Will Blockchain Drop Anchor in Hydrography?

Response to Gert B. Büttgenbach’s article 'How Blockchain Will Have an Impact on Navigation'
It is a long and fruitful tradition to consider emergent technologies as a driving force for progression in hydrographic appliances. The latest arrival on the scene is blockchain. While this technology may certainly hold great potential for hydrography, there is considerable discussion about how, exactly. Read on for a new perspective on how blockchain will have an impact on navigation.  It is a long and fruitful tradition to consider emergent technologies as a driving force for progression in hydrographic appliances. The invention of hydro-acoustic methods was made to measure the water depth of the Baltic Sea near Kiel; sea surveyors have... (read more)
2018-10-02 09:58:11

Acta Marine Reveals Name of Third Walk-to-work Vessel

The construction of Acta Marine’s third walk-to-work vessel and second Ulstein SX195 design is progressing well and has reached complete hullbeam at Crist shipyard in Poland. Acta Marine has announced that the vessel will sail under the name 'Acta Centaurus'. The vessel is named after the constellation Centaurus which is one of the largest constellations in the sky. It represents the centaur, the half man, half horse creature in Greek mythology. The vessel will continue the success of her sister vessel Acta Auriga regarding workability, in-field agility, offshore logistics and comfort on board for 120 persons. Due to continuous improvements... (read more)
2018-09-18 09:00:29

Ashley Chappell

Ashley Chappell earned a B.A. in Geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1991, and a Master's degree in Geography and Cartographic Sciences from George Mason University in 1997. After an exciting stint at National Geographic, she joined the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as an aeronautical chart cartographer in 1992. Her childhood summers spent at Virginia Beach and a love of the sea soon necessitated a move to nautical charting for NOAA's Office of Coast Survey in 1995, where she produced charts of Alaska, the Pacific and Great Lakes waters. In 2000, she moved to... (read more)
2018-09-11 11:39:53

Moog Focal Releases New Subsea-qualified 922-DSLH Modem

Moog Focal has announced the latest addition to its Model 922 family of robust optical and copper communications products for subsea oilfields. The Model 922-DSLH is a combined DSL and optical-fibre modem with integrated managed Ethernet switch and serial gateway. Qualified to API 17F and ISO 13628-6 standards with a design life in excess of 20 years, the Model 922-DSLH has been successfully fielded in a number of BOP and subsea production control systems, and proposed for emerging intervention/workover control systems (IWOCS) and ROV solutions. The Model 922-DSLH is a multi-functional card providing reliable and redundant long distance communication capability... (read more)
2018-09-10 09:44:53

Grant Scheme Making Waves in Marine Technology Innovation

In the UK, the new Rapid Innovation Grant scheme is now available through Marine-i and is attracting considerable interest from innovative marine technology businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the new scheme is a stream of the Marine Challenge Fund. It offers 100% grants of up to £2,000 to businesses in order move their idea or innovation to the next level. The grant can be used to purchase services or equipment. Matt Hodson, Marine Hub Operations Director at Cornwall Development Company, says: “We have launched the Rapid Innovation Grants to... (read more)
2018-09-04 08:18:06

Integrated Subsea Cable Monitoring System Tested at EMEC

An innovate UK-funded project focused on developing a smart integrated monitoring system for offshore energy subsea cables has drawn to a close following successful tests at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. The novel technology will ultimately lead to better maintenance and repair of underwater cables, reducing costs in the offshore energy sector. The 12-month Innovate UK-funded 'Cable Lifetime Enhancement via Monitoring using Advanced Thermal and electrical Infrastructure Sensing' (CLEMATIS) project demonstrated the technical and commercial viability of a new multifunctional distributed sensor system for the monitoring of subsea cable infrastructure in the offshore renewable energy sector. The... (read more)
2018-08-28 08:44:18

Satellites Shed Light on Shallow Waters

Keeping an eye on our waters is more important than ever, as widespread drought continues to sweep Europe this summer. Earth’s changing sea levels are crucial indicators of how our environment is fairing, but manual monitoring can be a labour-intensive, expensive and at times even dangerous task. Coastal areas provide additional complications, as shifting seabeds and currents make creating accurate and consistent water depth maps – also known as bathymetry – almost impossible. Satellites are ideally placed to address this challenge, however. Low-orbiting satellites equipped with light-measuring sensors can record how much light is reflected off the seabed, gathering and... (read more)
2018-08-28 08:26:47

Wärtsilä Invests in Smart Technology Hub in Finland

Wärtsilä is building the Smart Technology Hub, a new centre of research, product development and production, in Vaskiluoto, Vaasa, Finland. As of 2020, all of Wärtsilä’s functions and personnel in central Vaasa will transfer to the new hub, along with the logistics and maintenance workshop operations from Runsor. As a part of the project, Wärtsilä will invest €83 million in modern testing and production technology for the hub. The total investment in the Smart Technology Hub will be in the region of €200 million, consisting of office and factory buildings, logistics and infrastructure. "Constant renewal is in Wärtsilä's DNA," says Wärtsilä's president... (read more)
2018-08-21 10:25:28

Streaming Data Processed Live to the World Wide Web

A Survey with Aquatic Drones and CARIS Onboard
The Dutch government is currently focusing on autonomous technologies. Autonomous cars can already be found on Dutch highways and now Rijkswaterstaat (The Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management) has also started to automate survey processes on rivers, together with the company Aquatic Drones. The use of autonomous vehicles creates new opportunities for traditional surveys. Equipped with hydrographic instruments, the vehicles can collect data remotely in increasing volumes, in challenging environments and with less risk to personnel. One of the challenges will be the quantity of the data collected and having to post-process it. Traditional methods with acquisition and post-processing software... (read more)
2018-08-14 08:22:05

TCarta Wins Grant to Enhance Satellite-derived Bathymetry Technology

TCarta Marine, a global provider of marine geospatial products, has been awarded a research and development grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to enhance and automate multiple techniques for deriving seafloor depth measurements from optical satellite imagery. The ‘Project Trident’ research seeks to transform existing satellite-derived bathymetry (SDB) techniques by leveraging machine learning and computer vision technology to enable accurate depth retrieval in variable water conditions. If successful, these enhanced bathymetric techniques will have positive impacts on operations related to oil & gas exploration and production, coastal infrastructure engineering, environmental monitoring and geointelligence (GEOINT) activities. Shallow coastal areas “Our... (read more)
2018-08-09 01:48:40
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