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Sailing Drone Inspects Ships at Locks

in the future.The pilot has been set up in collaboration with Seabed. This system integrator from Amsterdam has brought over the Telemetron of Maritime Robotics in Norway to the Netherlands for the test week.The Telemetron is the research vessel of Maritime Robotics on which they test their hardware and software. Seabed provides the measurement equipment on board the Telemetron.The Dutch Customs Office is also taking part in this pilot, which wants to scan the hulls of vessels entering the ports.For the pilot it was decided to examine the inspection process of marginal ships. Marginal ships are vessels

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New Multibeam Sonar Package Unveiled

for 2D/3D survey and mapping, and is able to generate accurate, detailed bathymetric contour maps down to over 500 meters. The WMB4340 creates color maps with a 120˚ port-to-starboard beam angle.WASSP connects to the user's PC via the supplied "CDX" GUI (Graphical User Interface) software, with the added ability to interface directly with TimeZero Professional software. A series of sensors including a dedicated Satellite Compass and Inertial Motion Unit are also available. Additionally, all of the major accessories for the previous WASSP F3 version are compatible with these new models

Sonardyne’s Compatt 6+ in action, subsea (Photo: Sonardyne)

Neptune Adopts Sonardyne’s All-in-one Platform

said Australian headquartered subsea services firm Neptune has become the latest to adopt its new, all-in-one acoustic and inertial positioning technology platform to support offshore survey projects.The order, made through Sonardyne’s Singapore subsidiary, includes the supply of Fusion 2 software, Compatt 6 seabed transponders and ROVNav 6 LBL (Long BaseLine) vehicle-mounted transceivers. The Compatt 6s and ROVNav 6s will be Sonardyne’s latest ‘plus’ hardware platform (6+), engineered to unlock the full capabilities of Fusion 2.Built from the ground up, with ease of use

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Kraken's OceanVision Moving Ahead

of a hovering-capable autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) with the potential for subsea residency, and a cutting-edge suite of acoustic and optical sensors, is a powerful package. As Kraken is the manufacturer of all the major vehicle components (i.e., sensors, batteries, propulsion system and software), it is expected that Kraken’s robotics platforms and services can be provided at a much lower overall cost than competing systems.For industry users, such as the oil and gas industry, OceanVision will help them reduce costs and risks, receive better intelligence and improve safety. This will

NORBIT DCT – Hydrographic Survey Made Easy

with survey capabilities ranging from single-beam to multibeam echosounders, sub-bottom profilers, lidar, and magnetometers. The developed markets with a long history of bathymetry and hydrography surveys are well prepared to serve the increased demand with professional hydrographers, equipment and software support. However, in emerging markets and developing countries, the professional hydrography market requires a different approach as the backlog of professional hydrographic surveyors is not established yet. The current commercially available tools require ex-tensive training and understanding of

Thyssenkrupp’s MUM concept. Image from Thyssenkrupp.

Robotics: The Next Gen in Subsea Vehicles

with self-propelled LBL/USBL modems that can establish a network and dock at the MUM vehicle for transit and charging.”Thyssenkrupp MS is building a small-scale version of the MUM, at 5m-long, which will be ready for testing this summer (2019). Many of the concepts, in particular the autonomy software and the mobile communications, will be tested on this system.  The core technologies like the new hydrogen fuel cell as well as a new pressure hull design will also be tested, in real size, this year.A real-scale MUM vehicle is due to be built at tested from 2020, with testing and trials up

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GOT: Comes to Life Using Teledyne Lidar

Imaging hardware and software from Teledyne Optech helped enable 3D spatial data acquisition and visual effects for HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones.  A team, led by Vektra d.o.o. of Croatia, utilized Teledyne’s lidar (light detection and ranging) technology to create a detailed 3D representation of the old city of Dubrovnik, the model for the fictional city of King’s Landing.Lidar is becoming increasingly popular for creating realistic computer-generated imagery (CGI) and visual special effects. Traditionally, lidar has been used for mapping and in construction, civil

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ForeCoast Software to Optimize Modus H-AUV

Subsea vehicles and services provider Modus Seabed Intervention has selected JBA Consulting’s operational management software ForeCoast Marine to help optimize the operation of its hybrid autonomous underwater vehicles (H-AUV).The H-AUV capability is part of a development program by Modus, to introduce advanced and disruptive technologies across its range of services. The UK-based company has selected ForeCoast Marine to optimize the operation of the H-AUV, in an effort to maximize the returns from this investment and provide its clients the most operationally efficient solutions.ForeCoast

Aquanaut (Photo: Houston Mechatronics)

HMI to Develop AI-powered Subsea Manipulator Hands

. "While our team was at NASA, our bio-mimetic designs worked well on Robonaut and Valkyrie and we look forward to demonstrating the value that dexterous end effectors integrated into capable manipulators will bring to the US Navy."The hardware HMI is building will be coupled with AI powered software to enable higher performance."The field of robotics has always included a back and forth race between the hardware's ability and the underlying intelligent software which enables the intended function. However, for this effort, we will have to make considerable advancements on each front

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Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Winner Annouced

teams to advance deep sea technologies for autonomous and unmanned, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration. The team's winning concept includes the use of a unique unmanned surface vessel (USV) / autonomous underwater vessel (AUV) and associated combination of communications hardware and software to process and transmit data remotely. The SEA-KIT USV, Maxlimer, built by Hushcraft in the UK, has a unique ability to launch and recover a KONGSBERG HUGIN AUV, and track it accurately on the surface during subsea survey operations. The autonomous navigation and AUV tracking capabilities of

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Geoscience Software Gift to University of Malaya

GeoSoftware, part of CGG’s Geoscience division, has donated twenty of its advanced geoscience software suites to the University of Malaya (UM) in Malaysia. The initiative will enrich the student experience at UM’s Department of Geology while supporting its mission to train world-class professionals for domestic or international careers in petroleum geosciences.The software will be used to teach quantitative seismic interpretation within the Exploration Geophysics module of the Department’s Master of Petroleum Geoscience program. It will also be used by undergraduates for final-yea

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