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ROV Hercules launches off of the E/V Nautilus to search for meteorite fragments in Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. (Photo: Susan Poulton/OET)

Possible Meteorite Fragments Found in Marine Sanctuary

off the Washington coast. Despite having broken into many pieces before falling to the sea, its impact was so violent it registered on seismometers as far away as Manitoba, Canada. The cosmic burst, picked up by NOAA’s NEXRAD weather radar, created a giant fireball called a bolide, as well as a sonic boom, but no tsunami.A group of scientists from NOAA, NASA and the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) working with the 64-meter research vessel E/V Nautilus used an EM302 multibeam sounder and subbottom profiler to first map the site of impact, and then recover parts of the meteorite with the help of

(Photo: SeaRobotics Corporation)

New ASV Delivered for Post-hurricane Surveying

protective crates so the system can be airfreighted for rapid deployment. The system assembles from crates to deployment in less than 30 minutes. Working in partnership with Echo 81, the ASV integrates hydrographic survey payload, including an Edgetch 6205 sidescan/bathy multibeam echo-sounder (MBES), R2 Sonic 2022 MBES, Applanix WaveMaster POS MV inertial navigation system (INS), a SeaRobotics’ cast winch and a castable AML BaseX² sound velocity probe (SVP). The two multibeam systems were chosen to provide exceptional data quality in multiple marine environments, aiding in the rapid assessment

The rotating head of the overview sonar, with the Sonic 2022 on it. (Photo taken with ROV Jason. Credits: UW/NSF-OOI/WHOI/MARUM, V18)

MultiBeam EchoSounder Enables First-of-its-kind Research

monitors the natural release of methane at the Southern Hydrate Ridge (SHR) off the coast of Oregon State.This real-time monitoring is performed by a MultiBeam EchoSounder (MBES), which until recently, was unconceivable due to the high power consumption of the MBES. The M3 project is made possible by R2Sonic’s MBES Sonic 2022, which offers high performances while ensuring low power consumption. The objective is to conduct this project over 2+ years in order to gather as much data as possible to help scientists determine if there is a relationship with ocean warming and volume of methane release

Figure 1: The Sea Otter Surf Zone Crawler

Seafloor Crawlers: New Robotic Tools for Challenging Missions

includes two Ethernet guest ports and internal space for additional circuit boards such as data acquisition or video boards.The modular design has permitted strap-on payloads to be mounted within minutes, without concern of payload shape, volume, or weight. Payloads have included salinity, turbidity, sonic velocity depth, various cameras, imaging sonar, release-able buoys, soil penetrometers, and electromagnetic sensor sleds, among others.Batteries and all electronics are included within the track volume maximizing free volume for the payload bay while minimizing “bottoming-out.” The wide

(L-R) Phil Middleton, Seatronics Group MD, with Andy Williamson from Underseasense (Photo: Seatronics)

Seatronics Doubles Its Stock of R2 Sonic Multibeam Systems

Seatronics, an Acteon company providing rental and sale of marine electronic equipment, has doubled its stock of Sonic 2024 Multibeam Echosounders with the acquisition of 11 new systems from long-term supplier R2 Sonic.Over the last 18 months, the increased projects within the oil and gas industry and the booming activity in the offshore wind farm sector have seen a rise in hydrographic surveys all around the world. Responding to this increased need and to serve their customers with innovative solutions, Seatronics have more than doubled their stockholding of Sonic 2024 systems with an investment in

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

Photos courtesy of Swathe Services

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

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: www.OceanSonics.com    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

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

DOE’s Bergman, Sabo & Takeda

Deep Ocean Engineering

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Deep Ocean Engineering participated in the first comprehensive multibeam survey of the USS Arizona and the USS Utah at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During a week in October 2014, team members from Deep Ocean Engineering, Inc, R2Sonic, Autodesk, and eTrac traveled to Oahu to conduct these surveys as a gift to the National Park Service. In the months leading up to this survey, R2Sonic contacted Deep Ocean to use its their H-1750 USV as an unmanned platform to operate their SONIC 2020 multibeam. Typically, these surveys are completed

Gen 5 Multiplexer Courtesy Seatronics

Seatronics, Meridian Complete Mexico Pipeline, Deliver Cost Saving

made deployment of a smaller ROV spread possible; eliminating the requirement for a work class vehicle to perform the complex project, and delivering significant cost savings.”   The full range of equipment supplied for the project by Seatronics included the Gen 5 Multiplexer; two R2 Sonic 2024 multibeam systems; an Teledyne Workhorse DVL system; an Octans Fiber Optic Gyro; a TSS - 440 pipe tracker; a Tritech bathymetric system and a Sidus green line laser. Seatronics facilitated full factory acceptance testing prior to mobilisation with the supply of subsea cabling, manufactured in-house

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