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International 2018 - Show Daily

Oceanology International Welcomes You!

In this issue

Today’s Conference Programme at a Glance


Welcome to ExCeL and what is the 24th edition of Oceanology International. Every two years, thousands of people from across industry, academia, research and government, including the users, developers and manufacturers of ocean technology, gather in London to be inspired and see what’s new, connect with new and existing contacts, learn industry trends and socialise. A busy week for all involved!!

What to Do Today?


Please note: SUBMIT YOUR NEWS FOR TOMORROW’S ISSUE BEFORE 12.30PM You can send your copy to: wim.van.wegen@geomares.nl

What can you expect this year? The world-class exhibition features 480 exhibiting companies, partners and stakeholders from 79 countries ranging from primary manufacturers and suppliers of ocean technology, platforms, components and instrumentation to global service providers and contractors. Our three-day technical conference kicks off this morning in South Gallery Rooms 1-10 with multiple tracks covering a variety of end-use and discipline-focused topics, including Oil and Gas, Marine Renewables, Imaging & Metrology, Unmanned Vehicles & Vessels and Ocean Observation & Sensing. Today will also see the launch of the newly formed Ocean Futures Forum, taking place above the Boulevard in the Platinum Lounge; tickets are available from main registration. This forms an integral piece of the Oi18 content programme, bringing together senior strategists and heads of business to discuss long-term energy trends, ocean growth, diversification and sustainability. It includes speakers such as Claire Jolly, head of innovation policies for

space and ocean at OECD, and Prof Ed Hill, executive director of NOC. Once again, we have a full programme of dockside survey and research vessels, subsea equipment demonstrations and the latest in ASV technology, all being displayed live, in and on the waters of the Royal Victoria Dock. And don’t forget we will continue with an array of content throughout the week, including holding the Catch the Next Wave conference on the final day. It will examine the intrinsic relationship between exploration and technology and how each drives the other. Pairs of leading explorers and senior technologists will discuss the role technology has played in man’s ability to explore environments on the seafloor, in the ocean, over the ocean and into space. Join us and be enthralled by the likes of James Cameron, creator and director of Avatar, Dr Michael Gernhardt, NASA astronaut, and Rory Golden, diver and explorer, to name but a few. Finally, I would like to thank all of our exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, chairs, visitors, supporters and our hard-working team for helping put together what will no doubt be an amazing, busy and fruitful week for all involved. Please, get involved in all aspects of the event, and I hope you enjoy the show!! David Ince Event manager, Oceanology International 2018

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Colophon Geomares Geomares Publishing will publish a total of three Oi Show Dailies during Oceanology International 2018, namely on Tuesday 13 March, Wednesday 14 March and Thursday 15 March.

Geomares Director Strategy & Business Development: Durk Haarsma Content Manager: Wim van Wegen Marketing Advisor: Sybout Wijma

From the editor It’s great to be back at Oceanology International, and I am honoured to be in charge of the Oi18 Show Daily, which will be distributed every morning (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) at the world’s leading forum for marine science and ocean technology. If you are interested in contributing to our 2nd and 3rd issue, just let me know! Feel free to send me an e-mail at wim.van.wegen@geomares.nl with any news you may have, or if you want to inform Oi18 visitors about a product demonstration, or you just have something interesting to share with the Show Daily readers. The more original the content, the better! In the meantime, I am expecting three exciting days full of inspiration, pleasant and fruitful meetings, and lots of new insights on the very latest in the marine surveying, hydrography and oceanography fields.

Marketing Advisor: Thomas Stuiver Copy Editor: Lynn Radford, Englishproof.nl

Wim van Wegen, Content Manager Oi18 Show Daily

Design: ZeeDesign, Witmarsum, The Netherlands (www.zeedesign.nl)

Editorial Contributions Each issue will contain interesting and topical information about the exhibitors, their products and services as well as highlights of technical sessions and meetings. Contributions will come from the editors of Hydro International, the world’s leading magazine on hydrography. In addition, we will give companies the opportunity to publish their press releases as well as facilitating advertising within the publication.

