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Job Opportunities for those with Marine Backgrounds
Do you have a marine background and are you looking for a new job? Being a USV pilot could be the next step in your career, James Ives, CEO of XOCEAN explains. Do you have a marine background and are you looking for a new job? Being a USV pilot could be the next step in your career, James Ives, CEO of XOCEAN explains. His company currently has openings for USV Pilot & Surveyor positions as well as Software Engineers and plans to recruit an additional 60 employees in the next year to meet increasing market demand. As an extensive buyer of ocean data in his previous role as CEO of a marine engineering business, founder James Ives saw a need to transform the way in which ocean data was captured. As... (read more)
2019-10-03 03:41:16

Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Winners Talk Tech in Tokyo with Japanese PM

Prior to being awarded the four million dollar grand prize in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE this May, the members of the international GEBCO-Nippon Foundation Alumni Team had found precious few opportunities to all meet face to face. For much of their three-year journey in the competition, communication was carried out remotely through email and Skype. A recent visit to Tokyo, however, offered a chance to sit down together and plan their next steps as a team and a broader network of alumni – as well as discuss the importance of ocean mapping with the Japanese Prime Minister. Meeting the PM... (read more)
2019-09-30 01:54:46

Flanders Marine Institute in Belgium Takes Delivery of a Gavia AUV

Teledyne Gavia announced that it has completed the sale and recent Sea Acceptance Testing of a Gavia AUV to the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Oostende, Belgium. The VLIZ Gavia is rated to 1,000m depth in a low logistics form factor and includes an array of scientific instruments to meet current and future VLIZ research requirements. The modular nature of the GAVIA AUV allows sensors to be added as mission requirements dictate. The VLIZ Gavia is configured for diverse research applications and includes an iXblue INS, coupled with a Teledyne RD Instruments Pathfinder ADCP up/down for highly accurate navigation and... (read more)
2019-09-30 08:37:17

Call for Abstracts for the Remote Hydrography Conference

The Hydrographic Society UK is organizing a two-day Remote Hydrography conference at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton (UK) on 6-7 May 2020. The organizers are calling for abstracts. Hydrographic surveying is in the midst of a paradigm shift. The development and adoption of disruptive technologies and solutions are increasing survey capacity, capabilities and productivity like never before, whilst simultaneously reducing the risks and costs involved. Variety of Subjects Autonomous and unmanned aerial, surface and underwater survey platforms, remote survey command and support services, and techniques such as satellite-derived bathymetry (SDB), crowdsourced bathymetry (CSB), artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML)... (read more)
2019-09-26 04:13:52

Organizations Maximize Collection of Hydrographic Data

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and Petroleum Geo-Services (PGS) of Norway have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to facilitate the future exchange of bathymetric data.  PGS undertakes seismic data surveys for oil and gas exploration companies to assist them in finding and exploiting offshore hydrocarbon reserves.  During such seismic data surveys, PGS records, among other things, water depth data. The MoU provides a framework for a continuing liaison between the IHO and PGS to facilitate the efficient and effective use of collected hydrographic data.  Both parties will benefit from regular contact in order to address matters of common... (read more)
2019-09-26 11:54:30

WASSP Technology Utilised by US University Students

Oceanography students at the University of Rhode Island have been busy utilising the latest in WASSP Multibeam technology as part of their research studies. The students, who are specialising in marine robotics, remote sensing and mapping have recently started using a WASSP S3 Multibeam system as part of a project to survey inland ponds and coastal estuaries. They have deployed the WASSP Multibeam system aboard a specially developed autonomous kayak.  WASSP, an acronym for Wide Angle Sonar Seafloor Profiler, is a multibeam sonar system manufactured by ENL Group in New Zealand under ISO9001/2000 certification. Research and development of WASSP commenced in... (read more)
2019-09-23 09:46:29

EOMAP Wins Funding For Satellite-Derived Bathymetry

EOMAP has been awarded by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to further develop its physics-based method of mapping the depth of the sea from satellite observations. Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB) uses data gathered by satellites and aircraft to generate depth measurements and seafloor characteristics for regions of shallow water. Developed 20 years ago by EOMAP scientists then at DLR (Germany) and CSIRO (Australia), SDB’s potential to create a continuously updated global database of shallow-water bathymetry is hampered by the heavy computing power required to process the large amounts of data now available. Lower Energy Consumption The new funding will allow EOMAP to... (read more)
2019-09-23 09:34:36

Remote Hydrography Conference Rescheduled for May 2020

The Hydrographic Society UK has recently decided to reschedule its two-day Remote Hydrography conference (originally due to take place in late October 2019) for 6-7 May 2020. The venue remains the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton. A revised Call for Abstracts for the new dates will be issued very shortly, with a deadline of 31 December 2019, and the programme is to be confirmed in February. Potential speakers who have already submitted an abstract do not need to do so again, unless they wish to take the opportunity to update it. Opportunities for Demonstrations With the obvious exception of the dates, all... (read more)
2019-09-16 10:41:25

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

Compact ARCboat Lite Enables Safer and More Efficient Surveys

The ARCboat Lite is a portable and compact version of HR Wallingford’s award-winning remote-controlled survey vessel, the ARCboat. Weighing only 15kg and just 1.3m long, the ARCboat Lite can be carried and deployed by a single person and easily fits inside the boot of a typical family hatchback. It can operate in flows of up to 2.5m/s, in water as shallow as 22cm, and it costs less than the larger ARCboat. According to the manufacturer, both ARCboats are safer than manned vessels as operators can survey from the bank rather than venturing out on to the water. They also minimise... (read more)
2019-08-27 08:10:32
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