3D at Depth Launches Worldwide Offshore Geophysical Survey Services Business

3D at Depth, a leading expert in Subsea Lidar (SL) laser technology, and leading provider of underwater survey services and 3D data solutions, has announced the launch of its offshore Geophysical Survey Services division. The new division will provide optimized surveys to support both nearshore, inshore and offshore deepwater development activities focused in the areas of offshore wind farms, pipeline routes, environmental site surveys, offshore hydrocarbon projects and civil engineering surveys. 3D at Depth first commercialized SL technology for the offshore industry in 2014. The company focus has always been on 3D data excellence through innovative technology solutions that enable... (read more)
2021-02-25 10:26:27

Woolpert Selected to Collect Topo-bathy Lidar for Remote Hawaiian Islands

Woolpert has been awarded a task order under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Shoreline Mapping Services Contract to provide topographic and bathymetric Lidar data and imagery for islands in the Northwest Hawaiian Islands chain, mostly within the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. This contract is administered by NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey Remote Sensing Division and will support several mission areas within NOAA. Under this task order, Woolpert will deploy its King Air 300 Turboprop aircraft with Leica Chiroptera 4X and Leica HawkEye 4X Lidar sensors out of Kaua’i to collect Quality Level 1 topographic and QL2b bathymetric Lidar data. The... (read more)
2021-02-18 02:54:31

Uncovering the Secrets of Manta Ray Behaviour with a Mini ADCP

Understanding why marine animals are using some places and not others is crucial to minimizing our impact on them. Recently, the new Eco ADCP has been helping one marine biologist, with no previous experience in using oceanographic instruments, characterize current flows in one of the manta ray’s more unusual shallow-water coastal habitats. Powerful yet graceful, manta rays top almost everyone’s list of must-see marine animals. While people flock to places like Indonesia or the Maldives to watch these gentle giants, one location has gone relatively unnoticed – South Florida. “I lived in Florida working as a sea turtle biologist, and... (read more)
2021-02-12 10:24:36

Kongsberg Launches cNODE MiniS Transponder with Pressure Sensor

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that it has augmented its range of cNODE MiniS SSBL (Super Short Base Line) and LBL (Long Base Line) transponders with new models incorporating an internal, high-accuracy strain gauge pressure sensor. The new transponder units are designed primarily for positioning ROVs, AUVs and towed bodies, and are also well adapted for operations where additional depth data or depth aiding is required, such as when locating subsea structures. This makes them particularly useful for wind farm installation support applications. No Requirement for Additional Telemetry A range of models with different pressure sensors are available to maximize the... (read more)
2021-02-12 11:24:00

Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav Reaches New Heights of Capability

Marine technology specialist Sonardyne has released a new high altitude variant of its hybrid navigator SPRINT-Nav to allow uncrewed surface vessels (USVs) and underwater vehicles (UUVs) to extend their operational envelope. SPRINT-Nav tightly integrates a Sonardyne SPRINT INS, Syrinx DVL and a highly accurate pressure sensor into a single high-performance solution providing navigation and optional acoustic Doppler current profile (ADCP) functionality. Sonardyne’s new variant takes this capability to an even higher level: increasing the altitude at which vehicle platforms can work when they don’t have an external position reference, without compromising accuracy.   Highly Dynamic Environments Operating at 400kHz, the... (read more)
2021-02-12 11:17:07

Unleashing the Full Potential of Hydrographic Data

5 Questions to….Birte Noer Borrevik, Director Hydrographic Services at the Norwegian Mapping Authority
Hydro International spoke to five leading experts about the present and future of the hydrographic industry. In this interview, Birte Noer Borrevik (Kartverket: the Norwegian Mapping Authority) talks about big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and the importance of learning from other industries with experience in large data volumes. 2020 has been an extraordinary year. What are the impacts of Covid-19 on the hydrographic industry, and what other factors have influenced the business? Like everyone else, we have been impacted by the restrictions imposed on us. In the first few weeks of March and April, the crew on our... (read more)
2021-02-09 08:41:29

Airborne Lidar Survey to Create 3D Map of Northern Ireland’s Coastline

Bluesky International will use aircraft-mounted Lidar sensors to create a highly detailed 3D map of the whole of the Northern Ireland coastline. The Bluesky data will form part of the wider Northern Ireland 3D Coastal Survey; extending into the marine environment with a satellite-derived bathymetric survey and a pilot bathymetric Lidar survey. In combination, these surveys will inform the development of future coastal management policies. Working on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), the Lidar survey will be used to create the first-ever complete baseline, which it is hoped will underpin recording of coastal change... (read more)
2021-02-08 10:50:21

Kongsberg Maritime to Launch Next Generation HUGIN Endurance AUV

Kongsberg Maritime has announced the next generation of its advanced HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). Named HUGIN Endurance, the new AUV boosts operational duration to approximately 15 days, enabling extended survey and inspection missions far from shore. This longevity allows HUGIN Endurance to undertake extensive missions without the support of a mother ship. Shore-to-shore operations offer the opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint for commercial activities and yet retain unrivalled data resolution and accuracy. With this in mind, Kongsberg has added its Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) communications system to HUGIN Endurance’s payload, allowing it to surface and share large quantities... (read more)
2021-02-05 12:03:22

Valeport Introduces New SWiFT CTD Profiler

Designed with the intention of a seamless workflow, the new SWiFT CTD is the next generation of Valeport’s popular SWiFT profiler range and delivers enhanced accuracy and versatility for those requiring CTD measurements. The SWiFT CTD profiler from Valeport, a leading oceanographic and hydrographic instrumentation manufacturer, provides survey-grade sensor technology coupled with the convenience of Bluetooth connectivity, a rechargeable battery and an integral GPS module to geolocate each profile. Using Valeport’s leading high-accuracy sensor technology to combine sensors for multiple profiles in a single drop, the SWiFT CTD features a new fast response temperature probe and operates down to 500m... (read more)
2021-02-01 10:46:14

Fugro Achieves UK First with RAMMS Bathymetric Lidar Technology

Fugro has won a contract to capture bathymetric Lidar of Northern Ireland’s coastline as part of a project from the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to create a detailed 3D elevation model of the coast. The nearshore survey will acquire satellite-derived bathymetry (SDB) data and, for the first time in the UK, Fugro will use their innovative Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS) to collect Lidar bathymetry data. Coastal flooding is a global concern due to rising sea levels and an increase in extreme storm events. To identify areas most at risk of coastal erosion and marine... (read more)
2021-02-01 10:13:53
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