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The optimism and positivity continues at Oi18. You just had to walk the carpets at ExCeL yesterday to see how buoyant the marine technology and ocean community is right now, a fact reflected by extremely high attendance numbers. While the final figures are not in yet, it looks like Oi18 may become our biggest-ever event with the very real possibility of a record-breaking number of visitors! When talking to exhibitors, visitors and conference delegates, we only hear enthusiasm for the innovation and potential that shines through our tightly knit community. It doesn’t matter if we are discussing the future of survey operations, environmental monitoring, unmanned vessels or data and connectivity, the message is clear; as our work continues to grow in importance on the global stage, we are ready to provide the services and the solutions that the world needs of us. And talking of the future, there’s no better place to get a deep insight into what’s in store than at the Catch the Next Wave (CTNW 2018) conference, which takes place today in ExCeL’s Platinum Lounge. Organised in association with The Explorers Club, CTNW 2018 highlights how the spirit of exploration drives forward science and technology, with consequent benefits to society and the protection of the natural environment. Speaker pairings, comprising a leading explorer with a scientist or technologist,
will examine the role technology plays in exploring environments on the seafloor, in the oceans, on the oceans, over the oceans and into space, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Speakers will also cast a look at how emerging technology will make ‘waves’ for ocean exploration over the coming decades. Engaging, visual but also technical presentations are the order of the day. Speakers include Orla Doherty, BBC producer of The Deep and Our Blue Planet, talking about the imaging technology used to capture the wonders of the ocean; Pen Hadow, director of Arctic Mission (ocean life research) and 90º North Unit (ecosystem protection), about the future technology required to explore and protect Arctic ocean life; and Chris German MBE, senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, talking about the frontiers of technology enabling ocean exploration on Earth and other planets. Also presenting today at CTNW will be diver, presenter and explorer Rory Golden: “My presentation will touch on the development of the technology used to find Titanic; the early ideas, the successful 1985 discovery, subsequent expeditions – including my own – and the forthcoming ones planned this year.” CTNW 2018 will close with a keynote from Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE senior director, Dr Jyotika Virmani PhD.
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Seabed 2030: A Call to Action Many people like me start speeches about mapping the ocean with “we know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the bottom of our ocean.” And despite years of speeches and countless days at sea surveying, we still have mapped less than 20 percent of the world’s oceans. Even in the relatively wealthy United States, only thirty percent of our waters are mapped. It is time to get organised. AIn June 2017, the Nippon Foundation announced the launch of a global mapping initiative that is capturing the enthusiasm of Hydrographic Offices and collaborating partners around the world. A joint project with the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Guiding Committee, Seabed 2030, presents us with a unifying goal -- to produce a complete, high-resolution bathymetric map of the world’s seabed from the coasts to the deepest trenches by the year 2030. The whys and hows speak to the compelling need for bathymetric data and the potential for innovative ideas and technological advances to accomplish this goal. From my perspective as the US National Hydrographer and director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey, Seabed 2030 is an excellent opportunity to reinvigorate and communicate ocean mapping efforts in common cause with other maritime nations. Seabed 2030 is organised around three project pillars: • Data discovery - Unearthing existing bathymetric data not already found in national archives such as NOAA’s Multibeam Bathymetry Database. Such acoustic data may have been gathered in conjunction with ocean science research cruises, or by industry interests willing to now contribute it for the greater good. Target resolutions vary based on depth, e.g. the grid cell size for 0-1500m depth range is 100x100m; 3000-5750m is 400x400m. • Data sharing - Creating high-resolution
By RDML Shepard M. Smith, , Director, Office of Coast Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
maps of the seafloor to share with the public. The completed maps will be released on Seabed 2030’s official website so that anyone can access the latest information, and also through online resources like Google Earth and ESRI’s Ocean Basemap. • Finding and filling data gaps - Identifying and filling in gaps where no data is available. This is perhaps the most captivating part of the project, as we work to explore and survey unknown and unmapped ocean places. Key components include collaborative mapping missions, crowdsourced bathymetry from essential partners such as fishing boats, ocean-going carriers, and recreational vessels, and technological innovations that force-multiply our capacities to collect sonar data efficiently in distant and challenging areas. To facilitate the objectives above, the Nippon Foundation and GEBCO have established a Global Data Assembly Coordination Center and four Regional Data Assembly
Coordination Centres (Figure 1). These centres are responsible for championing regional mapping activities as well as assembling and compiling the cleaned data into a regional bathymetric grid. They will also ensure that the data meets international standards for metadata and the use requirements for data integration and gap analysis. Most importantly, the centres will work to foster collaboration and avoid duplication so that we use our limited global mapping resources most efficiently. >>>
Figure 1. Seabed 2030 Coordination Centres, GEBCO Nippon Foundation Seabed 2030 Project Business Plan V2.1.6, available from seabed2030.gebco.net.
