In situ Measurements of Seabed Mobility

Partrac has recently directly measured seabed erosion and deposition rates at a deep water location on the UK continental shelf. This initiative comprises part of a partnership project led by Portsmouth, NOC and Cefas and funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and supported equally by Defra as part of the Marine Ecosystem Connections (MECs) project.   In a collaborative venture with Dr Gary Fones of Portsmouth University and Dr Ruth Parker and her colleagues at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Partrac deployed their 'Voyager II' benthic flume at three offshore sites as part of... (read more)
2008-06-12 11:01:26

Fugro: The history and Future

FUGRO, The Netherlands
Fugro, headquartered in the Netherlands, is the world’s leading independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions, collecting data, ... Fugro, headquartered in the Netherlands, is the world’s leading independent provider of geo-intelligence and asset integrity solutions, collecting data on topography, soil composition and environmental conditions, both onshore and offshore. Acquired data is organised, processed, interpreted and visualised whilst additional services include geo-related design, asset inspection and integrity advice. By Debra Barker, Fugro, UK Founded in 1962 by engineer Kees Joustra, the original business plan for the company included combining the practice of soil analysis with the theory of advice on foundation design. Over a period of more than fifty years of organic growth, mergers and an active acquisition policy... (read more)
2016-04-07 12:07:42

Recruit, Train and Retain

In March 2007, a presentation was given at the Offshore Survey Conference 2007. The title of the presentation was ‘Recruiting, Training & Retaining of Personnel in the Offshore Survey Sector of the Oil & Gas Industry’. The theme was working together to ensure the availability of people and skills for the future. The presentation led to some rallying around and the setting up of an industry working group, ‘The Oil & Gas Offshore Survey and Positioning Group’ (OSPG), comprising representatives from across the industry, in an attempt to address some of the issues.<P> The Group was formed in May2007 to... (read more)
2008-04-02 12:00:00

NOC to Host Workshops at Ocean Business 2017

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) will be delivering a programme of workshops at Ocean Business 2017, taking place from 4-6 April at the NOC in Southampton, UK. The workshops will address a variety of issues facing the ocean technology community, both currently and in the future. On the first day of Ocean Business (Tuesday 4 April), Prof Matt Mowlem, head of the NOC’s Ocean Technology and Engineering Group, will present the NOC's sensor and instrumentation technologies that have just become available commercially. Further workshops include: business opportunities to network and work with the newly created South Marine Cluster; meetings with... (read more)
2017-02-23 03:34:21

All-Energy 2012: Call for Papers

The twelfth All-Energy Exhibition and Conference is to be held from 23rd to 24th May 2012 in Aberdeen, UK. New features are ‘Offshore Maintenance - where offshore wind meets oil and gas' and sector-specific trails. All-Energy features a multi-stream, free-to-attend conference. The Call for Papers for the conference is now open with abstracts of up to 300 words invited. The submission deadline is 22nd December 2011.   Full information about the submission of papers is available on the website. Poster sites will be available for academics.    Space for the twelfth show - set to fill three joined halls to... (read more)
2011-11-29 10:53:47

World’s Largest Construction Vessel Ready for Action

Following its inauguration ceremony in Rotterdam on 27 February 2015, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit will start its first job offshore Norway this summer with an integrated Dynamic Positioning (DP) and manoeuvring system based on state-of-the art Kongsberg Maritime technology. The Kongsberg Maritime delivery includes forward and aft bridge systems in addition to an extensive automation network and the HiPAP subsea position reference system. Eight years in the making, Allseas’ Pioneering Spirit single-lift vessel is the largest construction vessel in the world. Kongsberg Maritime has been involved with this ground-breaking project from near the very start, having been selected by Allseas to... (read more)
2015-03-23 01:36:30

Moving UXO Classification to the Cloud

Geosoft is partnering with Acorn Science and Innovation to create a cloud-based technology solution for unexploded ordnance (UXO) classification projects. The three-year project, funded by the US Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), will deliver a cloud prototype for classifying buried metal as either UXO or non-hazardous clutter based on the analysis of electromagnetic induction (EMI) data. UXO classification requires several players working in different locations, currently on personal computers. This includes field technicians, data processors, data analysts, government project managers and geophysicists, and regulators. Data collected using advanced electromagnetic (EM) sensors in the field are sent... (read more)
2017-10-04 11:32:03

High Hopes for UK Marine Sector

The marine environmental services sector has proven much more resilient to the economic downturn that might have been expected against the background of a contracting environmental consultancy market in the UK. This experienced a decline of 5.1% in 2009, according to a new report by market intelligence providers'Environment Analyst'. The research assessed the performance of more than sixty operators in the sector, profiling in depth thirteen of the key operators.     Environment Analyst found that the top twenty firms together account for over 90% of the total market. Behind Cefas, the market leader, other leading operators in terms of... (read more)
2011-03-24 12:00:00

New ROV at All-Energy 2011

Three key areas of expertise of Fugro Renewables stand (E195) are highlighted at All-Energy 2011, held on 18th and 19th May 2011 in Aberdeen. The show sees the launch of a new ROV; information on the company's operation and maintenance services for all marine renewable energy infrastructure; and their marine environmental consultancy capability. A design and development team, led by Jacco Huipen, Fugro's Subsea Engineering and Tooling Manager, has developed a new tracked arrangement for Fugro work class ROVs. The system was designed and manufactured at Fugro's base on Denmore Road in Aberdeen. Fugro already operates tracked ROVs for inspection.... (read more)
2011-05-16 11:46:50

Subsea Visualisation at Frigg

SRD has successfully completed an acoustic subsea visualisation programme in support of decommissioning work on the Frigg field, located on the boundary between the British and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea. In August this year SRD were contracted by Saipem UK's Sonsub Division on behalf of Total Exploration & Production to provide acoustic subsea visualisation support.     The operation involved the removal and disposal of pipelines within a 500 metre radius of the platforms and was conducted from the vessel Normand Cutter. There was also a requirement to smooth the original protective rock berms to remove hazards for... (read more)
2008-11-20 11:14:32
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