iXBlue Launches ROVINS NANO

On the evening before the opening of OI 2016, iXBlue literally unveiled the ROVINS NANO. This compact unit provides highly accurate positioning at all depths, including for middle water station keeping. ROVINS NANO has been designed for ROV pilots performing maintenance and construction operations. It offers the unbeatable stability and accuracy of the inertial position, outputting true north, roll, pitch and rotation rates. iXBlue also updated the audience on developments within the company. Where the Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) has limitations, especially when operating in middle water, ROVINS NANO is now there to guarantee optimal navigation safety. According to Paul... (read more)
2016-03-15 10:47:21

Expanded Line-up of Subsea Vehicle Navigation Technologies

Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd, UK, represented at Oceanology International in London, is debuting its expanded line-up of ROV and AUV navigation solutions. New additions to the company’s Lodestar AHRS and SPRINT INS product lines mean that there is now a model to suit all underwater vehicle applications and budgets. The company is also launching one of the smallest combined INS and DVL instruments on the market. Export procedures are considerably simplified thanks to manufacture in the UK in a single facility. As all versions utilise the same small, lightweight subsea housing, users can now switch capability without the need to... (read more)
2016-03-09 11:38:45

Oceanology International 2016 Provides Update on Ocean Technology

Promising Event for Oceanographic and Hydrographic Community
Hydro International traditionally prepares a preview of Oceanology International to help you prepare for the highlights of what businesses on the show floor will be presenting. The Hydro International preview offers you a selection of the more than 350 companies from 32 countries that will be present at the trade show. The total surface is over 8,000 square metres so consider wearing your walking boots!  Joost Boers, editorial manager, Hydro International There will also be is a conference during Oceanology focusing on streams like Trade & Innovation; Marine Technology and Services Sector Role in the Blue Economy; Marine Renewables; Positioning & Metrology; Green Shipping;... (read more)
2016-03-01 11:47:03

Acoustically Aided INS and Lidar

Fast 3D Subsea Mobile Mapping and Contactless Metrology
Aerial mobile mapping using Lidar and GNSS-aided inertial navigation has revolutionised the efficiency of land and shallow-water bathymetric surveying. Now, fast ultra‑high resolution subsea mobile mapping is approaching. Millimetre-resolution Lidar sensors have emerged in parallel with major advances in tightly integrated subsea inertial navigation. Wideband Doppler velocity navigation (DVL), Long BaseLine (LBL) observations, Simultaneous Localisation And Mapping (SLAM), automatic calibration and forwards-backwards post-processing, join with Acoustically Aided INS (AAINS) to provide robust dynamic sub‑millimetre relative accuracy and centimetric-level accuracy over wide areas. Successful deepwater ROV trials in the Monterey Canyon, California, USA, have demonstrated the extremely efficient dynamic future of... (read more)
2016-03-01 10:29:57

Swathe Services to Distribute SBG Systems in UK and Ireland

SBG Systems has appointed Swathe Services to be an authorised sales and support distributor for the marine hydrography market in the UK and Ireland. This includes all products within the Ellipse, Ekinox and Apogee product lines and includes the Split-Box with associated components. SBG Systems offers a complete line of high-performance and miniature attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS), motion reference units (MRU) and inertial navigation systems (INS) with embedded GNSS receiver (INS/GNSS). The company's inertial navigation systems allow accurate data georeferencing whether a sonar or Lidar is mounted on a manned survey vessel, an unmanned surface vehicle (USV), a remotely operated... (read more)
2016-02-04 12:40:47

Geo-matching.com Adds Doppler Velocity Logs

Geo-matching.com has recently added Doppler Velocity Logs (DVLs) to its product categories. In addition to general specifications, detailed information is given about operation characteristics, acoustic specifications and water velocity. Sonardyne is the first supplier in this category with the Syrinx DVL. To see the DVLs category, go to http://geo-matching.com/category/id106-dvls-doppler-velocity-log-.html Just some of the categories on offer include ADCPs, ROVs, Hydrographic Processing Software, GNSS Receivers, GIS Software, Inertial Navigation Systems, AUVs, Multibeam Echosounders, Sidescan Sonars and Imaging Sonar. Geo-matching.com (www.Geo-matching.com) is the world’s largest product database for surveying, navigation and machine guidance featuring detailed product information for more than 1,100 products... (read more)
2016-01-20 09:45:22

C-Innovation ROVs on Track

C-Innovation, UK, has placed a major order for SPRINT inertial navigation systems (INS) from Sonardyne International Ltd. Working closely with C-Innovation to understand the requirements when using Schilling’s UHD ROVs in  operations, SPRINT has been fully integrated into these ROVs, including the use of specialised Seanet connectors. This resulted in a tested, standardised configuration that supports a dedicated AHRS or INS output direct to the ROV with an automatic mode switch. A configuration that allows the system to be used as both a high-performance AHRS for typical ROV guidance or as an INS that provides automatic station keeping capability for... (read more)
2015-10-21 01:42:41

Sonardyne 6G and SPRINT Achieve Time Savings in Gulf of Mexico

Subsea engineering, construction and installation company, Subsea 7, has successfully used acoustic and inertial navigation technologies from Sonardyne International during a project to install flowlines, risers and subsea structures at a major new deep water field development in the Gulf of Mexico, due to commence production in 2016. To meet the positioning requirements of the project, Fred Goodloe III, project surveyor for Subsea 7 worked closely with Sonardyne’s in-house Survey Support Group (SSG) to determine the optimum configuration of subsea, ROV and vessel-based equipment. For a low-risk, multi-functional and cost-effective solution, a combined acoustic and aided-inertial navigation approach was adopted... (read more)
2015-10-13 04:29:39

Managing UXO Risk in Offshore and Renewables Projects

The Need for a Survey Strategy
With the increase of offshore marine projects over the decades, demand for a cost-effective and efficient risk-based approach for the mitigation of UXO (Unexploded Ordnance) has become a priority for offshore construction teams. From the numerous projects for the offshore renewables and major gas distribution projects in North West Europe it was learned that offshore UXO mitigation is mostly a survey issue, as the survey industry can provide the tools to locate, identify and manage potential UXO. This article suggests a best practice strategy coming from experience gained with offshore marine project management and modern survey methods. In the more... (read more)
2015-08-27 02:04:24

Sonardyne Expands with French Office

Sonardyne International has opened its first permanent office in France to expand its presence in the region. Located in Haut de Cagnes, 10 minutes from Nice International Airport, the office will be staffed by Aude Kuchly who joined Sonardyne as Sales Manager in 2011, bringing with her many years of commercial success operating within the oil and gas and oceanographic sectors. Opening a dedicated office in France will allow Sonardyne to have greater contact with users across southern Europe in order to better understand their application, identify future requirements and develop business relationships. The new office will also provide specialist... (read more)
2015-08-18 10:30:00
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