L3 ASV to Conduct Autonomous Navigation Study for UK Government

L3 ASV has received UK government funding for a pioneering project on autonomous navigation of maritime vessels. The company will conduct a study with its partners in the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), focusing on the future of marine navigational data and charts. The project is funded by the Department for Transport’s Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) and aims to promote early-stage science, engineering or technology innovations with the potential to advance the UK’s transport system. The project will begin by exploring the characteristics of navigational data and charts in terms of what they comprise,... (read more)
2018-10-30 09:05:57

Seabed Geosolutions Wins Red Sea Ocean Bottom Node Contract

Seabed Geosolutions and its partner have been awarded a 3D ocean bottom node survey in the Red Sea. The S-79 project will require the acquisition and processing of high-quality 3D data over a large area in various water depths. Seabed’s highly efficient 4C Manta ocean bottom nodes will be used, in combination with its best-in-class ROV deployment system in deep waters and node-on-a-wire system in shallower areas. The surveys are scheduled to commence early 2019. Stephan Midenet, CEO of Seabed, said “We are very pleased to partner with ARGAS in order to provide services to Saudi Aramco on this high... (read more)
2018-10-23 08:12:46

Automated Depth Area Generation for Updating NOAA Nautical Charts

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Marine Chart Division (MCD) is currently revising production efforts using an ‘ENC-first’ approach to provide seamless and tiled geographic coverage. Currently, ENC production workflows within MCD require cartographers to manually manipulate data in the Nautical Information System (NIS) to update navigation products. This MCD addressed this production bottleneck by developing a tool to derive depth area, contour and sounding vector data directly from gridded raster bathymetry surface data. Production of Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) Over the past decade, automation of data compilation procedures within NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS) and MCD (responsible for... (read more)
2018-10-16 02:21:21

Anne-Cathrin W├Âlfl

Anne-Cathrin Wölfl is a postdoctoral research associate in the research division Dynamics of the Ocean Floor at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in Germany. She received a PhD from the University of Hamburg in 2015 working on fjord systems in maritime Antarctica. Her work now focuses on investigating the deep ocean floor by hydro-acoustic means including the collection, processing, visualisation and interpretation of high-resolution bathymetry data. She has a passion for exploring data using multivariate data analysis and GIS; and further advocates for marine conservation, open science and data sharing. (read more)
2018-10-16 12:49:11

Coast Guard Using Sensors and Satellite Imaging to Track Vessels in Real Time

Esri has announced that Argentina's coast guard, Prefectura Naval, and Aeroterra S.A. have partnered to implement Esri's ArcGIS platform for a real-time tracking system. The new system, called Guardacostas Pro, uses a combination of satellite imaging and signal processing to monitor vessels for illegal activities such as drug smuggling and fish poaching in the coastal waters of Argentina’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). As Argentina's coast guard, Prefectura Naval deploys patrol vessels, helicopters and aircraft spotters to protect its economic interests and to guard against the decline of its fishery industry. This year, the Guardacostas Pro system allowed Prefectura Naval to... (read more)
2018-09-27 10:24:11

Teledyne Caris to Debut Advanced Algorithms for Machine Learning at Shallow Survey 2018

Teledyne Caris will be unveiling the hydrographic industry’s first use of machine learning for sonar noise removal at Shallow Survey 2018. Burns Foster, manager of new product initiatives at Teledyne Caris, will speak on the topic of ‘Advancing Hydrographic Data Processing through Machine Learning’ on 2 October at 1:30 p.m. Attendees will learn how this newly assembled machine-learning algorithm is being used to automatically identify and remove common types of noise in sonar systems. Bill Lamey, VP of product development at Teledyne Caris, comments: “The potential benefits of machine learning in this industry are time savings and consistency. This is based on... (read more)
2018-09-24 01:19:06

Teledyne Significantly Increases Bottom-tracking Range

Teledyne RD Instruments (TRDI) has released a new proprietary Extended Range Tracking (XRT) option which, according to the company, is capable of extending the bottom-tracking range of its Pathfinder and Pioneer doppler velocity logs (DVL) by 60%. This latest development allows users to attain bottom lock faster and more efficiently than ever before, further increasing user control and confidence during subsea missions. Extensive in-house and customer testing has proven this extended range in a wide array of conditions and terrains and has in fact exceeded design expectations. Grant Jennings, director of navigation product line at TRDI, explains: “We have seen... (read more)
2018-09-17 10:28:13

Fugro to Collect Data for Norwegian Seabed Mapping Programme

Fugro has been awarded a hydrographic survey contract, valued at NOK 44.7 million (approximately €4.7 million), by the Norwegian Hydrographic Service. The survey is part of the MAREANO seabed mapping programme, which is financed by Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Climate and Environment. Fugro has successfully completed numerous surveys for the programme since 2006, collecting more than 100,000 square kilometres of data. In water depths that typically range from 80 metres to 1,700 metres, the survey area of approximately 14,500 square kilometres is located between the Norwegian Sea, the Barents Sea and the Arctic... (read more)
2018-08-14 11:01:52

Streaming Data Processed Live to the World Wide Web

A Survey with Aquatic Drones and CARIS Onboard
The Dutch government is currently focusing on autonomous technologies. Autonomous cars can already be found on Dutch highways and now Rijkswaterstaat (The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) has also started to automate survey processes on rivers, together with the company Aquatic Drones. The use of autonomous vehicles creates new opportunities for traditional surveys. Equipped with hydrographic instruments, the vehicles can collect data remotely in increasing volumes, in challenging environments and with less risk to personnel. One of the challenges will be the quantity of the data collected and having to post-process it. Traditional methods with acquisition and post-processing software... (read more)
2018-08-14 08:22:05

Optimizing Workflows on the Maritime Information Highway

Expanding Operations Over the Horizon
By providing vessel-to-vessel and vessel-to-shore communication independent of satellite or cellular networks, the Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) system from Kongsberg introduces possibilities to transform survey operations. Potential applications include delivery of raw data to shore and providing a communication and remote-control channel for multiple survey launches and unmanned surface vessels in a single operation. MBR is designed to connect operational assets and teams by delivering high-performance and barrier-free communications, without the need for expensive infrastructure. This enables the system to unlock a new age of collaboration for complex operational tasks. A MBR network can securely carry a diverse array of... (read more)
2018-08-06 11:22:36
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