Gyrocompass and Motion Sensor

The OceanFOG north-seeking gyrocompass is a compact survey-grade gyro offering extremely fast run-up times of less than three minutes and also features an integral motion sensor that calculates heave to a typical accuracy of 5cm or 5%. Unlikeolder and potentially unreliable ring-laser gyros with their inherent longrepair times, the OceanFOG uses state of the art fibre-optic gyros and MEMSaccelerometers. What setsthe OceanFOG has a standard list price at around two-thirds of the price of itsnearest competitor and that is comes with a conditional lifetime warranty.   (read more)
2010-09-20 05:01:52

New Manager Sensor Technology

Sensor Technology Limited. has appointed Richard G. Blacow Vice-President and General Manager of the corporation. He succeeds Dr S. Eswar Prasad, who managed the corporation since its start in 1983. Mr Blacow will be supported by a team of managers to include Joycelyn Jones, administration; David Waechter, research and development; George Czerny-Holownia, business development; Gery Yearsley, customer services; Vincent D'Souza, production operations and Shashi Prasad, finance. (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

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

Free Sensor Workshop

The free workshop 14th Biennial Challenger Conference for Marine Science Challenger 2010: "Microfluidics and Sensor Technology for Oceonographic and Environmental Science Applications" is to be held in the Centre for Marine Microsystems at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, UK on the 10th September 2010. This workshop will facilitate to learn about exciting developments in microfludics and sensor technology and awareness of how these technologies will impact future oceanographic research. Current sensor systems for ocean biogeochemistry are mostly large expensive devices requiring expert operation and intervention. However, widespread multi-parametric measurements are often precluded due to their large size and... (read more)
2010-07-16 10:52:59

Sound Velocity Sensor

Valeport's miniSVS sound velocity sensor has been upgraded to offer higher specifications, with temperature or pressure measurement options. The miniSVS has been engineered to now include a high-accuracy PRT temperature sensor to increase versatility and compatibility with third-party systems. Together with standard titanium housing and a specially developed carbon composite sensor, the miniSVS offers durability and resistance to corrosion. The carbon composite sensor offers benefits in resisting deformity due to impact, thus not affecting calibration, and has virtually zero expansion with temperature, so that acoustic path length remains constant whatever the water temperature. Valeport's digital signal processing technique ensures that... (read more)
2005-06-23 12:00:00

Sonardyne Motion Sensor Technology

Sonardyne International has launched a new marine Attitude Heading and Reference System (AHRS): Lodestar. Lodestar has been developed to overcome the problems associated with conventional sensor platforms. The Lodestar AHRS is a natural extension of the Sonardyne product range and has been developed for seamless integration with the company’s widely used LBL (Long BaseLine) and USBL (Ultra-Short BaseLine) acoustic positioning systems. It will also be welcomed by users with any requirement for motion compensation to support operations in any sea conditions. These are likely to include platform stabilisation, dynamic positioning, buoy monitoring, subsea construction and towfish and ROV/AUV operations. Available... (read more)
2007-04-05 02:42:46

Multi-sensor Coastal Mapping

Integrating Active and Passive Sensors Provides Major Gains
Fugro has tested a multi-sensor approach to balance growing data needs with limited agency budgets. Coastal mapping programmes are quickly becoming a priority for government agencies across the globe. The desire to better define and understand the land/sea interface is based on several interrelated factors, including sea-level rise and its impacts on coastal populations, the growth of and reliance on a blue economy, and the need to maintain critical nearshore habitats in the midst of a changing landscape.  (By José Martínez Díaz and Don Ventura, Fugro USA) In support of its hydrographic charting programme, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency... (read more)
2016-12-13 09:47:02

Wave Sensor for Echosounders

Innovation4C has presented Wavemapper, a heave sensor designed for single beam echosounders based on technology pioneered in space. Two years of development resulted in this sensor with space based algorithms. Wavemapper's MEMS technology offers a cost-effective miniaturised sensor platfom that has been succesfully tested on various vessels and under various port, harbour and coastal conditions.A dry unit or a wet version are available. The wavemapper product line requires no calibration, is according to the supplier small and portable, and claims to be cost-effective. (read more)
2006-09-21 12:00:00

New Sound Velocity Sensor

The latest sound velocity sensor from Applied Microsystems Ltd. (AML) offers new hi-tech features in the smallest of packages. Available from OSIL, the Micro SV is constructed from new materials that eliminate thermal expansion and reduce corrosion. This means that users can obtain a greater level of accuracy at ± 0.05m/s, particularly in high-speed profiling applications, where the sensor can sample up to 25 times per second. The Micro SV has the capability to log-date continuously or on demand and by user-selected time, depth or sound velocity increments. The user benefits from standard Windows compatible software, which allows data to... (read more)
2004-02-13 12:00:00

DP Reference Sensor Contract

Dynamic Positioning Services has been awarded a contract by Shell U.K. to supply and support a Guidance Navigation DP Reference sensor called RadaScan. The contract involves the installation of up to eleven RadaScan systems on board Shell’s contracted fleet of platform supply vessels, and the supply of ninety passive positioning transponders which will be installed on all Shell North Sea installations and mobile drilling unit supported from Aberdeen (UK). RadaScan is an advanced radar based positioning sensor for DP vessels, which was released to the market in 2006 following four years of development by Guidance Navigation, a Leicester-based company. The... (read more)
2007-04-25 09:46:04
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