Survey Equipment News

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C-Enduro Delivered to Royal Navy

the Royal Navy. The C-Enduro will be used for military data gathering trials by the Mine countermeasures and Hydrographic Capability (MHC) program as the Navy seeks to exploit autonomous technology.The 4.8-meter autonomous vessel is equipped with 10 sensors combining scientific and hydrographic survey equipment. The vessel operates using L3 ASV’s proprietary control system, ASView, and is fitted with L3 ASV’s advanced autonomy package, ensuring situational awareness and smart path planning. ASView enables a range of autonomous control modes, including line following, station-keeping and

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

Subsea Technology and Rentals (STR), a multi-disciplinary technology expert specializing in the design, production, rental and sale of innovative marine survey equipment, has become the first company to invest in Sonardyne International Ltd.’s new Long BaseLine (LBL) and Inertial Navigation System (INS) software, Fusion 2. The announcement was made following Sonardyne’s launch event at OSEA 2018 in Singapore.STR will upgrade its existing 6G hardware to Sonardyne’s new 6 ‘plus’ variants, which, combined with Fusion 2, will make marine survey and offshore construction

Echotrac E20 with laptop and transducer (Image: Teledyne Marine)

SES Orders Teledyne Odom Singlebeam Echosounders

Teledyne Marine said it has scored a significant order from Texas-based Survey Equipment Services (SES) for a number of its new singlebeam echosounders, the Teledyne Odom Hydrographic Echotrac E20.The Echotrac E20 is the next generation of Odom Hydrographic’s singlebeam echosounders, built on new sonar technology at the factory in Denmark, Teledyne Marine’s Sonar Technology Center of Excellence.Designed for ease of use and portability, the Echotrac E20 is a dual channel survey echosounder operating from 10 to 300 kHz operating frequency and from 0.2m to 6km depth range, delivering precise

Øivind Røegh (Photo: iSURVEY)

iSURVEY Completes Industry First Project for Norske Shell

place last month as part of the operator’s Scarabeo 8 drilling campaign, utilized iSURVEY’s survey support remotely from its Oslo headquarter. This marks the first time remote positioning has been applied for a regular DP drill rig move operation on the Norwegian Continental Shelf.The survey equipment was initially mobilized on board, and then operated from the iSURVEY remote survey control room in Oslo. Surveyors could follow the operation onshore as required by the operator, and logging of final position was done successfully through the iCONTROL solution. A direct communication line between

Unique Group Enters into West Africa JV

and will further extend services into Sub-Saharan Africa.Although already active in the region for some time, the partnership creates a dedicated office for Unique Group in the region, bringing enhanced accessibility and reduced response time for customers. Unique Group’s divisions, namely, Survey Equipment, Diving & Life Support, Buoyancy & Ballast, On-Site Engineering and Specialized Boats will be active from the Port Harcourt office.The new operations will be managed by Mark Severn, who will head up Business Development. Mark brings 26 years’ experience in the oil & gas industry

3D image of Mevagissey Harbour which was generated using data collected by the new Ultrabeam Hydrographic vessel (Image: Ultrabeam Hydrographic)

EU Grant Supports New Unmanned Survey Vessel

ultra high resolution hydrographic surveys for clients with marine based assets, such as harbors, subsea pipelines and oil and gas platforms, has developed a new type of unmanned surface vessel believed to be the first of its kind.The Ultra-USV 3-meter catamaran carries a full suite of high-tech survey equipment and has been designed to gather fast, accurate and highly detailed survey data in challenging locations.The compact craft is powered by four electric thrusters in a vectored thrust layout, meaning the vehicle can make very precisely controlled movements in any direction, similar to the way an

UKHO Purchases Multibeam Survey Equipment

NORBIT said it has been appointed by the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) as the single framework supplier until August 2020 for survey equipment and associated engineering support to enable British Overseas Territories and other Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) develop their own hydrographic survey capability to meet IHO standards.NORBIT iWBMS equipment installations will be conducted in cooperation with local government authorities who will provide suitable vessels and facilities, ultimately enabling the growth in knowledge and capability of local hydrographic services. NORBIT will

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MacArtney Supplies Survey Equipment to Geo Group

concept including installation and training in hardware and software to support Geo Group, Germany, in mapping subsea areas.   MacArtney Germany has effected supply, installation and setting-to-work of several multibeam echo sounder systems and navigation equipment for hydrographic survey applications.   Being an internationally operating company providing solutions ranging from classic geoengineering services onshore to special tasks offshore, the Geo Group consists of 18 subsidiaries in Germany and Poland.   Scope of supply The deliveries made by MacArtney have been

