UTEC Completes Survey Subcontract for McDermott in the Middle East

UTEC, a global surveying company in the Acteon subsea services group, completed consecutive as-built and post-construction anchor debris clearance surveys using remotely operated vehicles (ROV) for McDermott International. The company mobilized a DP2 offshore support vessel in early December 2019 with work- and observation-class ROVs and a nearshore survey workboat for the as-built campaign. The anchor debris clearance campaign used the same vessel with a sub-bottom profiler, a side-scan sonar, a multibeam echosounder and a magnetometer. Geophysical Survey in Shallow Waters  “We are delighted to have completed these surveys,” said Nadir Rahmatullah, UTEC commercial director for Asia Pacific and the Middle East.... (read more)
2020-02-25 10:52:17

How to Simplify Survey Reporting

Wouldn’t it be great to work on a hydrographic project without spending a lot of time looking for all the elements needed for a professional report? This was what Sanyal Sunil had in mind when he developed SURge, a digital tool to simplify survey reporting. Wouldn’t it be great to work on a hydrographic project without spending a lot of time looking for all the elements needed for a professional report? This was what Sanyal Sunil had in mind when he developed SURge, a digital tool to simplify survey reporting. Hydrographic survey reporting has always been a headache for surveyors in the field, as they have to spend a lot of time formatting the reports, finding the correct logos and diagrams, displaying observations schematically, and carrying out irrelevant calculations, all of which have to be neatly represented in the report but have nothing to do... (read more)
2020-02-24 02:03:38

This is How Underwater Instruments can Support Pioneering Tsunami Research

High-accuracy, long-endurance underwater instrumentation from Sonardyne Inc. is set to play a major role in helping scientists across the US better understand and possibly predict earthquake and tsunami risk at a far greater scale than has been possible before. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, through a US$5.5 million grant from the US National Science Foundation (NSF), is procuring equipment to be used by the broader scientific community to study seafloor deformation. Comprising more than 50 Sonardyne Fetch subsea sensor logging nodes, this major new equipment pool will also include Sonardyne’s advanced acoustic positioning modules fitted to three Liquid Robotics Wave Gliders.... (read more)
2020-02-18 01:40:08

John Pepper

John has over 40 years’ experience in the geospatial information industry, specialising in data collection and management, planning, policy and strategy, new business development and marketing both in the UK and overseas. He trained as a land surveyor at Ordnance Survey Great Britain (OSGB) and held several senior management positions in both OSGB and the UK Hydrographic Office including responsibility for developing new markets for hydrographic and oceanographic data outside of the navigational sector before joining OceanWise as a shareholder and director in 2010. He is a qualified technical and management trainer providing capacity building and training courses on data... (read more)
2020-02-07 09:59:29

John Colvin Joins Advanced Navigation As Chief Revenue Officer

Sydney (Australia) based Advanced Navigation, a company specialized in Inertial Navigation Systems, announced the appointment of John Colvin, as Chief Revenue Officer.  “It’s an incredibly exciting time to join Advanced Navigation right now. The strength of our navigation and positioning solutions — and the growth we’re seeing in the global markets — is putting us on a steep upward trajectory,” said Chris Shaw, CEO and co-founder of Advanced Navigation. “John brings an extensive amount of experience and the necessary leadership skills to help guide the business to the next stage of our growth globally, and we’re excited to have him on the team.” "I am looking... (read more)
2020-01-31 03:22:08

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

TerraSond Awarded Consecutive NOAA Contract

TerraSond, an Acteon company (US), has been awarded a five-year IDIQ contract by the Hydrographic Surveys Division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s National Ocean Service, Office of Coast Survey, to provide hydrographic surveying services in the USA. The new contract was effective 1 January 2020, with a maximum value of $250 million over 5 years, subject to appropriation by Congress.  Under previous contracts with NOAA, TerraSond has surveyed more than 7,120 square nautical miles of US waters in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico since 1998, providing data for use in creating and maintaining NOAA nautical charts. During... (read more)
2020-01-20 02:14:47

This Is How an Ocean Robot is Deployed on an Ocean Robot

The Caravela AutoNaut, manufactured by UK-based firm AutoNaut, is part of a major international experiment to track the formation of clouds and their role in the climate system in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Barbados. The researchers will use combined AutoNaut and glider measurements to understand how the ocean temperatures affect the layer of air above, and how the winds and sunshine affect the top tens of metres of the ocean. One of the AutoNauts has been specially adapted in conjunction with the UK's University of East Anglia (UEA) to carry and release an underwater Seaglider in remote and... (read more)
2020-01-18 04:37:20

This is How an Unmanned Launch and Recovery System Operates

The smooth launch and recovery of a Hugin Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) has been demonstrated using a new system from H. Henriksen AS. Capable of being used by a wide range of small manned or unmanned auxiliary craft, the Henriksen Launch and Recovery System introduces a versatile new option for the operators of AUVs and UUVs. The lightweight Henriksen launch system can be deployed by any craft capable of supporting its weight and that of the AUV. The Hugin AUV used to test the system was 5.5 metres long and weighed 780 kg, yet with the Henriksen launch system it... (read more)
2020-01-16 03:35:15

“Blue technology industries will help the expansion of the hydrographic market”

A view of hydrographic technology and the market for 2020
In the last decade, there has been a steady march towards the automation of hydrographic data collection. Jim Gardiner, a research scientist at Valeport, views the technical and commercial challenges in hydrographic operations. In the last decade, there has been a steady march towards the automation of hydrographic data collection. Jim Gardiner, a research scientist at Valeport, views the technical and commercial challenges in hydrographic operations. In terms of multibeam technology, we’ve seen continual advancements from the main players such as Teledyne Reson, Kongsberg, R2Sonic and the emergence of Norbit. Alongside this, there has been a steady improvement in GPS, inertial positioning systems and acquisition/processing software. As the capability of these systems has improved, it has placed a focus on the importance of accurate and reliable sound velocity data. To achieve accurate bathymetry,... (read more)
2020-01-14 12:09:38
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