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

Kraken Debuts New Synthetic Aperture Sonar

processor enables in-stride data analysis for faster decision making as all data is processed at the highest quality setting in real-time. The length of the MINSAS-240 receiver array allows for true full-aperture SAS processing even at tow speeds up to 20 knots without switching to a lower resolution imaging mode at high speed."For demanding subsea survey missions in mine countermeasures, infrastructure monitoring and oil and gas exploration, time is of the essence," Kenny said. "The sensor that gets the job done most effectively is one that combines ultra-high resolution imagery with

Resourceful: Norwegian AUV and oceanographic researchers work in sync. Photo Credit: Professor Martin Ludvigsen, NTNU AMOS

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

— or combinations of multibeam echosounders, side-scan sonars, sub-bottom profilers, synthetic aperture sonars, high-definition cameras, laser systems, and chemical sensors — imply uncertainty in production. Some companies, like France’s ECE, appear to have an AUV for every mission: an imaging A18-E; the maneuverable, twin-hull A18-TD for “homeland” surveillance; a man-portable A9-s and about a dozen others. Like its competitors, perhaps, ECE sells the mission: wide-area surveillance; search and rescue, seabed scans mine detection.Size disruptorWhile building a different AUV

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CGG and TGS Partner for Greater Castberg Survey

.”Johansen added, “The area calls for high-technology solutions, and a tailor-made solution for this area is created in close collaboration with the clients and within the JV.”The survey will be acquired and processed with the latest developments of CGG’s TopSeis acquisition and imaging technology.“Our unique TopSeis solution combines an innovative source-over-spread acquisition geometry with CGG’s advanced imaging technology,” said Sophie Zurquiyah, CEO, CGG. “This unique solution enables our clients to delineate shallow-to-intermediate depth targets in

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Ashtead Invests in Teledyne's Survey Sensors

Teledyne Marine has announced a significant investment by Ashtead Technology in the newest subsea multibeam imaging, survey and pipe tracking technology. Key items include RESON SeaBat T50-S IDH multibeam systems (successor to the 7125 ROV2), BlueView M900-2250 dual frequency imagingsonars and HydroPACT 660E pipe and cable trackers among other items purchase from Teledyne Marine.“As owners of the largest fleet of TSS pipe and cable trackers in the rental market, Ashtead are impressed with the new miniaturized single pod '660E' version with its reduced weight, size and power,"

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

Teledyne Gavia: New SeaRaptor 6000m AUV

(Teledyne Caris). In addition, the first vehicle delivered also carried an Edgetech Side Scan Sonar with Dynamic Focus capability, an iXblue Phins 6K INS system, and a CathX Camera and strobe system. The integration of Teledyne Marine’s industry leading vehicle design, instrumentation, imaging, and interconnect solutions from a single supplier, as well as the incorporation of third party sensors into a turnkey package for customers, makes the company unique in the unmanned underwater vehicle market

T12 with SeaFLIR230 installed (credit: Jack Rowley)

USVs Secure Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure

valves, vertical pipes, fittings, pipelines and other rig components can be part of scheduled, routine checks or be done on-demand to investigate something out of the ordinary discovered by rig watchstanders.Three primary missions the rig command center would utilize a USV for include:For underwater imaging, the 12-foot MANTAS could be equipped with Norbit iWBMS STX multi-beam sonar, a forward-looking or side-scan sonar, or any of many other commercial-off-the-shelf underwater sensors.For surface investigation, which would include area security, external rig structure investigation and surface contact

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EdgeTech Delivers ERB for Deewater Acoustic Release Mooring Recovery

EdgeTech, a provider of high resolution sonar imaging systems, acoustic release systems and underwater technology, said it recently delivered an innovative solution for deepwater acoustic release mooring recovery.The Emergency Recovery Beacon (ERB) is a self-contained, programable acoustic command transmitter and transponder in a 6,000 meter rated nickel aluminium bronze alloy housing that can be lowered from the side of a vessel below any surface noise, shipboard noise or thermoclines.The ERB is programmed through a serial port using a computer running a terminal program and can transmit EdgeTech LF

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IUEM Chooses iXblue Equipment

Navigation, positioning and underwater imaging solutions provider iXblue said it has been chosen by the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) to provide 8 Canopus long baseline (LBL) transponders for a geodetic mission off the coast of Sicily. Deployed on the seabed, 2,500 meters below the surface, the Canopus transponders will measure the crustal deformation along the North-South Alfeo faults with a millimeter-scale resolution over the course of four years.Hubert Pelletier, Head of iXblue Acoustic division, said, “Because the Canopus transponders precisely meet the exacting requirements

Atlantis platform (Photo: BP)