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While Seabed 2030 is a new effort, it builds on longstanding programmes having the same purpose. GEBCO itself was founded over 100 years ago to compile and distribute a map of the global ocean (Figure 2). Since 1988, the International Hydrographic Organisation and NOAA have supported the Data Centre for Digital Bathymetry, to steward the world’s collection of digital bathymetry.
Figure 2. General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) World Ocean Bathymetry. Image reproduced from the GEBCO world map 2014, available from www.gebco.net. This organisational framework positions us well to move forward, but why is it important to survey and map our oceans at all? Why do we need a Seabed 2030 initiative? As hydrographers, we know intrinsically that more comprehensive bathymetric data has inestimable value. We know that seabed mapping is fundamental to the safety, security, heritage and economic prosperity of our nations. We know that bathymetry is a factor in almost every activity that takes place in, on, near, or under the sea. We know that ocean mapping is the blueprint for forecasting weather, tsunami and storm surge events, climate change projections and the outlines of where living marine resources exist. We know that hydrographic surveying is the means to uncover the history of our fallen lost at sea and the framework for seabed mineral discovery. We know that accurate ocean depths are instrumental in connecting the world through safe navigation and transoceanic communication cables, and we know they are critical to emergency response on the high seas. But because people understand the role that bathymetric data plays in their lives to differing degrees around the world -- if at all -- it is incumbent upon us to communicate better the importance of ocean mapping. Seabed 2030 gives us the opportunity to explain to the public and our policy-makers that unmapped and poorly mapped oceans mean that submarines crash into seamounts, like the USS San Francisco did in 2005. It means that discrepancies between estimated
and observed tsunami waves exist potentially creating loss of life and property or unnecessary costly evacuations that can total in the tens of millions of dollars. It means that the remains of those lost at sea and the vessels – or aircraft -- containing them may never be found. It means that billions of dollars of offshore wind capacity, fossil fuels and deep-sea mining cannot be exploited, and the ecosystems that may be affected by these activities cannot be protected because they are currently unknown. At NOAA, we are committed to supporting Seabed 2030 goals with the resources and partnerships available to us. Seafloor mapping is integral to many NOAA products, from nautical charts and accurate assessments of fish and their habitats so vital to our nation’s commerce. We use it to model inputs that enable better weather forecasts and climate predictions for agriculture, transportation and insurance industry decisions, for earlier warnings of costly natural disasters, and for a greater understanding of how our oceans drive life as we know it on Earth. Knowing the depth of the seafloor is not only vital to navigation and coastal management, but is also a fundamental parameter for understanding ocean circulation and tides, wave action, sediment transport, subsea dynamic processes, environmental change, underwater hazards, pipeline routing, and for ground-truthing research and commercial satellite observations. There are countless other reasons to map the seafloor. The oceans cover seventy percent of the Earth’s surface, yet more than eighty percent of our oceans are unmapped, unobserved, and unexplored. Only about 10% have been mapped using modern technology. Another approximately 5% were mapped using lead lines and explosives, which provides only a general sense of the area. The global maps of the seafloor that look comprehensive on Google Earth and other projections are actually only capable of resolving features larger than five kilometers, and are frequently hundreds or even thousands of metres in error. That means entire seamounts, channels, and other geologic structures, their corresponding ecosystems, and potential resources go undiscovered for most of the Earth. Our understanding of ocean and seafloor depths and processes is quite limited due to cost, distance and time; we have given little priority to what we cannot see beneath the water’s surface. While we have indeed mapped the entire moon to 7-metre resolution and Mars to 20 metres, much of our own planet’s
seafloor is mapped at best to 5000-metre resolution using satellites that infer depth based on gravity anomalies. With thanks to the Nippon Foundation and GEBCO for their leadership, Seabed 2030 is a timely call to surveyors and mappers to take action. I am pleased that US federal mapping agencies are on board, as are the Hydrographic Offices of other nations, the International Hydrographic Organisation, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, numerous academic institutions, and industry partners. NOAA’s preliminary data gap assessment shows that there is significant work to be done in the US EEZ (Figure 3).
Figure 3. Preliminary analysis of US EEZ bathymetric data gaps for Seabed 2030, NOAA 2017, available from http://seasket.ch/i0D3ZhDWiQ. Seabed 2030 enables us to bring together hydrographic experts with practical at-sea surveying experience, skilled data processors, database managers, software and hardware developers on the leading edge of technology, geologists, geophysicists, other ocean scientists, mariners and marine planners. Everyone on the ocean can play a role in building and benefit from access to a global seabed map, which has the potential to unlock information to revolutionise business practices, scientific inquiry, and general exploration. If we communicate it well, Seabed 2030 will catalyse ocean mapping coordination and collaboration, empowering the world to make informed policy decisions, use the ocean sustainably, and undertake scientific research systematically with detailed bathymetric information of the Earth’s seafloor in hand.
Rear Adm. Shepard M. Smith is director of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey and the US national representative to the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO).
