Oceanology International 2010 Preview (2)

This is the continuation of the Oceanology International Preview. For companies A - L, see part 1  MacArtney Underwater Technology Group MacArtney will be introducing their newest innovation in multiplexers - the NEXUS MK E electrical multiplexer, which is designed to the same high standards as the fibre optic multiplexer range with the telemetry part of the multiplexer adapted to non-fibre optic cables. Another highlight will be the demonstration of a working active heave compensation winch, the Cormac 3 Stainless Steel winch. It will demonstrate load stability during vessel movement on the sea. MacArtney will show their Focus ROTV, camera... (read more)
2010-03-01 05:03:47

Ocean Business 2013 Preview

More Variety at an Expanded Trade Show
Southampton, in the south of the UK’s Hampshire region, will be buzzing from 9 to 11 April 2013 as hydrographic, oceanographic and offshore professionals gather for an even bigger edition of Ocean Business. The organisers expect the 300 exhibitors to welcome 4,000 visitors and delegates to the National Oceanographic Centre grounds and inform them about the latest technologies. Hydro International invited exhibitors to give their preview, which we have published on these pages to give you a taste of what’s on offer during the event. 3D Laser Mapping 3D Laser Mapping is a ­world-leading provider of laser scanning technology. Established... (read more)
2013-04-02 02:56:31

Sea Level Rise Modelling

In a Caribbean Small Island Developing State
In 2009, a research project was implemented to study the potential socio-economic impacts of climate change upon coastal communities in Canada and the Caribbean. Grande Riviere in Trinidad and Tobago, one of the study sites, is an important nesting site for leatherback turtles. Turtle watching, part of eco-tourism conducted in that part of the country, is an important source of income for the community. Any significant rise in mean sea level may negatively impact the turtles’ nesting sites and consequently negatively impact Grande Riviere’s socio-economic wellbeing. Hydrographic and topographic surveying techniques and GIS were used to construct spatial models that... (read more)
2011-12-19 04:03:39

The Dawn of the Digital Age

How digital visual systems lower costs and improve efficiency
Traditionally, Video Inspection surveys have been performed by ROV using analogue CCD colour cameras, with the video pictures recorded to S-VHS videotapes. This technology has served the industry well for more than twenty years but technology moves on: the world watches films on DVD, digital video movie trailers can be viewed over the internet and 3G mobile phones allow digital video clips to be viewed on the move. We are about to witness the same paradigm shift in the way we handle video information as occurred twelve years ago when CD audio replaced analogue vinyl recordings. Digital video systems offer... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

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

New Bathymetric Data Assessment at the UK Hydrographic Office

To support the production and maintenance of navigational charts, the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) receives large quantities of bathymetric data from a great number of sources. This data is all assessed for possible dangers to navigation and, where such dangers exist, promulgated by the Notices to Mariners system. Because of the safety implications, time is of the essence and UKHO uses an in-house developed system to reformat, store and assess the data. Although the system is now getting somewhat dated, has limited functionality and is due for replacement, it has stood the test of time and the principles of... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Proactive Dredging in the Dutch Wadden Sea

Morphological Monitoring and Forecasting through Development of a Maintenance Management System
The navigation channels in the Dutch Wadden Sea require continuous maintenance due to unceasing sedimentation of sand and mud. This article describes the data management workflow and adopted technologies for a maintenance management system (MMS) used for morphological monitoring and forecasting of the various navigation channels. In 2016, the Dutch Department of Waterways and Public Works awarded a multiannual contract to contractor Gebroeders van der Lee to maintain the navigable waterways and harbours in the Dutch Wadden Sea, where HKV Consultants supports the development, operation and maintenance of this MMS. The challenge of working in these conditions is to find... (read more)
2018-05-22 11:06:18

Deepwater Survey, Investigation and Intervention

Survey, geotechnics and Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) operations are all individually very interesting subjects as far as their exponents are concerned. But this combination, with the added dimension of working at an unusual work-site in extreme depths of water, has made the Prestige Project a very challenging programme for participants. In November 2002, whilst under tow in poor weather conditions, the Bahamas-flagged Prestige oil tanker broke in two and sank approximately 150 miles off the north west coast of Spain and Portugal in 3,800 metres (12,500 feet) of water. The two parts of the hull came to rest on... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

STEMA Survey Services bv

New techniques to reveal crucial sub-bottom details
After working for eighteen years with the trailer department of a dredging company, Stef Mars started his own hydrographic survey company in 1985. Working on board of hopper trailer suction dredgers and later as hydrographic surveyor with project management he came across two main problems: a lack of reliable sub-bottom information, and the elusiveness of liquid sediment, or silt. Stema is known mostly as a hydrographic and geophysical survey company; it is less known as a manufacturer of software. However, we have developed our own tools that may be of interest to readers. The Company A team of geologists, hydrographers... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Mapping the Seafloor with Remote Sensing and Satellite Imagery

An Analysis of the Techniques and Benefits of These Methods
70% of the Earth is covered by water, but so far just 7% of it has been surveyed (Mars, Venus and the Moon are better surveyed). Hydrography as a science has changed dramatically since the first measurements were made by Alexander Dalrymple and James Cook with lead lines and sextants. Singlebeam echosounders were invented in the 1920s – a technology still used today for mapping the seafloor. This method of using echosounders can produce very high-resolution bathymetric data but the high operational costs and the slow working process make it economically unsuitable for covering large areas. However, with the ongoing expenses of... (read more)
2018-06-19 09:23:54
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