Fugro Closes Seabed Geosolutions Joint Venture

Fugro, headquartered in The Netherlands, and France-based CGG, have announced the closure of the previously announced Seabed Geosolutions joint venture on 16 February 2013. The closure completes the process of incorporation of the ocean bottom node businesses from Fugro and CGG, and the CGG transition zone, ocean bottom cable and permanent reservoir monitoring activities in a joint venture. In addition to the contribution of relevant activities from both parents, Fugro has paid EURO225 million to CGG with respect to the Seabed Geosolutions joint venture in which Fugro takes a 60% stake. The joint venture will trade under the name of... (read more)
2013-03-18 11:26:30

Seabed Geosolutions Mobilises Ocean Bottom Node Survey

Seabed Geosolutions has been awarded a 4D baseline ocean bottom node project in West Africa, with a duration of six weeks. The crew is currently in the mobilisation phase of the project. The bottom node survey project will support the optimisation of the recovery rate during the development and production phases of oil and gas fields, by providing high quality data on hydrocarbon prospects, reservoir characteristics and potential geohazards. The project positions the company well to respond to other potential projects in the region.   (read more)
2017-01-23 01:54:50

In situ Measurements of Seabed Mobility

Partrac has recently directly measured seabed erosion and deposition rates at a deep water location on the UK continental shelf. This initiative comprises part of a partnership project led by Portsmouth, NOC and Cefas and funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and supported equally by Defra as part of the Marine Ecosystem Connections (MECs) project.   In a collaborative venture with Dr Gary Fones of Portsmouth University and Dr Ruth Parker and her colleagues at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Partrac deployed their 'Voyager II' benthic flume at three offshore sites as part of... (read more)
2008-06-12 11:01:26

SonarWiz 7 Introduces Seabed Characterisation Tool

One feature of SonarWiz 7 is the Seabed Characterisation tool. It incorporates bathymetric slope, roughness, TPI and any spatially distributed variable that can aid the characterisation algorithm to generate classes of texture.  From that, it produces a vector polygon layer that can be exported for use outside SonarWiz. Unlike producing the analysis in a GIS or image processing package, SonarWiz performs the analysis BEFORE the data is mosaiced and geo-referenced. This greatly reduces the impact of artifacts in the nadir and far field, which can be difficult to remove and cause unnecessary rework.   (read more)
2017-05-29 09:40:24

Seabed 2030 and Five Deeps Sign Agreement

Seabed 2030 and the Five Deeps Expedition have signed an agreement which lays the groundwork for previously unexplored areas of the seafloor to be mapped and the resulting data made available for public use. Seabed 2030 is the collaborative project of The Nippon Foundation and GEBCO aspiring the complete seabed mapping by 2030. In this cooperation with the Five Deeps Expedition, the world's first manned expedition to the deepest point in each of the five oceans, the Seabed project is ensured of data contributions in areas which would not have been collected otherwise. In addition to data gathered at trench sites,... (read more)
2019-03-12 10:47:27

10 Years Seabed Celebrated with Multibeam Quiz

Hydrographic professionals are challenged at the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Seabed, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Seabed opened its doors at 9 March 2004 and has chosen to celebrate this milestone, asking three questions to be answered – the winner can look forward to a bottle of brandy. During Oceanology International, glasses will be raised on 11 March 2014 in Stand H650. To qualify into the quiz, participants need to answer three questions: What is the prize of the complete set on the image? What is the weight of the set? What is the prize per kilo? The... (read more)
2014-03-06 11:41:35

Swire Seabed Orders HUGIN Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Kongsberg Maritime has announced that Swire Seabed of Bergen, Norway has ordered a HUGIN AUV System configured for commercial survey applications. The Swire Seabed HUGIN AUV System is rated to 4,500 metres and equipped with Kongsberg Maritime’s HISAS 1032 Synthetic Aperture Sonar and EM2040 multibeam echosounder. Other payload sensors integrated in the Swire Seabed HUGIN AUV include the CathX Ocean 48.5-degree field of view still image camera and laser profiler, a sub-bottom profiler, magnetometer and turbidity sensor. To make the best use of the extensive payload sensor suite, the Swire Seabed HUGIN also includes Kongsberg Maritime’s automatic pipeline tracking solution,... (read more)
2019-01-18 11:37:07

Tracking System for Live Seabed Power Cables

The new Powertrack subsea power cable tracker is being launched by Teledyne TSS at Ocean Business to close a gap in the offshore survey industry’s inventory of marine detection technology. The company’s research department has overcome the problem of tracking live power cables by developing a system that is capable of detecting the harmonics of AC tones in all AC and DC utility cables whether they are three or single phase and the same system can detect them regardless of whether they are carrying power or not. Unlike pipelines, cables have a much smaller metallic profile which makes them considerably... (read more)
2015-04-17 11:01:34

Monitoring Seabed at Hong Kong Airport

A significant area of the new Chep Lap Kok airport in Hong Kong is on reclaimed land. Annual surveys have to be made to provide assurance of seabed stability on the airport perimeter. Emu, in association with Geomatic Surveyors Ltd, is contracted by the airport authority to provide these annual surveys under necessarily stringent quality control procedures. These are met by Emu’s ISO 9002 accreditation. The surveys involve running heave-compensated single beam echo sounder bathymetric surveys with line spacing of between five and 25 metres, as well as sidescan sonar surveys to confirm the integrity of retaining walls and associated... (read more)
2003-10-25 12:00:00
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