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

USVs Developing into Versatile Tools

Extending the Boundaries of Hydrographic Surveying
Unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) are gaining terrain in hydrographic surveying. They combine the advantages of small survey vessels with those of unmanned survey platforms, giving them a range of applications that is likely to expand even more. They enable hydrographic surveys in a greater number of areas, both inland and offshore. Due to the size of some USVs, they can access waters that are either too shallow for a regular survey vessel or difficult – even dangerous – to access to allow mobilisation of a manned survey vessel. This makes them the survey platform of choice for inshore and coastal areas like... (read more)
2017-12-21 10:31:09

Kongsberg Unveils New-generation Multibeam Echosounder

Kongsberg Maritime has released the EM 304, the third generation of its de facto industry-standard 30kHz multibeam echosounder system, which is used for high-resolution seabed mapping from depths of 10 metres to beyond the continental rises, deeper than 8,000 metres. Developed as a low-noise echosounder with state-of-the-art electronics, the EM 304 delivers high-quality data that requires minimal post-processing. In addition to offering increased range and resolution performance, the EM 304 introduces a broad range of functionality and new features that serve as a significant upgrade to the current generation EM 302 system. EM 302 Replacement As part of a new... (read more)
2017-12-19 09:07:12

Fugro to Bring Survey Expertise to Search for Lost WWI Submarine

Fugro is to join a campaign to find the First World War Australian submarine, HMAS AE1. From its survey vessel, the 'Fugro Equator', skilled survey personnel from Fugro will use a multibeam echosounder to conduct a bathymetric survey as well as an autonomous underwater vehicle for close examination of the search area. The expedition will be led by the not-for-profit-company Find AE1 Ltd and supported by Fugro, the Australian National Maritime Museum and the Submarine Institute of Australia. The Silentworld Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation with a focus on Australasian maritime archaeology, and the Royal Australian Navy are the major sponsors... (read more)
2017-11-28 04:14:56

Forth Ports to Use NORBIT Multibeam Echosounder

NORBIT has supplied Forth Ports, one of the UK’s largest port groups, with multibeam survey capability for the River Forth and the River Tay. The NORBIT iWBMSh is in place with QPS QINSy and Qimera software, along with associated sensors and training with an investment by the port business exceeding GBP250,000. NORBIT has also supplied the integrated iLiDAR system to Forth Ports, facilitating an integrated survey system allowing both bathymetric and terrestrial spatial data to be simultaneously collected by a single source system. Alan McPherson, Chief Harbour Master commented that as the statutory River Authority for the River Forth and... (read more)
2017-11-22 11:03:29

Greenland Climate Research Centre Invests in Multibeam Echosounder

The Greenland Climate Research Centre will be taking delivery in early 2018 of a Teledyne RESON SeaBat T50-R extended-range high-resolution multibeam sonar. The sonar will be hull-mounted on R/V 'Sanna'. R/V 'Sanna' operates as a research vessel on the West Greenland coast, collecting valuable data about Greenland’s marine resources and oceanographic environment. The Greenland Climate Research Centre is a part of Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, and the researchers will utilise the Seabat T50-R ER capabilities to map seabed topography and marine habitats in the 200-800m deep waters of the Greenland shelf. The SeaBat T50-R Extended Range builds on the market leading SeaBat T-series, which is designed... (read more)
2017-11-22 09:14:42

Offshore Geophysical Survey Underway for AQUIND Interconnector

MMT has commenced an offshore geophysical survey for the AQUIND Interconnector project. The work will involve a geophysical survey of the proposed cable corridor between the landfall areas near Portsmouth in England and near Dieppe in France. MMT will utilise two vessels: M/V Franklin for offshore works and M/V Seabeam for nearshore works. The vessels are equipped with survey technology including multibeam echosounders, sidescan sonars and sub-bottom profilers. AQUIND, MMT and their representatives maintain ongoing contact with UK and French fisheries, which may be affected by the survey, in order to mitigate any potential impact on their fishing activities. The... (read more)
2017-11-20 09:08:00
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