Nine Teams Advance to Final Round of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE

XPRIZE, the world’s leader in designing and managing incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, today announced nine finalist teams advancing in the $7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a three-year global competition challenging teams to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration. XPRIZE will award each finalist an equal share of a $1 million milestone prize purse for the cutting-edge ocean mapping and imaging technologies they have developed. Their innovative approaches include artificial intelligence, aerial drones, underwater robotic swarms, lasers, and autonomous surface and underwater vehicles. The nine finalist teams will be formally recognized and awarded at Oceanology... (read more)
2018-03-11 02:09:29

2G Robotics to Launch New Lighting Solution at Oi18

2G Robotics, specialised in underwater laser scanners and imaging solutions for the offshore energies, geosciences and defence industries, will be in London, UK, to launch its newest lighting and imaging solution at Oceanology International 2018 (Stand H300). The show, which runs from 13-15 March, is the world’s leading forum connecting ocean technology and marine science communities from across the globe. The new LED Strobe Panel, named the NOVA, provides ultra-bright and illumination enabling users to capture crisp stills images on even the fastest of AUVs. The system was originally designed for integration with HUGIN AUVs, produced by Kongsberg Maritime, and will... (read more)
2018-03-06 08:45:44

3D at Depth Reaches Milestone in Offshore Lidar Metrologies

3D at Depth, a global provider of advanced subsea Lidar (SL) systems and survey support services, has completed its 300th subsea Lidar spool metrology. The subsea Lidar measurement, conducted offshore within the Mediterranean Sea, covered eight long spool metrologies with lengths greater than 90m and was completed in 24 hours. The project delivered considerable savings overall for the EPIC installation contractor and provided valuable 3D data for the oil and gas major (end user). 3D at Depth is the world’s leading expert in subsea Lidar technology and first introduced subsea Lidar metrologies for the offshore market 3.5 years ago in the... (read more)
2018-02-01 10:27:35

Survey Expedition to Laser Scan the 'Titanic' Wreckage

OceanGate, a provider of manned submersible services, and 2G Robotics, a global leader in underwater laser scanners, have formed a strategic alliance to capture laser data of the RMS 'Titanic' shipwreck and debris field. 2G Robotics' dynamic underwater laser scanner, the ULS-500 PRO, will be installed on OceanGate's Cyclops 2, the first manned submersible to survey the 'Titanic' since 2005. The six-week Titanic Survey Expedition will depart from St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada, in June with scientists, content experts, and mission specialists joining the crew in a series of week-long missions. The innovative 2G Robotics equipment will generate real-time 3D models with... (read more)
2018-01-12 08:51:04

Surveying the Wrecks of the Battle of the Atlantic

After years of research, in 2014 the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered two World War II shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina in the Monitor National Marine Sanctuary. The wrecks form the remains of the KS-520 convoy attack, as part of the Battle of the Atlantic. It was through EIVA NaviSuite software that 2G Robotics modelled these wrecks, once they had been surveyed from a Triton submersible equipped with a Sonardyne acoustically aided inertial navigation system (AAINS) and scanned by 2G Robotics’ laser scanner.  The Battle of the Atlantic was the longest continuous military conflict in World... (read more)
2017-12-13 11:33:36

Ray Kostachuk

Ray Kostachuk’s research focuses on collaborative field experiments on sedimentary processes in rivers, estuaries and lakes. He is currently working on sand and gravel dunes in rivers and density currents in glacial lakes, developing and applying instrumentation for fluvial research, including the acoustic Doppler current profiler (aDcp), acoustic Doppler velocimeter (aDv), laser in-situ sediment scattering transmissometer (LISST) and multibeam echo sounder (MBES). (read more)
2017-11-02 10:21:04

IMCA Revises Subsea Metrology Guidance

Subsea metrology procedures are expanding rapidly to provide ever-higher-accuracy solutions, so the publication by the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) of a revised version of ‘Guidance on Subsea Metrology’ (IMCA S 019 Rev. 1) is both highly relevant and timely.   The objective of subsea metrology is to determine accurately the relative horizontal and vertical distance between subsea assets, as well as their relative heading and attitude. Most commonly this is for pipeline connections and the document uses this work as an example throughout. The information determined by subsea metrology is then used by pipeline engineers to design a connecting... (read more)
2017-10-04 01:13:59

Ancient Shorelines and Dozens of Shipwrecks Detected in Black Sea

On Tuesday 19 September 2017, after more than a month out at sea, the third year of the Black Sea MAP marine archaeological project ended. The main objective of the project has been to map the submerged submarine landscapes along the Bulgarian coast. About 50 sediment cores have been collected for analysis, and as a bonus more than 60 new shipwrecks have been found. These have been inspected and documented with work-class ROVs (Kystdesign Supporter and Shilling) down to depths of over 2,000 metres. The water level of the Black Sea has risen significantly since the end of the last... (read more)
2017-09-29 09:56:37

Newton Labs’ Underwater Laser Scanners with Two Scanning Modes

Newton Labs' M series of underwater laser scanners can be utilised for area scans or as a fixed-line scanner coupled to an IMU/DVL for long-distance scans such as pipelines and umbilicals, etc. The same scanner can be used for high-resolution area scans and dynamic field scans at the push of a button on the user interface. The Newton Labs marine underwater laser scanners can now operate with a fixed laser line – continuously recording scan data as the line is moved across the targeted area. Operators can fulfil increased inspection demands with one laser scanner.  Newton sells underwater scanners offering... (read more)
2017-08-21 11:41:51

‘Bouncing Bombs’ Located in Scottish Loch

A Klein 4900 high-definition sidescan sonar has been used to locate and identify WW2 ‘bouncing bombs’ in a Scottish loch. GSE Rentals, part of Unique System UK, provided the scanning equipment and engineering support to produce sonar images of the seabed at the dive site currently being explored by the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC). The iconic Highball bombs were recovered in perfect condition by divers, thanks to the technical input from Unique Group. The scanner was pulled by a workboat from fellow Scottish company Aspect Surveys. Sub Sea Tooling Services based near Aberdeen also provided an underwater ROV (Remotely Operated... (read more)
2017-08-15 11:23:07
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