“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 of 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

Teledyne Marine Announces 2020 Academic Product Grant

Six months free product usage and technical consultations
Teledyne Marine offers the next generation of technologists and explorers the opportunity to utilize the organization’s leading-edge technology for planned 2020 programmes free of charge via their 2020 Academic Product Grant. The company delivers the widest range of technology in the industry and will share a full suite of these technologies with the academic community to address an array of potential global research programmes.  This grant is open to all students from accredited universities or institutions pursuing oceanographic or hydrographic studies and provides up to 6 months' free product usage and technical consultations to help ensure their success. Products in this year’s grant... (read more)
2020-01-14 11:49:06

How Scientists Use Satellite-mounted Laser to Map Global Ocean Migration

A study published in the 12 December issue of Nature reports on the use of satellite-borne Lidar to map the daily vertical migration of zooplankton across the world’s seas over the course of a decade. On Williams Yorktown Daily, a US-based news site, lead author Michael Behrenfeld of Oregon State University says, “What the Lidar allowed us to do is sample these migrating animals on a global scale every 16 days for ten years. We’ve never had anywhere near that kind of global coverage to allow us to look at their behaviour, distribution, and abundance.” On the study were researchers from... (read more)
2019-12-28 01:12:05

How Ocean Researchers Obtain Critical Measurements at a Lower Cost

Understanding the three-dimensional nature of the ocean is becoming a critical focal point of ocean research, but it can be a costly affair. Paired with Nortek current profilers, Del Mar Oceanographic’s Wirewalker is giving researchers from around the globe a cost-effective way to answer vital questions surrounding the functioning of ocean processes. This information helps improve environmental monitoring and climate forecasting, which in turn assists in developing measures to adapt to our changing climate. Information on the three-dimensional structure of the ocean is proving increasingly vital for multiple research projects. These include characterizing the ocean mixed layers in order to... (read more)
2019-12-12 08:57:15

Icebreaker's Science Tender Sea Trials Underway

Final sea trials for the science tender of Australia’s new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, are underway in Norway this week. Australian Antarctic Division Icebreaker Project Manager, Nick Browne, said the 10.3 metre-long vessel was uniquely designed to support scientific research in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. "The science tender will enable scientists to undertake marine and geoscience work in open water and ice, independently or in parallel with the Nuyina’s scientific systems. The vessel is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including a multibeam bathymetric echo sounder to map the seafloor, a sound velocity profiler for oceanographic work, and a moon pool for... (read more)
2019-11-19 08:21:18

TerraSond Completes First Geophysical Survey for Mayflower Wind

TerraSond, an Acteon company, has completed a high-resolution geophysical survey for Mayflower Wind, a joint venture between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDPR Offshore North America LLC. The two-month campaign, which began in July 2019, surveyed an area, 20 miles south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, USA, that can support up to 1,600 MW of offshore wind. The wind farm is scheduled to deliver energy in the mid-2020s and has the potential to power up to 680,000 homes. The project is TerraSond’s first with Mayflower Wind. High-resolution Geophysical Data TerraSond acquired high-resolution geophysical data using a complete suite of equipment in... (read more)
2019-10-29 09:17:18

MSI completes a 520-day measurement programme

MSI has completed a 520-day measurement programme to support the feed of a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) and pipelines in Alexandroupolis, Greece. The Alexandroupolis Independent Natural Gas System (INGS) is a modern, cutting edge technology project which will supply natural gas to the Greek and Southeast European gas markets. The project comprises an offshore Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Floating Storage and Regasification Unit and a subsea and onshore gas transmission pipeline system. Expecting to begin commercial operations in 2022, the project is being implemented by GASTRADE S.A, a company that studies, designs, develops, operates and exploits infrastructures which are... (read more)
2019-10-07 08:15:43

USV Completes First Autonomous Circumnavigation of Antarctica

High-quality and Reliable Data Is Needed for Research Use
A 7m (23ft) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. Known as SD 1020 and equipped with a suite of science-grade sensors, the vehicle collected data in previously uncharted waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. A 7m (23ft) long, wind-powered unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has become the first unmanned system to circumnavigate Antarctica. Known as SD 1020 and equipped with a suite of science-grade sensors, the vehicle collected data in previously uncharted waters, enabling new key insights into ocean and climate processes. USV SD 1020 left for the 196-day mission from Southport in Bluff, New Zealand, on 19 January 2019. It returned to the same port on 3 August after sailing over 22,000km (13,670 miles or 11,879 nautical miles) around Antarctica. During the mission, the vehicle survived freezing temperatures, 15m (50ft) waves, 130km/h (80mph) winds... (read more)
2019-10-03 03:08:58

TerraSond Deploys an AML MVP for its Offshore Wind Farm Survey Operations

US company TerraSond, an Acteon company, has recently deployed a new Moving Vessel Profiler (MVP) to support its offshore wind farm survey operations. This is TerraSond’s second MVP. AML Oceanographic’s proven underway profiler was determined to be the natural solution for surveys conducted ahead of turbine foundation construction, where the importance of accurately characterizing the seabed cannot be understated. As wind farm lease surveys last months while requiring multiple sound velocities casts daily, efficiency is also of considerable importance and adds competitive value. The MVP will continuously collect sound velocity, pressure, and temperature data as the vessel covers the vast area, transferring... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:04:39

WASSP Technology Utilised by US University Students

Oceanography students at the University of Rhode Island have been busy utilising the latest in WASSP Multibeam technology as part of their research studies. The students, who are specialising in marine robotics, remote sensing and mapping have recently started using a WASSP S3 Multibeam system as part of a project to survey inland ponds and coastal estuaries. They have deployed the WASSP Multibeam system aboard a specially developed autonomous kayak.  WASSP, an acronym for Wide Angle Sonar Seafloor Profiler, is a multibeam sonar system manufactured by ENL Group in New Zealand under ISO9001/2000 certification. Research and development of WASSP commenced in... (read more)
2019-09-23 09:46:29
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