Ocean Engineering News

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Mapping the Future

of thousands of lives) and billions of dollars in economic loss annually. Can we prevent such losses?And then there were nine… Out of 32 starters, nine teams are now in contention to win the $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE.ARGGONAUTS – Fraunhofer IOSB. GermanyBlue Devil Ocean Engineering. United StatesCFIS. SwitzerlandGEBCO-NF Alumni. United StatesKUROSHIO. JapanPISCES. PortugalTeam Tao. United KingdomTexas A&M University Ocean Engineering. United StatesVirginia DEEP-X. United StatesRochelle Wigley, Director of the Nippon Foundation / GEBCO training program at the Center

Nautilus AUV ready for action (Image: UFRJ Nautilus)

UFRJ Nautilus: A Brazilian AUV Project

The UFRJ Nautilus AUV is an academic project designed to develop autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) technology in Brazil and participate in the annual Robosub competition. According to project founder, Lucas Armand, a Naval and Ocean Engineering graduate from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), the emergence of Nautilus has a lot to do with personal history: “I was having a difficult time in college, because I no longer identified myself with the course. The UFRJ Naval Engineering degree tends to be quite traditional – sometimes even old-fashioned – and I’ve

Credit: Wyss Institute at Harvard University

Studying Aliens of the Deep

a flat surface into a three-dimensional shape using a motor instead,” said Teoh, a former Wyss Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Robert Wood, Ph.D., who is now an engineer at Cooper Perkins.A fellow member of the Wood lab at the time, Brennan Phillips, Ph.D.—now Assistant Professor of Ocean Engineering at the University of Rhode Island—saw Teoh’s designs and suggested he adapt it to capture sea creatures, which are notoriously difficult to grab with existing underwater equipment that is largely designed for the rough work of ocean mining and construction.The device that Teoh built

Regina Yopak (Photo: Greensea)

Greensea Names Yopak Applications Engineer, Service Manager

at-sea experience having spent several tours as Lead Navigator and Mapping Specialist on board E/V Nautilus for the Ocean Exploration Trust. In addition to her offshore experience, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and Environmental Science, and a Master of Science degree in Ocean Engineering from the University of Rhode Island.In her new role, Yopak will work as a bridge between Greensea customers and engineering teams, provide technical support and expertise to customers and develop systems and procedures to ensure the company maintains exceptional customer satisfaction.Marybeth

Marc Gordon, Hydro Group Head of Product Realization (Photo: Hydro Group)

Hydro Group Helps Connect Carbon-free Island

Aberdeen-headquartered subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group plc has been awarded a contract with Korea Research of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO), worth in the region of £750,000 ($998,000).  Under the contract, Hydro Group delivered subsea cable and connectors to the first phase of KRISO’s floating wind and wave hybrid energy platform, in November 2017. Installation of the first phase will be undertaken this year.Located at Jeju Island in South Korea, the floating platform will be equipped with four offshore wind turbines, one in each corner, and wave energy

Photo: FAU

Autonomous Vessels: FAU Gets $1.25m for Research

surface vehicles that serve as “motherships” for unmanned underwater vehicles and aerial drones, thereby enabling multi-vehicle, multi-domain capability that may serve as a mobile coastal monitoring system, as well as training and education of graduate and undergraduate students in ocean engineering.   The project will leverage and collaborate with FAU’s ongoing Naval Engineering Education Consortium effort in conjunction with the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, which involves use of two unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) for adaptive subsurface sensing in support

CFIS

Shell Ocean Discovery XPrize Field Pared to 9

by Gunnar Brink, the team is creating two swarms: one swarm in the deep-sea and one on the ocean surface. Five or more intelligent deep-sea robot drones will be accompanied and supported by the same number of autonomous catamarans for geo-referencing, retrieval and transport.   Blue Devil Ocean Engineering (USA) Led by Martin Brooke, the Duke University team is working with heavy lift aerial drones that drop retrievable diving SONAR pods.    CFIS (Switzerland)  Led by Toby Jackson, the team is building a fleet of AUVs to map and image the ocean floor using lasers.   GEBCO-NF

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

made it our priority to extend our popular real-time submarine cable installation management software to submarine power cable installations and we are excited that an industry leader like Prysmian Group has decided to use our software,” said Dr. Jose Andres, president of Hawaii based Makai Ocean Engineering, Inc., producer of MakaiLay. “We have added specific tools to satisfy the unique demands of power cable installations and we will continue to enhance the software as we receive feedback from our installation partners.”   MakaiLay integrates data from all the typical instruments

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

and that enables more flexible ocean observing systems that can rapidly incorporate new technologies to meet evolving science objectives and requirements.  The award follows from a $250,000 grant to WHOI in 2016 by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation to explore new processes for ocean engineering using autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) as proof-of-concept. The funding allowed WHOI engineers and researchers to incorporate knowledge and experience gained through partnerships with key organizations in the private sector. Investigators involved in the current effort will also explore

The CARTHE drifter (Photo: GreenWave Instruments LLC)

Meet the CARTHE Drifter

themselves (i.e. made of PVC, ABS and Nylon). The CARTHE drifter is an answer to the need for a compact, user-friendly, robust, yet eco-friendly solution. Scientists with the Consortium for Advanced Research on Transport of Hydrocarbon in the Environment (CARTHE), in collaboration with the ocean engineering company Bellamare LLC, spent two years testing different structures and materials to develop a practical, cost-efficient and biodegradable drifter design. The CARTHE drifter is the first environmentally-friendly drifter ever designed with 85% of its components being biodegradable in seawater

The ROV loaded onto the boat and ready for action (Photo: Deep Ocean Engineering)

ROV Used for Cherry Lake Dam Inspection

A Phantom T4H remotely operated vehicle (ROV), designed and built by Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc., has completed an inspection of the intake riser at Cherry Lake Dam near Yosemite in California.   The dam, built in 1956, has provided water and power to the San Francisco Bay Area, Modesto and Turlock districts for over 60 years, and the structure has not been seen since its construction. The Phantom T4H ROV documented the state of the dam’s water intake riser and the position of the gates at a depth of 258 feet (78.6m), about a quarter of the ROV’s rated capability.   The

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