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Oi18 Careers Day Oceanology International 2018 extends a special welcome to all university students considering a career in the marine sector. Today’s Careers Day programme has been specifically designed for you! 10:00-17:00 Careers Day Programme Oceanology International Exhibition Trail Exhibition Hall Throughout the day, students are encouraged to visit the exhibition hall to network with over 400 marine-service and technology-provider exhibiting companies. Whether you are looking to learn more about the breadth of the marine sector and job roles required, speak to specific organisations about hiring procedures, or have a conversation with subject-matter experts around developments in technologies of interest, the Oi18 exhibitors – and especially those on the Oi18 Careers Day exhibition trail – are looking forward to welcoming you on their stands today. 10:00-12:00 Women in Industry Panel Organised by the Society for Underwater Technology South Gallery Room 5 & 6 SUT+ would like to invite all students and professionals to their new Women in Industry Panel Session. The panel will feature senior women engineers and scientists from the subsea and wider marine sector, each sharing insights from their industry and stories of their career progression, successes and challenges. A moderated discussion and audience Q&A will follow the presentations, where students are encouraged to engage the panellists and their peers in conversation. If you are considering a career in the subsea or marine sector, don’t miss your chance to network with these senior industry professionals and learn about the varied and exciting career opportunities that are available. This panel session is relevant for and open to all students and professionals, regardless of your gender! Registration: This Women in Industry Panel is free to attend. We look forward to welcoming you there.
13:30-16:00 IMarEST Careers Workshop South Gallery Room 5 & 6 IMarEST are back to host their popular Careers Workshop for university students and those seeking their first career in the marine sector. This programme provides invaluable insight and advice as to where students can find support, access important market statistics/job vacancies and network with those already imbedded in marine sector. Registration: This workshop is free to attend and on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshop Programme: Introduction to the IMarEST and the marine science & technology job market - Introduction to basic job market statistics - What employers look for, e.g. transferable skills - Finding a job/organisation that suits you - EXERCISE: Your values Sources of job adverts - Where to find jobs (advertised and unadvertised) - Networking via LinkedIn, ResearchGate, Twitter, etc. - How to analyse a job advert - EXERCISE: Pick out the essentials from a real job advert Writing a CV - Content of academic & non-academic CVs - How to tailor content to requirements in the job advert - EXERCISE: Compare two CVs Completing an application form - How to tackle application forms - EXERCISE: Analyse an application form Cover letters - When to use a cover letter and what to say Interviews - Tips for success at interview - Commonly asked questions - EXERCISE: Practice questions Followed by afternoon tea and an opportunity for questions and discussion
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CTNW 2018: Frontiers of Exploration Organised in association with The Explorers Club
Today’s Catch The Next Wave 2018 (CTNW 2018) event, organised in association with The Explorers Club, will highlight how the spirit of exploration drives forward science and technology, with consequent benefits to society and the protection of the natural environment. Speaker pairings, comprising a leading explorer with a scientist or technologist, will examine the role technology plays in exploring environments on the seafloor, in the oceans, on the oceans, over the oceans and into space, pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Speakers will also cast a look at how emerging technology will make ‘waves’ for ocean exploration over the coming decades. Engaging, visual but also technical presentations are the order of the day.
Programme sponsored by: 09:45-10:00
OPENING Conference Introduction Ralph Rayner, conference chair and president of the Society for Underwater Technology Opening Welcome Video James Cameron, filmmaker, philanthropist and deep sea explorer
ON THE SEAFLOOR Moderated by: Ralph Rayner, conference chair and president of the Society for Underwater Technology Discovery and Exploration of the Wreck of the Titanic Rory Golden, diver and explorer Visualising the Seabed in 3D Dr Blair Thornton, associate professor of oceanic engineering science, University of Southampton
Morning Tea Break
IN THE OCEAN Moderated by: Chris Scholin, president & CEO, MBARI Capturing the Wonders of the Ocean Orla Doherty, producer, Blue Planet II, BBC Visualising the Ocean Interior Andone Lavery, associate scientist, applied ocean physics & engineering, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
ANNOUNCEMENT OF PRIZES 1. Alan Greig Operational Oceanography Prize 2. Oceanology International 2018 Lifetime Achievement 2018
OVER THE OCEAN Moderated by: Mark Wood, chair, The Explorers Club - Great Britain Chapter Exploring Arctic Ocean Life Pen Hadow, director, Arctic Mission (ocean life research) & 90º North Unit (ecosystem protection) Ocean Exploration on Earth and Beyond Gordon Campbell, Science, Applications and Climate Department, Directorate of EO Programmes, European Space Agency
INTO SPACE Moderated by: Ralph Rayner, conference chair and president of the Society for Underwater Technology Ocean Space to Outer Space Dr Michael Gernhardt, NASA astronaut and manager of Environmental Physiology Laboratory, Johnson Space Center Exploring Oceans on Other Worlds Chris German MBE, senior scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and Explorers Club fellow
ADVANCING THE FRONTIERS OF OCEAN DISCOVERY Moderated by: Richard W. (Rick) Spinrad, professor of oceanography, Oregon State University (OSU) & president-elect of the Marine Technology Society (MTS) Announcement of the Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Finalists and Milestone Awards Jyotika Virmani, senior director, Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE Closing Remarks Dr Richard W. (Rick) Spinrad, professor of oceanography, Oregon State University (OSU) and president-elect, Marine Technology Society (MTS)
CLOSING DRINKS RECEPTION Sponsored by: Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE
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Product Demonstrations at Oi18 The following companies are undertaking demonstrations on the water today. The Portacabin is opposite Dock Edge door 3. Deep Trekker
Deep Trekker is demonstrating its latest underwater robotic systems. Through the development of innovative technologies, Deep Trekker continues to deliver affordable, compact and portable, multidisciplinary ROVs that significantly broaden our knowledge of the blue planet.
