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A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

, multibeam echosounders, magnetometers and cameras. Emerging payloads demonstrated on Hugin include synthetic aperture sonar and laser scanners. The navigation solution for Hugin AUVs uses raw output from an onboard inertial measurement unit (IMU) coupled with other available in-situ sensors processed in real-time using a Kalman filter. These are all significant improvements from the first Odyssey vehicles that carried little more than a temperature sensor and counted propeller turns for undersea positioning purposes.Commercially Hugin, and its competitors, are serving numerous markets. Military buyers

Photo: Coda Octopus

Coda Octopus Launches Echoscope4G Series

Coda Octopus launched its full series of patented Fourth Generation real-time 3D sonars.  The Echoscope4G series includes the replacement high-performance Echoscope4G, the new Echoscope4G C500 and new Echoscope4G C500 Surface. The new series of sonars takes advantage of the new reduced form factor as they relate to size, weight, and power requirements.The Echoscope4G series is designed to enable customers to access the latest performance feature set including increased ping rate, reduced minimum range, Ping Pong alternating ping mode, and programmable TVG.The Echoscope4G and Echoscope4G C500

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OceanWise, Valeport Supply Monitoring System for HHA

transmitted via GPRS using OceanWise’s smart telemetry and is transmitted to OceanWise’s cloud-based data management and display system, Port-Log.net for storage and publication of information. Port-log.net provides fast access to the data, in a variety of displays, which can be viewed in real time or historically on portable or fixed devices.The new environmental system provides HHA with continuous real time tide and meteorological data instantly to assist in all operational aspects of the port aiding survey, dredging and vessel movement.Although Port-Log.net is instrument independent, OceanWise

(L–R) Alan MacDonald, Sonardyne, and Colin Erskine, Unique, on Sonardyne’s Stand 123 at Subsea Expo 2019 in Aberdeen (Photo: Sonardyne)

Unique invests in Sonardyne Tech

On the opening of Subsea Expo, in Aberdeen Unique Group’s announced orders for multiple copies of Sonardyne’s Fusion 2 Long BaseLine (LBL) and INS operating platform and a large number of the latest Compatt 6+ seabed transponders and ROVNav 6+ vehicle-Unique Group, which is headquartered in the UAE and has offices in Aberdeen, Rotterdam, Saudi Arabia, Houston, Mumbai, Cape Town and Singapore, has also ordered Sonardyne’s GyroCompatt 6 positioning transponders, which offer operators real-time positioning and motion data from one small, versatile and robust instrument.

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OPT and Saab Seaeye Partner

charging, weather and ocean data collection, providing power to subsea equipment, and surveillance and monitoring of offshore operations both above and below the sea surface. The PB3 PowerBuoy supports a suite of mission critical payloads, lowering our customer’s operational costs and enabling real-time data transfer and real-time decision making.“We believe the combined OPT and Saab system can revolutionize offshore subsea operations by allowing the vehicles to recharge on the sea floor and thus remain in the water longer and reduce the reliance on support from manned vessels. The unmanned

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Equinor and Vissim Partner

solution for surveillance of the ocean space surrounding all Equinor- and several third-party-operated assets on the U.K. and Norwegian Continental Shelves. The new system will incorporate machine learning and enable surveillance of vessel traffic (VTMS), air traffic, subsea structures, environment and real time weather situation and forecasts.Conceived to incorporate both traditional oil and gas and offshore wind assets, the resulting system is one of the largest of its kind in the world, Vissim said. The contract is for six years and has a minimum value of 100 million NOK.Vissim's system comprises

An artist’s depiction of LRAUV under sea ice. Using photo-chemical sensors, the robot scans the density of a billowing cloud of oil coming from an ocean floor well. The red and yellow objects are parts of a communication system consisting of antennas suspended under ice from a buoy installed on top of the ice.  Graphic by ADAC.

LRAUV: Arctic Oil-Spill-Mapping Robot Put to the Test

on spills.“Because of ice coverage and the tyranny of distance, it is difficult to get resources and assets up in the Arctic in a quick manner,” said Kirsten Trego, Executive Director of the Coast Guard’s Interagency Coordinating Committee on Oil Pollution Research. “With better real-time data, more effective response strategies can be developed and deployed.”To help the Coast Guard map oil spills under ice, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has been working on an underwater robot for the past four years through a DHS Center of Excellence, the Arctic Domain

Edd Moller presents Fusion 2 on launch day during OSEA 2018 in Singapore (Photo: Sonardyne)

Sonardyne Unveils Fusion 2

in-water preview events held in the run-up to today’s launch in Singapore have provided audiences with the opportunity to experience first-hand how Fusion 2 will impact offshore campaigns during the 2019 offshore season and beyond. One of the benefits demonstrated is the ability to undertake the real-time SLAM (simultaneous localization and mapping) calibration of a sparse LBL transponder array while you survey – until now a lengthy offline post-processing activity.Significantly reducing survey time is central to another key innovation that arrives with Fusion 2. Sonardyne has reengineered

