Instrumentation News

R/V Point Sur Captain Nick Allen recovers the Medusa. Image courtesy of Danté Fenolio

Giant Squid Filmed in America's Backyard

that we truly never expected. About 30 minutes after Nathan first saw the squid on the screen, lightning struck the ship.A close lightning strike is an impressive experience. One that strikes the metal boat that is your only home, and that you are currently inside of, is scary. It struck a starboard instrumentation antenna only a few feet from the people on the bridge and just a bit further from the people in the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) van on the bow.Those of us on the main deck immediately ran to the Medusa computer to see if it was destroyed. Losing the most amazing video you've ever seen

Testing the USV’s systems in a bay near Qingdao, China. The test includes boat stability (by hauling/dragging the vehicle) and communication quality. Photo: Nortek

A New USV for Ocean Surveying

A new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) designed for the Chinese market offers an open and low-cost platform to measure water current and direction. Nortek China has integrated Doppler instrumentation on the vehicle to help better meet user requirements for ocean surveying.The new USV has an IPC (Industrial Personal Computer) as the main operation platform and uses Remote Desktop, a remote control technique, to communicate with all the instruments installed. This means that the vehicle offers an open and low-cost platform for customers who need to carry out several different tasks at the same time.

Weddell Sea polynya, initally 3,700 square miles, 2017. False color NASA satellite image shows ice in blue, clouds in white. (Photo: Scripps Institution of Oceanography)

Robotic Data Help Explain Mysterious Holes

The research team launched modified versions of floats originally built for Argo – a network of nearly 4,000 robots that collect fundamental data to depths of 2,000 meters (6,500 feet) around the world. These specialized units – known as biogeochemical Argo floats – have additional instrumentation that enables measurements related to biological activity.A study co-author, Talley said she targeted the Maud Rise area because she knew it to be associated with interesting climate phenomena. She knew there was a good chance the ocean physics around the mountain could entrain the floats around

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Güralp and Sonardyne Partner

GÜRALP AND SONARDYNE TEAM UP TO PROVIDE ADVANCED SEABED EXPLORATION AND RESEARCH TECHNOLOGYSeismic monitoring instrumentation and solutions provider Güralp Systems Ltd. and Sonardyne International Ltd. have signed an agreement to cooperate in the provision of multidisciplinary ocean bottom research technology, including capabilities for earthquake or tsunami detection.The official Teaming Agreement, announced at the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE) conference in London on Tuesday, will enable the two companies to collaboratively provide more advanced and efficient

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Nortek Opens Australian Office

Nortek, a leader in Doppler-based measurements in marine environments, has opened the latest of its global network of offices in Melbourne, Australia. This facilitates access to cutting-edge Doppler instrumentation for researchers and engineers in Australia and New Zealand.This is the company’s first office in the region, creating a strong local point of contact for sales and support. The Port Melbourne office also gives Nortek a platform from which to extend its reach throughout Australia and New Zealand, an area that has been important for the company since it was founded over two decades ago.

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Remote-Controlled Submersible Fish Farm in Arctic Ocean

Digital technology leader ABB has won a contract from Arctic Offshore Farming to power its first-ever remote controlled submersible offshore salmon farm in the Arctic Ocean.ABB will provide a comprehensive package of its leading electrical, automation, instrumentation and telecom technologies that ensure maximum efficiency and minimal environmental impact.With the global market volume of salmon expected to hit 4.5 million tons by 2023, according to a 2018 report by Research and Markets, the Arctic Offshore Farming project is looking for ways to farm fish in a more sustainable manner.The submerged fish

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New, High-Performing USV for Ocean Surveying

A new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) designed for the Chinese market offers an open and low-cost platform to measure water current and direction. Nortek China has integrated Doppler instrumentation on the vehicle to help better meet user requirements for ocean surveying.The new USV has an IPC (Industrial Personal Computer) as the main operation platform and uses Remote Desktop, a remote control technique, to communicate with all the instruments installed. This means that the vehicle offers an open and low-cost platform for customers who need to carry out several different tasks at the same time.

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SEAMOR: ROV to Last Ice Project in Canada

been selected for this mission given its earned reputation as a versatile vehicle that easily pairs with a variety of accessories. This particular model will be equipped with a handheld pendant controller, and a fiber optic tether multiplexer upgrade. These will help control a wide array of on-board instrumentation such as USBL underwater positioning system with GPS integration, the ROV to be tracked in real-world coordinates in real time, and an integrated Tritech Micron Echosounder which permits the ROV to measure its height above the seafloor and maintain its height with our auto-altitude system. This

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Miros Measuring Mini-Tsunami Phenomenon

better understand their causes and impacts. To measure these parameters Miros has installed their WaveWeather solution on the shore at Flaskebekk.WaveWeather consists of a highly accurate radar-based wave measurement sensor, The Miros RangeFinder (SM-140), paired with multiparameter meteorological instrumentation. The solution not only measures real-time wave data and water level, but also provides wind speed, wind direction, temperature and more. Dry mounting ensures that equipment is not impacted by the corrosive saltwater environment, the force of waves, floating objects or biofouling.The “Mini-Tsuna

A visualization of the Gulf of Mexico Loop Current. (Image: Christopher Henze, NASA/Ames)

Researchers to Monitor Disruptive US Gulf Current

telemetering capabilities, which will complement URI’s instruments and scientific expertise and will play a key role in this deployment. Sonardyne’s technical expertise in underwater acoustics, signal processing, hardware design and custom engineering are key components of the special instrumentation being deployed in this project, with a particular challenge being the retrieval of data from the seabed in near real-time.”Geraint West, Business Development Manager – Oceanographic, at Sonardyne, said, “The selection of our PIES by the University of Rhode Island for use in

Photo courtesy of Armstrong Marine

R/V Bob and Betty Beyster: New CAT For Scripps

, a knuckle crane that enables the vessel to deploy and recover autonomous vehicles, a stern A-frame with hydraulic hoist, a hand-deployable remotely operated vehicle, a hull-mounted transducer for underwater communications, and ample facilities for securing and integrating a wide variety of portable instrumentation

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