Easy Access Tidal Information

ARGOSS has launched a new Web-based service, www.tidal-info.com, to provide tidal heights and currents for any location around the world. The service is based on the assimilation of nine years of satellite altimeter observations and measurements of approximately five thousand tidal stations in a tidal model. Users can generate statistical tidal information or time series for any location of interest through an easily accessible and interactive interface. Time series of tidal height, tidal current speed or current direction are available at ten-minute intervals, starting from a user-specified time/date, and cover a full tidal cycle of four weeks. Statistical information comprises... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

NOAA to Ensure GNSS Accuracy

NOAA will lead an international effort to pinpoint the locations of more than 40 global positioning satellites in Earth orbit, which is vital to ensuring the accuracy of GPS data that millions worldwide rely upon every day for safe navigation and commerce. NOAA personnel will compile and analyze satellite orbit data from 10 analysis centers worldwide to ensure the accuracy of GPS information.   For the next four years NOAA's National Geodetic Survey will serve as the Analysis Center Coordinator for the International Global Navigation Satellite Systems Service, a voluntary federation of more than 200 organisations that provide continuous global... (read more)
2008-01-07 09:26:22

Geotechnical Survey Success for UTEC

UTEC Geomarine, UK, has successfully completed a significant geotechnical survey programme in the West of Shetland region. The work was carried out for BP on the Quad 204 development and involved the utilisation of UTEC Geomarine’s ROV-deployed geoROV CPT and sampling system. The project was conducted in conjunction with Subsea 7 who provided vessel and ROV support services. For the first time, geoROV was used in conjunction with UTEC Geomarine's recently developed geoREACT suction anchor tooling skid. As part of the programme, multiple CPTs, cyclic T-bars and undisturbed sampling tests, together with advanced laboratory testing, were performed at precisely defined... (read more)
2013-09-19 09:15:05

AXYS to Participate in French Wind Development

AXYS Technologies Inc (AXYS) is participating in French EolMed wind development initiatives in the zone between Port-La Nouvelle and Gruissan. An AXYS WatchKeeper buoy will be deployed by French company Créocéan on the behalf of QUADRAN, at the location over the next year to gather comprehensive metocean data. This marks the first stage of floating offshore wind development in that area and will gather essential preliminary environmental data to support future design and financing decisions. The WatchKeeper buoy is equipped to provide wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, barometric pressure and directional waves. The buoy also uses an... (read more)
2017-02-13 11:03:35

LINZ Sets Strategic Direction for Geodetic System

LINZ has released its Positioning Strategy, setting the direction for how the geodetic system will be developed over the next 10 years. Chief geodesist Graeme Blick says the strategy will make sure that the Geodetic Office works to support changing developments in satellite-based positioning technology and new ways of using location information. LINZ provides New Zealand’s positioning or geodetic infrastructure through its network of survey marks, continuously operating Global Navigation Satellite System stations, and through systems such as the national geodetic datum. All are vital tools for ensuring the accurate measurement and location of New Zealand’s physical features. The Positioning Strategy is... (read more)
2014-05-26 11:55:40

Ashtead Technology and CodaOctopus Solve BP’s Positioning Problem

Faced with the problem of a failed obsolete GPS system on-board Schiehallion FPSO, BP recently chose the Octopus F180+ TM Precision Attitude and Positioning System. Located in the north east Atlantic Ocean, approximately 140km to the west of the Orkney Islands, the vessel normally relies on conventional GPS to measure the position of the turret towards the bow. With up to 24 oil- and gas-carrying flexible risers connecting the FPSO to the sea-bed well-heads, it is imperative that the position of the turret, to which the risers are attached, is accurately known and maintained at all times. Being in a hazardous... (read more)
2006-12-21 12:25:07

In situ Measurements of Seabed Mobility

Partrac has recently directly measured seabed erosion and deposition rates at a deep water location on the UK continental shelf. This initiative comprises part of a partnership project led by Portsmouth, NOC and Cefas and funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and supported equally by Defra as part of the Marine Ecosystem Connections (MECs) project.   In a collaborative venture with Dr Gary Fones of Portsmouth University and Dr Ruth Parker and her colleagues at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Partrac deployed their 'Voyager II' benthic flume at three offshore sites as part of... (read more)
2008-06-12 11:01:26

Aquabotix Releases Live Remote Control Technology

Aquabotix has Live Remote Control, which allows users to pilot Aquabotix’s underwater vehicles and cameras from any web browser-enabled device, remotely, from anywhere in the world. This technology has applications for any business, research centre, security force of defence unit with a multi-site presence in the underwater world. Live Remote Control enables users to operate Aquabotix’s Endura ROV (remotely operated vehicle), Hybrid AUV/ROV (autonomous/remotely operated vehicle) and AquaLens Connect (networked underwater camera system) during underwater activities from any location globally, using browser-based devices such as computers, phones and iPads, over the Internet, without the operator being physically present on-site. An... (read more)
2017-11-02 03:48:02

New Anchor Handling Routine in HYPACK

HYPACK, USA, has used its expertise and input from a world-leading survey company to design and develop the new anchor handling routine. The new anchor handling routine allows both rig and anchor handling vessel (tug) operators to graphically display the status and location of anchors and their cables, track their movement and deployment, and send the anchor locations to the anchor handling vessel operators. The anchor handling has been developed for offshore construction applications where anchor handling is one of the most demanding and inherently dangerous tasks performed. Moving the rig into the location before and after drilling can also... (read more)
2014-06-02 11:00:35

Million-dollar Wave Energy Research Project in Australia

The Australian Federal Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, has announced that alongside the University of Western Australia (UWA), Carnegie WaveEnergy Limited (Carnegie) will soon start investigating the optimal number, size, arrangement and location of wave energy converters in order to minimise the cost of installation and infrastructure while maximising power output. The project, which has been supported by AUD994,000 in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), aims to reduce the cost of wave energy converters. To achieve this, the following outcomes will be produced: New design guidelines and tools for how to optimally place... (read more)
2016-04-15 10:16:27
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