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Marine Technology Reporter published a supplement to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Oceanology International. Photo: MTR

Oi: Tracking 50 Years of Ocean Innovation

intelligence, machine learning, etc., they have matured. In the 1990s, you had to write a text file and up load it to the computer of the robot, push a button and hope it didn’t have a typo,” he adds. “Now to do a mission plan you throw a couple of way points in and say go. The software does all the hard work of figuring out where to go.” Open source software has helped in this  respect, he says, making these tasks easier to access.Throughout the decades, despite having sold his business in 1989, and having missed a few Oceanologies, Marty Klein has kept an eye on the

“We are moving autonomous technologies into vehicles that have always been "remotely operated" or even manned to realize more efficiency and capability.  We are really blurring the lines between "ROV" and "AUV" and minimizing the technical difference between manned and unmanned. ”
Ben Kinnaman, CEO, Greensea Systems, Inc."

Subsea: The Future of Unmanned Vehicles

potential of these systems.  Second, we need to get more value from our human operators.”Kinnaman has a unique perspective as Greensea Systems Inc., which he founded in 2006, is a leader in navigation and vehicle control technology and is the creator of OPENSEA, an open architecture software framework for marine robotics across various vehicle sectors.  “We develop software and hardware that revolutionizes the working relationship between people and machines both on and under the surface of the ocean,” said Kinnaman, who, like many in the sector “started working

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

The “Disruption” in AUV Trends

;it’s all a question of missions. The mission decides the payload, battery capacity, size and processing power of an autonomous underwater vehicle, or AUV. King among these is payload, from which market disruption is just waiting to happen. Changing payloads of artificial intelligence, management software, and researcher resourcefulness now combine with entrepreneurial technologists to inject uncertainty into AUV market forecasts.On a stormy night in an arctic sea, waves of salt water slosh against the hull of a light, unmanned surface vessel. A sleek, yellow “torpedo” is robotically

Image: Donald MacPherson/Hydrocomp

Contemporary UUV Propulsor Design

tail geometry will greatly influence a propulsor’s ability to develop useful axial thrust from the rotational energy.Therefore, many propulsor design projects start with prediction of a vehicle’s drag and hull-propulsor coefficients (wake fraction and thrust deduction) using the NavCad® software for hydrodynamic and propulsion system simulation. A specific submersible vehicle module provides robust prediction capabilities for torpedo-like UUV hull forms.Image: HydrocompDriveOn the other side of the Propulsor is the Drive, which will typically be an electric motor. Motors vary in electrical

A Hugin AUV being launched (Courtesy Kongsberg)

Unmanned Vehicles: 25 Years of Milestones

first ten years of the AUV Lab. In 1997 Bluefin Robotics was founded to transition these ideas into industry, the first of many commercial AUV manufacturers to follow.The Odyssey technology developments touched upon all domains. The core developments in unmanned vehicle control inspired today’s software communities. In particular the Mission Oriented Operating Suite (MOOS) was launched at the MIT AUV Lab in the early 2000s. Other technical developments undertaken were experiments with early acoustic modems and Doppler velocity logs (DVLs). Payload systems were also integrated and evaluated. Early

Photo: Swathe Services

3D Mobile Laser Scanner for ABP Humber

waterline to produce high-resolution datasets in a single pass.  Humber’s purchase of the Merlin mobile laser follows the delivery of a bespoke custom designed Pelican case product for small boat operations, two R2Sonic 2024 Multi-Beam Echo-Sounders, Valeport Sound Velocity Sensors and HYPACK software, all supplied by Swathe Services

Tore Erntsen (Photo: Proserv)

Proserv Names Erntsen as CTO

edge solutions for global customers.Erntsen  holds an MSc in engineering and ICT, which he gained at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and he commenced his career in research and development (R&D) with German conglomerate Siemens. He has also worked for SICOM as a senior software developer and development manager.Speaking after his promotion, Erntsen said, “One of my key goals is to work with our team to see more innovative prototypes emerge in the commercial market as products that can really make a difference to our clients.&rdquo

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

and descent weight releases, a black box pinger locator, sub-bottom profiler (Teledyne Benthos), multi-beam echosounders, obstacle avoidance multi-beam sonar (Teledyne RESON), Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), Current, Temperature, and Depth sensor (CTD) (Teledyne RD Instruments), and onboard processing software (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

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CWind Digitizes with CrewSmart

. CWind now has quick and efficient access to essential information for CTV fleet, crew and technician requirements, including personnel records, operational data, and commercial and financial information.CrewSmart provides a single management platform that integrates directly with other mission-critical software tools. The system has been integrated with CWind’s existing vessel monitoring platform, BareFLEET, providing CWind with a single point of access to all performance data from across the fleet.Working with CWind, CrewSmart has developed a bespoke inventory management module and near-field communicati

