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Seismic From Below

; Ocean Bottom Seismic & Manta OBNThe acquisition of seismic data using nodes placed on the sea floor, Ocean Bottom Seismic (OBS) and its use in deep water with Ocean Bottom Nodes (OBN) have been growing rapidly in recent years due to considerable cost savings resulting from innovations in technology and operational concepts. Claudio Paschoa, Marine Technology Reporter’s correspondent in Brazil spoke to Stephan Midenet, CEO of Seabed Geosolutions about OBS technology in general and OBN operations in Brazil.Ocean Bottom Seismic (OBS) TechnologyOBS technology has been around for academic

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A BlueTech Future

for the same reason. We love the ocean, but do we ever think about how much concrete value it adds to society?It was only when I saw Greg Murphy, the executive director of The Maritime Alliance (TMA), speak at the San Diego Global Investment Forum that I grasped how fundamental ocean- and water-focused technology, or “BlueTech”, is to the current economic health of the San Diego area, and how important BlueTech will be to this region’s future prosperity. TMA is a nonprofit industry association and organizer of the nation’s largest BlueTech cluster that is connected internationally

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RE2 Robotics is Developing Manipulators for the US Navy

A developer of humanlike robotic manipulator arms has received a $2.5 million contract from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to continue development and commercialization of its Dexterous Maritime Manipulation System (DM2S).RE2 Robotics’ DM2S technology will provide Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel with the ability to remotely and effectively address Waterborne Improvised Explosive Devices (WBIEDs).WBIEDs and mines pose a significant threat to vessels, bridges and ports, and when placed in congested areas, such as bridge pilings, they can be particularly difficult to access and

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Partners Lead New Swarm Technology Research

U.K. based marine technology company Autonomous Robotics Ltd (ARL) will collaborated with Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University (RGU) to research simultaneous, distributed and scalable localization system for a swarm of autonomous underwater sensor flying nodes.The research will aim to further enhance the capability of the flying node system and further reduce the cost and time for ocean bottom seismic surveys.RGU is a leading Scottish university in Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe, and its School of Engineering has an outstanding track record of working in collaboration with industry.The Swarm

Swathe Services Takes Over as HYPACK Distributor

Swathe Services will take on responsibility for sales and maintenance of HYPACK software solutions in the U.K. and Ireland following the closure of HYPACK’s U.K. partner Del Norte Technology.U.S. company HYPACK – A Xylem Brand is a supplier of hydrographic survey and data processing software for single beam, multibeam, side scan sonar and many other applications in the hydrographic survey and dredging industries.Swathe Services, the Cornwall, U.K. based hydrographic survey services company specializing in Multi-Beam Echo Sounder (MBES) surveying, takes over HYPACK distributor duties for

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'Smart Boulders' Measure Seafloor Avalanches

; Innovation Program, which aims to better understand how natural hazards impact infrastructure and society. The field program was led by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, supported by United States Geological Survey, Ocean University of China, Quindao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology, Durham University, Hull University, University of Southampton and National Oceanography Center

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Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Finalists to Compete off Greece

telescope in the Mediterranean.A secondary test location to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) $1 million bonus prize will take place in early 2019, once the grand prize testing has been completed. Competing bonus prize finalist teams will need to demonstrate that their technology can “sniff out” a specified object in the ocean by tracing a biological or chemical signal to its source

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Schlumberger, TGS Bags New US Seismic Project

of a 2,350-km2 multiclient seismic survey in the Mississippi Canyon and Atwater Valley protraction areas of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. This prolific area includes open acreage, existing producing assets and new discoveries.Seismic data will be acquired using Fairfield Geotechnologies 4C nodal acquisition technology with operations expected to commence in Q4 2018. TGS and Schlumberger will apply their full azimuth processing expertise and expect to deliver final data to customers in Q1 2020."The Amendment project will enhance our current data coverage in the Central U.S. Gulf of Mexico. E&P companies

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DOF Subsea Selects Sonardyne Navigation Tech

International subsea services provider DOF Subsea has chosen acoustic and inertial navigation technology from Sonardyne Brasil Ltda. to support its deepwater operations from three vessels offshore Brazil.The three vessels will be equipped with Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav all-in-one subsea navigation instrument for underwater vehicles. A remote operated vehicle (ROV) on one of the vessels will also be fitted with a Sonardyne Syrinx Doppler Velocity Log (DVL), in place of its existing system. All three vessels are on long-term contract in Brazilian Waters.SPRINT-Nav combines Sonardyne’s SPRINT

