Securing Offshore Oil and Gas Infrastructure with USVs

Employing commercial-off-the-shelf USVs that can be rapidly reconfigured with a diverse range of sensors can enhance the ability to deliver energy to America and the world. This is a win-win for the energy industry, says George Caldorisi when he describes the securing of oil and gas infrastructure with Unmanned Surface Vehicles. While the exigencies of climate change have led to major strides in the development and deployment of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and others, the world’s energy needs will continue to be met primarily by oil and natural gas for the foreseeable future. As readers of Hydro International are well aware, the strategic implications of the United States’ transition from energy dependence to energy independence to becoming a net oil and gas exporter are being felt worldwide. While some saw this sea change coming, most did not, and the community of nations is still coming to grips with... (read more)
2020-04-06 09:50:21

Unique Group Signs Exclusive Agreement with OTAQ Offshore

Integrated subsea and offshore solutions provider, Unique Group, has recently signed an exclusive rental agreement with UK-based OTAQ Offshore to represent the latter’s technology and products across the Middle East, APAC and the Americas. Experts in engineering and manufacturing underwater leak detection systems, laser measurement and video processing technologies, OTAQ Group supports customer activities in the offshore energy, aquaculture, commercial diving, defence and oceanographic research industries worldwide. The addition of OTAQ products to Unique Group’s diverse portfolio of survey equipment solidifies Unique Group’s consistent effort to provide customised integrated solutions to clients. Offshore Projects The agreement will see Unique Group... (read more)
2020-03-30 09:45:48

Gaps M5, an Omnidirectional USBL System for Accurate Location

iXblue, a provider of navigation, subsea positioning and imagery solutions, announces the launch of the Gaps M5, a new compact, export-free and omnidirectional USBL system for accurate location, positioning and tracking of subsea assets. The latest addition in iXblue’s new USBL product range, the new Gaps M5 joins the renowned Gaps (now Gaps M7). Gaps M5 integrates an Attitude and Heading Reference System based on iXblue FOG technology for stable heading, roll and pitch compensation and a true north reference. Smaller, lighter and easy to install, Gaps M5 is ready-to-use and calibration-free. It offers accuracy better than 0.5% up to... (read more)
2020-03-17 09:38:09

Teledyne Marine in Full Force at OI London 2020

Teledyne Marine will once again be out in full force at OI London 2020. With 23 brands and over 400 products, Teledyne truly delivers something for everyone, the company says. To help customers navigate the many solutions, the company has dedicated one booth to its Discovery Zone, which will detail how and where products are being used alone and in combination to solve the difficult challenges customers face in the company's key markets, including oceanographic, energy, infrastructure & civil engineering, defence & security, and marine life.  The second booth will serve as Teledyne´s Collaboration Zone, with ample meeting space for customers to relax, collaborate and brainstorm... (read more)
2020-02-26 01:21:01

Fugro Joins the Australian HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program

The Australian government has selected Fugro to join the HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (HIPP) to increase Australia’s hydrographic industry capability. The panel of industry partners was chosen as part of a long-term strategy to ensure safe shipping routes, commercial ports and maritime approaches within the Australian Charting Area. Panel members will acquire marine environmental data to produce digital maps of Australia’s sea and coastal areas that will improve the safety of maritime vessels operating in Australia’s sea charting area, which covers 10% of the Earth’s surface. The partnership program of AUD150 million secures a sovereign capacity to produce hydrographic information... (read more)
2020-02-26 01:05:50

Chartwell Marine Launches Scanwell Shallow Draft Survey Vessel

In response to calls from the scientific community, ports and industrial surveyors, Chartwell Marine, a pioneer in next-generation vessel design, has announced the launch of its Scanwell shallow draft survey vessel providing unparalleled standards of versatility and safety in one and half metre waters. The Scanwell range is available in multiple hull sizes – 10m, 12m, 15m and 19m – enabling use in a wide variety of applications, such as offshore energy, port infrastructure and scientific expeditions. There are already two vessels on order, the company says, the first of which has been recently delivered, a 10m survey vessel and... (read more)
2020-02-26 08:34:48

Easy Ways to Utilize Hydrographic Survey Data

Maritime software company QPS and GISGRO, an online platform created by the Finnish high-tech company VRT Finland, have joined forces to enhance the utilization of hydrographic data. Integration of the two software in March 2020 will provide hydrographic surveyors with an easy way to share the complex 3D data with their clients, who can gain major benefits by further sharing and utilizing the data in their daily operations. Digital 3D modelling has reached the underwater world; for example, in forms of seabed scanning for safe navigation and scanning of underwater structures for maintenance purposes. The constantly growing amount of digital... (read more)
2020-02-11 10:31:19

How to Derive Shallow-water Bathymetry Measurements from Satellites

TCarta Marine, a provider of marine geospatial products, is commercializing a new technique to derive highly accurate shallow-water bathymetry measurements from NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite data. The new methodology is being developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2018, NSF awarded the company a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to commercialize new satellite-derived bathymetric (SDB) measurement technologies. Referred to as Project Trident, the research focused on leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) – machine learning and computer vision – to determine shallow-water seafloor depth in variable water conditions. Bathymetric Data Extraction Tool “As participants in NASA’s Applied Users... (read more)
2020-01-16 10:01:58

Teledyne Marine Announces 2020 Academic Product Grant

Six months free product usage and technical consultations
Teledyne Marine offers the next generation of technologists and explorers the opportunity to utilize the organization’s leading-edge technology for planned 2020 programmes free of charge via their 2020 Academic Product Grant. The company delivers the widest range of technology in the industry and will share a full suite of these technologies with the academic community to address an array of potential global research programmes.  This grant is open to all students from accredited universities or institutions pursuing oceanographic or hydrographic studies and provides up to 6 months' free product usage and technical consultations to help ensure their success. Products in this year’s grant... (read more)
2020-01-14 11:49:06

How Scientists Use Satellite-mounted Laser to Map Global Ocean Migration

A study published in the 12 December issue of Nature reports on the use of satellite-borne Lidar to map the daily vertical migration of zooplankton across the world’s seas over the course of a decade. On Williams Yorktown Daily, a US-based news site, lead author Michael Behrenfeld of Oregon State University says, “What the Lidar allowed us to do is sample these migrating animals on a global scale every 16 days for ten years. We’ve never had anywhere near that kind of global coverage to allow us to look at their behaviour, distribution, and abundance.” On the study were researchers from... (read more)
2019-12-28 01:12:05
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