Geoscience Australia Welcomes RV Investigator

Australia's marine geoscience capability has been strengthened by the official commissioning of RV Investigator, the nation's newest scientific research vessel, on 12 December 2014. Geoscience Australia's chief executive officer Dr Chris Pigram said that the launch of the RV Investigator is a landmark event for all scientists who work offshore. The vessel provides the science community with a modern, highly capable platform from which to conduct research into Australia’s massive marine jurisdiction and beyond. The vessel is also equipped with a variety of devices to take samples from the sea floor. By identifying the mineral composition of these samples, scientists... (read more)
2014-12-16 01:00:00

Fugro to Divest Majority of Geoscience Division

Fugro NV (The Netherlands) and CGGVeritas (France) have entered into an agreement under which CGGVeritas will acquire Fugro’s Geoscience division, excluding the multi-client library and Ocean Bottom Nodes business, for a total cash consideration of EUR1.2 billion. The two companies are to enter into a Seabed Geophysics joint venture which includes Fugro’s and CGGVeritas’s ocean bottom nodes businesses and CGGVeritas’s transition zone, ocean bottom cable and permanent reservoir monitoring activities. The transaction is a result of Fugro’s review of the options regarding its marine streamer seismic data acquisition business and associated activities, as announced on 30 May 2012. This divestment... (read more)
2012-09-24 10:45:45

Geoscience Voyage Puts Equipment to the Test

Australia's blue-water research vessel, the Marine National Facility's RV Investigator, has returned from her maiden geoscience voyage where researchers took the opportunity to learn more about an ancient reef system off the east coast of Tasmania. In water depths ranging from 90 metres to 3,900 metres, the survey acquired new bathymetry data using multibeam sonar, plus continuous sub-bottom profiles, magnetometer and gravity data. Sampling activities included test deployments of the gravity corer, rock dredge and sediment grab. Geocience Australia marine scientist Dr Scott Nichol said the main focus of the five-day trial voyage was to undertake test deployments of geoscience... (read more)
2015-05-15 09:40:18

2D Infill Seismic Survey for Geoscience Australia

The Duke, owned and operated by Gardline CGG Pte Ltd, Australia, has been selected by Geoscience Australia to acquire the Gippsland 2D Infill marine seismic survey offshore Victoria (Australia). Preparation for the project is underway and the expected start date is 6 April 2015. The Gippsland 2D Infill survey is part of the National CO2 Infrastructure Plan to aid in the identification of potential sites suitable for the long term storage of CO2 in Australia. The survey will cover approximately 800 line kilometres in the Gippsland basin. Duke was selected for its capability to acquire 2D seismic, multibeam bathymetry and... (read more)
2015-03-19 09:31:44

Geoscience Australia and the Search for MH370

Geoscience Australia has been applying specialist marine geoscience knowledge and capability to assist in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines MH370. Geoscience Australia has produced a short video, 'Mapping the deep ocean: Geoscience Australia and the search for MH370', to describe the key processes of bathymetric mapping and sidescan sonar which are being used to gather data within the search area. With existing experience and capabilities supporting management of Australia's vast marine jurisdiction, Geoscience Australia is providing ongoing expert advice to the international search team, led by the Joint Agency Coordination Centre (JACC) and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).... (read more)
2015-02-25 11:48:23

CARIS Bathymetric Data Management System for Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia in Canberra has selected CARIS Bathy DataBASE software for management of large bathymetric data sets, interoperability and distribution. Geoscience Australia is Australia's national agency for geoscience knowledge and geospatial information. Its knowledge and information contributes to enhanced economic, social and environmental benefits to the community - by providing input for decisions that impact upon resource use, management of the environment, and the safety and well-being of Australians.   Like other national geospatial agencies, Geoscience Australia is facing expanding volumes of raw multibeam survey data, large numbers of archived historical data sources, increased demand for and distribution of products... (read more)
2008-10-31 12:00:00

Fugro Seminar on Role of Geoscience in Coastal and River Development

Fugro’s one-day seminar, ‘Geo-Intelligence for Coastal Infrastructure’, taking place in Wallingford, UK, on 15 November will have a focus on Cutting edge site investigation for nearshore development. A team of Fugro experts will discuss current approaches to data acquisition and interpretation to meet the complex challenges of energy, transport, and other developments at coastal, port, and river sites. Delegates will be updated on the benefits of an integrated approach to environmental, geotechnical and geophysical surveys to build a comprehensive and cost-effective understanding of conditions above and below the surface. Speakers will also explain the benefits of data sharing via dynamic... (read more)
2018-10-26 11:08:51

CGG Concludes Takeover of Fugro Geosciences' Airborne Activities

CGG (France) has received the main administrative authorisations allowing the company to conclude its acquisition of Fugro Geoscience’s airborne activities. Certain administrative actions are still to be completed, but these do not impact business continuity and are expected to be finalised shortly. The Airborne acquisition completes the final stage in CGG’s successful acquisition and integration of Fugro Geoscience. As a result of this transaction, CGG has enhanced its integrated geoscience offering and expanded into new markets such as marine gravity, electromagnetics, data management services and geological expertise as well as airborne geophysics.  (read more)
2013-09-03 04:12:09

M/V Duke en Route for Houtman 2D Broadband Seismic Survey

Gardline CGG, Australia, has been selected by Geoscience Australia to acquire the Houtman 2D broadband marine seismic survey in the Perth Basin. M/V Duke is currently transiting to Western Australia following the completion of the BRAHSS project in Queensland. The survey will cover up to 4,800 line kilometres in the Houtman sub-basin basin where a gap in seismic datasets coverage has been identified by Geoscience Australia. The project is expected to start in mid-November and will have an estimated duration of 42 days. Gardline CGG is delighted to work once again with Geoscience Australia to help advance the understanding of... (read more)
2014-11-05 10:02:00

Haddon Forrester King Medal for Dr Neil Williams

The former chief executive officer of Geoscience Australia, Dr Neil Williams PSM, FTSE, has been awarded the Australian Academy of Science’s Haddon Forrester King Medal in recognition of a long and distinguished geoscience career. Dr Williams contributed to Australia’s submission for the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in 2008, resulting in 2.56 million square kilometres being added to the country’s jurisdiction. The Haddon Forrester King Medal is awarded every two years to acknowledge original and sustained contributions to the Earth sciences in Australia, particularly relating to the discovery, evaluation and exploitation of mineral deposits including hydrocarbons.... (read more)
2014-01-21 02:42:41
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