Upgraded Version of EMODnet Bathymetry Digital Terrain Model Launched

EMODnet Bathymetry, an initiative of the European Commission, has announced on behalf of the full consortium with all associated collaborators the release of the latest version of the EMODnet Bathymetry Digital Terrain Model (DTM). With over 33,000 individual tiles downloaded in 2020, this bathymetric product is already widely used in a whole range of applications, from marine science to sustainable ocean governance and blue economy activities. This new EMODnet Bathymetry product benefited from significant developments and expert inputs in 2020, including new data gathering, reprocessed data, thorough selection of the best data source and use of innovative bathymetric sensors (such... (read more)
2021-01-15 01:44:12

Multiconsult and Argeo Join Forces on Marine Survey Methods and Technology

Multiconsult and Argeo have entered into a strategic cooperation to significantly improve the quality of marine surveys and increase construction insight of the seabed conditions for large coastal development projects and offshore structures. The two parties have also invested in a Hugin autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The objective for the cooperation is to deliver a digital 3D model that can follow the life cycle of any ocean space project. This applies from early-stage development, through operation to decommissioning and removal, and will result in a significant cost and environmental impact reduction. The largest benefits will be for the construction of... (read more)
2021-01-15 11:46:11

Global Oceans Acquires 6000m ROVs and Towed Sonar System from Oceaneering

Global Oceans, a New York-based non-profit corporation focused on mobilizing commercial sector resources for ocean science has acquired, through a donation from Oceaneering International, three deep-sea exploration vehicles rated to 6,000 metres operational depth: the Magellan 725 ROV, the Ocean Discovery ROV and the Ocean Explorer 6000 Towed Sonar System, together with a full complement of infrastructure to deploy the vehicles including winches, cranes, power systems, operational modules, workshops and supplies.  These vehicles have contributed to several historic projects, including the successful recovery of the lost Apollo Liberty Bell 7 space capsule from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean and... (read more)
2021-01-15 11:20:15

New Partnership Creates Combined Hydrography and Oceanography Portfolio

Subsea Europe Services (Hamburg, Germany) and Cyprus Subsea Consulting and Services (Nicosia, Cyprus) have entered into a new strategic cooperation to share knowledge and services that will simplify the acquisition of high-quality marine data for clients across Europe. The agreement, which was signed on 1 January 2021, is the foundation for matching the extensive autonomous and long-term water column survey experience of Cyprus Subsea and Subsea Europe Services' seafloor surveying expertise to provide a harmonized hydrography and oceanography portfolio from a single, Europe-wide source. Additionally, both companies will share knowledge on the continuing development of autonomous solutions for marine surveying,... (read more)
2021-01-15 11:06:26

Fugro Partners on ‘4S’ Global Satellite Observation Seafloor Mapping Innovation

Fugro is participating in an EU co-funded research and innovation project to develop a remote solution for global satellite-derived seafloor mapping. The three-year project, named ‘4S’ (Satellite Seafloor Survey Suite), will develop an online cloud-based solution that will use highly automated earth observation algorithms and workflows to remotely map and monitor seafloor habitats, morphology and shallow water bathymetry. Fugro will lead the project’s business and integration actions, and their hydrographers and geodata specialists will evaluate the solution via several use cases around the globe. Integration of Satellite Data Analytics into Marine and Coastal Workflows 4S will leverage artificial intelligence, physics... (read more)
2021-01-11 10:23:24

GeoAcoustics Returns to Independent Ownership

GeoAcoustics has returned to independent ownership following divestment from the Norwegian multinational Kongsberg Maritime AS. Kongsberg originally acquired the company in 2008 and it has been a part of the Sensors & Robotics business area. Based in Great Yarmouth in the United Kingdom, GeoAcoustics has been manufacturing marine survey equipment for more than 42 years, and it is a world-leading manufacturer of sonar survey systems for engineering, geophysics and naval survey applications. Principle product lines are swath bathymetry systems for shallow waters, side-scan sonars and sub-bottom profilers. GeoAcoustics’ general manager Dr Richard Dowdeswell commented: “This is an exciting chapter in... (read more)
2021-01-11 09:06:21

Unmanned Vessels to Assist in Saltwater Intrusion Research

Utilizing New Methods to Research Impacts on a Precious Waterway
Seafloor Systems was recently contracted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to develop two custom HydroCat-180 unmanned surface vessels (USVs) that will be used to monitor the impacts of saltwater intrusion from the Pacific Ocean into the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta in California. The subsequent research using the new autonomous vessels will provide new insights into maintaining balance within the complex ecosystem. The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, commonly referred to as the California Delta, is the hub of the state’s water supply system and a teeming wetland bionetwork (Figure 1). About 500 plant and animal species call the area home, making it... (read more)
2021-01-07 11:28:58

PyroScience APHOX

Flexible underwater sensor platform based on new AquapHOx technology for monitoring critical parameters (O2, pH, T) in water bodies (read more)
2021-01-06 05:05:03

PyroScience AquapHO

AquapHOx real-time data transmitter as deep-sea multi-analyte (O2, pH, T) and single analyte shallow water versions (read more)
2021-01-06 05:04:17

Autonomy Leads to More Requests for Hydrographers

5 Questions to….Thomas Dehling, Head of Nautical Hydrography Department at the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)
Hydro International spoke to five leading experts about the present and future of the hydrographic industry. In this interview, Thomas Dehling (BSH) focuses on the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic is having on hydrographic offices. He also draws attention to the very real cyber security threat facing data-intensive industries. 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? The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly changed the working procedures of hydrographic offices (HOs), whose services range from hydrographic surveying to nautical charting, water level forecasts and many... (read more)
2021-01-05 08:54:37
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