‘Killer’ AUV Sonar System

In January 2001, C&C Technologies (C&C), a company based in Lafayette (Louisiana, USA), introduced the first commercially successful autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to the offshore industry. The AUV’s survey sensor suite, which included an EdgeTech side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiler, performed well in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazilian offshore environments. However, West Africa proved more challenging – particularly for the sub-bottom profiler. C&C soon began searching for alternative technologies to provide better sub-bottom profiler penetration and higher resolution side-scan sonar imaging.Jim Chance, C&C Technologies (USA) Art Kleiner, EdgeTech (USA)<P> Narrator: Fast forward to the early autumn of 2004… C&C... (read more)
2008-04-02 12:00:00

Market Prospects for AUVs

This article is based on the results of a new studyThe AUV Gamechanger Report 2008-2017published by Douglas-Westwood Ltd. This report aims to consider the prospects for this game-changing technology and value the future markets for AUV manufacturers to 2017.<P> Un-tethered Autonomous Under­water Vehicles (AUVs) have the potential to change the game in many areas of underwater oper­ations. Long an area of research, AUVs are beginning to show their abilities as cost-effect­ive tools in applications ranging from deep-water survey for the offshore oil and gas industry to military oper­ations. The growing need for many facets of ocean observation also offers great... (read more)
2007-10-27 12:00:00

Supply Hydrographic Personnel

Hydro INTERNATIONAL Interviews Johan Stam, Business Development Manager, Atlas Services Group
There is a global shortage of hydrographic surveyors. The industry is faced with an interesting challenge and looks to specialised education facilities and personnel suppliers to assist in solving this problem. Even in times of high unemployment it can be difficult to find sufficient skilled personnel to carry out hydrographic survey work in the offshore environment. Hydrographic educational institutions around the world are struggling to attract enough students, resulting in noticeable shortages of trainees within the survey departments of large and small survey contracting companies. Although working conditions have improved considerably over recent decades, the environment in which hydrographic surveyors... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Arctic Mapping

Mapping the American and Canadian Continental Margins Around the North Pole
For the third consecutive summer, the United States and Canada teamed up with their icebreakers in August to tackle the technical aspects of mapping their continental margins in the Arctic Ocean. However this time they included in their survey a zone of dispute that was much closer to shore. The teams reported that the two previous joint expeditions with the U.S. coast guard cutter Healy and Canada's Louis S. St-Laurent icebreaker have tripled the amount of bathymetry and seismic data collected from the western Arctic. "Last year's survey was extremely successful, and the ice conditions permitted the ships to collect... (read more)
2010-09-13 01:12:25

Motion Sensor Performance

Direct Comparison Using 2005 Common Dataset
Integral components of a swathe bathymetry system are the motion and heading sensors. The current trend is to offer a system that combines both components in one package, either as an aided inertial sensor or as two sensors linked by component software. The quality of these inertial sensors has a direct effect on the quality of the final survey. This paper compares five leading available sensors, concluding that they produce markedly differing results. Most surveyors when purchasing or specifying a particular inertial system for a project will base their decision on information generated by the manu-facturers, which often shows all... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Ocean Business 2011 Preview

The third edition of Ocean Business will take place in Southampton, UK, from 5 – 7 April. The organisation anticipates more than 4000 visitors at the event, with 309 exhibitors from 19 countries. Ocean Business 2011 will be bigger than the previous editions, but will retain the cosy element, with exhibitors all taking relatively small stands. This time the organisation will have more vessels coming in, and there will be a full training and demonstration programme again. The organisation also found new locations for the offsite social events and the gala dinner venue is twice as big as last time.... (read more)
2011-03-16 04:15:56

Oceanology International 2016 Provides Update on Ocean Technology

Promising Event for Oceanographic and Hydrographic Community
Hydro International traditionally prepares a preview of Oceanology International to help you prepare for the highlights of what businesses on the show floor will be presenting. The Hydro International preview offers you a selection of the more than 350 companies from 32 countries that will be present at the trade show. The total surface is over 8,000 square metres so consider wearing your walking boots!  Joost Boers, editorial manager, Hydro International There will also be is a conference during Oceanology focusing on streams like Trade & Innovation; Marine Technology and Services Sector Role in the Blue Economy; Marine Renewables; Positioning & Metrology; Green Shipping;... (read more)
2016-03-01 11:47:03

Oceanology International 2010 Preview (1)

Oceanology International, the world's premier event for the marine science and ocean technology community, will this year be held in London, UK, from 9th to 11th March. Over 6,600 attendees are expected to drop in on this event, visiting the world largest exhibition with over 500 suppliers, the associated biennial conference, or are attracted by the many vessels and networking opportunities. This preview aims to give a foretaste of this year's exhibition that is the largest ever held, with pavilions from Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands and individual exhibitors from nearly 30 countries. We invited exhibitors to introduce themselves... (read more)
2010-03-01 04:45:38

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

LIDAR Bathymetry in Norwegian Waters

The Norwegian Hydrographic Service (NHS) has and will be utilising airborne LIDAR bathymetry in connection with the ongoing effort to modernise the maritime infrastructure along the Norwegian coast. This article describes the benefits and limitations of the technology, the results of a pilot project conducted in Norwegian waters in 1998 and operational data collection in Norway in 2002. The long-term plan for the Norwegian Hydrographic Service (NHS) is by 2006 to have the Norwegian coast covered with ENCs and paper charts based on source data from modern surveys. The Enhanced ENC Project was established in 1999 and is responsible for... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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