Deadlines If you have news, notices or wish to reserve advertising space in the Oi Daily, please ensure that your submission is sent to Oi18 Show Daily, our Content Manager: wim.van.wegen@geomares.nl. You also can submit your contribution at stand

Why at Oi? SEABED BV “Seabed is at Oi since it is in our top 3 of best shows in our sector. We have a chance to meet all our dealers, customers and other business relations, and we’ve been doing so here for many years already. We aim to release something new at every show, and we’ve managed to do it again this year; we are introducing our new GNSS receiver, the SGR7. The SGR7 is a robust, high-precision receiver designed to be an ultra-flexible and user-friendly device to meet all user requirements. It has features such as an integrated touch display, integrated modem, user-friendly and easily accessible web interface, rugged IP67 housing, 2 port 1GB switch, 16GB onboard memory for data logging and the unit is compatible with all IMUs. Other news we are very proud to announce is that Seabed will have its own calibration lab to support all AML customers with the calibration of their sensors in Europe. We expect a busy show, as usual, and hope to be able to speak to a lot of people about Seabed and what we do, or what we can do for them.”

number L10. The deadline has been set for 12:30h for the next day’s issue.

All Rights Reserved All materials submitted to the publisher (Geomares) and relating to the Oi18 Show Daily will be treated as unconditionally assigned for publication under copyright subject to the Editor’s unrestricted right to edit and offer editorial comment. Geomares assumes no responsibility for unsolicited material or for the accuracy of information thus received. Copyright © 2018 Geomares The Netherlands. All rights reserved.

Elice Collewijn, Seabed BV

Why at Oi? APPLANIX “At Applanix we’re really looking forward to exhibiting once again at this year’s Oceanology International. It’s a fantastic chance to renew acquaintances with customers and partners from around the world, and to explore new and exciting opportunities. It also means the ability to update customers old and new with the latest innovations from Applanix, and to spot trends and changes in this exciting industry. My personal first experience of Oi was the last Brighton event in 2000. The move to ExCeL here in London brought with it the opportunity to fully appreciate the scale of the event and, by extension, the oceanographic industry as a whole. This year, we’re joining forces with other Trimble companies to ensure a bigger presence than ever, showcasing the wide range and products and solutions available across the Trimble family! I wish all exhibitors and visitors to Oi a productive and enjoyable show, and we look forward to welcoming them at Stand N100!” Peter Stewart, Applanix

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Today’s Oi18 Conference Programme at a Glance Make the most of this great opportunity to learn, debate and network at the world-class Oi18 conference, which connects delegates with trends and developments in the marine, offshore and subsea sectors. Over the next three days of technical updates and case studies on the latest marine technology and ocean science R&D, applications and best practices, this year’s technical tracks will cover advancements in hydrography & geophysics and unmanned vehicles & vessels, to name but a few. Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics The conference programme gets under way today with a Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics track, chaired by Andy Hill, who is marine geohazard technical authority at BP Exploration, Richard Salisbury, a senior consultant at Fugro and Mick Cook, Director, MCL Consultancy. This session will discuss data collation and examination methods used in mapping offshore seabed and sub-seabed environments, highlighting the benefits such studies confer upon the renewables, oil & gas, marine and coastal construction, telecommunications and seafloor mining industries. Aquaculture Elsewhere at Oi18 today, the Aquaculture track traces the ongoing development of marine aquaculture facilities and the consequent ramifications for the offshore aquaculture industry. This track will be chaired by Lawrie Stove, managing director at AquaMoor, David Kelly, CEO and CTO of

InnovaSea, and Keith Jeffery, aquaculture development officer at Cefas.

deployment of marine autonomous systems including ASVs, ROVs and AUVs.

Ocean Observation & Sensing The Ocean Observation & Sensing track, meanwhile, looks at refinements in the monitoring of ocean physics, chemistry and biology that may enhance existing weather, ocean and climate models. The session will be chaired by Carl Gouldman, director of U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), NOAA, Matt Mowlem, head of the Ocean Technology and Engineering group at the NOC, and Justin Manley, founder of Just Innovation.

Ocean Futures Forum Starting at 9:30 am, this morning’s new, half-day forum on Ocean Futures will bring together senior strategists and heads of business to hear and discuss the emerging requirements for technology across key offshore industries, as well emerging initiatives stimulating technology innovation. Tickets are limited and cost £100 +VAT and inlude a networking lunch.

