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Google to Tap the Power of Offshore Wind

by the Nordic Council of Ministers, the official body for regional cooperation, said on Tuesday.Big companies have rushed to secure cheap renewable energy to manage costs and reduce their carbon footprint through corporate PPAs which allow firms such as Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, Facebook and Microsoft to buy directly from energy generators.Nordic countries are competing for the multi-billion-euro investments with the more established FLAP-D markets, an acronym for Frankfurt-London-Amsterdam-Paris-Dublin.While the Nordics are still perceived as less connected than these markets, the region is

Paul G. Allen (Photo: Vulcan)

Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Dies at 65

Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and noted technologist and philanthropist, died on Monday afternoon from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Vulcan Inc. announced today. He was 65 years old.“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” said Paul’s sister, Jody Allen, in a statement.“Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on

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Olis Robotics Acquires Machine Learning Startup

, such as valves, tools and potentially dangerous objects in dynamic environments. The Olis Operating System (OlisOS) also allows for new levels of precision control, progressive levels of autonomy, and advanced situational awareness for remotely operated robots.WMF was launched by MIT Ph.D. and former Microsoft Partner Software Architect Steve White and Don Marsh who was a veteran Principal Software Architect at Microsoft and earned his Masters Degree from Berkeley. Both White and Marsh will join Olis as part of the acquisition.“With the acquisition of leading-edge machine learning technology, we

Number 1 on MTR's list of "Top10 Ocean Influencers" is Yohei Sasakawa, chairman, Nippon Foundation. (Copyright: Nippon Foundation.)

MTR’s “Top 10” Ocean Influencers

to carry out its missions in a safer and more efficient manner.  That mandate stands today, as the U.S. Navy continues to push the envelope on subsea systems.No. 3Paul G. Allen & Vulcan Inc.No. 3: Paul G. Allen & Vulcan Inc. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, needs no introduction, as he is an internationally acclaimed entrepreneur, technologist and philanthropist.  Allen today is still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and acting to change the future. He is a leader in the wave of wealthy individuals using their money

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Equinor Announced Partnership with Microsoft

Equinor partners with Microsoft for cloud services delivered from new cloud data centers in NorwayAs part of a strategic partnership agreement, Equinor will provide industry knowledge and business needs to support Microsoft in developing new solutions for our industry. Microsoft will provide expertise to accelerate Equinor’s IT development and establish new data center regions in Stavanger and in Oslo.The strategic partnership is a seven-year consumption and development agreement in the hundreds of millions of dollars (USD).Equinor said its partnership with Microsoft enables it to shape and

RV Petrel (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

US Navy to Survey Downed Aircraft in the Philippine Sea

The U.S. Navy said it has contracted a research vessel owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen to survey the location of a downed C-2A Greyhound plane before attempts are made to recover the aircraft from 18,500 feet below the surface in the Philippine Sea.   The C-2A Greyhound was transporting 11 crew and passengers when it crashed into the ocean on November 22, 2017, killing three.   On December 29, A Navy team using a towed pinger locator (TPL-25) system discovered the aircraft resting on the seafloor at a depth of 18,500 feet, an unprecedented depth for the salvage of an aircraft.

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

JW Fishers Debuts New Marine Magnetometer

reinforced tow cable, and a topside control box. Optional USB data output and Tracker 3 mapping software are available which allow the magnetometer readings to be displayed and stored on a laptop computer. Target position is displayed and recorded on the computer along with GPS coordinates. An optional Microsoft Surface tablet can be mounted in the control box lid which streamlines the system and eliminates the need for a separate laptop computer

Wheelhouse of the USS Ward (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

Wreckage of USS Ward Found in the Philippines

The U.S. Navy warship that famously fired the first American shot in World War II has been found resting on the seabed in Ormoc Bay near Ponson Island in the Philippines.   The historic vessel USS Ward was discovered and documented by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen's expedition crew aboard Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel, who has now released video images just prior to the anniversary of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.   At 6:45 a.m. on Sunday, December 7, 1941, the Wickes-class destroyer fired America’s first shot in World War II when its crew

An image shot from a ROV shows a spare parts box from USS Indianapolis on the floor of the Pacific Ocean in more than 16,000 feet of water. (Photo courtesy of Paul G. Allen)

The Quest to Find and Explore USS Indianapolis

Sunk by Japanese torpedoes near the end of World War II, heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis disappeared to the darkest depths of the Philippine Sea, where it remained undiscovered for more than 70 years. Recently a team of civilian researchers led by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen set out equipped with an arsenal of high-tech search equipment on a mission to locate the historic vessel last seen on July 30, 1945.   The story of the USS Indianapolis is one of military might, heroism, tragedy, controversy and mystery. Built by New York Shipbuilding Corporation in Camden, N.J., the 623-ft., 9