TechnipFMC Scores Contract for BP's Atlantis Phase 3

that will be tied into the current platform, is scheduled to come onstream in 2020 and  is expected to boost production at the platform by an estimated 38,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day (boe/d) gross at its peak, BP said. It will also access the eastern area of the field where the advanced imaging and reservoir characterization identified additional oil in place

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Ocean Infinity Joins Search for Lost Bulker

/ temperature / depth sensor, a self-compensating magnetometer, a synthetic aperture sonar and a turbidity sensor. The fleet is capable of operating in water depths from 5 meters to 6,000 meters.Upon locating the wreck, the company said an extensive survey will be carried out using the latest 3D imaging technology

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Polarcus Awarded Middle East Project

, currently on bareboat charter to the seismic division of Sovcomflot) to provide marine seismic acquisition services with project management delivered by Polarcus.Polarcus COO, Lars Oestergaard said the towed streamer seismic project will be acquired in unison with an undershoot OBN component to address imaging challenges in obstructed areas. "We see OBN as an important complement to towed streamer acquisition in certain environments," he said."Our collaboration with SAE Exploration on this project is important to provide our client with seamless seismic operations and to deliver a high-quality

Seagull fitted with KATFISH for remotely operated mine countermeasures and underwater surveillance
Photo: Kraken Robotics Inc.

Kraken Completes Sea Tests of KATFISH with Elbit Systems

;s products are primarily targeted to the rapidly growing Unmanned Maritime Systems drone market which is primarily comprised of Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) and Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs).Until recently, conventional side scan sonars have been the leading technology for detailed mapping and imaging of the seafloor. However, Kraken’s advanced sonar technology called Miniature Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Sonar (MINSAS) is now commercially available and is especially well-suited for military mine hunting missions.  MINSAS delivers ultra-high seabed image resolution (3 cm), simultaneo

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CGG Renews Cooperation with OMV

the center first opened in 1979. The tailored service delivered by in-house geoscientists gives OMV access to CGG’s latest technologies as well as the support of experts and compute capacity from CGG’s Paris and London hubs.OMV will continue to have onsite access to CGG’s subsurface imaging and reservoir characterization expertise and technology.Christopher Veit, SVP Exploration, Development & Production, OMV Upstream, said, “Geophysical technology is a critical factor for future success in OMV’s upstream oil and gas business, and I am very pleased that OMV will continue

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MMT: Image Processing in Focus

fellow Dr. Rodrigo Pacheco-Ruiz into their photogrammetry department who, together with his team, was in charge of the photogrammetric program of the Black Sea MAP.MMThas also partnered with the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, currently developing interfaces of geophysical data and high resolution imaging integration with the aim to lead into a large-scale change in accuracy, resolution and processing speeds. This demonstrates MMT’s focus on image derived solutions for high resolution measurements and inspection and a new step towards the development of new technological advances with high

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Eight OSD Systems to Petrobras

set to supply eight Oil Spill Detection (OSD) systems to Brazilian oil major Petrobras in the world’s largest x-band radar-based OSD surveillance and response contract to date.The agreement is in partnership with Ulstein Belga Marine, primary supplier to Petrobras, and includes radars and thermal imaging cameras for Petrobras Mobile Offshore Production Units (MOPUs) in the Campos Basin. Delivery and commissioning are scheduled for 2019.The backdrop for the record delivery is a February 2018 agreement reached between Petrobras and the Brazilian federal Environmental Agency, Ibama, committing Petrobras

EdgeTech 2205 sonar image of ARA San Juan 230kHz at 400m range scale (Credit: Ocean Infinity)

Sonar Helps Find Missing Argentine Submarine

EdgeTech, a manufacturer of high-resolution sonar imaging systems and underwater technology, said its side scan sonar technology was used to help find the missing Argentine submarine, ARA San Juan, which was recently located in 900 meters of water off Argentina's Atlantic Coast after a yearlong search.The deepwater search was performed by Ocean Infinity and its advanced fleet of 6,000 meter rated autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) equipped with EdgeTech 2205 Side Scan Sonars. The ARA San Juan was imaged by the EdgeTech sonar operating at a frequency of 230kHz and a 400-meter range scale.EdgeTech&r

PGS Sells OptoSeis to Geospace Technologies

technology."After reorganizing during the fourth quarter 2017, we started exploring opportunities to divest our non-core OptoSeis technology early 2018," said PGS President & CEO Rune Olav Pedersen.Pedersen said PGS will support and complement Geospace's offering with survey planning, imaging and acquisition services.Walter R. "Rick" Wheeler, President and CEO of Geospace Technologies, said, “The continued adoption of permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) by exploration and production (E&P) companies, combined with our leading expertise in PRM systems, prompted the

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