhaden and herring, are commercially important in supporting a large fishing industry, yet the management of pelagic fish is difficult due to the lack of reliable and adequate data. The goal of this project is to develop a methodology to detect fish in the sonar imagery, calculating the biomass pelagic fish present, classify the species

NORBIT DCT – Hydrographic Survey Made Easy

With the increasing number of maritime operations worldwide, more and more hydrographic surveys are required to be conducted. This exerts a demand for hydrography providers with survey capabilities ranging from single-beam to multibeam echosounders, sub-bottom profilers, lidar, and magnetometers. The developed markets with a long history of bathymetry and hydrography surveys are well prepared to serve the increased demand with professional hydrographers, equipment and software support. However, in emerging markets and developing countries, the professional hydrography market requires a different

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Kongsberg Inks First Deal for HUGIN Superior

Kongsberg Maritime reports it has signed the first contract for the new HUGIN Superior 6,000-meter rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).According to its manufacturer, the HUGIN Superior, introduced to the market in December 2018, is engineered to provide significantly enhanced data, positioning and endurance capabilities while building on the proven track record of the HUGIN AUVs. The complete AUV system will be delivered in DNV certified offshore containers along with a portable version of Kongsberg’s HiPAP 502 acoustic positioning system for easy mobilization onboard vessels of opportunity.

Kraken President and CEO Karl Kenny (Photo: Eric Haun)

US Navy to Evaluate Kraken's AquaPix MINSAS

The U.S. Navy will evaluate Kraken sensors for man-portable autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) under a recently awarded $900,000 contract.Canadian-based Kraken Robotics Inc. announced Monday that its subsidiary Kraken Robotic Systems Inc. has been selected by the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, Comparative Test Office, to participate in a Foreign Comparative Testing (FCT) program in support of a U.S. Navy Program of Record managed by the Naval Sea Systems Command, EOD Program Office. The FCT is designed to test selected foreign technologies as evaluated by U.S. military operators, with a

Deploying the Kraken Katfish.

Offshore Survey Vessels: Ready for Faster Sensors

over this robotics conundrum with a reasonably experienced and increasingly discerning eye. I know with certainty how important unmanned systems will be in the geosurvey ecosystem of the future, I also know that the end clients (oil and gas producers, offshore wind farm owners, IT companies, national hydrographic agencies, etc.)  are increasingly confident in the data harvested by these machines. I watched real-time as Kraken Robotics’ KATFISH (towed synthetic aperture sonar, SBP, MBES) was hovering 10m above the ocean floor, being towed at 8 knots and capturing high resolution imagery of a

iXblue’s hydrographic research vessel FeliX (Photo: iXblue)

iXblue Wins OWF Survey in France

by developer EOLFI to conduct the geophysical survey of the future Groix & Belle-Île pilot floating wind farm located in the South of Brittany, off the west coast of France.The survey, which began earlier this week, will last for about five days and will be conducted by a crew of five iXblue hydrographic surveyors and geophysicist engineers on board the company’s hydrographic research vessel FeliX.“Our vessel has been designed and manufactured by our own shipyard and survey division, which means it has been specifically tailored for the particular requirements of MRE [marine renewable

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Kraken Tallies $2.1 Million KATFISH Order

Canadian based marine technolgy firm Kraken Robotics said its Kraken Robotic Systems subsidiary has received a purchase order from ThayerMahan, for a KATFISH 180 towfish system. The contract value is $2.1 million, and delivery is expected in the third quarter of 2019.ThayerMahan, a US-based company specializing in the design, integration, and operation of autonomous maritime systems, will deploy Kraken’s KATFISH 180 as part of its SeaScout expeditionary system for seabed mapping and intelligence.Kraken’s KATFISH 180 is an actively stabilized towfish with synthetic aperture sonar (SAS)

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