Ocean Business 2011 Preview

The third edition of Ocean Business will take place in Southampton, UK, from 5 – 7 April. The organisation anticipates more than 4000 visitors at the event, with 309 exhibitors from 19 countries. Ocean Business 2011 will be bigger than the previous editions, but will retain the cosy element, with exhibitors all taking relatively small stands. This time the organisation will have more vessels coming in, and there will be a full training and demonstration programme again. The organisation also found new locations for the offsite social events and the gala dinner venue is twice as big as last time.... (read more)
2011-03-16 04:15:56

Oceanology International 2010 Preview (1)

Oceanology International, the world's premier event for the marine science and ocean technology community, will this year be held in London, UK, from 9th to 11th March. Over 6,600 attendees are expected to drop in on this event, visiting the world largest exhibition with over 500 suppliers, the associated biennial conference, or are attracted by the many vessels and networking opportunities. This preview aims to give a foretaste of this year's exhibition that is the largest ever held, with pavilions from Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and individual exhibitors from nearly 30 countries. We invited exhibitors to introduce themselves... (read more)
2010-03-01 04:45:38

Ocean Business 2013 Preview

More Variety at an Expanded Trade Show
Southampton, in the south of the UK’s Hampshire region, will be buzzing from 9 to 11 April 2013 as hydrographic, oceanographic and offshore professionals gather for an even bigger edition of Ocean Business. The organisers expect the 300 exhibitors to welcome 4,000 visitors and delegates to the National Oceanographic Centre grounds and inform them about the latest technologies. Hydro International invited exhibitors to give their preview, which we have published on these pages to give you a taste of what’s on offer during the event. 3D Laser Mapping 3D Laser Mapping is a ­world-leading provider of laser scanning technology. Established... (read more)
2013-04-02 02:56:31

Oceanology International to have Three Points of Focus

When Oi08 opens at the ExCeL centre in London’s Docklands on 11 March, the exhibition and its accompanying conference will focus on the three important issues that have begun to dominate thinking in ocean science and technology: climate change, meeting future energy demands, and ensuring environmental and civil security. These have become interconnected issues, with expertise now moving freely between each of these apparently specialised sectors.<P> With a 3-day conference accompan­ying this major exhibition, it is almost inevitable that public concerns about climate change will attract considerable interest. The role of the oceans in global warming is likely to take... (read more)
2008-03-12 12:00:00

Lessons Learned From the AF447 Search

Hydro International Interviews Mike Purcell
It was a rainy day at Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. The scenery reminds me of the Twin Peaks atmosphere. I am about to interview Mike Purcell, the man whose search team finally found the wreckage of flight AF447 in the deep ocean in 2011. Only five years after this tragedy a second airliner, the MH370, vanished into the deep ocean. Major search operations have been going on since then. Hydro International found this to be a good reason to look back with Mike and see what lessons have been learned in this deep ocean search operation. When did WHOI get... (read more)
2015-01-29 03:25:33

Remotely Operated Work Platform

A radical new approach to subsea operations
As the industry searches for hydrocarbons in deeper and deeper water, the difficulties related to this exploration and installation of related equipment are increasing substantially. Subsea installation methods, which were designed for relatively shallow water applications, are being stretched to make them suitable for the requirements of work at depths ranging from 500 to 2,500 metres but most of them become impractical. B&a industries bv, drawing on its field experience in ultra-deep water installation, salvage and underwater positioning, has designed, built and commissioned the first remotely operated work platform, pushing the limit to 3,000 metres. Named Promaster, this self-contained tool... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Developments in Highly Accurate Immersed Tunnel Positioning

A New Approach for Exceptionally Long and Deep Immersed Tunnel Projects
Netherlands-based positioning specialist Geocon was awarded a contract for the immersion of one of the deepest and longest immersed tunnels in the world, in South Korea’s Jinhae Bay. Together with its sister company, Strukton Immersion Projects, the main contractor for the immersion operations, Geocon completed the job within the specified time and budget. In March 2007, immersion specialist Strukton Immersion Projects (like Geocon, a business unit of Netherlands-based construction company Strukton) was contracted to immerse a 3.2-kilometre long tunnel in South Korea’s Jinhae Bay. The operation was to be carried out up to 1.5 kilometres from shore, at a direct... (read more)
2015-07-28 02:11:08

INS and DVL for Out-of-Straightness Surveying

Inertial and Doppler, the Perfect Combination for 3D Pipeline Buckle Surveys
The move to deeper water, the proliferation of subsea completions, and the continued drive to lower costs are driving the requirement for more accurate out-of-straightness surveys. Pipelines are being designed to higher tolerances and are carrying warmer products at higher pressure. It is assumed that pipes will expand and move throughout their lifetime. Surveys are required to confirm that there are no un-planned buckles in the line. This article shows how INS (Inertial Navigation System) and DVL (Doppler Velocity Log) may be combined to meet these requirements. Out-of-straightness surveys are required to confirm that the pipe has moved as expected... (read more)
2012-04-19 04:27:25

Deepwater Survey, Investigation and Intervention

Survey, geotechnics and Remotely Operated underwater Vehicle (ROV) operations are all individually very interesting subjects as far as their exponents are concerned. But this combination, with the added dimension of working at an unusual work-site in extreme depths of water, has made the Prestige Project a very challenging programme for participants. In November 2002, whilst under tow in poor weather conditions, the Bahamas-flagged Prestige oil tanker broke in two and sank approximately 150 miles off the north west coast of Spain and Portugal in 3,800 metres (12,500 feet) of water. The two parts of the hull came to rest on... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

C & C Technologies, Inc.

Growing to become a 'big guy'
What started out as a small niche company specialising in hydrographic multi-beam surveys has really taken flight since 1992. C&C Technologies has been led in many other directions than multi-beam survey alone, growing to become a ‘big guy’ with a market share in AUV survey exceeding 90% and estimated total revenues of US$75 million in 2006. Thomas and Jimmy Chance were raised in the survey business, helping their father John E. Chance build the largest privately owned survey company in the world. In 1992, when their father sold his company to Fugro, the Chance brothers resigned their management positions and... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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