Metocean Services International

Metocean Services International, a new company for the global provision of metocean services, was launched at the beginning of September It was formed in response to the industry requirement for alternative providers of specialised metocean services on a global scale. MSI aims to provide the entire range of oceanographic and meteorological services to the offshore oil & gas market, coastal engineers, dredging companies, port authorities etc. These will include inter alia physical measurement services, desktop studies, data processing/reporting and weather forecasting. Sidney Bilski and Bruce Spolander, both former employees of Thales GeoSolutions' Environmental and Metocean Services Division, head the new... (read more)
2003-10-21 12:00:00

ASL Monitoring for Vancouver

ASL Environmental Sciences has formally handed over to the Port of Vancouver a real-time monitoring system for currents and water levels at the Second Narrows Bridge in the harbour. This project has been in collaboration between the Canadian Hydrographic Service, Vancouver Port Authority, CN Rail and Sultran Ltd, with ASL acting as prime contractor to provide the instruments and system integration. This system, using proprietary Acoustic Scintillation Flow Meter (ASFM) technology along with other off-the-shelf components has completed an extensive, two-year long field trial to confirm its operational reliability. The ASFM technology was selected because it has no moving parts... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

New Gardline Subsidiaries

Gardline Surveys, an Offshore Survey company based in Great Yarmouth, UK, has undergone a major organisational change, developing new subsidiaries to focus on particular market sectors. Organic growth over the years has helped Gardline to grow in stature and capability. However, so that it can better serve client needs, separate companies have been established. George Darling, the company founder, remains Group Chairman. Gardline Marine Sciences Limited will undertake head office duties Gardline Geosurvey Limited will concentrate on traditional marine geophysical and hydrographic surveys for oil and gas companies, submarine cable companies, scientific institutes and government authorities Gardline Geoscience Limited will... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

ADV with Optical Sensor Capabilities

YSI Environmental has developed a multiparameter instrument Ðthe YSI ADV6600- that accurately and reliably measures both water quantity (velocity and direction) and water quality. It has accomplished this by integrating YSI water quality sensor technologies with the advanced Acousic Doppler Velocimeter (ADV) technology of SonTek. The ADV6600 has the capability to measure DO, conductivity, temperature, pH, ORP, pressure, velocity, direction, turbidity, chlorophyll, or rhodamine, chloride, ammonia or nitrate, along with other calculated parameters such as specific conductance and salinity. (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

Congo Environmental Survey for Creocean

Creocean has recently successfully completed an Environmental Baseline Survey (EBS) for TOTAL-E&P-Congo on the Moho-Bilondo field. The survey, carried out with scientific support from Thales Geosolutions South Africa and with the technical support of an RV Geoexplorer, provided water quality, sediment and benthic fauna information, at 700 to 900 metre depth. The data collected will describe the environmental sensitivity of the oil field. Creocean scientists use all parameters of the marine environment, including the biological indicators developed specifically for oil and gas areas. (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

Thales Completes Thames Measurement Programme

Thales Geosolutions environmental and metocean services division has recently successfully completed a thirteen-month long oceanographic measurement programme in the outer Thames estuary. The programme was conducted for Hydrosearch and is part of a pre-development study for the erection of an offshore wind farm. Using its dedicated data processing facilities based at its offices in Cape Town, Thales delivered a comprehensive range of product services to complement the measurement programme. In addition to using manufacturer-supplied software, Thales has developed Matlab-based data processing software to conduct rigorous quality control on data and present it in whatever format is required by the client.... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

Marine Geospatial Data Industry Seminar

The Marine Geospatial Data Industry seminar held at the UKHO at beginning of July attracted representatives from government departments and agencies, academia and from the commercial sector. The purpose of the seminar was to stimulate discussion on the potential development of a Marine Geospatial Data Infrastructure (MGDI) for the UK, the role stakeholders will play and how the initiative might be moved forward. Visits to key operational areas within the UKHO and product and service demonstrations offered a chance to see the UKHO in action and provided insight into the future of the UKHO, including its wider markets programme. Dr... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00

Two New Metoc Directors

Metoc plc has recently appointed two new directors to its board to support the continued growth of its technical and project management services. Chris Mooij is currently Business Manager of the Water Group, and he will continue to head this Group. He will be responsible for further expanding Metoc capabilities and services to provide strategic and technical solutions for operators, regulators and industry. His appointment comes after serving thirteen years with Metoc, where he has been instrumental in the development of the Metoc Environmental Design Optimisation (EDO) process. Dr Mike Osborne has been with Metoc since 1992, responsible for developing... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

Canadian REA Analysis

OEA Technologies Inc. has initiated a study of Canadian Forces requirements and opportunities in the field of maritime Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA). The study, led by Defence Research and Development Canada Ð Atlantic (DRDC Atlantic), an agency of Canada's Department of National Defence, will capitalise upon OEA expertise in oceanography and DRDC Atlantic expertise in ocean acoustics. This investigation of REA expands on an earlier OEA/DRDC Atlantic investigation of the use of Earth-observation satellite sensors and coastal HF radar systems for purposes pertaining to military oceano-graphy. The previous investigation also involved representatives of Canadian Forces Meteorology and Oceanography (METOC) operation... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00

New Member Metocean

Metocean Services International (Pty) Ltd (MSI) announced that Stefan Stimson has joined their management team. Formerly with Marconi UDi and the National Marine Dredging Company, Stefan has spent the last twelve years with Thales GeoSolutions, the first five years seconded to Thales office in Egypt where he reached the position of Operations Manager. In 1996, Stefan was promoted to the position of Operations Manager for the International Services Division of Thales, running all projects in West and Southern Africa, including vessels and offices in Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. This role resulted in his relocation to Cape Town in 1998, where... (read more)
2004-02-02 12:00:00
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