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Royal IHC, Tompkins UK Launch TI Geosciences

CPT system – equipped with AP van den Berg’s digital pressure compensated Icone – deployed from a Swire Pacific Offshore G-class platform supply vessel. Remote seabed drilling services are also scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015, with the first in a range of IHC’s SWORD (sonic wireline-operated remote drill) systems, which will also be deployed from a Swire G-class vessel. Services will be ISO 19901-6 and -8 compliant. The SWORD systems will remain within IHC’s research and development program. This will enable operating experience and new industry/technical demands

John DeMille (Photo: EdgeTech)

DeMille Joins Edgetech

important equipment for the industry. DeMille spent 20 years as a U.S. Navy Sea Bee Deep Sea Diver serving with the U.S. Navy underwater construction teams and then went on to work as a project superintendent installing marine transatlantic communication cables. Most recently, DeMille worked with Marine Sonic Technology where he was heavily involved with the side scan sonar product line.   DeMille’s role with EdgeTech will remain focused on the SAR customers and the EdgeTech 4125 Systems, designed specifically for the SAR market as a rugged, portable, easy-to-use system that provides ultra-high

Herbert Joins Phoenix International

, MD office. His responsibilities include executing Phoenix commercial (AUV, ROV, and Engineering) sales objectives, increasing market share, and leading an aggressive commercial marketing and sales program.   Prior to joining Phoenix, Herbert worked as a Business Development Manager for Marine Sonic Technology Ltd., Reson Inc., and IxBlue. Clients included AUV builders, Hydrographic Survey Companies, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Army Corps of Engineers. He also took part in marketing, training, product development, and management

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R2SONIC Multi-beam for Port of London Authority

Swathe Services has announced that after extensive trials in the River Thames in 2014  the Port of London Authority has chosen the R2SONIC SONIC 2024 to be installed on its new survey vessel, due for delivery in October 2015.    The SONIC 2024 which has Ultra High Resolution (UHR) capability at 700 kHz will satisfy the PLA’s particular interest in structural monitoring along with other high resolution bathymetry survey requirements.   The sonar will be installed on a bespoke hull mounting with tilting capability on a new CTruk MPC19 which is currently under construction

Photo: Swathe Services

Swathe Purchase Sonic 2020 and UHR Upgrade

Swathe Services purchased the newly launched Sonic 2020 multi-beam and ultra high resolution upgrade for the Sonic 2024to add to its already expanding rental pool. The Sonic 2020 is the most compact high performance wideband shallow water multi-beam echo sounder providing over 20x selectable operating frequencies to choose from within the 200-400 kHz band. In addition to selectable operating frequencies, the Sonic 2020 provides variable swath coverage selections from 10-130° as well as ability to rotate the swath port or starboard in real-time. The Sonic 2020 frequency agility, productive

Photo: Swathe Services

Swathe MBES and Laser Scanning Training Course

echosounder and MDL laser scanning training course with QINSy software. The five-day course will be held in Southampton starting on Monday, January 27 and finishing on Friday, January 31. Training will be given by James Williams of Swathe Services and JesperHøjdal of Hydrocharting using SONIC 2020 and SONIC 2024 multi-beam echosounders alongside an MDL Dynascanlaser scanning system, followed by data processing using QPS QINSy. JesperHøjdal, Managing Director of HydroCharting, is a professional Hydrographer working at the very forefront of the marine survey industry. His background

Photo: EGS

EGS Helps Facilitate Survey for Chevron Thailand

under this geophysical survey services contract has just been successfully completed during July/August 2013. EGS’s Project Manager for the work Kobi Braendli commented that the duration of the contract had allowed EGS to commit to the purchase of a range of new equipment including the latest R2 Sonic high resolution multibeam, Edgetech digital side scan systems and Applied Acoustic sub-bottom profiling equipment and peripherals which will be stationed in Songkhla for the duration of the contract. EGS’s CEO Chris Welsh confirmed that the Chevron contract award was the latest in a series

 The SonicScope multipole sonic-while-drilling service computes real-time and recorded compressional and shear data in both fast and slow formations. (Photo: Schlumberger)

Schlumberger Introduces SonicScope

Schlumberger announced the release of the SonicScope multipole sonic-while-drilling service for wells with large boreholes. The SonicScope service provides high fidelity measurements to determine formation pore pressure and breakout limits to improve drilling risk management. “When drilling in challenging environments such as deepwater, operators are often faced with mud weight selection and wellbore instability issues that can be a result of uncertainties of pore pressures in geological layers,” said Steve Kaufmann, president, Drilling & Measurements, Schlumberger. “The

