Monitoring Deep-Sea Industry

Writing in the scientific journal Nature, scientists have called for increased discussion of independent monitoring of deep-sea hydrocarbon industry activity with the aim of obtaining a better understanding of its ecological impact. The hydrocarbon industry is increasingly searching for hydrocarbon resources at much greater depths and developing drilling technology to exploit them. However, drilling the seafloor at great depths is technically very challenging and carries with it poorly known risks.     “The Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico last year and the subsequent discovery of unexpected hydrocarbon accumulation at mid-water depths underscores the need for independent monitoring... (read more)
2011-05-13 12:00:00

Towed Coastal Monitoring Package

The MiniBAT Towed Coastal Monitoring Package (TCMP) is developed to addresses all coastal monitoring requirements in one easy to use system. The TCMP is based on the MiniBAT tow-body from OSIL and is fitted with YSI’s 6600 Multiparameter Sonde (CTD, DO, pH, Chlorophyll, Turbidity). Supplied fully integrated, complete with winch, cable terminations & GPS system etc., allowing rapid coastal surveys to be undertaken from small inshore work boats. The TCMP is designed for use by Harbour Authorities, Environment Agencies, Universities, Survey companies in line with the Water Framework Directive. (read more)
2007-01-18 10:33:34

ASL Monitoring for Vancouver

ASL Environmental Sciences has formally handed over to the Port of Vancouver a real-time monitoring system for currents and water levels at the Second Narrows Bridge in the harbour. This project has been in collaboration between the Canadian Hydrographic Service, Vancouver Port Authority, CN Rail and Sultran Ltd, with ASL acting as prime contractor to provide the instruments and system integration. This system, using proprietary Acoustic Scintillation Flow Meter (ASFM) technology along with other off-the-shelf components has completed an extensive, two-year long field trial to confirm its operational reliability. The ASFM technology was selected because it has no moving parts... (read more)
2003-10-23 12:00:00

Cost-Effective Monitoring Platform

OSIL will be launching their new range of robust and adaptable Data Buoys at Oceanology International 2008. They will be exhibiting the small and cost-effective OSIL200 buoy on their stand, which illustrates the compact and light-weight design of the buoys.   OSIL's Data Buoys provide a monitoring platform for a wide assortment of instrumentation and their highly stable design makes them suitable for a variety of short and long term applications including ocean, river, coastal and dredge monitoring. They are designed to be completely adaptable to any applications' needs, and can withstand the harshest of conditions thanks to their robust... (read more)
2008-01-15 12:00:00

Wave Monitoring off Bermuda

Carnegie Wave Energy(Australia) and its Bermuda-based developer Triton Renewable Energy have successfully deployed and commissioned a wave monitoring buoy off the south shore of Bermuda. This buoy is to gather data to quantify the wave energy resource in support of a potential CETO wave energy project in Bermuda.     Such a project will be capable of producing electricity as well as desalinated water from an untapped and abundant renewable energy resource. The wave buoy will be moored for a minimum period of twelve months. The wave data collected will be shared with the Bermudian public, through the partnership with... (read more)
2011-04-08 02:25:52

South-west Coastal Monitoring Contract

Coastline Surveys, UK, has been awarded a five-year programme to provide single beam and bathymetric surveys to the South West Region in relation to coastal monitoring.   The surveys are scheduled to support the national network of strategic regional coastal monitoring programmes-framework agreement in the South West Region.   (read more)
2012-02-15 11:08:31

Monitoring Reliability in Tough Conditions

Just off the coast of the Orkney Islands, Aquamarine Power (UK), is due to install the latest version of its wave energy capture system, Oyster 2. An upgrade of the Oyster system, this version will produce up to 2.4MW to an onshore hydro-electric power plant. This second generation Oyster uses data collection and transfer systems designed and supplied by MacArtney. The system is developed specifically for the Oyster, based on technology that has proven to be resilient to hard conditions and reliable for long periods without servicing.     "Maximising maintenance intervals for the system was a key factor in... (read more)
2011-01-17 02:09:42

Current Monitoring around Sand Engine

SeaDarQ organised a test together with the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Water Management on the coastline close to Kijkduin, The Netherlands. The aim was to provide an accurate hydrographic map of currents, depth and waves around the area of the Sand Engine project, where 20 million square metres of sand have been deployed to protect the coastline dunes from penetrating waves. Since the conducted trial was successful, long-term SeaDarQ system testing for the Sand Engine observation project will include building an observation tower for radar. The Sand Engine is an innovative method for coastal protection. The Sand Engine is a huge volume of sand... (read more)
2015-11-26 03:09:56

Monitoring Network for Scottish Ports

Following a competitive tendering process Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL, UK), which owns many ferries, ports and harbours in West Scotland, has procured a network of 15 tide and weather stations from instrumentation specialist OTT Hydrometry. The monitoring equipment provides live data on port conditions to enable the ferry sailing decisions to be made in a timely manner. Each monitor is located adjacent to the main berthing area on the pier with a lockable GRP control box. The system is comprised of: an OTT radar level sensor; a Lüfft ultrasonic weather monitor measuring wind speed, gust and direction, air temperature... (read more)
2015-07-06 01:50:58

Benefits of UAS Breakwater Monitoring

The North Sea Canal in The Netherlands connects the Port of Amsterdam with the sea. The two breakwaters at the mouth of the harbour in IJmuiden are usually monitored on displacement of basalt block by airborne Lidar and on subsidence by annual levelling of permanent points. Could a camera-equipped UAS survey conducted simultaneously with a bathymetric survey provide information of equivalent accuracy? A recent study has shown that it could: time series of 3D models of the breakwaters are useful for erosion and subsidence monitoring. By Pieter Franken, Skeye BV, The Netherlands Monitoring of the breakwaters at IJmuiden, The Netherlands,... (read more)
2014-08-05 10:45:21
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