Monitoring the Shipwrecked Concordia

TRE and the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, in collaboration with the Department of Earth Sciences (University of Florence) have been monitoring the movement of the partially submerged cruise ship Costa Concordia since 20th January 2012 off the coast of Giglio Island. High-resolution images from the Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation of satellites are being used to provide information on the position and movement of the ship, for integration with ground warning systems.   The analysis results are being continuously delivered to the Italian Civil Protection Department within hours of satellite acquisition.   In order to obtain the highest accuracy results, TRE... (read more)
2012-02-01 04:40:35

Monitoring Ormen Lange

Tracking Challenging Gas Pipeline Conditions
Ormen Lange is a large gas field in the northern North Sea (the Norwegian Sea) at water depths ranging from 800 to 1,100 metres and close to the back wall of the Storegga sub-sea rock slide. The slide left an extremely rough seabed with a profusion of hills and valleys. This article focuses on the pipeline from field to on-shore processing facilities and presents solutions to strong currents and rough seabed. Ormen Lange is estimated to be the second largest gas field on the Norwegian shelf. Norsk Hydro is responsible for the development phase of Ormen Lange and has extensively... (read more)
2007-09-04 12:00:00

Automated Monitoring System

BioSonics is to unveil its latest generation of Automated Monitoring Systems at the OCEANS 2010 conference next month. This sonar-based tracking and monitoring system centres around BioSonics focused split-beam hydro-acoustic technology for the underwater assessment of marine life and other targets of interest. BioSonics split-beam transducers provide information on target location, size, swimming speed, and direction. Utilising an integrated orientation sensor and a dual-axis rotator, the resulting system can be programmed to scan and rotate at any desired angle or interval, thereby dramatically expanding the sampling volume. An echo sounder control unit provides automated data processing and storage as well... (read more)
2010-08-23 02:55:45

Marine Monitoring Contract Extended

Fugro GEOS has won an extension to its real-time oceanographic monitoring programme for Huntsman Tioxide that is helping to improve the local marine environment off the coast of South Africa. Huntsman Tioxide South Africa owns and operates a marine effluent pipeline at Umbogintwini, just south of Durban in KwaZulu Natal. To gather information about it, Fugro GEOS installed a real-time system in June 2003 on a one-year trial basis. The system comprised an Aanderaa CMB 4280 Data Buoy and four Doppler Current Sensors (DCS) measuring current speed, current direction and water temperature at 10m intervals through the water column. The... (read more)
2004-11-03 12:00:00

Automatic Scour Monitoring Solution

The EIVA NaviSuite Edulis total solution allows for an automatic scour monitoring process, providing a data overview for a sound decision-making process. The suite is a plug and play total solution for continuous scour monitoring. It replaces the alternative of carrying out surveys manually on site, thereby reducing the number of manhours required. Cable free span, structural fatigue and deterioration, varying own frequency and other structural problems are practically eliminated, as the NaviSuite Edulis enables reaction to development of scour. Altogether, this translates into an efficient monitoring and maintenance operations. The NaviSuite Edulis does all the work throughout the scour... (read more)
2013-08-06 10:39:31

Windmill Pile Inclination Monitoring Service

It has been a busy period for Fugro Renewable Services, and the company is exhibiting at the Husum WindEnergy exhibition in Husum, Germany, from 18 to 22 September 2012. The latest technological development for the Group sees the launch of the ‘Inclinocam’, a real-time inclination monitoring service supporting smart, safe offshore pile installations. This system has been designed to be compact and easily deployed. Further developments include the delivery in June of the first of two Q1400 trenching systems which went straight into service on the Lincs offshore wind farm, with a second trencher due to arrive this month (September).... (read more)
2012-09-14 12:00:00

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

CMS-Geotech Launches Monitoring System

CMS-Geotech, UK, has developed a monitoring system, the vibrocore acquisition monitoring platform (VAMP), to maximise the reliability and robustness of the sampling procedure whilst improving core sample integrity and efficiency. VAMP has been put through a series of rigorous field tests at over 75 locations around the UK in variety of offshore environments by CMS-Geotech engineers over the last 12 months with proven results. It is now used daily in all vibrocoring operations carried out by CMS-Geotech using its own in-house built High Powered Heavy Duty vibrocorers. Vibrocoring is an established fundamental phase of marine seabed investigations but it’s importance is often... (read more)
2016-06-27 01:26:32

Real-time Marine Monitoring Systems

Forecasting ocean and regional sea-state
The seas are being monitored, from satellite observations of the ocean surface to the growing number of in-situ measurement networks. The amount of information being generated is huge and should ideally provide a consistent 3D picture of ocean-state, including temperature fields and current structures. Indeed, this is the expectation of a wide range of organisations and individuals engaged in coastal and offshore activities, who would prefer such forecasts to be in the shape of a synoptic overview of present conditions augmented by prediction of two or three weeks. In order to merge all past information and produce a forecast, models... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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