Having been with the Oceanology International community since 2000, GNOM ROV is launching the new model ACCU GNOM which is independent on the line power supply and new compact ROV GNOM-PRO-4G at this year’s event.
Details: Today, 14:30 - 15:30
Details: Today, 12:00 - 13:00
Norway-based Maritime Robotics is a leading provider of innovative unmanned solutions for maritime operations in harsh environments. At the dockside, the company is demonstrating its portable OTTER unmanned surface vehicle (USV), which is a turnkey and easily deployable system for seabed mapping and monitoring of sheltered waters.
RTsys is releasing its newest products and software dedicated to complete its underwater acoustics solutions. A new buoy called SYPod with web access via internet allows users to monitor noise in real-time from any computer. The brand-new 16 hydrophone channels acquisition system MULTHY is also being revealed as well as RESONANCE which allows users to check in real-time data from sensors (temperature, oxygen, pressure, turbidity, acoustics) underwater.
Details: Today, 13:15 - 14:15
Stand C500 (shared with Innovation Norway)
Details: Today, 9:30 - 10:30
Seafloor Systems Seafloor is exhibiting the groundbreaking EchoBoat ASV 1.8m unmanned surface vehicle, featuring Seafloor’s innovative hot-swappable sensor module capability. Quickly swap sensor modules from multibeam/IMU, singlebeam echosounder, ADCP, sub-bottom profiler, and sidescan sonar sensor packages. Additionally, with Seafloor’s externally mounted attachment assembly, multiple sensors can be deployed from the vehicle simultaneously. Details: Today, 15:45 - 16:45
Teledyne Marine At Oi18, Teledyne Marine is demonstrating its technology both on-water and via dockside demonstrations. The on-water demonstrations highlight the company’s full hydrographic survey capabilities including Oceanscience’s rapidCAST underway profiler and RESON’s SeaBat T-50-R and T20 sonars integrated with Caris and PDS software. The dockside demos include a full suite of Teledyne Marine hardware and software to illustrate the combined solutions for port and harbour security and infrastructure applications. Details: Today, 10:45 - 11:45
Sonardyne International Sonardyne is running in-water demonstrations of its USBL positioning systems, tracking underwater drones fitted with its Nano positioning transponder. See first-hand how easily and reliably you can work, even in the difficult conditions of a busy dockside. You can also gain an understanding of how Sonardyne’s technology can help you to operate swarm technology, using the built-in group ‘SMS’ features. Details: Dockside demo separate to main programme
QPS QPS is streaming live from the SeaRobotics ASV Harry directly to its stand. See how QPS QINSy software can acquire data at the same time as guiding the ASV fully autonomously. Details: Throughout event
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5 Things Every Surveyor Should Remember Before Heading out on Their First Survey The key to the success of any project lies in thorough preparation, and hydrographic surveys are no exception. In this article, Vitad Pradith from Teledyne Oceanscience provides five tips to help surveyors perform their important work efficiently, effectively and, above all, safely. 1. Initial System Preparation: Once you receive your vehicle, unpack it and give it a thorough check. Look for any anomalies and tighten up any parts that may have come loose on the vehicle and associated accessories during shipping. vehicles are manufactured under tight quality control and shipped with care, but the delivery folks may not be quite so careful! If you find something awry, contact the Field Support Team for prompt assistance. 2. Mission Preplanning: Prepping the vehicle for the first mission requires a slight change in the approach to the survey to ensure quality data collection. Remember, you are removing yourself from the water and controlling (or monitoring) the vehicle from a remote location. Here are some things to think about: a. How are you going to get the vehicle into the water? Are there steep embankments or loose gravel that limits secure footing? Be prepared. b. Have an initial survey plan and check out the survey area as best you can. It is amazing what information you can glean with
a quick internet search of the area. Leverage this information to plan your survey/mapping mission accordingly. c. During the planning, take mental and recorded notes on potentially hazardous areas that the vehicle should avoid (such as near water intakes or areas where the vehicle could get stuck). If you need to survey these areas, have an escape/rescue plan for the vehicle. d. Sometimes, the area that you need to work is obstructed (e.g. cruise ships that sit on top of the quay wall area that needs to be surveyed). If your project covers multiple areas, be willing to adapt and have an alternate site in mind to maximise your data collection activities. e. Define and clarify the project geodesy ahead of time! Many surveys have been muddled with wrong projections. Save yourself the headache as well as precious time to remedy the data and get a clear read on the job requirements. f. Do you need permits or permissions to be on site? Hopefully, your managers have
