Mapping the Future by Mapping the Past

How Maritime Archaeological Research is Training Tomorrow’s Marine Scientists
This article describes the internship programme that has been offered during six years while performing maritime archaeological projects in the Mediterranean. This collaborative effort between academia and industry provides affordable manpower, whilst interns have a chance to learn and experiment on significant discoveries as part of a closely-knit group. After their internship, motivated interns benefit from broad experiences and contract opportunities. This introduction to quasi-professional employment contrasts with typical commercial operations in terms of pressure and learning opportunities; an approach that translates into continued success for the organisation and the majority of summer interns being motivated to further their career in... (read more)
2013-07-12 02:10:49

GNSS Receiver for Mobile Hydrographic Package

Geometius, Trimble’s Marine distributor in The Netherlands, has delivered the first Trimble SPS855 GNSS receiver to the Hydrographic Service of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The new GNSS positioning receiver will be part of the Royal Netherlands Navy Mobile Hydrographic package. It is used by the Rapid Environmental Assessment (REA) team consisting of two hydrographers, two meteorologists and a GEO specialist. On the 11 July 2013 the REA team embarked on the Hr. Ms. Rotterdam transport vessel, which is deployed near Somalia as part of the NATO operation Ocean Shield. The Netherlands has participated in anti-piracy operations in the Horn of Africa... (read more)
2012-12-10 09:55:07

Map the Spill with Mobile App

Trimble has launched Map the Spill, a mobile app and website that empowers Gulf Coast residents and the public to report on the oil spill. Map the Spill allows those directly and indirectly impacted by the spill to capture and chronicle what they see happening to the land, sea and wildlife in their areas. Using rich media and Global Positioning System (GPS) technology, citizens can be part of a mass data collection process. The free app is currently available on Android and BlackBerry mobile phones and will be available soon on the iPhone. Scientists, government agencies and non-governmental agencies (NGOs)... (read more)
2010-07-09 12:00:00

Mobile Mounting Bracket for SeaBeam 3030

L-3 Elac Nautik can now supply a mobile transducer mounting bracket for the SeaBeam 3030 multibeam system with a spatial resolution of 3° x 2°. Normally, 30kHz systems can only be installed stationary. However, with this mounting bracket, L-3 ELAC Nautik offers the possibility to operate a 30kHz system in a mobile version. The bracket is has a streamlined construction and guarantees best measuring results as well as a simple and optimal installation. It includes several interfaces for the connection of differential sound velocity profilers and motion sensors. (read more)
2013-12-13 03:00:47

Iridium Satellite Expands Mobile Data Service Offerings

Iridium Satellite LLC announced that four new value-added manufacturers (VAMs) are now offering Iridium-based solutions for mobile data and voice applications. The new Iridium VAMs – SeaWave, Zoca Container Security, Premier GPS USA and Telco Electronics – have developed mobile satellite data systems for a wide range of applications, such as monitoring and tracking, remote telemetry, asset protection, security alert and remote control, as well as voice telephony and messaging. SeaWave offers voice and data communications, as well as IT solutions, for government and commercial markets, with a primary focus on the international commercial maritime market. SeaWave is integrating Iridium... (read more)
2005-03-07 12:00:00

Reservist Hydrographers in Mobile Survey Team

The Royal Australian Navy’s Australian Hydrographic Service has recently added to its survey capability with the innovative use of reservist hydrographic surveyors in a mobile survey team. Earlier this year, the new team undertook a proving survey on Great Keppel Island that tested the operational concept. Hydrointernationalreports on this new initiative. ------------------------------------- "Happily, it is a profession of volunteers... to them, the interest is constantly kept up... the accuracy of the work of each assistant, when proved, is an infinite gratification to him, and he has also the continual satisfaction of feeling that, of all he does, a permanent record... (read more)
2007-10-27 12:00:00

USV as Mobile Testbed for Developers

At MTS/IEEE OCEANS’15 in Genoa, EvoLogics presented its latest developments with a mobile demonstration kit that combines underwater LBL positioning with the company’s unmanned surface vehicle, the Sonobot. The company’s experts showcased the capabilities of EvoLogics LBL (Long Baseline) positioning and communication system and successfully rose to the challenge of quickly and cost-efficiently deploying and setting up the equipment, common for live demos at industry events.   The new solution was to simplify logistics and have the team and spectators stay on-shore, instead incorporating the Sonobot USV into the demonstration setup as a mobile node for LBL calibration and a... (read more)
2015-06-01 09:02:00

Veripos GNSS Mobile for Offshore Positioning

Aberdeen-based Veripos (UK) has extended its range of integrated mobile receiver units with the introduction of a new multi-frequency system featuring GNSS heading, L-band positioning and wireless communication capabilities, the LD7. Compatible with both GPS and Glonass networks, the fully ruggedised 272-channel system includes an additional processor for on-board configuration and customised applications separate from its GNSS engine. Integral wireless options include Bluetooth connectivity in addition to an optional full-band UHF radio modem for transmission and reception of RTCM or RTK corrections. With 2GB internal memory and provision for remote Ethernet access, the LD7 also features an extended range of... (read more)
2013-09-10 02:58:48

Seabed Mapping Solutions

IXSEA launched its new seabed mapping brochure at Ocean Business 09 in Southampton today, which includes the new ECHOES 1500 Deep Tow sub-bottom profiler.     "The launch of ECHOES 1500 Deep Tow at Ocean Business, a step change in sub-bottom profiler technology, demonstrates the diversity of the IXSEA product range," said IXSEA's Offshore Director Richard Parkinson. "DELPH is a powerful suite of real-time data acquisition and fully integrated processing and interpretation tools. While SHADOWS, the fourth generation side scan sonar, provides ‘more pixels per hour'."     (read more)
2009-04-01 12:18:50

Energy for Oceanographic Mapping

Oceanographers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are installing a new alternative energy device along the arctic coast of Alaska. After two years of design and development, the device will provide power to scientific instruments in remote areas, where sources of electricity are often scarce. The device, called a remote power module, is equipped with four wind turbines, a solar array and a backup generator. The wind and solar energy provide five days' worth of battery charge. If the batteries get low, the module recharges using a biodiesel generator.Scientists will install the module in Barrow this month and test it... (read more)
2010-07-30 03:00:47
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