New Calibration Tank Needed for Growing Applied Acoustics

Increased demand for Applied Acoustics’ products has necessitated the installation of a further calibration tank at the company’s facility in Great Yarmouth, UK. The new tank will enable production schedules to keep pace with additional customer requirements for advanced subsea acoustic positioning products that are calibrated prior to shipment to check acoustic integrity. UK sales advisor Julian Rickards commented that as standard procedure the company undertakes a set of rigorous performance checks including a full hemisphere test to confirm all acoustic products meet specification at multiple angles and across a range of frequency channels. Hence, the new tank will enable... (read more)
2013-08-28 10:22:41

Dynamic Calibration of ­Navigation Sensors Using GNSS Technology

New on the move approach of calibration for vessel navigation sensors
Over the years there has been a requirement to calibrate navigation (heading and motion) sensors and verify DGNSS systems on vessels working in the offshore oil industry. These calibrations are a requirement of oil companies and need to be undertaken prior to commencement of a project and/or at regular intervals throughout a project. This article covers the techniques and accuracies related to applying GNSS technology to vessel sensor calibration and verification. Historically, vessel sensor calibrations have been undertaken in port using traditional land survey techniques, where the vessel is moored alongside a quay. The current advances made in GNSS technology... (read more)
2013-09-06 03:37:40

Seatronics First to Achieve Enhanced Calibration Accreditation from Valeport

UK-based Seatronics is the first company to sign up to enhanced accreditation as a supplier of third-party calibrations to the ROV and survey communities, globally. The enhanced accreditation is provided by manufacturer of oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric instrumentation, Valeport. Seatronics has calibration facilities in Aberdeen, Singapore and Houston. The original calibration facility was established in Aberdeen in 2003 to manage Seatronics’ extensive range of Valeport assets. Since then, the facility has been extended to handle increased throughput and to support the growing demands of Seatronics’ customers requiring local third-party calibrations. Following the success of the operation in Aberdeen, Seatronics replicated... (read more)
2016-01-27 11:58:45

Automatic Patch Test and Side-Scan Mosaic Tools in NaviModel 3.3

Version 3.3 of the EIVA NaviModel software solution has been released, offering both improved as well as new features, including an automatic patch test module and side-scan mosaic tools. NaviModel version 3.3 allows for 3D, and thus more precise, patch testing, as opposed to previous versions that were based on profile scans. Also, users can create a custom display of the patch testing data, including graph selection. Side-scan mosaic has been a well-known component in other EIVA NaviSuite products for a while, and it is now also included in NaviModel. The mosaic tool encompasses multi-beam snippets, backscatter data and side-scan... (read more)
2013-11-29 11:07:31

Seatronics Expand Client Support Solutions

Seatronics Inc, has opened a new calibration and cable moulding facility in Houston (TX, USA), offering customers local calibration services. The USD200,000 calibration laboratory, which will provide sound velocity, conductivity, depth and temperature calibrations traceable to national standards, is the only independent suite in the USA providing calibration for brands such as Valeport, Paroscientific, Sonardyne International, Ixsea, Tritech International and Aandera.   The new laboratory means Seatronics' USA customers no longer need to send equipment back to the manufacturer in the UK or far east, saving on time and money. A fast-track service option will reduce the turnaround time to... (read more)
2008-08-07 02:37:07

Industry First for Ashtead Technology

Aberdeen-based Ashtead Technology has become the first subsea services company to be accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) for its calibration laboratory. This official seal of approval from UKAS demonstrates that Ashtead delivers professional and technically competent calibration of survey, positioning and oceanographic sensors crucial to their customers’ subsea operations. UKAS assesses a laboratory’s calibration and measurement capability to produce precise and accurate test results by scrutinising the technical competence of staff, the validity of the test methods, and equipment used through a vigorous audit and validation process.  UKAS is the national accreditation body for the United Kingdom,... (read more)
2016-03-16 10:49:11

New POSPac Software Release

Applanix announced the launch of POSPac 4.2, incorporating a number of additions and enhanced features aimed at increasing data accuracy, and simplifying processing operations. The Calibration and Quality Control module, designed for the airborne market, includes new tools for photogrammetry-specific applications. It offers efficient functionality for calibration and quality control tasks, plus a new optional tool for built-in semi-automatic tie-point generation, to support the calibration and quality control process. The software enhances the direct georeferencing capability of the Applanix POS AV products eliminating the need to use third party tie-point matching software. The new release will allow customers to more... (read more)
2004-07-23 12:00:00

Submarine Sensor Support Contract

Chelsea Technologies Group has been awarded a nine and a half year contract by J+S Ltd to provide post-design services for support of the Sonar 2081 submarine oceanographic sensor suite, under the Miscellaneous Sonar Equipment programme. The oceanographic sensors are designed to provide improved situational awareness and enhanced knowledge of the ocean environment. The robust, high precision sensors incorporate novel built-in-test technologies to extend calibration intervals and decrease maintenance costs.The work, which includes service, repair and calibration, will be undertaken at Chelsea's facility in the UK utilising the NAMAS accredited calibration laboratory. (read more)
2010-03-25 10:21:54

Unmanned Surface Vehicle as Aid for LBL Positioning

EvoLogics Explores New Applications for its Sonobot USV
The market of unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) is expanding, with more and more remotely controlled and autonomous USVs becoming available as commercial products. While environmental monitoring and data collection remain the primary target for lightweight USVs, EvoLogics recently tried out a rather untypical, but very promising approach for using its Sonobot: the vehicle turned out to be well suited for calibration and testing of long-baseline (LBL) positioning systems, opening a wide range of new applications. A typical LBL underwater acoustic positioning system uses an array of at least three seafloor-mounted transponders that form the system’s baseline. Before putting the system... (read more)
2015-08-06 03:22:26

Salinometer Delivery

RBR has delivered a MS-310 micro-salinometer to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Hobart, Australia via its agent Metocean Services International. Precision measurement of ocean physics is critical to understanding how the coastal marine environment or deep ocean is changing over short, medium or longer-term time-scales. Any inaccuracies in measurement impact the scientific outcomes and therefore accurate calibration is critical. The MS-310 joins the other equipment at the extensive calibration facility at CSIRO, where they not only calibrate their own oceanographic instrumentation, but offer the service for a range of clients including state research agencies, water authorities... (read more)
2010-08-05 10:07:22
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