taken care of this for you, but you are the prudent surveyor! Verify. g. Stay within the vehicle’s line of sight. This not only affects the wireless links, but it is also a safety concern. You should always be able to observe the vehicle and intervene if needed. h. Check the weather forecast – a few days before, the day before and the morning before. Surveyors are a hardy bunch, but knowing the weather conditions ahead of time improves your situational awareness and increases the probability of a successful survey. 3. Data Management: Predefine your data structure. File management is always time consuming. Keep yourself organised in the beginning and establish a data architecture that everyone can understand. It will save you precious time when it comes to processing and producing products from the data. 4. Day before Operations: a. Turn everything on once inside (except the sonar if the vehicle is not in the water). Make sure that everything is working (computers are notorious for being fickle). b. Charge everything that has a battery! This includes the vehicle’s batteries, handheld radio controller (RC controller) and, on certain models, the Power/Data Module. Don’t forget about the spares! c. Know your roles. Brief your team on the survey/mapping plan. Have clearly defined roles for the participants while the vehicle is operating. 5. Check Your Head: Take stock of how you are feeling the day of the survey. While these vehicles keep you and your team out of harm’s way, you should always be alert, conscious and ready to respond accordingly while the vehicle is working. In doing so, you increase the efficacy and efficiency of your important work. Stay safe, and enjoy!
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Grow Your Business with Geo-matching
Geo-matching matches potential buyers with manufacturers. It is a unique tool where hydrographic and marine professionals can find and compare products for their projects. More than 500 manufacturers (such as Teledyne Marine, Kongsberg, Valeport, Klein Marine Systems and many more) are already part of the Geo-matching platform, which features more than 2,000 products across 90 product categories. The Geo-matching team The Geo-matching team works together with the largest hydrographic and marine product manufacturers, expert professionals and online specialists to provide you with the most accurate and relevant product overview and useful case studies and articles. With their focus on highly technical product information, the members of the Geo-matching team help professionals worldwide to make detailed product comparisons, so you don’t have to spend hours browsing each manufacturer’s website separately for technical details. The aim of the product platform is to make it as easy as possible for you to find the best product match for your next project. New website The Geo-matching website has been completely redesigned over the past few months to improve the website layout and content structure, while retaining the most important features. A few great new features have also been added: • Insights section: Filter based on case studies, articles, videos, white papers, etc. You can now read up on the latest technical developments and case studies and easily click through to relevant products. • Better search functionality: Type in any keyword and the search bar provides you with the most relevant products, case studies and manufacturers. • Available on smartphones: The product platform can now be accessed from any device. How do hydrographic and marine professionals use Geo-matching? Geo-matching provides a unique overview of professional hydrographic and marine
equipment. You can find product information from the largest manufacturers of multibeam and singlebeam echosounders, sidescan and imaging sonars, hydrographic software, USVs, AUVS, ROVs and many other categories. More than 225,000 professionals from all over the world have already used Geo-matching last year to find product information and to take inspiration from the latest technical advancements. Grow your business To truly maximise your business growth, Geo-matching offers a Premium package. Receive high-quality product and brand exposure by adding your case studies, videos and brochures, and promote them with top listings to the highly targeted global audience.
On top of that, you are able to receive direct website referrals and product inquiries through Geo-matching, which makes this package a complete solution for your online marketing. Free trial of the premium features All manufacturers are eligible for a one-month free trial of the new premium features. You will be able to add your products, case studies and other marketing materials and you can monitor all your results in your company dashboard. Geo-matching is being demonstrated at Oi18. Contact Sybout Wijma for more details: email@example.com Tel. +31 6 5326 1673
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Kongsberg Details the ‘Digital Ocean’ Kongsberg Maritime’s stand at Oi18 is dedicated to the ‘Digital Ocean’, a concept that harmonises data flow and processing from the seabed to the office. The Digital Ocean is enabled by the combination of Kongsberg’s leading underwater technology for the collection of data, the interconnectivity
to distribute the data and the final digital and cloud-based foundation to analyse it. Kongsberg’s Digital Ocean integrates the entire journey that data takes from the seabed to the office, resulting in a single ecosystem for more efficient, lower-cost and
Stand D600 improved operational performance. Oi18 visitors can see how connecting the different phases, from the operational phases of data collection to distribution and analysis, can enable cost reductions and new efficiency levels while improving performance and accuracy for diverse applications, including offshore and shallow-water survey, all areas of marine research, subsea intervention, underwater construction and aquaculture. As a world-leading manufacturer of marine electronics and underwater instrumentation, Kongsberg Maritime is this week showcasing its latest products for the subsea environment, including seabed mapping, cameras, AUVs and underwater acoustic positioning. One Digital Ocean highlight is a technology demonstration featuring live operations from the Norwegian coast using the groundbreaking MBR solution.
