iXblue and 2G Robotics Join Forces

iXblue and 2G Robotics have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to offer a new survey skid for Inspection Class ROVs. This all-in-one integrated skid will deliver high accuracy inspection capabilities on small ROVs, enabling survey and inspection on low-cost assets. Using 2G Robotics’ ULS-500 Micro laser scanner and OBSERVER still camera, and iXblue’s Rovins Nano Inertial Navigation System, this new skid will offer a miniaturized laser scanner and navigation package dedicated to small-sized ROVs and AUVs. “The collaboration between 2G and iXblue reflects a shift in the industry to compact and low-cost solutions,” said Chris Gilson, 2G’s Product Development... (read more)
2019-09-04 06:48:59

Basics of Hydrography and Inspection of Subsea Infrastructures

French positioning and geomatic specialist Geraud Naankeu Wati recently published his first book entitled 'Basics of Hydrography and Inspection of Subsea Infrastructures – Principles and Practice'. After several years of experience in hydrography and inspection of subsea infrastructures, the author noticed that it is important for professionals and orderers to have knowledge of these fields and decided to share his theoretical knowledge and experience of the field in positioning, hydrography, and inspection of subsea. “I wanted to contribute to the training of surveyors and meet the needs in hydrography and inspection of subsea infrastructures. I also intend to help the orderers to... (read more)
2019-05-28 04:13:03

Subsea vehicles equipped with Sonardyne navigation technology

Oceaneering International Inc. has ordered hybrid navigation systems from underwater technology specialist Sonardyne Inc. for its subsea resident vehicles Freedom and E-ROV. The two resident vehicle systems are to be fitted with Sonardyne’s SPRINT-Nav an all-in-one navigational instrument. SPRINT-Nav combines a SPRINT INS sensor, Syrinx 600 kHz DVL (Doppler velocity log) and a high accuracy intelligent pressure sensor in a single unit, making it one of the smallest and highest performing combined inertial navigation instruments on the market. Maintenance Free-deployments Oceaneering’s E-ROV has already proven the ability for battery powered remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) working in the oil and gas industry... (read more)
2019-05-13 11:05:51

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada Inspects the High Arctic

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Manitoba will use a SEAMOR Marine Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) to inspect the High Arctic area which remains frozen year-round. The Chinook ROV will take part in research and evaluating ways to protect this special ecological region. The vehicle will also be used to conduct ecosystem identification and benthic surveys (underwater mapping of the seafloor) and inspection of first-year ice and multi-year ice. Auto-altitude system SEAMOR Marine's Chinook ROV will be equipped with a handheld pendant controller, and a fibre optic tether multiplexer upgrade. These will help control a wide array of... (read more)
2019-04-08 11:05:46

Advances in High-speed Underwater Remote Vehicles for Subsea Pipeline Inspection

The Benefits and Challenges of the Technological Revolution in the Pipeline Survey Industry
The pipeline survey industry has undergone a technological revolution in the past couple of years, and the consequential benefits and challenges are only just beginning to be fully realized. The cost efficiency of subsea operations has been one of the key focus areas of the offshore energy industry in recent years. This focus, combined with increased growth in the amount of subsea infrastructure now in-situ on the seafloor, has seen a rising need for innovative approaches to subsea asset inspection. These solutions need to be cost-efficient, maintain data quality, and be able to provide a platform that supports future technologies.... (read more)
2019-04-02 10:25:26

Next-generation USV to Launch at Ocean Business 2019

Unmanned Survey Solutions (USS) has designed and built the next-generation Accession Class Unmanned Survey Vessel (USV) for use in nearshore and offshore hydrographic surveys. The device will launch at Ocean Business in April 2019. The unique modular design of the USV allows the vessel to increase its base design length of 3.5m to a maximum of 5m for additional payload equipment and/or power for extended endurance depending on operational requirements. James Williams, director at USS, said “We wanted to build a USV that was truly versatile, reliable and robust enough to withstand operating in offshore conditions while keeping it simple... (read more)
2019-03-14 01:58:45

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. An initiative called the Lidar Management and Analytical Processing (LMAP) provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into a Geographic Information System (GIS). Developed... (read more)
2019-02-19 09:37:01

3D at Depth Enters Asia Pacific Partnership with Subsea Technology & Rentals

3D at Depth, a leading company in subsea Lidar technology and 3D data solutions, has entered a partnership with Subsea Technology & Rentals Australia (STR). This partnership has been formed to support 3D at Depth’s expanding customer base within the Asia Pacific region, and bundle 3D at Depth’s Subsea (SL) Lidar laser systems with STR’s class-leading subsea technology. The new bundled offering provides a turnkey solution to help customers improve the efficiencies and reliability of their offshore operations. 3D at Depth will continue to maintain operational and technical resources within the region. “As we continue to experience rapid growth in... (read more)
2019-02-18 10:35:19

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

Swire Seabed Orders HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that Swire Seabed of Bergen, Norway has ordered a HUGIN AUV System configured for commercial survey applications. The Swire Seabed HUGIN AUV System is rated to 4,500 metres and equipped with Kongsberg Maritime’s HISAS 1032 Synthetic Aperture Sonar and EM2040 multibeam echosounder. Other payload sensors integrated in the Swire Seabed HUGIN AUV include the CathX Ocean 48.5-degree field of view still image camera and laser profiler, a sub-bottom profiler, magnetometer and turbidity sensor. To make the best use of the extensive payload sensor suite, the Swire Seabed HUGIN also includes Kongsberg Maritime’s automatic pipeline tracking solution,... (read more)
2019-01-18 11:37:07
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