WASSP Launches New Rapid Deployment Multibeam Sounder

WASSP Multibeam has launched its new rapid deployment multibeam sounder – the W3 Rapid Deployment System (RDS). Revealed at the recently held Pacific Expo 2019 in Sydney, Australia, W3 RDS has been designed for navies, maritime police and search & rescue organizations for use where depths are unknown and to find safe navigation routes for larger vessels. When a fixed transducer installation in a small vessel such as a tender isn’t always practical, the W3 RDS has been designed around a portable Carbonfibre Mast that includes a transducer, motion sensor and satellite compass. This allows operators to deploy the unit... (read more)
2019-10-10 10:54:07

German Icebreaker Polarstern Sets Sail to Arctic Waters

After a decade of preparations, the German icebreaker Polarstern will be departing from the Norwegian port of Tromsø. Escorted by the Russian icebreaker Akademik Fedorov, she will set sail for the Central Arctic. Onboard researchers will investigate a region that is virtually inaccessible in winter, and which is crucial for the global climate. They will gather urgently needed data on the interactions between the atmosphere, ocean and sea ice, as well as on the ecosystem.  Drift in the Ice Hardly any region has warmed as much as the Arctic over recent decades. At the same time, we lack year-round observations from... (read more)
2019-09-23 10:34:41

EOMAP Wins Funding For Satellite-Derived Bathymetry

EOMAP has been awarded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to further develop its physics-based method of mapping the depth of the sea from satellite observations. Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB) uses data gathered by satellites and aircraft to generate depth measurements and seafloor characteristics for regions of shallow water. Developed 20 years ago by EOMAP scientists then at DLR (Germany) and CSIRO (Australia), SDB’s potential to create a continuously updated global database of shallow-water bathymetry is hampered by the heavy computing power required to process the large amounts of data now available. Lower Energy Consumption The new funding will allow EOMAP to... (read more)
2019-09-23 09:34:36

La Minerve, Vanished in 1968, Discovered off Toulon

The French navy has located La Minerve, one of its submarines that disappeared more than 50 years ago. Onboard were 52 crewmembers.  The submarine was discovered on the seabed at a depth of 2,370 metres, 27 miles (45km) off the port of Toulon, the home of a French naval base in the Mediterranean. In January 1968 the submarine disappeared whilst on a military exercise. Until now repeated searches have failed to find the vessel. A senior French naval officer told Agence France-Presse the submarine was discovered by the Seabed Constructor, a subsea support and construction vessel of the US company Ocean Infinity. The submarine... (read more)
2019-07-23 01:27:11

Fugro to Support Climate Change Research in the Caribbean

Geo-data specialist company Fugro is embarking on a coastal mapping project in Jamaica and Haiti to support The Investment Plan for the Caribbean Regional Track of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience. The work, which comprises approximately 2,000 square kilometres of integrated shallow water and land-based elevation data, was awarded to Fugro by the University of West Indies Mona with financing from the Inter-American Development Bank. Fugro will accomplish the project using its Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS). Reduce CO2 Emissions Introduced in August 2018, RAMMS delivers depth penetration and point densities for nearshore and coastal mapping. Weighing just... (read more)
2019-06-27 08:59:56

USGS and Scientists Test Drone-based Stream Gauging at 2019 Aquatic Airshow

The US Geological Survey (USGS) and independent scientists gathered recently in Auburn, Maine, to evaluate the use of sensor-mounted unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, to gauge stream stage, velocity, bathymetry, and discharge. The technology is being evaluated and modelled to determine whether it will support the fast, accurate and safe measurement of rivers, especially when they are flooded or contain floating trees, ice or other debris. Two Dozen Experts Close to two dozen hydrologic, geospatial and scientific experts gathered in what has been dubbed the '2019 Aquatic Airshow' to assess this technology. They were led by John Fulton of... (read more)
2019-06-10 11:03:06

AUV and ROV Technology Plays Key Role in Historic Discovery

WWII Wreck Located in South Pacific
An underwater research and exploration vessel has played a key role in locating a major US aircraft carrier lost during World War Two. The R/V Petrel, owned and operated by philanthropist Paul Allen, discovered the remains of the USS Hornet on the seabed, 5,330 metres below the surface of the South Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands in late January 2019. This article looks more closely at the importance of underwater technology in enabling this historic find. The R/V Petrel is an expedition ship belonging to Vulcan Inc, a company founded by explorer and philanthropist Paul G. Allen, co-founder of Microsoft... (read more)
2019-03-05 10:22:21

Web GIS Improves Lidar Collection Response Time

The remarkable capabilities of airborne Lidar continue to improve, with scanners now able to emit more than a million pulses every second. Although it has never been easier to acquire high-quality laser data, storing and managing the huge volume of Lidar data collected can prove to be a challenge. Combined with associated metadata such as survey information, environmental conditions and flight lines, data management has now become a critical priority and focus. This article outlines an initiative called the Lidar Management and Analytical Processing (LMAP) that provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into a Geographic... (read more)
2019-02-19 09:37:01

Using RAMMS to Acquire Integrated Land and Sea Data in the Caribbean

Fugro has completed a data acquisition campaign over the Turks and Caicos Islands, marking the first commercial success of its Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS). Working under contract to the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the company acquired more than 7,400 square kilometres of integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and image data. The resulting deliverables will support updated nautical charts and coastal zone management activities in the region. Launched in August 2018, RAMMS is a airborne bathymetric mapping system that uses multibeam laser technology to deliver industry-leading depth penetration and point densities. The compact sensor is deployed from a small aircraft... (read more)
2019-01-22 10:40:16

Coast Guard Using Sensors and Satellite Imaging to Track Vessels in Real Time

Esri has announced that Argentina's coast guard, Prefectura Naval, and Aeroterra S.A. have partnered to implement Esri's ArcGIS platform for a real-time tracking system. The new system, called Guardacostas Pro, uses a combination of satellite imaging and signal processing to monitor vessels for illegal activities such as drug smuggling and fish poaching in the coastal waters of Argentina’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ). As Argentina's coast guard, Prefectura Naval deploys patrol vessels, helicopters and aircraft spotters to protect its economic interests and to guard against the decline of its fishery industry. This year, the Guardacostas Pro system allowed Prefectura Naval to... (read more)
2018-09-27 10:24:11
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