Snow Crab Tracking Using Wave Gliders

New Technology Bringing Science and Industry Together
Coastal communities around the globe are seeking better ways to understand and manage regional ecosystems. They depend on the ocean to sustain economic opportunities, ensure food security and safeguard fragile environments and species. For harvesters, scientists and government organisations in Nova Scotia, Canada, timely, accurate and comprehensive data on movements of valued species as crab is essential for designing effective fishery management regimes. Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), the Canadian government and local harvesters have been tagging and monitoring aquatic animals for years. But not all tracking methods are practical or cost-effective for highly mobile, yet slow moving animals like snow... (read more)
2017-06-19 01:57:59

Centralised Data for Hamburg Port Authority

From Ping to Chart
The Port of Hamburg is the third-largest container port in Europe and among the biggest in the world. There are almost 300 berths with a total of 43 kilometres of quay servicing around 9,000 ships per year. The Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) is responsible for the management of the harbour and has its own hydrographic survey department. This department collects its own multibeam and laser data which is augmented with additional data collected by the land survey department of the HPA and with data from external organisations. All bathymetric data is stored in a central Bathymetric Database (BDB) and from there disseminated... (read more)
2017-06-13 02:19:51

Sr Fariza Muhamad Faiz

Sr (Surveyor) Fariza Muhamad Faiz graduated from the University of Technology Mara (UiTM) in 2006 with an honours degree in Surveying Science and Geomatics, with a Vice Chancellor Award. After graduating, she joined a local higher learning college, Geomatika College, teaching Geomatics-related subjects to Certificates’ students. After a short stint, she left and joined Offshore Geo‐Surveys Malaysia in 2007 to pursue a career in the oil & gas industry. There, she was trained to become an online surveyor and then set her career path to become a data processor and soon after a multibeam processor. Then she continued to become... (read more)
2017-06-12 09:48:53

IOGP Seabed Survey Data Model (SSDM) Version 2

The IOGP Geomatics Committee’s Seabed Survey Data Model (SSDM) Task Force has completed SSDM version 2 incorporating industry feedback received since the release of SSDM version 1 in April 2011. The Seabed Survey Data Model is an industry standard for the storage and management of seabed survey data. SSDM version 2 features the following key updates: UML design of the model in Enterprise Architect for both ArcGIS implementation and GML encoding Compliance with EPSG Coordinate Reference System schema and consistency with other IOGP Standards Centralized reference for units of measure Expanded definition of seabed and subsurface features Complete Symbology stylesheet... (read more)
2017-05-18 10:36:34

Kraken Receives CAD745,000 for Underwater Robotics

Kraken Sonar Systems, Canada, has been awarded a non-refundable financial contribution of CAD745,950 by the Research & Development Corporation (RDC) of Newfoundland and Labrador. The funding will support development of Kraken’s ThunderFish autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) programme. The ThunderFish programme will combine smart sonar, laser and optical sensors, advanced pressure-tolerant battery and thruster technologies and cutting-edge artificial intelligence algorithms integrated on board a cost-effective 6,000m-depth-rated AUV. Karl Kenny,president and CEO of Kraken said this funding will help maintain the momentum Kraken have been building over the past two years in underwater robotics. Technological innovations in sensors, high performance computing and... (read more)
2017-05-16 02:24:00

Kraken Receives Canadian Development Grant

Kraken Sonar Systems Inc. will receive a non-refundable financial contribution of up to CAD1,470,000 from the National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). In addition to technical and business advisory services provided by NRC-IRAP, the funding is being used to support the development of Kraken's underwater robotics programme, which involves development of a technology demonstration platform. The first phase of the programme will utilise the Fraunhofer Institute's DEDAVE autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) as the base platform. The AUV will be enhanced with hydrodynamic control system and payload upgrades. Karl Kenny, Kraken's president and CEO, said to appreciate... (read more)
2017-03-22 08:30:28

Multi-purpose ENCs for Ports

How to Create and Maintain Them
Ports require access to a wide range of data and information to function safely and efficiently. Some of that data is acquired from external stakeholders but most is generated internally within the port. It is very often managed and held within a single software application, department or business function. Streamlining how a port manages its data, by adopting a more data-centric approach, can bring major benefits. OceanWise has been working with ports for over five years and has pioneered the concept of a port, when considered more widely, as being a maritime information infrastructure. The Maritime Infrastructure There is nothing... (read more)
2017-02-13 03:38:08

SurvTech Selects NEXUS 800 for Aerial Mapping

A NEXUS 800 UAS powered by HYPACK has been provided to the US southeastern geospatial solutions company SurvTech. The company will use the device to acquire upland data simultaneous with subaqueous data and make a seamless point cloud of upland and submerged data. The integration with the company’s heading RTK GPS, IMU, sonar and HYPACK was experienced as straightforward. President David O’Brien of SurvTech stated they have been collecting mobile LiDAR with the HYPACK solution from their boats and trucks and are extremely happy with the datasets. Choice of the NEXUS 800 UAS When planning to equip a UAV copter... (read more)
2017-01-26 09:41:34

HYPACK Enters UAV Data Collection Era

HYPACK, USA, has partnered with Infinite Jib, Velodyne and SBG to provide a mapping solution that represents a next evolution in the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) market: NEXUS 800 UAV. This solution, powered by HYPACK, represents a full end-to-end solution, seamlessly harmonising Lidar data with photogrammetry. The NEXUS 800 is a turnkey system that integrates hardware and software to provide an advanced and seamless solution for Lidar survey planning, data acquisition, post processing and analysis and product creation. Powered by the HYPACK-HYSWEEP mapping software, the operator can plan, acquire, and process the Lidar and Photogrammetry data onboard a high powered Windows... (read more)
2016-10-25 08:51:57

RMS Submarine Complements Next Geosolutions’ Baltic Activity

Next Geosolutions’ 17-month project ‘220 kV A.C. Connections – West of Adlergrund’, performing marine surveys for cable route design and engineering in the western Baltic Sea, has been supported by RMS Submarine with resourcing solutions assistance. Next Geosolutions’ workscope for its client Prysmian (end client 50 Hertz) has included nearshore and offshore multibeam, geophysical (SSS, SBP, mag), UXO (using the Katria Scanfish solution with 4 mag array), geotechnical (VC and PCPT) and ROV inspection operations, as well as beach landing topographic surveys. The project consists of multiple 220 kV AC grid connections of the two offshore wind parks (OWP) Arkona... (read more)
2016-09-20 09:50:01
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