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Fjord Orders 10 Hybrid Power Management Systems

barge can be downsizedThe containerized power management system features an energy efficient plug-in solution for fish feed barges.Working closely together, Fjord Maritime and Bosch Rexroth have developed this innovative plug-in hybrid power system. Rexroth has provided the drive and control technology, software and expertise for development of the first complete systems that are now in operation, and is asked by the Norwegian company to supply additional 10 integral systems, either mobile containerized or vessel integrated, with the commitment for another 10 systems.Mainly based on Rexroth’s in-house

Harold Orlinsky (Photo: Chesapeake Technology)

Chesapeake Technology Opens East Coast Office

Chesapeake Technology Inc. hired GM Harold Orlinsky and opened an office on the East Coast. The office is located at 396 South Main Street, Cheshire CT 06410. This new base of operations will make it easier to visit key suppliers and customers and to provide sales coverage in more time zones.Orlinsky will be attending trade shows including US Hydro and Ocean Business 2019, and visiting resellers worldwide.Chesapeake Technology, Inc. is a privately held company based in Mountain View CA. SonarWiz software is used by hundreds of clients worldwide. 

Commander Okafor of the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office with John Smart, Senior Geomatics Analyst-Teledyne CARIS, (Photo: Teledyne CARIS)

NNHO Expands Bathymetric Capabilities

Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office establishes new bathymetric capabilities with CARIS softwareThe Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office (NNHO) has selected Teledyne CARIS to provide solutions for both current and future national and international charting requirements. Equipped with CARIS Ping-to-Chart technology, the NNHO is establishing new capabilities for bathymetric analysis, and completion of hydrographic and other geospatial data. These tools will ensure an efficient workflow for the production of electronic charts and paper charts according to both the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)

Marta Padilla, Software Developer, Teledyne CARIS (Photo: Teledyne CARIS)

Teledyne CARIS’ Padilla Earns National Award for Excellence

Software company Teledyne CARIS announced Tuesday that one of its software developers, Marta Padilla, has been awarded the Ministry of Education in Spain’s prestigious National Award for Excellence in Academic Performance in the field of Engineering and Architecture. This award is one of the oldest academic awards granted, with a history dating back to the 19th century. Recipients of this award are recognized as the overall best student in their field of study in the country.  Padilla completed a BSc in Geomatics and Surveying Engineering at the University of Jaen where she received a

David Millar, Director TechX Program, The Oil & Gas Technology Center

TechX: Pioneering and Accelerating

reused – are carrying out field trials at Aberdeen Harbor.Blue Gentoo, a firm which has produced a hydrate management tool that could save billions of dollars in reducing the amount of chemicals used to prevent hydrates, has a letter of intent for demonstrations.Sensalytx, a company developing software to make sense of the vast amounts of data produced by fiber optic downhole sensing systems, has a trial lined up with an independent operator in the North Sea.Envio, which has developed shipment tracking technology, and RAB-Microfluidics, which has devised an oil conditioning monitoring lab on a

(Photo: Forum Subsea Technologies)

Forum Unveils New eROV

industry sensors using common IP architecture and ease of remote data transfer.Kevin Taylor, Forum VP of Subsea, said, “As the subsea market continues to recover from a sustained downturn, cost efficiency is high on the agenda for the industry. Forum recognized the opportunity to apply our leading software to a more compact vehicle to enhance capabilities and meet the changing demands of the sector.“By utilizing the same system across all vehicles, pilots only have one interface to learn as the skills are transferrable between the smallest observation vehicle and the largest trenchers,&rdquo

Image: Aker Solutions

Aker Solutions, Siemens Join Forces To Strengthen Digital Offerings

Norway's Aker Solutions has forged an alliance with the German technology giant Siemens to further develop digital offerings in engineering, operations and services.The global engineering company based in Oslo said that the collaboration focuses on the creation of software applications and joint service offerings including the development of industrial digital twins that will drive efficiency throughout the entire plant lifecycle.In addition, the companies will further develop specific offerings for the oil and gas sector based on Siemens' Comos engineering platform. These solutions will help

Photo courtesy of Planet Ocean Ltd.

Royal Navy Supports Successful Trial of New Micro-Robots

'over-the-side' instruments deployed from the ship, allowing the Royal Navy and the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) to assess the benefits of this new robotic technology. While the subs were deployed and recovered by the RN, initially the vehicles were piloted by our senior software engineer Jérémy Sitbon on board the Enterprise, but following his departure, further deployments were undertaken from Enterprise with piloting done remotely from NOC over the Iridium satellite.Terry Sloane, Managing Director of Planet Ocean, said: "Micro-AUVs are low cost and

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