Fugro’s AUV Images Bring Search for Lost Sub AE1 to Successful Close

Fugro’s role in an expedition to find HMAS AE1 has helped to solve Australia’s oldest naval mystery, 103 years after the First World War Australian submarine vanished off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. In waters over 300 metres deep, Fugro deployed its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from Survey Vessel 'Fugro Equator'. On 19 December 2017 an object of interest was located, and further inspection confirmed that it was AE1. Using specialised survey technology, including a multibeam echosounder mounted on the hull of Fugro Equator and its AUV, Echo Surveyor 5, Fugro scanned the seafloor to collect detailed data. The AUV flew... (read more)
2018-03-13 11:27:20

Bibby HydroMap and iXblue Announce AUSV Partnership

Bibby HydroMap, one of the leading providers of hydrographic and geophysical surveys in the UK and Northern Europe, has partnered with iXblue to bring 'DriX', a new autonomous unmanned surface vessel (AUSV), to the European market. Specifically designed with a revolutionary hull shape optimized for both coastal and offshore missions, and manufactured using state of the art composite materials, DriX operates with the utmost stability, guaranteeing the best possible results, with excellent and unmatched performance offshore. In a step change for autonomous survey, DriX offers up to 7 days of data acquisition endurance at speeds of up to 14 knots.... (read more)
2018-03-09 09:31:18

Grow Your Business with Geomares!

Whether you want to launch your new multibeam echosounder, are looking for an outstanding surveyor, aim to strengthen brand recognition or are keen to demonstrate the tangible benefits of your unmanned solutions, Geomares is a key partner in growing your business! As the publisher of 'Hydro International' and various other titles, we form the link in the interaction between professional buyers and business in the hydrographic community. To find out how we can help you grow your business, come and talk to our enthusiastic team of dedicated, knowledgeable marketing advisors and content professionals at Oi18. They are always happy to... (read more)
2018-03-06 01:08:21

The Importance of Continuous Education

How Fugro Academy Advances the Company’s Business
It is now well over ten years since Fugro Academy opened its doors within Fugro as a focal point for learning and development for the company’s 10,000-plus employees, who specialise in providing geoinformation and asset integrity services to a global client base. So, what is Fugro Academy and how does it contribute to the ongoing education and professional development of the largely technical workforce? Andrew McNeill, global talent development manager at Fugro, explains more. Fugro Academy was established in late 2006. Around that time, Fugro was working in a very buoyant market, particularly for services related to oil and gas,... (read more)
2018-02-14 10:27:53

Oi18 Expands to Offer Even More Vessel and Dockside Demos for Visitors

Visitors to Oceanology International 2018 (Oi18) will be able to participate in a series of live product demonstrations from the event’s waterside exhibitor area on the Royal Victoria Dock. Oi18 will be held at ExCel, London, UK, from 13-15 March. The programme will offer a great variety of interactive experiences from some of the industry’s leading ocean technology manufacturers. As one of the most popular attractions for Oceanology International visitors, this year’s dockside and on-water demo programme has been expanded and will now comprise daily demonstrations to offer an even more valuable experience for those attending, whilst allowing exhibitors to... (read more)
2018-02-13 01:48:48

Subsea 7 Utilises Autonomous Surface Vessel in Mediterranean Pipelay Operation

ASV Global has announced the successful deployment of one of its C-Worker 7 class of autonomous surface vessels for Subsea 7. The 7m autonomous surface vessel was used to support a pipelay operation off the coast of Egypt. Fitted with a survey suite comprising a multibeam echosounder and sidescan sonar, the C-Worker 7 carried out touchdown monitoring in support of the 'Seven Antares' pipelay vessel.    A spokesperson from Subsea 7 said the C-Worker 7 has proven to be a very capable vessel providing an excellent stable survey platform controlled by the Pipelay Vessel. Richard Daltry, technical Director at ASV... (read more)
2018-01-23 09:35:00

Fugro Starts Marine and Land Surveys for Abu Dhabi Gas Field Project

Fugro has commenced a programme of geophysical and geotechnical surveys for Artelia, Abu Dhabi, as part of the Hail and Ghasha development, a landmark project by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC). Located offshore in the Arabian Gulf, the gas development is part of Abu Dhabi’s largest sour gas field project. It directly supports the company’s strategy to unlock its developed sour gas reserves to ensure a sustainable and economic gas supply to the United Arab Emirates. Fugro’s ability to provide turnkey survey solutions was a key factor in the award of the contract following a highly competitive bidding... (read more)
2018-01-19 01:21:05

Multibeam Survey after NYC Ferry Strikes Submerged Object

On 27 November 2017, a New York City ferry departing from Pier 11 in the East River struck an underwater pylon, stranding over 100 passengers. The pylon was most likely from the remains of an old pier demolished several years earlier. At the request of the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), NOAA’s Navigation Response Team 5 (NRT 5), homeported in New London, Connecticut, assisted in the investigation. NRT 5 arrived in Jersey City, New Jersey, on December 4, to prepare for surveying. The following day, the team picked up an investigator from the USCG, deployed the boat, and headed towards Pier... (read more)
2018-01-16 10:37:10

Next-generation Echosounders for Canadian Victoria Class Submarine Fleet

Knudsen Engineering has announced a two-year contract awarded by the Canadian Dept. of National Defence for the supply of ruggedised echosounders to replace the dry end portion of the deep and shallow echosounders currently fitted onboard Canada’s Victoria Class Submarine Fleet. Additionally, the contract will include installation and training at the Tactical Weapons System Training Facility in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Each deliverable set includes recorders, remote displays, associated switches and ancillary dry end equipment. This order comes on the heels of recent sales of the Knudsen 320N Fathometer to the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and U.S. Foreign Military Sales.... (read more)
2018-01-16 10:27:28

Hydrographic Data Science

The Art and Craft of Making Useful Hydrography
We are seeing the introduction and application of automated technologies everywhere that supplant the common and accepted ways of doing jobs, writes Paul Cooper. Indeed, the pages of Hydro International are often dominated by examples of such applications, and most of us can think of concrete situations or comparisons between ‘then and now’. Modernisation and new thinking are dramatically changing the way hydrography is collected, processed and made available to users. As the focus is shifting from data collection to data analysis, hydrographic data scientists are becoming increasingly important. When I reported on board at the Naval Oceanographic Office in 1971, we had just... (read more)
2018-01-09 08:44:12
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