Unmanned Vehicles & Vessels The concluding session today will be Part One of the Unmanned Vehicles & Vessels track. Chaired by Steve Hall, CEO of SUT, Dan Hook, managing director of ASV Global, and Prof Russell Wynn, chief scientist of NOC’s Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems group, this track will examine the potential dividends arising from the current and projected

Investment, Trade & Innovation Theatre In addition to the main conference programme, delegates can learn from international trade bodies about how they can grow their business, chat to investors about the technologies they are looking to invest in and learn from exhibitors about their latest innovative products. The Investment, Trade & Innovation Theatre is located on the exhibition floor at A700. Catch the Next Wave Looking ahead to Thursday, the one-day Catch the Next Wave programme on 15 March will explore the future of disruptive exploratory technology and consider opportunities for technology transfer from outside the marine industry. Tickets to this session are limited.

Carl Couldman is chairing the session on ‘Developments in Sensors, Instrumentation and Measurement Techniques’.

Jim Hanlon, CEO, The Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise, will be one of the presenters at the Ocean Futures Forum.

Careers Day Also on Thursday, the one-day Careers Day – specifically designed for university students considering a career in the marine sector – makes a welcome return to Oceanology International on 15 March.

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What Today’s Speakers Say The Hybrid AUV/ROV: How a Multi-Mission Vehicle Could Transform Underwater Exploration and Inspection “We wil be sharing our exciting new technology. Our presentation gives you the chance to learn more about Aquabotix as not just a manufacturer of underwater vehicles and cmara systems but also as a technology company changing the way surveys and data is collected and managed.” Ted Curley, chief development officer, Aquabotix Industry Applications for Unmanned Vehicles, 15:00 – 17:00 | South Gallery Room 3 & 4

Subsea Gliders and Their Applications “The presentation is providing an overview of commercial applications, that we have identified to date, using long range, low cost TWR Slocum Glider platforms. The audience can expect an overview of applications with a bit more detailed discussion around specific example projects (Passive Acoustic Monitoring projects and Geochem Seep Detection projects).” Ramsay Lind, business development manager EMEA, Blue Ocean Industry Applications for Unmanned Vehicles, 15:00 – 17:00 | South Gallery Room 3 & 4

An ROV’s Approach to Aquaculture Sustainability “Application of ROV in aquaculture settings and their use for environmental surveys, as well as further applications for analyzing and modelling nutrient dispersions from coastal fishfarms. An description of our EU-Funded projects, how we have applied ROV technology in the coastal environment and how we are using it to improve the sustainability of aquaculture in the Mediterranean.” Rachel Cox, marine environmental consultant, AquaBioTech Group Monitoring Technology for Offshore Aquaculture, 15:45 – 17:10 | South Gallery Room 9

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Discover our New Products! STAND D250

IMU – MRU – INS – INS/GNSS – POST PROCESSING www.sbg-systems.com

Accurate and efficient dredging Trimble Marine Construction software improves productivity and efficiency in underwater construction applications. Accurate 3D visualization assists with underwater construction tasks including dredging, rock/block placement, piling and hydrographic surveying.

Visit trimble.com/marine or visit booth N100

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Booth N100


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Grow Your Business with Geomares!

Stand L20

Whether you want to launch your new multibeam echosounder, are looking for an outstanding surveyor, aim to strengthen brand recognition or are keen to demonstrate the tangible benefits of your unmanned solutions, Geomares is a key partner in growing your business! As the publisher of Hydro International and various other titles, we form the link in the interaction between professional buyers and business in the hydrographic community.

Our team of enthusiastic professionals are happy to help you!

To find out how we can help you grow your business, come and talk to our enthusiastic team of dedicated, knowledgeable marketing advisors and content professionals at Oi18. They are always happy to inform or advise you, supported by the largest global database of decision-makers in the hydrographic community. Make a difference Over the years we have devised and created countless opportunities for our clients to really make a difference with targeted and increasingly smart marketing campaigns. We work with you to execute and fine-tune your campaign until you achieve your goals, because ultimately that’s what it’s all about!