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Unique Group Invests in Subsea Laser Scanning

with scanning ranges out to 10 meters and resolutions to 0.01mm. With its most comprehensive in the world line of subsea scanners, Newton is the largest and oldest worldwide manufacturer of underwater laser scanners.   The scanners are available for rental through the Unique Group’s Survey Equipment division.   Commenting on the investment, Andy Doggett, Unique Group’s Survey Equipment Divisional Director, stated, “We are delighted to collaborate with Newton Labs on this new and precise sensor method. Subsea laser scanners have become an indispensable tool for subsea

Left to right: Konrad Mech, Director of Subsea Channel Management at Kongsberg Maritime AS, and Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique Group (Photo: Unique Group)

Unique Group, Kongsberg Maritime Restore Partnership

using our product lines.”   Harry Gandhi, CEO of Unique Group, said, “As a company seeking to deliver world-class underwater solutions to customers, we’re excited at the opportunity to partner with Kongsberg once again. The partnership will allow Unique Group’s Survey Equipment division to add a wide range of underwater mapping and navigation products to its extensive line of superior quality equipment.   “The move is also strategic for Unique Group as we’re committed to building long-term relationships with global industry leaders. We look forward

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Hydrographic Survey Boat Delivered to Nelleman Survey

innovative solutions and weight reductions.”   The boat is equipped with bow thrusters, double VHF, 4kW radar, 12” multi-functional touchscreen, AIS, onboard video system with camera on both foredeck and aft, air suspended seats and a complete workstation for the hydrographic survey equipment.   The vessel is built from composite materials and is equipped with aluminum railings. Clever choice of materials contributes to the desired weight reductions and ensures low maintenance and superior strength. Thanks to the low weight and an inboard Volvo Penta diesel engine, the vessel

Atair II (Photo: MacGregor)

MacGregor Bags Equipment Order for German Research Vessel

Technology, MacGregor. "This cooperation not only means that our systems meet the needs of the operator, but ensures its safe and reliable operation.   "Our systems are based on proven technology and are customized to carefully handle a full range of sophisticated hydrographic survey equipment," he added

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Sonardyne to Track Vietnamese Divers and ROVs

family, but for a lower cost.   Thien Nam Positioning conducts a wide range of geophysical surveys, pipeline and flowline installations, and maintenance operations in support of the country’s offshore oil and gas industry. Their divers and ROVs often work from vessels-of-opportunity, so survey equipment needs to be easy to install and easy to move from between vessels without affecting performance.   Speaking about the contract, Sonardyne Sales Manager, Daniel Tan explained that this type of operational scenario is perfect for Mini-Ranger 2. “For example, the transceiver used to

Atair II (Photo: Kongsberg Maritime)

Germany Chooses Kongsberg Research Ship Concept

working deck offers space for laboratories and transport containers and an extensive diving equipment and diving Chamber are also included. For Atair II’s primary tasks of hydrographic survey and wreck search, Kongsberg will supply a substantial suite of the most sophisticated hydrographic survey equipment including multi/single beam echo sounders, sonar, sidescan sonar and sub-bottom profiler. Atair II will operate in the North Sea and the Baltic Sea, conducting hydrographic surveys and wreck search operations in addition to marine environmental monitoring, as well as the technical testing

Saipem's new Innovator 2.0 ROV (Photo: Saipem)

Work Class ROVs

control system components. The user power supply system has also been re-designed to eliminate the need for a one atmospheric control can and to allow ease of configuration. The Perry XLX Evo also features an enhanced and fully integrated survey system with interfaces compatible with all modern survey equipment, including sub bottom profilers, multi-beam sonars, etc.   Saab Seaeye Saab Seaeye has a number of vehicles in all classes. The Cougar Compact is the deepwater version of the compact, highly flexible and extremely powerful Cougar-XT. With all the benefits of the XT and the full range

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New Survey Equipment for Port of Hamburg

The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) has added its third integrated dual head multibeam survey system to its range of hydrographic survey equipment.   HPA conducts around 900 surveys per year in the port of Hamburg, and it uses its smallest survey vessel Deepenschriewer IV primarily for multibeam surveys for depth control and documenting in shallow water areas.   For this purpose, MBT, MacArtney Germany, has supplied, installed, and set to work a dual head multibeam echo sounder system that includes high-resolution multibeam echo sounder Teledyne RESON SeaBat T20-R, a Valeport SWiFT sound

David Mair (Photo: Ashtead Technology)

Mair Joins Ashtead Senior Management Team

for Ashtead’s global business development activities as the firm looks to further broaden its range of services and increase its geographical reach.   Mair’s appointment follows Ashtead’s recent expansion in the Middle East with the acquisition of Abu Dhabi based TES Survey Equipment Services LLC.     “We have invested heavily in growing our international footprint over the past 12 months and expanding our service offering to meet the needs of our customers in the current market,” said Allan Pirie, chief executive of Ashtead Technology. “David&rsquo

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