Metocean Services International

Metocean Services International, a new company for the global provision of metocean services, was launched at the beginning of September It was formed in response to the industry requirement for alternative providers of specialised metocean services on a global scale. MSI aims to provide the entire range of oceanographic and meteorological services to the offshore oil & gas market, coastal engineers, dredging companies, port authorities etc. These will include inter alia physical measurement services, desktop studies, data processing/reporting and weather forecasting. Sidney Bilski and Bruce Spolander, both former employees of Thales GeoSolutions' Environmental and Metocean Services Division, head the new... (read more)
2003-10-21 12:00:00

Compatt 5 for Gulf of Mexico

Equipment hire companies SES Inc. and Hydroquip have placed a major order with Sonardyne International for its latest generation LBL and USBL compatible transponder ‘Compatt 5’. The order for twenty Medium Frequency Compatt 5s was received from Houston-based SES, which is part-owned by Hydroquip. Delivery was made on 17th July. This is in anticipation of the significant demand expected for Compatt 5 within the region on a range of deepwater construction survey projects. Compatt 5 is based on a totally new electro-mechanical design and employs the latest acoustic signal processing technology. This new platform is designed to take Compatt forward,... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

HarbourMan Trials

Ilex Computing is currently concluding trials of its new HarbourMan survey software with Kings Lynn Port & Conservancy Trust. The software runs on a laptop computer, which is easily transported between pilot cutter, tug and office. It simplifies and automates routine harbour bathy-survey obligations by providing a low-cost PC-based package for the acquisition, processing and contouring of bathy data. Acquisition to report time is reduced by providing a graphical editor and automating many tasks such as sounding selection. Navigation backgrounds may be scanned images, such as charts/maps, hand drawn diagrams, aerial photos or graphic images, which are then geo-referenced. Final... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

Octopus Update & Special Offer

The Octopus 461 Mosaicing Toolkit and 361 Sub Bottom Toolkit, the original Windows geophysical processing solutions, have been updated and upgraded with Version 5. With added support for Klein 2000, 5000 and 3000 formats, new multi-format sidescan quick viewer and many other improvements, the Octopus 461 Mosaicing Toolkit is a high-resolution mosaicking solution for all formats of sidescan sonar data. The updated Octopus 361 Sub Bottom Toolkit has improved digital filters and is complemented by an all-new SEGY utilities application, including facilities for extraction of navigation data from SEGY files. (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

Finnish Navy Orders Fansweep 20

ATLAS Hydrographic in Bremen has received an order from the Finnish Naval Research Institute in Helsinki for a 200 kHz Fansweep 20 shallow water multibeam system for installation aboard a new catamaran research vessel to be used for mapping operations in association with the Geological Survey of Finland. Due for commissioning this October, the portable system combining bathymetric measuring and sidescan imaging functions is being supplied together with Linux-based Atlas Hydromap online data acquisition and storage facilities supported by a CARIS HIPS and SIPS software module for post-processing of datasets. The complete assembly is also being interfaced to an autopilot... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

Easy Access Tidal Information

ARGOSS has launched a new Web-based service,, to provide tidal heights and currents for any location around the world. The service is based on the assimilation of nine years of satellite altimeter observations and measurements of approximately five thousand tidal stations in a tidal model. Users can generate statistical tidal information or time series for any location of interest through an easily accessible and interactive interface. Time series of tidal height, tidal current speed or current direction are available at ten-minute intervals, starting from a user-specified time/date, and cover a full tidal cycle of four weeks. Statistical information comprises... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

Caris Now at Maritech Training Centre

The Maritech Group has added CARIS software products to the portfolio of courses offered at the Maritech Training Centre. The arrangement was agreed recently between Mr Arron Burrows, Innovation Manager of Maritech and Mr Maarten Peters, Sales Manager of CARIS BV, and commenced with two fully booked CARIS HIPS/SIPS courses during June and July. The CARIS software is being utilised on the National Seabed Survey of Ireland for which Maritech were awarded the personnel supply contract. These initial courses are being run to train and update both Maritech and The Marine Institute of Ireland personnel specifically for this three-year project.... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

Multibeam Users Look to Future

NATO’s quest for the ultimate shallow water sonar was the subject of one of a series of forward-looking papers presented at a recent international multibeam user workshop held at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar & Marine Research, Bremerhaven in association with Atlas Hydrographic. Speaking at the two-day event attended by more than sixty leading sonar specialists, Dr Robert Tyce, Head of the Oceanographic Department of NATO SACLANT’s Undersea Research Centre at La Spezia, anticipated mounting of sonar on unmanned vehicles (AUVs) for high quality hydrographic surveys, seafloor classification and mine detection operations. Other topics reviewed by speakers from Denmark,... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

CodaOctopus F180 for University of New Brunswick

CodaOctopus has sold an Octopus F180 Inertial Attitude and Positioning System to the Ocean Mapping Group at the University of New Brunswick (UNB). This internationally recognised centre for multibeam excellence will benefit from the latest in GPS aided INS technology as the F180 enables them to collect reliable and accurate heave, roll, pith, heading and position data in all survey dynamics for both research and educational purposes. The Octopus F180 will be installed on the CSL Heron, a dedicated inshore research platform equipped with an EM3000, keel mounted sidescan, sub bottom profilers, ADCP and an MVP-30. Heron is used for... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

Thales Completes Thames Measurement Programme

Thales Geosolutions environmental and metocean services division has recently successfully completed a thirteen-month long oceanographic measurement programme in the outer Thames estuary. The programme was conducted for Hydrosearch and is part of a pre-development study for the erection of an offshore wind farm. Using its dedicated data processing facilities based at its offices in Cape Town, Thales delivered a comprehensive range of product services to complement the measurement programme. In addition to using manufacturer-supplied software, Thales has developed Matlab-based data processing software to conduct rigorous quality control on data and present it in whatever format is required by the client.... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00
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