Submerged Munitions, No Hazard Left Undetected

Minimum Requirements for Munitions Detection at Sea
Munitions in the sea pose a risk to the sustainable development of the ocean economy. In particular, they are a global challenge during the construction of wind parks, pipelines and other infrastructure. To ensure high-quality performance during the execution of the necessary maritime munitions detection and clearance operations, industry experts and scientists from Germany have defined a set of requirements. These are particularly important in the detection phase which requires the attention of hydrographic surveyors. Safe access to large areas of the seafloor is a prerequisite for offshore economic development. However, this ability has been compromised by the presence of... (read more)
2020-07-20 02:06:12

Sonardyne Underwater Positioning to Support Fugro’s Offshore Wind Operations in North America

Leading geo-data specialist Fugro has chosen underwater positioning technology from Sonardyne for its upcoming offshore wind farm projects in North America. The company has ordered three Sonardyne Mini-Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) underwater positioning systems to support shallow water site characterisation surveys, and a standard Ranger 2 for positioning geotechnical boreholes that will influence turbine foundation design and installation. In addition, Fugro has also ordered Wideband Sub-Mini 6+ (WSM 6+) and Nano transponders to fit to the underwater equipment it will be tracking with its new USBLs, including side-scan sonars and transverse gradiometer systems.  Very shallow and high-elevation tracking Mini-Ranger... (read more)
2020-07-17 11:01:54

Ifremer Selects iXblue’s Technology to Equip Its New 6000-metre AUV

Ifremer, the French National Institute for Ocean Science, has chosen iXblue, a global high-tech company specializing in the design and manufacturing of innovative systems and solutions devoted to inertial navigation, subsea positioning and underwater imaging, to equip its new 6000-meter AUV (CORAL* project). The AUV will be equipped with a Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS), Sams-150, a Phins C7 Inertial Navigation System (INS), a sub-bottom profiler Echoes 5000 and will use iXblue’s Delph Software suite for SAS and navigation post-processing. “We are very excited to be on board the CORAL project and to offer turnkey SAS technology to Ifremer scientific and... (read more)
2020-07-17 10:13:13

First Fully-autonomous Shallow Water Survey

Geodata specialist Fugro has completed the Middle East’s first fully autonomous geophysical shallow-water route survey. Controlled from their remote operations centre in Abu Dhabi, an unmanned surface vessel (USV) captured a full range of geophysical data across a survey area of some 40km out from the coast of Abu Dhabi to support a client’s critical project, entirely remotely. The results of the fully autonomous geophysical shallow-water route survey comprised conductivity, temperature, depth and salinity (CTDS) profiles, bathymetry data, seabed imaging, sub-bottom profiles, and ferrous object detection such as pipes, etc. The efficiency gains and material reductions from using Fugro’s remote... (read more)
2020-06-24 12:34:11

Using Unmanned Surface Vehicles for Bathymetric Dam Imaging

A North American Case Study with Wide-ranging Applications
Inspection of dams is a high-risk task for divers because of strong currents and eddies. The use of emerging technologies such as unmanned surface vehicles equipped with echosounders and sonars can lower those risks. Such systems can perform subsurface dam inspections quickly and effectively without putting humans at risk, as this US case study shows. Overused roads, outdated railway systems, brittle power grids, crumbling bridges and suchlike all take a toll on the economy and, tragically, sometimes even lead to loss of life. Failing infrastructure is an issue for most countries, and likely more so in developed nations that still... (read more)
2020-06-16 09:28:06

Research Expedition to Map Scottish Seabed

Slow Recovery of Coral Reef Shows Impact of Bottom Trawling
Newly developed 3D imaging technology has allowed scientists to map Darwin Mounds, a unique area of cold-water coral reefs off the coast of Scotland, to see whether it has recovered since being declared a Marine Protected Area sixteen years ago. The images show that in areas of the Darwin Mounds that had been heavily trawled, coral growth is still very sparse, and there has been no real recolonization. However, healthy coral growth was found in parts that had only been minimally damaged by bottom trawling, indicating that marine conservation measures are most effective when they are put in place before damage occurs.... (read more)
2020-05-18 01:46:12

Alexander Dalrymple Award given to Indian Government Chief Hydrographer

The 2019 Alexander Dalrymple Award has been presented to Vice Admiral Vinay Badhwar, national hydrographer to the Government of India, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Indian hydrography and hydrography across the wider Indian Ocean region.  The Alexander Dalrymple Award was first awarded by the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) in 2006 and is named after the first hydrographer of the Admiralty. Recipients of the award are selected by the Executive Committee of the UKHO for their efforts in raising the standards of hydrography, cartography and navigation around the world. Most Challenging Environments to Survey Having joined the Indian Navy in 1982,... (read more)
2020-05-18 01:24:36

Fugro Maps Arctic Ocean for Norway’s MAREANO Seabed Mapping Programme

The Norwegian Hydrographic Service has awarded Fugro another hydrographic survey contract as part of the MAREANO seabed mapping programme, financed by Norway’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Environment. Fugro has completed ten surveys for the programme since 2006 and acquired over 140,000 km2 of data. This latest survey will collect high-resolution, high-density multibeam echosounder and sub-bottom data to produce seamless datasets for the Norwegian mapping programme. The fieldwork will run from June to late October this year. The survey area covers approximately 2,700km2 over Spitsbergenbanken, a large bank in the Barents Sea, in water depths ranging... (read more)
2020-04-29 10:54:50

Unique Group Signs Exclusive Agreement with OTAQ Offshore

Integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider, Unique Group, has recently signed an exclusive rental agreement with UK-based OTAQ Offshore to represent the latter’s technology and products across the Middle East, APAC and the Americas. Experts in engineering and manufacturing underwater leak detection systems, laser measurement and video processing technologies, OTAQ Group supports customer activities in the offshore energy, aquaculture, commercial diving, defence and oceanographic research industries worldwide. The addition of OTAQ products to Unique Group’s diverse portfolio of survey equipment solidifies Unique Group’s consistent effort to provide customised integrated solutions to clients. Offshore Projects The agreement will see Unique Group... (read more)
2020-03-30 09:45:48

Fugro's CEO: “Working for a Safer and More Sustainable World”

Interview with Mark Heine
Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, with the headquarters in the Netherlands. Fugro is the leading and largest specialised survey company in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and calls itself a Geo-data specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, challenges are never too high to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition, from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership style, strategies for finding new employees, and Seabed 2030. About this ambitious project, Heine says ‘Commercial companies need to work together with NGOs and academia to make this happen.’ Mark Heine is chairman of the board and CEO of Fugro, which is headquartered in the Netherlands. Fugro is among the leading and largest specialized survey companies in the world, serving the full lifecycle of assets, and describes itself as a geodata specialist. For the avid mountaineer Heine, no challenge is too great to take on, not even heading up a multinational in transition from a company largely dependent on the oil and gas industry to one that wants to co-create a sustainable and liveable world. We talked to Mark Heine about leadership styles, strategies for finding new employees, and... (read more)
2020-03-19 02:28:42
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