This is How a Wave Sensor Adds Ship Strike Alerts

As more and more oceanographic buoys are being deployed around the world, incidents of ships striking these buoys are also increasing. Often times the impact of the strike can be severe enough to damage a buoy or even knock it off its mooring and set it adrift. Without a clear time frame of when the strike occurred, there has historically been no way to determine the cause of costly (and oftentimes hazardous) buoy damage. US-based SeaView Systems has found a solution to this problem. Its SVS-603 wave sensor has now been enhanced with ship strike detection capabilities which can trigger... (read more)
2020-01-28 09:10:27

Expedition Sets Sail for Hydrographic Survey Across the North Atlantic

On 19 January, an international research expedition led by scientists from the British National Oceanography Centre (NOC) set sail from Fort Lauderdale in the USA to conduct a high-precision scientific survey along 24.5°N of the North Atlantic. The expedition team on board the NOC’s RRS James Cook – due to finish in Tenerife, Spain in early March – will document physical and chemical changes occurring in the ocean. These changes are critical in revealing the extent to which subtropical waters have warmed and become more acidic through the absorption of anthropogenic heat and carbon from the atmosphere. The North Atlantic Ocean is... (read more)
2020-01-20 02:54:09

Silicon Sensing’s Technology Supports Autonomous Mayflower Voyage

Two Silicon Sensing Systems ultra-precise AMU30 inertial measurement units (IMUs) will provide critical navigation data to the autopilot capability for the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) throughout her milestone transatlantic voyage this autumn. Setting sail this September, the 15-meter long, 5-ton MAS400 will repeat the Mayflower’s original epic voyage made 400 years ago. Led by marine research organization ProMare and powered by IBM, she will sail from Plymouth, England to Plymouth Massachusetts, USA. Instead of a captain and crew, she will use computer vision, machine learning, cutting-edge technologies and sensors to navigate and detect hazards.   Silicon Sensing’s AMU30 devices will form... (read more)
2020-01-20 01:35:14

How to Derive Shallow-water Bathymetry Measurements From Satellites

TCarta Marine, a provider of marine geospatial products, is commercializing a new technique to derive highly accurate shallow-water bathymetry measurements from NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite data. The new methodology is being developed with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). In 2018, NSF awarded the company a Phase 1 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant to commercialize new satellite-derived bathymetric (SDB) measurement technologies. Referred to as Project Trident, the research focused on leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) – machine learning and computer vision – to determine shallow-water seafloor depth in variable water conditions. Bathymetric Data Extraction Tool “As participants in NASA’s Applied Users... (read more)
2020-01-16 10:01:58

This Is How Mapping in Paradise is Done

Insights From the First Commercial Use of Fugro RAMMS
The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. In July 2018, Fugro embarked on a large-scale project to map the Turks and Caicos Islands for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). This landmark effort called for integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and orthoimage datasets to support nautical chart updates and coastal zone management activities. To achieve the sizeable bathymetric portion of the... (read more)
2020-01-13 02:23:12

Dutch Company Delivers Piling Template for Offshore Windfarm

Dutch-based Subsea technology company Seatools secured a contract from an undisclosed EPC player for the design and delivery of a piling template hydraulic and instrumentation system. The system will be used for pile installation during the construction of an offshore wind farm in Taiwan. Survey Equipment Pile installation will take place in the second quarter of 2020. During this phase, the pre-piling template will accurately position and guide the pin piles. Meanwhile, the integrated instrumentation package includes a wide range of survey equipment to monitor every step of the installation process in real-time. The package also enables post-pile installation surveys... (read more)
2020-01-13 12:24:29

South Korean Satellite Will Focus on Oceanography

With a focus on oceanography and the monitoring of air pollution, the 3.4 ton South Korean Chollian-2B satellite is looking at a launch date of February 18 from the Guiana Space Center via an Arianespace Ariane-5 launch vehicle. The Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) stated that this is the first time a GEMS (Geostationary Environmental Monitoring Spectrometer) has been installed on a geostationary satellite. An additional GOCI-2 sensor to monitor the ocean environment is also aboard the satellite. According to the director of the satellite programme for KARI, the satellite will be able to capture more accurate weather data forecasts... (read more)
2020-01-13 12:11:41

This Is How Airborne Multibeam Lidar Coastal Mapping in Paradise is Done

Insights from the first commercial use of Fugro RAMMS
The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. In July 2018, Fugro embarked on a large-scale project to map the Turks and Caicos Islands for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). This landmark effort called for integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and orthoimage datasets to support nautical chart updates and coastal zone management activities. To achieve the sizeable bathymetric portion of the... (read more)
2019-12-19 01:51:28

Are Humans Being Removed from Data Collection Operations?

Texas-based Terradepth has raised $US 8 million in new funding, in a bid to realize its vision of “cost-effective, high-resolution deep ocean data for any customer who wants to make informed, ecologically responsible decisions regarding the world’s ocean”, reports TechHQ, an independent tech news website that covers enterprise and technology. Terradepth is a data-as-a-service company whose mission is to increase ocean knowledge through autonomous, high-resolution, scalable data collection. They provide access to our deep ocean data repository, provide data products or surveys on request, and maintain a repository of analytical reports for sale. Lowest Cost Without Sacrificing Quality Because Terradepth completely removes... (read more)
2019-12-19 10:12:46

Jamie McMichael-Phillips Appointed Director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project

Jamie McMichael-Phillips, the new director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, has now taken up his position in leading one of the most challenging projects of the next decade, the mapping of the entire ocean floor by the year 2030. The announcement of his appointment was made at a conference held at the Royal Society in London, in October. Entitled ‘From Vision to Action’, the meeting, which brought together some of the world’s leading scientists and maritime organizations, was convened to mark the progress made in the two years since Seabed 2030 was launched, and to look ahead to... (read more)
2019-12-19 09:05:26
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