Next-generation USV to Launch at Ocean Business 2019

Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) has designed and built the next-generation Accession Class Unmanned Survey Vessel (USV) for use in nearshore and offshore hydrographic surveys. The device will launch at Ocean Business in April 2019. The unique modular design of the USV allows the vessel to increase its base design length of 3.5m to a maximum of 5m for additional payload equipment and/or power for extended endurance depending on operational requirements. James Williams, director at USS, said “We wanted to build a USV that was truly versatile, reliable and robust enough to withstand operating in offshore conditions while keeping it simple... (read more)
2019-03-14 01:58:45

Emerging Trends in Bathymetric Lidar Technology

What is on the Horizon for Airborne Lidar Bathymetry?
A surging interest in remote sensing and analytics has seen technology developments linked to these domains take off as we head into 2019. Airborne Lidar bathymetry (ALB) is no exception to recent innovations, especially with the growing recognition in the importance of high-resolution data to inform management of our oceans, seabed and coastal zones. In our recent discussions with ALB manufacturers and experienced operators, several significant new developments were revealed. The new developments include: Lightweight ALB sensor alternatives driven by the proliferation of Unpiloted Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Increased point density for ALB across all feasible depths for improved detail and... (read more)
2018-12-13 12:04:35

LED Lighting for UAVs

Oxley Developments Company Ltd has entered the Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) market having recently secured an order to supply a suite of LED external navigation and anticollision lights for the BAE Systems HERTI UAV. The fully autonomous HERTI provides a surveillance and reconnaissance capability and the lights are developed to withstand the potentially harsh environments in which they are deployed.   Based on the operational requirements, Oxley has designed a custom suite of navigation, wing tip and anti-collision lights. Rugged, lightweight and low profile the HERTI lights use high intensity LED technology pioneered by Oxley to meet FAR/JAR 23 lighting... (read more)
2008-07-18 02:22:44

Magellan DG14 RTK GPS Board

The DG14 RTK offers high-precision in a low-cost GNSS unit. The DG14 RTK from Magellan is a sub-meter GNSS (GPS + SBAS) and Beacon receiver. DG14 RTK was developed to meet the needs of demanding high-precision applications for machine control, agriculture, aviation, military, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), robotics, marine survey and navigation. DG14 RTK customers can choose from a fixed centimeter solution or a “flying RTK” decimeter solution. Because it offers an optimized mix of speed and accuracy, the decimeter mode makes DG14 RTK the perfect solution for customers who need decimeter accuracy but don’t want to spend the typical... (read more)
2007-05-25 03:22:20

Dr. Conor Cahalane

Dr. Conor Cahalane performs applied research using satellite, airborne and UAV data for coastal mapping and monitoring at the National Centre for Geocomputation (NCG), Maynooth University and the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences (iCRAG) at University College Dublin. His background is in surveying, mapping and spatial analysis and he sits on council for the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland promoting remote sensing in the Irish geomatics community. (read more)
2017-06-07 11:21:26

World's First Fully Autonomous Hydrographic Survey

No Line Plan, No Boat Crew, Just Sensors
During September 2017, the world’s first autonomous hydrographic survey was performed. 'Autonomous' means not by remote control, but rather that the autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) used guidance from survey software to run pre-planned survey lines or automatically generated lines based on sonar coverage, with human interaction possible but not required. The Channel Coastal Observatory (CCO) commissioned 4D Ocean to undertake a hydrographic survey of the seabed offshore of Hurst Spit, Western Solent, using a SeaRobotics ASV 2.5. The pilot survey was supported by the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO). By Duncan Mallace, contributing editor, Hydro... (read more)
2018-02-13 11:36:29

Optech Celebrates 40 Years of Lidar Innovation

Optech is celebrating 40 years of Lidar technology innovation. To mark the milestone, Optech is paying tribute to the incredible partnership with its clients over the years, from the first commercial Lidar systems in the world to solutions for bathymetry and UAVs. A celebratory event was held at Niagara Falls, including an exhibition of projects and the evolution of Optech Lidar technology that has supported clients over the last 40 years. Lasers were barely out of their infancy in the late 1960s, yet founder Dr Allan Carswell saw their potential for revolutionising remote sensing and began developing prototype Lidars at... (read more)
2014-06-12 09:07:35

Exciting Applications for Lidar

Hydro International Interviews Dr. Johannes Riegl
The RIEGL laser scanner company has been innovating laser scanning technology for more than 30 years. The equipment can be found in the most remote and even challenging locations across the world and even in space. Dr. Riegl gives a behind the scenes view of RIEGL and explains how the differenent laser scanning technologies have evolved over the years. UAV will be seen in bathymetric applications more frequently in the future with laser scanning as well as cameras. The emerging markets also play a key role for RIEGL laser company and Dr. Riegl expects this to continue into the future.... (read more)
2013-12-03 04:59:16

5 Questions to… Dr Martin Pfennigbauer and James van Rens, RIEGL

To gain real insight into today’s hydrographic business landscape, Hydro International asked some of the sector’s most influential companies for their opinions. This series of Q&As focuses on the current state of the industry from various perspectives, such as which technological developments will have the most impact on the market, which market segments are the most promising and which areas offer the most growth. Here, Martin Pfennigbauer, director of research, and James van Rens, strategic advisor, from RIEGL share their views and expectations for the business. How do you expect the hydrographic market to evolve over the coming year? Martin: We have... (read more)
2019-01-15 09:20:20

Robots And Drones Displayed During Unmanned Systems North America

More than 178,000 square feet of robotic hardware and equipment will be on display at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, USA during AUVSI's Unmanned Systems North America 2006 symposium and exhibition August 29-31, 2006. This gathering of unmanned systems professionals is sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI). Plenary Session Lineup includes: COL John D. Burke, USA, Program Manager, UAV Systems; BG Walt Davis, Commander, JUAS Center of Excellence; Air Cdre Nick Gordon, DEC ISTAR; Dr. Thomas Killion, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army; Major General Michael Kostelnik, USAF (Ret.), Department of Homeland... (read more)
2006-06-22 12:00:00
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