Courtesy Modus Seabed Intervention

IHC Takes Majority Stakes in Tompkins

move into new market segments. Based on Tompkins’ buoyancy-stabilised, deep-water, deep-push, cone-penetration testing (DWCPT) system, TI Geosciences provides CPT/gravity-coring services. Remote seabed drilling services will be introduced later this year with the first in a range of IHC’s sonic wireline-operated remote drill (SWORD) systems, which is currently being built. The strong combination of IHC and Tompkins gives customers access to technologically advanced, high-quality, efficient and integrated solutions in seabed data acquisition, management and application through surveying

Oceanscan Invests in Applanix Multibeam and INS

Swathe Services announced that Oceanscan has recently made a significant investment for an R2Sonic 2022 digital wideband multibeam system with integrated I2NS (POS MV Wavemaster) INS.    The Sonic 2022 is portable, the compact form factor making it ideal for integration into AUV, ROV, or small boat operations with a range up to 400m of water.    The 3,000m-rated Sonic 2022 unit is fitted with the 700 kHz UHR Option, Truepix backscatter and raw water column detect, making it an ideal high-resolution sonar. When UHR is selected, the beam width is 0.6° x 0.6° providing

MTR100: Ocean Sonic

Hill House, 11 Lornevale Road    Great Village, Nova Scotia, Canada B0M 1L0    T: +1-902-655-3000    W: [email protected]    W:    CEO/President: Mark Wood    No. of Employees: 12      Ocean Sonics designs and manufactures the icListen Smart Hydrophone, an innovative passive acoustic monitoring system. Like us, most of our users work with ocean sounds; they are scientists, environmental assessment specialists, engineers and field operations personnel.

EchoBoat-MB (Photo: Seafloor Systems)

EchoBoat-MB Making its Way to Mexico

of one of its EchoBoat-MB systems to Consorcio IUYET S.A. de C.V., one of Mexico's largest engineering firms.   The EchoBoat-MB is a remotely controlled, multipurpose vessel capable of carrying multiple sensors for hydrographic survey projects. The system delivered to Consorcio is equipped with Sonic 2020 Multibeam Echosounder by R2Sonic LLC, Ekinox-D High Accuracy Dual GPS Inertial System by SBG Systems, miniSVS Sound Velocity Measurement Sensor by Valeport Ltd and HYSWEEP Multibeam Software by HYPACK, Inc.    Installation and training will take place in Mexico City for the Consorcio

MTR100: Sensor Technology Ltd.

on research. It has conducted experiments on the space shuttle, the Mir space station and in ocean depths below 20,000 ft. More than 30 years in business it has shifted our focus to industrial applications. SensorTech produces custom acoustic sensors for companies building systems for mine hunting, sonic ranging, sub-bottom imaging, trawl monitoring, fish tagging, marine seismic exploration and more. It also makes acoustic transducers and hydrophones for use outside the marine environment, for applications such as medical imaging, oil well logging and gas flow measurement. Its history of research

ATLAS N.America Acquires Marine Sonic Technology Assets

ATLAS North America LLC. (ANA), a wholly owned subsidiary of ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, Germany, has acquired the business of Marine Sonic Technology (MSTL), Ltd., based in Yorktown, Virginia, via an asset deal. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.   Sergio Diehl, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATLAS North America LLC., stated, “ATLAS North America’s acquisition of Marine Sonic Technology creates for the ATLAS Group a greater worldwide stake within the sonar survey, mine warfare and the fast growing autonomous vehicle markets. MSTL’s core competencies with high

CTI Announces New Bundled Pricing

capabilities,” said David Finlayson, CTI Chief Scientist.     SonarWiz users will have the capability to work with virtually all the industry’s leading sonar system suppliers, including BathySwath, C-MAX, Edgetech, GeoAcoustics, Klein, Knudsen, Kongsberg, Imagenex, Marine Sonic, Ping DSP, SonarBeam, Syqwest, Teledyne Odom, Tritech, Reson and R2Sonic. 

Ports of Jersey Purchases Multi-Beam System

Ports of Jersey in the U.K. has taken delivery of a new Multi-Beam system from Swathe Services. Following an extensive trial period and tender process, Ports of Jersey selected Swathe Services to deliver the R2Sonic Sonic 2024 with TruePix and UHR 700 kHz capability.   The comprehensive equipment, software and support package was chosen by Aaron Gavey, Deputy Marine Operations Manager, to enhance the organization’s new commercial survey capability.   Gavey and his team also chose the new SBG Systems Apogee-U Inertial Navigation System with a Hemisphere R330 RTK base station and

SeeByte’s SeeTrack Military Now Compatible

SeeByte, a leader in creating smart software for unmanned maritime systems, has announced the compatibility of its SeeTrack Military software systems with the Marine Sonic Technology, Ltd. high resolution Sea Scan HDS side-scan sonar system. Ioseba Tena, Sales Manager at SeeByte commented; “Having successfully worked together with Marine Sonic Technology in the past, it seems only natural that both companies’ customers gain from the collaborative efforts of this work. Customers using the Marine Sonic Sea Scan HDS sonar can now visualise and process data from their newest side-scan

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