Examples of how Geomares can help you include: - Generate maximum exposure with high-impact Premium Display campaigns. - Create a bond with new and existing customers by offering relevant and valuable content. - Work on your product marketing by showcasing your products on our unique product platforms such as Geo-matching. com. - Reach a precisely defined target group through Advanced Targeted Marketing. - Gather useful market data and insights with a Custom Marketing or Research campaign. - Work with our team of professionals to

create and design high-quality materials and content. - Utilise our Recruitment and Consultancy services to find suitable employees or new dealers. … and Geomares has a lot more to offer! Spreading your content through our diverse array of communication channels is what we do best. We are always happy to provide tailored advice for the perfect marketing mix for you. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions via marketing@geomares.nl or +31 514 561854 or come and meet us at Oi18!

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Pushing the Frontiers of Ocean Exploration At Oceanology International’s Catch the Next Wave, XPRIZE will award US $1 million to be split equally amongst nine finalist teams in the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. The theme for the day is ‘Frontiers of Exploration’ and is sponsored by The Explorers Club. The focus of Catch the Next Wave aligns with the impacts that this global competition is designed to achieve: to advance and highlight technologies that allows us to explore, whether that be in space or in the ocean.

Dr Jyotika Virmani.

After a semi-final competition round that saw its fair share of ups and downs, these nine teams have successfully demonstrated their entries to the independent and international seven-member judging panel, and have now qualified to move on to the final round. The initial Round 1 semi-finals test was to take place off Puerto Rico, but following the devastating hurricanes in September 2017 it was clear that the plan had to change. XPRIZE revised Round 1 into a Technology Readiness Test, and XPRIZE staff and judges conducted site visits between November 2017 and February 2018.

novel ways – not the boustrophedon manner that is often used to map the deep-sea floor.

The nine teams of finalists – ranging from university students and professors to groups of professional deep-sea operational experts, and even a (currently) one-man team – are remarkable for their diversity in make-up, approaches and innovations. Above-seasurface components of the entries include an aerial drone and a range of autonomous docking and deployment surface vessels. For the sub-surface components, competing alongside more traditional AUVs are smaller units working in swarms to map the sea floor quickly and cheaply. Teams are also exploring the possibility of mapping the sea floor in

Also still on the table is a US $1 million National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Bonus Prize. As a consequence of the hurricanes, the initial test for this Bonus Prize was decoupled from the primary competition. The technology being incentivised will give the industry the ability to detect a chemical or biological signal underwater and autonomously trace it to its source.

The audacious challenge the nine finalists face in the second and final round is exponentially greater: a real-world challenge in which they will have to map at least 50% of a 500km2 area at 5m or higher horizontal resolution at 4,000m depth and collect ten images, all within 24 hours. These teams will be doubling their efforts over the next few months as they prepare to compete for the remaining US $5 million grand prize purse focused on mapping and imagery.

The technologies that these teams are developing will provide easier access to remote regions of the ocean. They will be

instrumental in achieving the ultimate Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 goals: to have a high-resolution map of the entire seafloor by 2030. This vision is shared by XPRIZE. The nine finalist teams, with team members from 25 countries, are now preparing to take another giant step as we continue to push the ‘Frontiers of Exploration’. Dr Jyotika Virmani is senior director for planet & environment at XPRIZE and prize lead for the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE. Dr Virmani has over a decade of professional experience in oceanography. She has a PhD in physical oceanography from the University of South Florida, USA.

Closing Keynote at Oi18 Dr Virmani will give a closing keynote at Catch The Next Wave on Thursday 15 March from 16.00-17.00 to formally recognise the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE finalists and the Milestone Prize winners who will be going on to the final round of the competition.

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RBR Showcases New CTD, Multi-channel and Single-channel Loggers

Stand G551

Canada’s RBR is showcasing its new Generation³ CTD, multi-channel and single-channel loggers on stand G551 at Oi18. Generation³ is the complete renovation of the core product line, encompassing the standard loggers RBRvirtuoso, RBRduo, RBRconcerto and RBRmaestro, the compact loggers RBRsolo and RBRduet, and the standalone sensors RBRcoda. Two primary factors can sum up RBR’s Generation³ instruments: 1) As an industry first, all RBR’s Generation³ instruments will

now feature the USB-C connector as the standardised connector, making it easier for users to have one cable that fits all, and 2) Any type of AA batteries – from alkaline to lithium – can be used on every instrument. In addition, all standard Generation³ instruments now come equipped with twist activation and include the hardware for Wi-Fi. Users have the choice whether they would like to enable Wi-Fi at the time of purchase or later on, as it can be easily turned on remotely from RBR headquarters.