L – R Scott Johnstone (STR), Simon Goldsworthy (Sonardyne) and Jason French (STR) announce the investment at the OSEA 2018 exhibition  (Photo: Sonardyne)

STR Upgrades to Sonardyne's Fusion 2

has been designed to get the best performance from Fusion 2, a brand new software package that provides a single system from which surveyors can perform all of their LBL, acoustically-aided INS and Sparse LBL operations, with more functionality and capability than they’ve had before, including real-time SLAM calibration.This performance is achieved with Wideband 3, which allows, for the first time, sensor telemetry data (e.g. pressure, depth, temperature) to be embedded within navigation (ranging) telemetry data, which means that there are no pauses in tracking when installing subsea structures

T12 with SeaFLIR230 installed (credit: Jack Rowley)

USVs Secure Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure

the MANTAS remotely and direct its mission manually, or use the USV in an autonomous or semiautonomous mode to search along a predetermined course through the use of preprogrammed waypoints.Most significantly, the video and sonar imaging from the MANTAS can be sent directly to the rig command center in real-time, thereby providing immediate notification of what the USV discovers above or below the water surface, thus enabling operators and management to make time-sensitive decisions regarding rig operations.Anticipating near-term demand from the offshore oil and gas industry, MARTAC is developing concepts

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Swathe Services Provides New Product to ABP Humber

and Valeport MiniSVS.This purchase follows the delivery of a second R2Sonic 2024 Multi-Beam Echo-Sounder with Integrated Inertial Navigation System (I2NS) earlier in the year.The SONIC 2024 capabilities offer superior resolution mapping with greater frequency selections and selectable swath coverage in real-time. It completes high-density surveys much faster than its competitors.The bespoke products are now used in surveying the busy ports, harbors and shipping routes of the River Humber.  

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

integrated on the Seagull platform.”Some key objectives realized during the KATFISH tests included:Successful operations in sea states of 3 - 4;Towing at 7+ knots in shallow 15m water with KATFISH survey depth of less than 6.5m;Constant 3cm resolution imagery and 25cm bathymetric resolution, in real time;Area coverage rates greater than 2.1 km2 per hour;2-Sigma Target Position Error of less than 2.26m (95%);Remote command and control of KATFISH over low-bandwidth wireless link;Compressed SAS imagery and bathymetry transmitted in real-time over low bandwidth wireless link;Survey operations conducted

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3D at Depth Expands

and launched a new portfolio of services designed to support cohesive workflow efficiencies for offshore oil field design through decommissioning. The new line includes: terrestrial dimensional control to support subsea data collection workflows; subsea tooling design solutions; remote sensing, and real-time LiDAR data collection. These new services will compliment 3D at Depth's existing portfolio of solutions and deliver additional 3D insight to measure, map, analyze and manage more efficiently.Over the past few years, the company’s unique expertise in subsea laser LiDAR (SL) technology

Gulf of Mexico Sea-surface altitude indicating surface current speed (Image: Louisiana State University / NOAA)

New Research on Gulf of Mexico Loop Current

Frequency RadarsThis project will procure, install, and operate high frequency radar systems to measure surface currents at three locations in the Straits of Florida region of the Gulf of Mexico: Fort Jefferson/Dry Tortugas National Park, Key West, and Marathon. Data from the systems will provide new, real-time data for model assimilation and validation to better understand the evolution of the LCS. Award Amount: $1,371,027Project Director: Clifford Merz (University of South Florida)Project Team Affiliation: University of South Florida in cooperation with Rutgers University and University of MiamiGulf

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Eni Deploys OPT's PowerBuoy

charging, meteorological and ocean data collection, subsea equipment powering, and well monitoring for offshore oil and gas operations. The device supports a suite of end user selectable mission critical payloads while extending their range of operation, lowering their operational costs, and enabling real-time data transfer and decision making, the manufacturer said.The agreement between OPT and Eni provides for a minimum 24-month contract that includes an 18-month PB3 PowerBuoy lease and associated project management. OPT will also provide deployment support, remote data collection and monitoring

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Two MVP30-350 Systems for Geological Survey of Ireland

will enhance safety,” explained Project Manager Sean Cullen. Instead of having crew members venture out onto the deck in all weather to manually take a static profile, the underway profiling systems will automatically and continuously collect SVPT and output the data to the multibeam echosounder in real-time while the vessel travels at 8-10 knots.To date, more than 130 MVP systems have been supplied to organizations around the world

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Subsea Vision & Photogrammetry Lab Formed

Offshore robotics company FORSSEA ROBOTICS chose GMS as main technical partner to certify its real-time visual positioning technologies. A joint laboratory will be created to develop a common offer covering camera calibration, subsea image treatment and innovative photogrammetry solutions.FORSSEA ROBOTICS decided last year to adapt its Atoll ROV embedded visual docking technology into a stand-alone product. The company was already manufacturing and commercializing underwater cameras, mainly for R&D underwater vision applications.The so-called V-LOC (Visual LOCalization) technology has been designed

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