The Road to Autonomy: Unmanned Subsea Asset Inspection

Reducing Requirements for Manual Intervention
In 2019, Swire Seabed successfully used a novel AUV/USV solution to complete a commercial pipeline inspection campaign, surveying 175km of pipe. This involved use of a HUGIN AUV paired with the Sea-Kit Maxlimer USV. The 2019 survey campaign formed the final part of a developmental project involving Swire Seabed, EIVA, Kongsberg and Sea-Kit in which inspection work scopes were completed for Equinor. In this, emphasis was placed on the automation of survey processes, allowing remote command and control of operations. This work typifies the direction in which the industry is heading, with many survey companies now seeking to reduce requirements... (read more)
2020-10-20 08:58:57

Oceanology International 2020 Goes Virtual

Oceanology International 2020 is to be held virtually, bypassing the current doubts over worldwide travel and quarantine restrictions, while bringing the maritime industry together in a fresh, innovative way through the Oi Connect event and meetings platform. Moving to a virtual exhibition ensures that it will be open to everyone, sidestepping travel times and logistics and uniting the global ocean tech community.   Event organizers Reed Exhibitions has also postponed Oi Americas – originally planned to be held in San Diego in February 2021 – until 2023. Oi Connect 2020 will instead serve a worldwide audience in what promises to... (read more)
2020-10-13 10:09:23

Venezuela Performs Bathymetric Surveys with Own Satellite

Ever since the launch of the VRSS-2 Antonio José de Sucre satellite in 2017, researchers have been looking into how best to use and apply the information that it provides for the benefit of environmental development and sustainability. For example, the bathymetry derived from satellite images is very beneficial for hydrographic services, since it allows information to be obtained that has not been explored with traditional acoustic methods. The Venezuela Hydrographic Office has started to use this method, also to improve its hydrographic coverage. The Antonio José de Sucre satellite is Venezuela's third artificial satellite. It was launched from the Jiuquan... (read more)
2020-10-07 11:06:14

Valeport Gets On Board with the Mayflower Autonomous Ship Project

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship, which is set to self-navigate across the Atlantic in Spring 2021, will be fitted with the new Valeport uvSVX and a Valeport altimeter to provide vital precise underwater depth data which will help to protect the vessel and the onboard technology on its epic journey. Sailing from Plymouth, UK, to Plymouth, USA, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) will trace the route of the original 1620 Mayflower to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the famous voyage. With no human captain or crew, it will become one of the first full-sized, fully autonomous vessels to cross the Atlantic.... (read more)
2020-09-29 10:16:03

Kongsberg to Supply Four AUV Survey Systems to Indian Shipyard

Kongsberg Maritime has announced the sale of four HUGIN AUV systems to the Indian defence public sector shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Limited (GRSE), located in Kolkata, India. This sale has been conducted in collaboration with Kongsberg Maritime India, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime. The purchase, which also includes HiPAP 502 high-accuracy acoustic positioning and communication systems to support AUV operations, will be installed on the four large survey vessels currently being built for the Indian Navy. GRSE chairman and managing director Rear Admiral (retired) Vipin Saxena said: “We are pleased and look forward to making use of the... (read more)
2020-09-29 09:07:44

Sonardyne’s Solstice MCM Sonar Now MINTACS-compatible for Royal Australian Navy

Marine technology company Sonardyne has announced that its Solstice multi-aperture sonar has been integrated into mine warfare command software used by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Through a collaboration with Australian defence software engineering company Solutions from Silicon (SfS), data collected by Solstice during mine counter measure (MCM) missions can now be imported, processed and displayed in the most recent release of the MINTACS (Mine Warfare Tactical Command Software), which is in service with the RAN. Sonardyne’s Solstice is widely considered a force multiplier for MCM operations, enabling substantially higher area coverage rates (ACR) using low-cost, low-logistics autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs).... (read more)
2020-09-22 10:14:55

The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project Enters New Partnership with IIC Technologies

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and IIC Technologies Ltd. The MOU establishes a new partnership between Seabed 2030 and IIC Technologies in recognition that both parties are working to increase humanity’s understanding of the world’s oceans. Seabed 2030 is a collaborative project between The Nippon Foundation and GEBCO to inspire the complete mapping of the world’s ocean by 2030, and to compile all bathymetric data into the freely available GEBCO Ocean Map. GEBCO is a joint project of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), and... (read more)
2020-09-22 09:54:59

Fugro’s Bathymetric Lidar Improves Hydrographic Data Collection in Australia and Pacific Region

Fugro has successfully trialled a major upgrade to its Fugro LADS airborne lidar bathymetry (ALB) system. The enhanced LADS HD+ technology was developed in Fugro’s laser laboratory in Adelaide, Australia, and is a sophisticated hydrographic mapping system that accurately measures water depth in both the marine and coastal zone environments. The new advances to the system have doubled the laser speed and the swath width and improved the object detection of the system, greatly increasing data collection efficiency for nautical charting. The system builds on the proven Australian-developed LADS technology and has been designed for safe, high-speed and cost-effective surveys... (read more)
2020-09-10 02:51:26

Saab Seaeye Panther Selected for Pipeline Inspection in Gulf of Mexico

For pipeline inspection in the Gulf of Mexico, global maritime, survey and ROV services operator ACSM chose an electric Saab Seaeye Panther XT robotic vehicle over other ROV vehicle alternatives. The Panther inspected 261 pipelines totalling 2,340km in four fields in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM), at depths ranging from 15 to 130 metres, in a less than 10-month project duration. ACSM chose the electric Saab Seaeye Panther because it can perform the full scope of work needed, yet is far smaller than hydraulic equivalents. Considerable savings come from deploying the 700kg Panther system rather than the much heavier hydraulic... (read more)
2020-09-07 09:22:03

Joe Avis

Joseph Avis received his BSc in Physical Geography before completing his MSc in Remote Sensing and GIS at Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK, in 2017 and 2018 respectively. His MSc thesis was about researching the impact of suspended sediment on mangrove forests through remote sensing data. In 2018, Joseph joined ARGANS as a Junior Earth Observation Scientist where he worked on a range of Earth Observation projects. Joseph has since taken on the role of Technical Lead of ARGANS Satellite Derived Bathymetry projects working with ESA and a national hydrographic agency where he manages a small production team split between Plymouth,... (read more)
2020-09-07 09:11:03
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