RBR Generation³ instruments.

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Fugro’s AUV Images Bring Search for Lost Sub AE1 to Successful Close

Stand D100

Fugro’s role in an expedition to find HMAS AE1 has helped to solve Australia’s oldest naval mystery, 103 years after the First World War Australian submarine vanished off Rabaul, Papua New Guinea. In waters over 300 metres deep, Fugro deployed its autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) from Survey Vessel Fugro Equator. On 19 December 2017 an object of interest was located, and further inspection confirmed that it was AE1. Using specialised survey technology, including a multibeam echosounder mounted on the hull of Fugro Equator and its AUV, Echo Surveyor 5, Fugro scanned the seafloor to collect detailed data. The AUV flew at a constant altitude of 35 metres, through strong undersea currents and the complex terrain of the search area located between two land masses. The resulting 1-metre resolution images provided confidence that positive identification of targets could be made. Following analysis of the data, unusual features were catalogued, assessed and prioritised for additional detailed investigation that included AUV and drop camera operations. The first images captured show the vessel is remarkably well preserved and apparently in one piece.

Fugro Echo Surveyor 5 AUV.

“The success of this campaign is due to the efforts of all the teams involved and, as one of

Following the discovery of the submarine, a small commemorative service was conducted

the world’s most experienced operators of AUVs, Fugro is proud to have been a part of the search,” says Paul Seaton, Fugro’s regional business development manager.

onboard the Fugro Equator to remember the 35 crew, made up of Australian, New Zealand and British subjects, who lost their lives in 1914. Efforts are being made to contact the descendants of the crew. The information gained from the expedition will be held by the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Look up, Look down, Look all around! Teledyne Marine has come up with some innovative ways to highlight the broad spectrum of its vast technology offerings at Oi18. With 23 brands and over 400 products available, it can be difficult to convey the full spectrum of capabilities within the confines of the trade show floor. To combat this, in addition to the company’s fully kitted booths (F100 and G100), Teledyne has created some highly innovative product displays, including: a full-size mooring suspended from

the ceiling (designed by Mooring Systems, Inc), which contains a full suite of Teledyne’s oceanographic sensors; a fully decked-out mock ROV that includes an impressive array of Teledyne’s sensors, imaging and connector technology (positioned at the show entrance); and several scaled models of the company’s larger subsea vehicles, including a deep tow system and the new SeaRaptor deep-water AUV. Catch it all in the exhibit hall of Oi18 this week!

Stand F100, G100

See Teledyne Marine’s full payload displayed on a mock ROV at the entrance to the Oi18 exhibit hall.

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EMODnet Bathymetry Workshop on a Harmonised Digital Terrain Model for European Sea Oceanology International 2018 features an EMODnet Bathymetry Workshop which will provide an overview and demonstrations of the current portal and interactive services for viewing and downloading the harmonised EMODnet Bathymetry digital terrain model

(DTM) for the European sea regions. The approach and progress of the ongoing development for the improved DTM and additional portal functionalities will be highlighted. In addition there will be an open discussion on extra user requirements and

possible extra data contributions. Interested persons are kindly invited to participate in the workshop, which will take place on today from 14:00-17.00 hours in Gallery Meeting Room 2 here at ExCeL.

OceanSocial During the coming three days of Oceanology International, many of the 500-plus exhibitors and event partners will be holding a variety of social events at their stands. This will be a great opportunity for you to make new connections and build business relationships with exhibitors and other visitors in a social setting. We have highlighted a few for you that will take place today! Oi18 Networking Drinks


Time: 17:00 - 18:30 Location: Oceanology International Bar, Exhibition Floor

Time: 14:00 Location: Stand D500

Later this afternoon, the Oceanology International Event Team will be hosting drinks, where visitors and exhibitors can network and enjoy some refreshments and light snacks: a perfect opportunity to catch up with clients and make new connections.

