2020 iXblue Users Conference

This third edition of our conference will bring together over 150 key players in the maritime market such as hydrographic offices, universities, institutes, port authorities, survey and dredging companies, as well as offshore construction contractors. This one-day event is a golden opportunity for participants to share their experience on the latest technologies and gain valuable insight on current and upcoming market trends.   Confirmed speakers include:Drebble, Edgetech, Forssea, GEOMAR, Ifremer, iSTerre Grenoble, KOBO, Ludwig-Maximilians-University, MARUM, Schlumberger, Sulmara, Swire Seabed, TechnipFMC (read more)
2019-10-09 08:24:02

Growth in Maritime Industry to Drive Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market

The autonomous underwater vehicle market is expected to be valued at US$371.3 in 2019. During the course of the forecast period (2018–2027), the market is expected to register a CAGR of over 6%, according to a recently launched report on the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) market by Market Research, a research and consulting firm. AUVs are generally used in aquaculture systems for a variety of underwater tasks such as tank water monitoring in fish farming. Aquaculture production has been increasing rapidly, making fish farming one of the fastest growing industrial sectors across the world. This has been significantly contributing to the growth... (read more)
2019-06-25 09:00:26

Wärtsilä HY for Dredger Enhances Dredging Efficiency and Sustainability

Wärtsilä has launched the Wärtsilä HY for Dredger, a product based on Wärtsilä’s HY hybrid propulsion technology, which is aimed specifically at enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of dredging operations. The product was presented at a Future Dredger Day event held at the company’s Hybrid Centre in Trieste, Italy. A real-life demonstration of the product was given as well. Different Power Sources The Wärtsilä HY for Dredger features a combination of different power sources, including the engines and energy storage systems, the power distribution equipment, and the Energy Management System (EMS). The EMS ensures instant load taking and dynamic power... (read more)
2019-05-28 10:05:29

Three Export Cable Circuits for Offshore Wind Farm

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded the offshore export cable installation contract for the Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm. The contract with a value greater than €100 million was awarded by Ørsted Wind Power A/S and consists of three export cable circuits with a total length of approximately 380 kilometres. Installation and Protecting The project scope includes the preparation of the offshore export cable route (geophysical survey, boulder clearance and seabed levelling through dredging), and the installation and protection of the cables. The three 130 kilometre long export cables will connect the offshore substation to the onshore substation... (read more)
2019-04-29 12:46:12

Open Teledyne PDS and SeaBat Sonar Courses for 2019

Teledyne RESON has announced a series of Teledyne PDS software and SeaBat Sonar training courses. Teledyne Marine brings a number of courses set at different global locations. The open courses cover Teledyne PDS for Dredge or Multibeam operations and Teledyne RESON SeaBat Sonar training. Teledyne PDS and SeaBat Multibeam Sonars are used for seabed mapping and dredging operations. The company also offers a combined training session giving trainees everything they need to know about sonar installation to produce a deliverable in Teledyne PDS. Customized On-site Training “As the year is now well on its way, we see an uptake in... (read more)
2019-04-25 10:34:32

Portable MBES Hydrographic System Installed at Corsica

MacArtney France has delivered a portable Multi-Beam Echo Sounder Hydrographic System, designed for small vessels, to the French government organization, Collectivité de Corse, in Corsica, France. This bathymetric system will reduce survey time, increase accuracy, expand survey area reach and ensure a comprehensive hydrographic survey system. Secure navigation The purpose of the MBES Hydrographic System is to ensure visiting vessels can securely navigate the harbours of the island, monitor the seabed to control the quality of dredging, identify obstructions on the sea floor and finally verify underwater installations, for example, the quaysides and hexapods of the Corsican harbours. Meeting standards... (read more)
2019-04-08 09:24:33

Hydrographic Surveyor

The Port of London Authority is a self-financing statutory authority with responsibility for administering one of the UK’s largest ports, maintaining the safety of navigation throughout its limits and for the conservancy of 95 miles of the tidal River Thames and Thames Estuary.  Job Summary This interesting and varied post offers considerable potential for someone seeking to join a highly respected, motivated and friendly team that is seeking to develop and expand its capabilities This is a permanent post is based within our Hydrographic Department one of the strongest in the UK. Our primary focus is the provision of Safety... (read more)
2019-02-21 09:18:06

Rolien van der Mark

Dr. Ir. C.F. (Rolien) van der Mark studied Civil Engineering at Delft University of Technology. She did her PhD research at Twente University on river bed forms. She is an expert in the field of inland shipping and river dynamics at Deltares where she is responsible for the portfolio and R&D programme ‘Inland waterways’. She has been involved in and in charge of consultancy and research projects dealing with navigability of inland waterways, river hydraulics and morphology and numerical modelling. Van der Mark is involved in the Dutch CoVadem initiative in which a fleet of inland ships continuously measures underkeel... (read more)
2019-02-04 11:23:31

The Study of Mapping the Seafloor

What is the Difference Between a Bathymetry Chart and a Hydrographic Chart?
This article will immerse you into the deep water of Bathymetry. It explains in detail what a bathymetry map is, what it shows, what methods we use to collect the bathymetry data and last but not least, how to create a good quality bathymetry map. It will also cover the difference between a bathymetry chart and a hydrographic chart and the techniques our ancestors used in the past to collect and record depths. What is Bathymetry? Bathymetry is the study of mapping the seafloor. Bathymetric maps represent the ocean (sea) depth as a function of geographical coordinates, just as topographic maps... (read more)
2019-01-15 08:58:54

Hydrographic Surveying: Where Do We Stand

The Ever-increasing Accuracy of Mapping the Surface Waters
Hydrographic surveying is highly specific and requires a suite of advanced acquisition and positioning sensors attached to a mobile survey platform as well as sophisticated software to allow the correct combination of all the data. For those within the industry, the advances over the last decade may feel more like an evolution rather than a revolution. If we look back one, two or even three decades, we can see the enormous leap hydrographic surveying has taken. Where do we stand, and what can we expect for the near future? In this article, we will look at the present compared to... (read more)
2018-12-11 02:51:31
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