New Submarine Launch and Recovery System for Distressed Submariners Glasgow-based engineering firm Caley Ocean Systems, part of the Seanamic Group, has designed, manufactured and delivered a new submarine launch and recovery system (LARS) to rescue distressed submariners in deep water. The system forms part of JFD’s third-generation submarine rescue system for the Indian Navy and was designed and built at Caley’s facilities in Scotland. “Our new submarine launch and recovery system features specially designed features and technological advancements to allow the rapid rescue of submariners. It can be mobilised in less than 24 hours onto suitable vessels. Given recent tragic events, fast mobilisation timescales have never been more important,” states Douglas Morrison, managing director of Caley Ocean Systems. “The system integrates three decompression chambers, and its flexible architecture means
it can be mobilised on ships with different deck configurations. The system is certified to operate in Sea State 6 – some of the harshest sea conditions.” Caley used virtual reality software to design and build the system and train the crew members from the Indian Navy. “Using virtual reality software, we were able to verify the selection of every nut and bolt and see how different components work together. We spent two weeks training the crew to operate and maintain the LARS equipment from our boardroom in Glasgow and will use it to provide continued through-life support,” continues Douglas. “The
launch and recovery system really flies the international flag for Scottish engineering; there are few other systems like this in the world. It builds on Caley’s 50-year reputation for designing world-class launch and recovery systems which save lives in the world’s harshest environments.”
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IOSTIA Announces its Founding Members at Oceanology International At Oi18, the International Ocean Science and Technology Industry Association (IOSTIA) has announced its ‘founding members’ that will help chart the course of this new marine technology industry association. Filling a niche in the oceans science and technology space, the 12 companies and an experienced team of association management professionals have come together as a new international industry association, based in Washington, DC, USA, to provide programmes, services, benefits and a unified voice on Capitol Hill and in the US regulatory agencies for companies that sustainably and commercially utilise the oceans. “What is significant about our founding members is that they span the spectrum to include a global leader in ocean technology, along with emerging innovators – and in the context of IOSTIA, they will collaborate together on business and the public policy issues of the day,” comments Richard Lawson, president of IOSTIA. The 12 founding members of IOSTIA are: • 3D at Depth • Anekonnect • Aquatica Submarines • Blue Robotics • eTrac • Exocetus Autonomous Systems • Kongsberg Underwater Technology • RJE International • Sidus Solutions • PREVCO Subsea Housings • UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research) • X994
RTsys Dockside Demonstration This Morning
RTsys, a specialist in underwater acoustics and drones, invites you to attend its dockside demonstration of new RTsys products and technological enhancements at 9:30 this morning. This would be a good opportunity for you to see the new SYPOD buoy afloat, an easy-to-deploy autonomous hydrophone recording buoy that is able to record long time missions thanks to its photovoltaic panel. All data from SYPOD or any acoustic equipment can be gathered by and analysed from the new web interface platform named RESONANCE. It provides customers with a
way of visualising acoustic data in real time, making reports and so on – always in accordance with MSFD requirements.
Digital Elevation Models of Coastal Areas The specific goal of the Digital Elevation Models of Coastal Areas (DEMCA) project is to develop an innovative method to produce seamless digital elevation models of large, flat coastal areas. The major challenge is the acquisition of elevation data in the nearshore zone of the Flemish coast and Scheldt estuary in a ‘snapshot’ way. The acquired data must be validated, processed and stored in a database and integrated with other bathymetric and topographic datasets to create a seamless digital elevation model (DEM). In its search for companies willing to develop a disruptive solution, the Maritime Access Division of the Flemish Department of Mobility and Public Works will publish a call for proposals during spring 2018 to launch a three-phase process: - Phase 1: Solution/concept design (six months). The submitted proposals will be evaluated and a limited number of companies/consortia will be selected to further develop their proposal. - Phase 2: Prototype development (one
year). The solution/concept designs of a number phase 1 companies will be assessed against the project criteria. - Phase 3: Original development and testing (six months). The best prototypes developed in phase 2 will be assessed. The project will follow the Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP) framework. A PCP call challenges industry from the demand side to develop innovative solutions for public-sector needs. It provides a first customer reference that enables companies to gain competitive advantage on the market. For more information, please contact DEMCA.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Terminology used to describe processes of waves and currents in the surf zone (Komar, 1998).
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Geomatrix Earth Science Becomes Sales Agent Stand L451 for Oceanic Imaging Consultants Geomatrix Earth Science has been appointed the UK sales agent for Oceanic Imaging Consultants, Inc. To mark this news, the company is offering a special discount on SAMM, CleanSweep and GeoDAS licences purchased at Oi18. Offering a full suite of hydrographic data acquisition and processing software solutions, most recent developments to the software have focused on processing tools for multibeam and acoustic imagery acquired using AUVs. CleanSweep’s InterNAV tools allow users to interactively adjust navigation by identifying/ matching observations in overlapping swaths, or using features with known positions. What makes InterNAV unique is its adoption of a SLAM-derived algorithm which re-computes trackline navigation, transforming a simple interactive task into a powerful Navigation correction tool.