EIVA will be hosting a reception, celebrating the 40-year anniversary of EIVA’s founding as well as looking ahead to the coming years, as the company introduced numerous initiatives building on new, promising technologies in 2017.

Applied Acoustic Engineering

Swire Seabed

Time: 16:00 - 17:00 Location: Stand J301

Time: 17:00 - 19:00 Location: Stand M600

Applied Acoustic Engineering will be holding a drinks reception at its stand.

Swire Seabed will be hosting a networking social at the close of today. Stop by from 5 pm onwards to connect with the team and enjoy some tasty refreshments.

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Vessels As is the tradition, there are several vessels moored at the Royal Victoria Dock for the duration of Oi18. Visitors are welcomed to on board participating exhibitor vessels.

Patriot This vessel is only a few months old and it is built by Javelin International in Urk, The Netherlands. The Patriot is suitable to perform various operations, such as hydrographic surveying, diving support, windfarm support, guard vessel operations and UXO clearance support. In the dock in front of Oi18, Braveheart Marine will perform demonstrations in cooperation with Teledyne Reson. Come on board and experience this unique Javelin 25.25 vessel. Vessel name: Patriot Vessel type: Javelin 25.25 (hydrographic survey and crew tender vessel) Length: 26m

Stand H650


DriX As the USV sector is growing rapidly, iXblue launched a new 8-metre multi-purpose autonomous surface craft to offer a cost-efficient solution for customers in the Ocean Science and Energy markets. With proven offshore navigation capabilities, and a top speed unique in its category (14 knots) for fast mission reallocation, DriX takes the USV role several steps further. Offering better efficiency and the possibility to add many different sensors into the water, DriX truly is a unique platform operating today and ready for future developments. Multiple demonstrations will occur on the dockside throughout each day, with a dedicated viewing area located in South Gallery Room 11. Vessel name: DriX Vessel type: Autonomous Unmanned Surface Vessel Vessel length: 8m

Stand E100


Maplin Maplin is a Port Of London Authority 18.5m-long survey vessel chartered by R2Sonic LLC at Oi18 to demonstrate the Sonic 2024 wideband high-resolution multibeam echosounder. The exclusive features of R2Sonic being demonstrated include ultra high density (UHD), ultra high resolution (UHR), pipeline mode, multispectral mode and TruePix. The survey vessel Maplin will be doing the demo circuit afloat around the docks at the top of every hour except 12 noon. Vessel name: Maplin Vessel type: Survey vessel Vessel length: 18.5m

Stand J100


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Oceanology International 2018: Surveying the Oceans with Enhanced Vision New Content and Parallel Events The keenly anticipated Oceanology International (Oi) 2018 exhibition and conference opens today here at ExCeL in London and runs until Thursday 15 March. Renowned thoroughout the marine industry as a benchmark for proffering business opportunities and showcasing evolving technologies, the Oi portfolio has expanded over time with the addition of the sister events Oi Americas and Oi China. This year’s Oi London show looks likely to set a new record regarding attendance numbers, with more than 480 exhibitors and 79 countries represented. For 2018, the emphasis is firmly focused on technological developments including autonomous systems, advanced sensors and robotics. The comprehensive event programme represents a unique forum for the exchange of accumulated knowledge, networking, access to the latest technology and new international market opportunities.

Conference In ExCeL’s South Gallery, the Oi18 conference programme has a series of linked, free-toattend Technical Tracks at its core. “The Technical Tracks enable authoritative speakers and informed attendees from interlinked professional backgrounds to trade insights, discuss challenges and brainstorm potential solutions in real detail,” says Ellen Burgess, conference manager. The Technical Tracks schedule gets under way today with the Hydrography, Geophysics & Geotechnics track (South Gallery Rooms 7 & 8, 10.00-17.25). Today’s session will look at the methods of data collection and analysis required to map offshore seabed and sub-seabed environments. The track will

subsequently detail the myriad ways in which the resultant data benefits the seafloor mining, marine and coastal construction, oil & gas, telecommunications and renewables industries. Also today, the Ocean Observation & Sensing track (South Gallery Room 5, 10.00-17.15) will assess advances in the monitoring of ocean physics, chemistry and biology that could have a constructive effect on current weather, ocean and climate models. Two further tracks round out today’s programme: the Offshore Aquaculture track (South Gallery Room 9, 10.00-17.10) and Part One of the Unmanned Multi-Vehicles & Vessels track (South Gallery Rooms 3 and 4, 13.00-16.55).

