CGG Survey Supports Gabon’s 12th Offshore Licensing Round

Building on the success of its 25,000 km2 3D BroadSeis survey, which led to the recent Boudji-1 and Ivela-1 oil discoveries, CGG is extending its Gabon multi-client data footprint with a 9,800-km long-offset 2D seismic survey in an unexplored deepwater area of the South Basin. A subset of the data over the offered license blocks will be available in advance of Gabon’s 12th offshore licensing round planned for June 2019. The new 2D data will help define the full extent of existing and new plays in the region. It will also aid in understanding the thickness variations in the sediment... (read more)
2019-01-22 10:51:04

The Study of Mapping the Seafloor

What is the Difference Between a Bathymetry Chart and a Hydrographic Chart?
This article will immerse you into the deep water of Bathymetry. It explains in detail what a bathymetry map is, what it shows, what methods we use to collect the bathymetry data and last but not least, how to create a good quality bathymetry map. It will also cover the difference between a bathymetry chart and a hydrographic chart and the techniques our ancestors used in the past to collect and record depths. What is Bathymetry? Bathymetry is the study of mapping the seafloor. Bathymetric maps represent the ocean (sea) depth as a function of geographical coordinates, just as topographic maps... (read more)
2019-01-15 08:58:54

3D at Depth Expands Underwater Survey Services

3D at Depth, a leading expert in subsea laser Lidar (SL) technology and 3D data visualisation solutions, recently announced the expansion of several global office locations and the launch of a new portfolio of services designed to support cohesive workflow efficiencies for offshore oil field design through decommissioning.  The new line includes:  terrestrial dimensional control to support subsea data collection workflows; subsea tooling design solutions; remote sensing, and real-time Lidar data collection. These new services will compliment 3D at Depth's existing portfolio of solutions and deliver additional 3D insight to measure, map, analyze and manage more efficiently.  Over the past... (read more)
2019-01-08 08:44:01

Valeport Sensors Selected for New Micro AUV

Valeport has recently collaborated with ecoSUB who produce a micro AUV that is both advanced and cost-effective. The small and robust sensors are assisting Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) manufacturers and users to not only get the data they require, but to make AUVs more accessible in the marine environment. ecoSUB is a micro AUV (0.5 metres long) that uses Valeport’s sensors to autonomously acquire sound velocity profiles and has been jointly developed by Planet Ocean and Marine Autonomous Robotics Systems (MARS) group at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton. Part funded by Innovate UK and the UK Defence Science... (read more)
2018-12-17 09:16:40

Emerging Trends in Bathymetric Lidar Technology

What is on the Horizon for Airborne Lidar Bathymetry?
A surging interest in remote sensing and analytics has seen technology developments linked to these domains take off as we head into 2019. Airborne Lidar bathymetry (ALB) is no exception to recent innovations, especially with the growing recognition in the importance of high-resolution data to inform management of our oceans, seabed and coastal zones. In our recent discussions with ALB manufacturers and experienced operators, several significant new developments were revealed. The new developments include: Lightweight ALB sensor alternatives driven by the proliferation of Unpiloted Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Increased point density for ALB across all feasible depths for improved detail and... (read more)
2018-12-13 12:04:35

5 Questions to… Jonathan Beaudoin, QPS

To gain real insight into today’s hydrographic business landscape, Hydro International asked some of the sector’s most influential companies for their opinions. This series of Q&As focuses on the current state of the industry from various perspectives, such as which technological developments will have the most impact on the market, which market segments are the most promising and which areas offer the most growth. Here, Dr Jonathan Beaudoin, co-director of QPS, shares his views of and expectations for the business. How do you expect the hydrographic market to evolve over the coming year? As AUV and ASV platforms become more effective force... (read more)
2018-12-11 02:59:16

Hydrographic Surveying: Where Do We Stand

The Ever-increasing Accuracy of Mapping the Surface Waters
Hydrographic surveying is highly specific and requires a suite of advanced acquisition and positioning sensors attached to a mobile survey platform as well as sophisticated software to allow the correct combination of all the data. For those within the industry, the advances over the last decade may feel more like an evolution rather than a revolution. If we look back one, two or even three decades, we can see the enormous leap hydrographic surveying has taken. Where do we stand, and what can we expect for the near future? In this article, we will look at the present compared to... (read more)
2018-12-11 02:51:31

iXblue Annual User Conference

The iXblue Annual User Conference will take place in Amsterdam on 22 January 2019. It will bring together key players in the maritime market such as hydrographic offices, universities, institutes, port authorities, survey and dredging companies, as well as offshore construction contractors. This one-day event will be a golden opportunity for participants to share their experience on the latest technologies and gain valuable insight and inspiration on how to address the challenges of their sea operations, with a unique mix of global technology and business.  A full agenda will be disclosed in the coming weeks. REGISTER HERE CALL FOR PAPERS... (read more)
2018-12-04 02:23:02

Sonardyne Initiates Ocean Autonomous Systems Collaboration Project

Underwater positioning and communications technology company Sonardyne International has started a collaborative project to drive a major change in ocean system autonomy for long-endurance autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The ambition of the innovate UK-supported Precise Positioning for Persistent AUVs (P3AUV) project is to enable AUVs to operate at high levels of navigation performance with less surface support and for longer periods. With partners L3 ASV and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Sonardyne will focus on longer-term navigational accuracy for AUVs in deep water, while reducing power requirements and increasing autonomy in marine operations. The P3AUV project will involve trials using... (read more)
2018-11-27 08:52:42

Offshore Survey 2019 Calls for Abstracts

The sixth Offshore Survey conference is taking place alongside Ocean Business at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK, on 10-11 April 2019. The deadline to submit papers for the event is 14 December - don't miss out! Offshore Survey is one of the year’s industry and professional conferences. It’s always a popular event and has gained a reputation for attracting the best papers, with a unique mix of global technology and business. The conference offers a golden opportunity to share cutting-edge information and the committee welcomes submissions for sessions on: Subsea Positioning; Hydrographic and Seabed Systems; Survey Operations; Data... (read more)
2018-11-19 11:15:56
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