InterNAV correction on sidescan sonar data.
Hemisphere GNSS Presents Atlas-capable Vector V1000 for Precise Marine Applications
Hemisphere GNSS has introduced the all-new Vector V1000 GNSS receiver, which provides high-accuracy heading, position, pitch, roll and heave data. The V1000 supports multi-frequency GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and IRNSS (with future firmware upgrade and activation) for simultaneous satellite tracking. The V1000 is powered by Hemisphere’s innovative and industry-leading Athena RTK engine and is Atlas L-band capable. The new V1000 is designed for professional marine applications, such as hydrographic and bathymetric surveys, dredging, oil platform positioning, buoys and other applications that demand the highest-level 3D positioning accuracies. Based on Hemisphere’s Eclipse Vector technology, the
V1000 uses the most accurate differential corrections including RTK and Atlas L-band (8cm 95%). The V1000 is Hemisphere’s flagship receiver, with an integrated display that can be conveniently installed near the operator. The two antennas can be installed at userspecified separation, providing valuable flexibility in terms of install locations and desired heading accuracy. The V1000 boasts heading accuracy of better than 0.01 degree when using a 10m antenna separation. With CAN, Serial, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Ethernet support and flexible installation, the all-new rugged enclosure gives the V1000 the advantage of working reliably in harsh environments. The Vector V1000 is featured at the
Hemisphere GNSS stand at Oi18, and will be available soon through Hemisphere’s global dealer network.
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Forum Energy Technologies Introduces XLe Spirit at Oi18
Forum Energy Technologies has announced the launch of its new electric remotely operated vehicle (EROV) range. Designed and manufactured in-house at Forum’s Kirkbymoorside Yorkshire facility, the XLe Spirit is the company’s first of a new generation of electric ROVs. The vehicle is the smallest in the new range but is powerful enough to perform subsea maintenance and repair work with the use of its optional electric or hydraulic five-function manipulator arm. The vehicle’s self-regulating power feature compensates for tether losses ensuring a constant and stable power delivery to the vehicle regardless of tether length. It uses the same advanced Forum Integrated Control Engine (ICE++) found in larger
work-class and trencher vehicles in the Forum product range. This provides a wide range of auto-pilot and pilot-assist modes when appropriate sensors are fitted. The advanced control electronics pod fitted to all Forum XLe electric vehicles enables superior connectivity and expansion capabilities when compared with other ROVs on the market. Ethernet interfacing allows for seamless integration with other industry
sensors using common IP architecture and ease of remote data transfer. Kevin Taylor, Forum’s VP subsea vehicles, comments: “We recognised the time was right to introduce a new range of electric ROVs as confidence begins to return to a depressed market. The XLe Spirit is the first vehicle in the range with innovative features which will meet the expectations and requirements of operators.”
(Left to right): Forum’s VP subsea vehicles Kevin Taylor and subsea vehicles sales manager Malcolm Johnston at the launch of the firm’s new electric ROV, XLe Spirit.
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Hydroid and Cerulean Partner up to Take AUV Technology to Bermuda Stand D601 Hydroid, a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of marine robotics, has entered into a partnership with Bermuda-based Cerulean to take a new-generation REMUS 100 system as a rental asset to the commercial rental market. This partnership signifies a major milestone for Hydroid and Cerulean, with Cerulean set to become the first rental organisation in the world offering Hydroid’s new-generation REMUS 100. The REMUS 100 will be specifically engineered to appeal to a variety of environmental, hydrographic/survey and commercial customers. The baseline REMUS
100 will be equipped with a premium navigation suite, bathymetric sidescan sonar and several environmental sensors. The initial delivery will also include a customer-definable modular payload section that is configurable with a Kongsberg EK80 precision scientific echosounder. It will be the first commercial man-portable system of its kind. Cerulean has already received tremendous interest in this flexible, cutting-edge AUV asset from a variety of environmental and commercial organisations. Services will include reasonably priced daily, weekly and monthly hires, including an experienced team of operators.
Seatronics Launches Versatile and Lightweight VALOR ROV Stand H501 Seatronics, an Acteon company, has introduced the VALOR to its expanding portfolio of bespoke and innovative subsea solutions at Oi18. Reaching beyond its class, the VALOR (Versatile and Lightweight Observation ROV) is the lightest yet most powerful observation ROV available. The standard system has been built to 300m depth rated. However, the unique design of this platform allows the vehicle to be extended up to 1,000m with simple modifications. The versatility of VALOR is limitless given the significant payload, unrivalled power capability and
available bandwidth allowing the ROV to manage complex tooling and sensor packages.