ROV deployment from the RV Petrel (Photo: 3U)

The ROV that Explored USS Indianapolis

The wreckage of the USS Indianapolis was found by Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and his team on August 19, 2017. A state-of-the-art remotely operated vehicle (ROV) was deployed to confirm and document the shipwreck in its resting place some 5,500 meters below the surface in the Philippine Sea.   For the design, manufacture and commissioning of the specialty ROV, Allen and his company Vulcan Inc. received support from 3U Technologies, LLC, who said it was initially contracted by Vulcan in 2012 to investigate 6,000-meter ROV solutions to extend Allen’s passion for

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NOAA Teams up with Paul Allen for Deep Ocean Observation

NOAA partners with Paul G. Allen Philanthropies; new Deep Argo buoys to probe ocean currents that drive weather and climate   Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Paul G. Allen and NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory will deploy a large array of new deep ocean floats to expand ocean observations in a key area of the western South Atlantic Ocean.   These instruments, called Deep Argo floats, can collect data down to nearly four miles deep, and promise to lead scientists to a better understanding of how the bottom half of the ocean may influence long term weather

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The AUV That Helped Find USS Indianapolis

A team of civilian researchers led Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen have found the wreck of the World War II heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis (CA 35), lost July 30, 1945.   Aiding Allen’s team in the discovery was a 6,000-meter-rated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), the REMUS 6000, manufactured by Kongsberg Maritime subsidiary Hydroid Inc., which gathered the sonar data that helped locate the USS Indianapolis, 72 years after it was torpedoed and sunk by the Japanese Navy near the end of World War II.   The wreckage was found on August 19, sitting 5,500 meters below the surface in

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New Tide Gauge, Water Temperature Monitoring Network in UAE

in Valeport's TideStation enclosures. Communication with the stations is being handled using the Smart Telemetry Unit, the ip.buffer, from OceanWise over UAE's cellular network.   All scientific and system data is being sent to servers located at Bayanat's offices in UAE. The servers are running Microsoft SQL Server and OceanWise's Ocean Database and Port-Log System software. The servers were supplied by Seatronics and installed by OceanWise who also provided system testing and training. The sensors were supplied and installed for the client by Seatronics who are providing ongoing support locally

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TE Subcom Supplies MAREA Submarine Cable System

Facebook, Microsoft, and TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, has announced that TE SubCom has been named the system supply partner for the new MAREA submarine cable across the Atlantic Ocean.   TE SubCom has completed the route survey and begun manufacture of the system at its facility in Newington, New Hampshire. The parties are on track to begin laying cable using TE SubCom’s state-of-the-art cable installation ships next year, with a scheduled completion date of October 2017.   As announced by Facebook and

Kyle  Eddings ,Photo Braemar Engineering

Braemar New System Cuts DP Trials Cost

business. There is substantial pressure on owners and operators in the offshore sector to look at ways of reducing costs. This new system means that significant savings can be made without cutting corners, ensuring safety and quality come first.”   The new system uses high powered Microsoft tablet computers in all stages of the survey process, from preparation to the survey itself. The crew supports the surveyor during trials and results are then delivered instantly on site, avoiding the lengthy write up process that is traditionally carried out afterwards. Not only does this save

Umbilical lay around an FPSO (Image: Cambla)

Cambla: Soft Solutions for Hard Problems

schedule as an accurate animation, and removes the need for time-consuming analysis of paper-based schedules.   The Technology The software works by taking the client’s schedule information from various sources or different formats and converting it into 4D models using Primavera P6 or Microsoft Project as the data repository. It will then identify occasions when vessels are required to be in close proximity to other vessels or installations. This in turn generates a list of relevant SIMOPs or close approach risk assessments required to be carried out in advance. Logistics are tested to

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MTR100: JW Fishers Mfg Inc

while making the equipment easier to use and more powerful. In 2016 all video and light systems underwent an overhaul eliminating the quartz-halogen light bulbs and introduced high intensity LED lighting as a system standard. Sonar and boat towed system owners also now have the ability to mount a Microsoft Surface tablet in the lid of the control box, making it a sleeker package for the end user.   Email: info@jwfishers.com Website: http://www.jwfishers.com     (As published in the July/August 2016 MTR100 edition of Marine Technology Reporter

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