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New GPS Interference Mitigation Solution

division, works to nullify the interference or jamming source that’s trying to overpower the satellite signals that GPS positioning systems use to determine location. With the source nullified, the receiver can acquire and track GPS signals while maintaining high-accuracy positioning.The technology that the VERIPOS GAJT 710-MS uses has been battle-tested and proven to work in some of the most demanding environments, protecting GPS signals when it matters most, the manufacturer said.“This innovative new product builds on core Hexagon PI technology, to bring proven solutions that minimize

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Minesto Generates Deep Green Tidal Power

;s ground-breaking low-flow tidal energy project in Wales.“We are entering a new era of renewable energy generation and Minesto is at the forefront,” said Minesto’s CEO Dr Martin Edlund. “The achievements in Wales over the last few months makes us confident that our unique technology can operate in low-flow tidal streams and ocean currents, offering predictability and reliability to the energy mix.”The first utility-scale system of Minesto’s patented and awarded Deep Green technology is commissioned at the Holyhead Deep site off the coast of North Wales. Minesto

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Technology Helps Fight Red Tide Threat

in which the products are transported to avoid the spread of these harmful organisms.Sernapesca has approved Bioionix, Inc's BIOIONIX 6500 and 8500 systems for the elimination of this threat to a large segment of the country’s economy.Hans Kossmann, noted marine biologist and master in biotechnology management, and partner and director of Patagonia Wellboats in Chile, has worked with and tested the BIOIONIX systems to develop the application. According to Kossmann, “The Bioionix systems are superior to other treatment methods to assure food safety. They have the potential of significantly

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Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Dies at 65

his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”Allen was named one of Marine Technology Reporter's Top 10 Ocean Influencers in the 2018 MTR100 awards edition for his continued exploration of the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and acting to change the future.Allen was a leader among individuals who use their money and influence for the betterment of the world and

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Baker Hughes is Exploring Advanced Manufacturing with AFRC

a seat on the AFRC’s managing and technical boards, as well as supporting the center's core research program. Together with the AFRC’s other tier one members, BHGE will help to steer the wider research agenda and share cross sector learnings and best practice.John Kerr, VP and Chief Technology Officer for BHGE’s Oilfield Equipment business, said, “The oil and gas industry is continually evolving, with the past few years driving the need to look at new ways to enhance efficiency, improve productivity and drive down cost. Manufacturing innovation has an important role to play

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Sonardyne Acquires Chelsea Technologies Group

Subsea technology developer Sonardyne International Ltd. said it has acquired maritime and marine science technology specialist Chelsea Technologies Group Ltd. as part of a long-term growth strategy that includes market diversification.In acquiring Chelsea (also known as CTG), Sonardyne said it looks to strengthen its presence in the maritime, marine and ocean science sectors and create new opportunities in the water environmental, defense and process control markets. Chelsea will gain access to Sonardyne’s considerable research, production, testing, compliance and global distribution capabilities

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Subsea State? Steady with Waves of Optimism

cooperation and collaboration, when we did see a real improvement in relationships and some pretty, radical shifts in culture, there are unfortunately still examples of poor behavior. There’s been a willingness to do things differently, to try new ways of working and explore the adoption of new technology. The painful cost-cutting is hopefully behind us and the focus needs to continue to center on relentlessly pursuing smart solutions and efficiencies, coupled with valued added services. But we still need to talk more frankly about cost versus value.Our approach to innovation is key to remaining

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Oil And Gas CEO: New Tech Creates Opportunity

Data from KPMG’s 2018 Oil and Gas CEO Outlook, released Oct. 10, reveals that globally, almost all oil and gas CEOs believe new technology creates opportunities. Eighty-five percent are piloting or have already implemented Artificial Intelligence (AI).However, only 59 percent feel their organization is an active disruptor in their own sector, and 57 percent feel that the lead times to achieve significant progress on transformation can be overwhelming"Technology is disrupting the status quo in the oil and gas industry. AI and robotic solutions can help us create models that will predict

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