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Looking ahead to tomorrow, Wednesday 14 March, delegates can attend Part Two of the Unmanned Multi-Vehicles & Vessels track (South Gallery Rooms 3 and 4, 10.00-15.55) or the Oil & Gas track (South Gallery Rooms 7 and 8, 10.00-17.00). Tomorrow’s schedule also includes two completely new Technical Tracks – Ocean Information & Communications Technology (South Gallery Room 9, 10.00-14.30) and Underwater Imaging & Metrology (South Gallery Room 5, 10.00-17.00). The latter, divided into three sessions, will be co-chaired by Simon Waterfield, Head of Survey Support Group at Sonardyne, and Blair Cunningham, President of Technology & Divisional CEO of Coda Octopus Products. This technological showcase will focus upon the practical and economic benefits of real-time imaging in offshore and construction activities. The Technical Tracks schedule concludes on Thursday 15 March with the Navigation & Positioning track (South Gallery Rooms 3 and 4, 10.00-15.25) and another new track, Marine Renewables (South Gallery Rooms 7 and 8, 10.00-16.25). The Oi18 conference programme is additionally bolstered by parallel showcases, beginning with today’s half-day Ocean Futures Forum (Platinum Suite, 9.30-13.30), assessing long-term energy trends, ocean growth and diversification and sustainability. The event includes a networking lunch. A groundswell of interest and the everincreasing necessity for communications, marine and ocean IT, satellite and data solutions has brought about the Ocean ICT Expo, drawing upon the collective expertise of hundreds of IT and data professionals. And

for providers of new technologies who might be seeking potential sources of partner funding, the Entrepreneurs’ Advisory Workshop in the Investment, Trade & Innovation Theatre offers industry-specific advice and guidance. Furthermore over the next three days, the co-located Interspill conference and exhibition (also running until 15 March) will serve as a networking forum for oil spill industry professionals, academics and government representatives. Exhibition Many of the 500-plus exhibitors are familiar faces at Oceanology International, attracted time after time by the quality of visitors to the event. “We have an unrivalled track record of almost 40 years with offshore CPT technology and lead the market with new developments. Oi18 provides us the arena to display our experience and, as Oi18 attracts visitors that match our global presence, we just feel we need to be there,” comments Mark Woollard, commercial director of A.P van den Berg, a Dutch firm providing equipment for core penetration testing (CPT). “We think personal contact in our specialised market is very important,” he adds. Krista Brunette, marketing coordinator for the Canadian oceanographic instrument manufacturing company RBR Ltd (Stand G551), agrees. “Exhibiting at Oi18 allows us to connect with many of our customers, our agents and other industry professionals. It also allows RBR to be ‘discovered’ by attendees, perhaps considering our instruments for future projects and deployments.”

Many exhibitors will be hosting demonstrations of their products, either on the stand or on the water, as ExCeL London is advantageously situated next to the Royal Victoria Dock. “We will feature examples of realised custom projects at our stand,” says Francesca Faverio, marketing and business development manager of the Italian bespoke cable design and manufacturing firm Novacavi (Stand N200). “Our team will be pleased to answer any questions about our activity.” Meanwhile, Steven Pasco from the Sales and Marketing department of RTSYS (Stand J551) in France, which specialises in underwater acoustics and sonars, reveals that the company “will be giving a presentation of the MSFD [the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive], its stakes and why our recorders are qualified for this directive. We will also present our latest innovations regarding data storage, data acquisition, processing and display. The third demo will be on underwater acoustics communications and its applications in our products.” Elsewhere in the exhibition, the Chinese firm CHC Navigation (Stand A109), which manufactures GPS and GNSS receivers and provides complete positioning systems for surveying, construction, GIS and marine applications in more than 100 countries, will be bringing the most popular products from its appearance at Oi China 2017 to London. And, celebrating its 40th anniversary, Denmark’s EIVA a/s (Stand D500) will be presenting a new deep learning software solution. It will also hold demonstrations of its NaviSuite software products for subsea and above-water engineering and surveying tasks.

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