Sonardyne Underwater Positioning to Support Fugro’s Offshore Wind Operations in North America

Leading geo-data specialist Fugro has chosen underwater positioning technology from Sonardyne for its upcoming offshore wind farm projects in North America. The company has ordered three Sonardyne Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) underwater positioning systems to support shallow water site characterisation surveys, and a standard Ranger 2 for positioning geotechnical boreholes that will influence turbine foundation design and installation. In addition, Fugro has also ordered Wideband Sub-Mini 6+ (WSM 6+) and Nano transponders to fit to the underwater equipment it will be tracking with its new USBLs, including side-scan sonars and transverse gradiometer systems.  Very shallow and high-elevation tracking Mini-Ranger... (read more)
2020-07-17 11:01:54

Product News: ISA500-11K Sets New Standard for Deepwater Altimeters

Depth-rated to 11,000 metres, the ISA500-11K provides the highest levels of stability, accuracy and range, setting a new standard for deepwater altimeters. Based on the architecture of the ISA500 range of altimeters, the ISA500-11K has a distance measurement capability in excess of 120 meters and proven millimetre accuracy. With an optional integrated Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS), the sensor can also provide highly stable heading, pitch and roll readings. Provided in robust titanium housing and fitted with a Subconn BH8M-SS connector as standard, the altimeter is built to withstand the harshest of underwater environments. In comparison to the existing... (read more)
2020-04-07 01:13:45

Sonardyne Reveals Latest Seabed-to-shore Subsea Technologies

Underwater technology provider Sonardyne International Ltd has announced new additions to its 2020 product line-up. With a focus on compact yet capable unmanned and vessel instruments, Sonardyne has unveiled SPRINT-Nav Mini, a compact guidance and control solution, as well as ADCP functionality for its Syrinx Doppler velocity log (DVL) and a smaller, lighter version of its popular Gyro ultrashort baseline (USBL) transceiver. Fixed Frequency Outputs SPRINT-Nav Mini provides guidance and control outputs – orientation, velocity, altitude and depth – in a single instrument that weighs just 0.7kg in water for the 300 m-rated version. By tightly fusing the information from each... (read more)
2020-03-26 01:00:08

Fugro's CEO: “Working for a Safer and More Sustainable World”

Interview with Mark Heine
Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030. About this ambitious project, Heine says ‘Commercial companies need to work together with NGOs and academia to make this happen.’ Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Fugro is among the leading and largest specialized survey companies in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and describes itself as a geodata specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, no challenge is too great to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership styles, strategies for finding new employees, and... (read more)
2020-03-19 02:28:42

Gaps M5, an Omnidirectional USBL System for Accurate Location

iXblue, a provider of navigation, subsea positioning and imagery solutions, announces the launch of the Gaps M5, a new compact, export-free and omnidirectional USBL system for accurate location, positioning and tracking of subsea assets. The latest addition in iXblue’s new USBL product range, the new Gaps M5 joins the renowned Gaps (now Gaps M7). Gaps M5 integrates an Attitude and Heading Reference System based on iXblue FOG technology for stable heading, roll and pitch compensation and a true north reference. Smaller, lighter and easy to install, Gaps M5 is ready-to-use and calibration-free. It offers accuracy better than 0.5% up to... (read more)
2020-03-17 09:38:09

Oi20 Celebrates its 50th Anniversary, Don't Miss It

Oceanology International will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over 500 companies from more than 90 countries will be exhibiting and there will be two brand new pavilions: Italy and Massachusetts. The show will be doubling the number of companies demonstrating technology at the dockside. You will be able to see vessel/instrumentation solutions and other technologies and services first-hand. During the Future Tech Hub, 18 start-ups/small businesses will be giving daily ‘pitch sessions’ to promote solutions and services never shown before at Oceanology International. This truly unique event showcases the latest technologies from 500 global suppliers and market developments from across... (read more)
2020-01-30 04:02:47

Silicon Sensing’s Technology Supports Autonomous Mayflower Voyage

Two Silicon Sensing Systems ultra-precise AMU30 inertial measurement units (IMUs) will provide critical navigation data to the autopilot capability for the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) throughout her milestone transatlantic voyage this autumn. Setting sail this September, the 15-meter long, 5-ton MAS400 will repeat the Mayflower’s original epic voyage made 400 years ago. Led by marine research organization ProMare and powered by IBM, she will sail from Plymouth, England to Plymouth Massachusetts, USA. Instead of a captain and crew, she will use computer vision, machine learning, cutting-edge technologies and sensors to navigate and detect hazards.   Silicon Sensing’s AMU30 devices will form... (read more)
2020-01-20 01:35:14

How Does the Poggy, the New Bionic AUV, Operate?

EvoLogics from Berlin, Germany, has introduced Poggy - a novel, bionic autonomous underwater vehicle that uses Fin-Ray® technology. The vehicle is being developed as part of the BONUS SEAMOUNT collaborative R&D project and made its first dives at the Breaking The Surface 2019 workshop in early October. Nicknamed Poggy, the AUV is one of a kind; a novel, bionic design with two propulsion thrusters and two independent flexible 'tails' that give the robot mobility features. Its dual-tail construction is an original idea that stemmed from previous work on EvoLogics’ Manta Ray AUV and its lifelike 'flapping wing' propulsion system. The design... (read more)
2019-10-22 11:01:14

Optimizing a Low-cost Multi Sensor System for Hydrographic Depth Determination

Surveying devices with lower costs are being welcomed by hobbyists eager to determine water depth. The Department of Geodesy and Geomatics at HafenCity University (HCU) in Hamburg has been working on cost-efficient solutions in recent years. With shallow water surveys not required to be performed with the accuracy and precision of industrial projects, surveying devices with lower costs are being welcomed by hobbyists eager to determine water depth. With this low-cost demand rising, the investigative development of these products has become a scientific research issue. The Department of Geodesy and Geomatics at HafenCity University (HCU) in Hamburg has been working on cost-efficient solutions in recent years.  The Old Openseamap Project During a project with openseamap.org, a Multi Sensor System (MSS) including an Echo sounder, GPS and inertial measurement unit (IMU) was built up and tested. Despite... (read more)
2019-04-08 01:44:05

A18D in Business for AUV Survey Services

ECA Group demonstrates the high-performance of its mid-size AUV during deep survey missions
As announced in early 2018, ECA Group signed a cooperation agreement for subsea robotic services to Oil & Gas companies with a leasing offer on its latest generation A18D AUV creating a new dimension for its AUV services activity. Throughout 2018, ECA Group conducted several successful deep survey missions. The next generation AUV demonstrated its capabilities to perform multi-sensor surveys during deep sea operations (around 2,500m water depth) in the Mediterranean Sea.   A Comprehensive Survey Solution The A18D is the most compact multi-sensor AUV on the market for long-endurance deep water surveys (up to 3,000m). The AUV can capture... (read more)
2019-04-05 01:31:24
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