N-Sea Reinforces UXO Expertise with ScottishPower Stand G600 Renewables Campaign UK and Netherlands-based subsea provider N-Sea is part-way through a multi-million-pound unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance campaign for ScottishPower Renewables. The contract for unexploded ordnance (UXO) clearance works commenced in December 2017 and includes UXO inspection, identification and clearance on the array area and export cable route of the East Anglia ONE Offshore Windfarm, located in the southern North Sea approximately 45km southeast of Lowestoft. The work scope, which will be completed later in spring 2018, requires a flexible multi-vessel approach in order to ensure completion in line with the timescale of windfarm construction. The Noordhoek Pathfinder, Neptunus, Siem N-Sea and Siem Barracuda have each been utilised to date, using ROVs to de-bury, inspect and identify items on a ‘master target list’ identified from previous survey works. Additional ROV and dive vessels will be brought into the campaign as the work progresses. A number of confirmed WWII UXOs have already been identified during the project for later detonation on site. In addition, many items of debris and boulders have been identified for clearance.
Ocean Observatories Live Demonstrations Unique Group, a leading integrated subsea and offshore solution provider, has added the latest Nortek Doppler Velocity Log (DVL) 1000 to its global inventory, bringing the latest in navigation and positioning systems to clients. The DVL is an essential tool across a wide range of subsea operations where the quality and accuracy of data is key. “Nortek instruments have repeatedly proven to be exceptionally reliable and popular with our clients and we expect there to be significant demand for this new innovation,” says Alan Cameron, general manager of Unique System UK, about the new equipment. “Frequently used for ROV and AUV operations, the Nortek DVLs are capable of achieving a very high level of accuracy. They are the smallest and lightest available on the market and have a very low
power consumption. The resultant payload on vehicles can be vastly reduced, eliminating the need for additional complicated or reinforced engineering designs.” Claire Cardy, director of Nortek UK, adds: “We have a long-standing relationship with Unique Group and are delighted to partner with Unique to make our DVLs available to the rental market and a wide range of end users. The products are amongst the most innovative in the market and, with Unique’s extensive distribution network and exceptional client relationships, we anticipate early adoption of the DVL 1000.” In trials, the DVL has achieved exceptional performance with long-term position drift errors of only 0.02%, whilst maintaining bottom lock from 0.2m to 200m above the seabed.
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Sidus Solutions Releases New 4K UHD Subsea Camera Sidus Solutions, a leader in subsea video cameras and technology, has once again engineered a groundbreaking subsea camera. The SS490 is a 4K UHD subsea camera that provides superior video image quality at four times the resolution of 1080 full-HD images, maintaining full 4K resolution while providing excellent focus with a 20x zoom and a combined optical and digital zoom of 144x. The SS490 delivers better picture quality than non-4K models due to its use of high dynamic range (HDR). This is especially helpful with varying lighting conditions such as working with multiple ROVs or reflectivity from stainless-steel objects.
“We developed the SS490 because we wanted to create a camera that produced the clearest and highest-quality image in the most challenging environments,” Leonard Pool, CEO of Sidus Solutions, says of the new product. The cutting-edge camera not only provides top-notch image quality but also features fully integrated automatic image processing that corrects distortion, shading and chromatic aberration. In addition, the SS490 camera has adaptive noise reduction and visibility enhancement.
important was the camera’s range and durability. The SS490 is rated for operating depths of 6,000m or 3,000m and is constructed with titanium, stainless steel or aluminium housings paired with sapphire or acrylic windows.
Image quality was of the utmost importance to the Sidus Solutions team as they were designing the new camera, but equally as
L3 OceanServer Unveils Advanced Iver AUV L3 OceanServer has announced its new Iver Precision Workhorse (Iver PW) autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The new Iver PW is the first in a family of highly capable commercial AUVs to address a wide variety of customer missions, including survey research and mapping, sub-surface security and environmental monitoring. “Undersea missions are evolving, and L3 is uniquely positioned to develop military and commercial solutions using next-generation processing, autonomy and power technologies to enable new capabilities and
missions,” comments Daryl Slocum, general manager of L3 OceanServer. Iver AUVs support a range of military and commercial AUV operations due to their reliability, ease of operation and ability to transport the vehicles on commercial airlines. The new Iver PW extends critical features that have made the Iver product family the AUV of choice for military and commercial missions, with advanced capabilities. Caption: L3 OceanServer’s Iver Precision Workhorse autonomous underwater vehicle.
Oceaneering C-Nav Updates GNSS Receiver Oceaneering has announced the upcoming release of the C-Nav5000 GNSS receiver, which uses 252 tracking channels capable of tracking phase and code of all available constellations, including GPS, GLONASS, Beidou and Galileo. Correction signal tracking has been increased to three channels to ensure continuous precise point positioning (PPP) data, improving satellite tracking, accuracy and safety. Following the philosophy of the C-Nav3050, the C-Nav5000 hardware is designed to offer optimisation and longevity supported by a multi-year plan for software feature additions. Additional improvements on the existing C-Nav3050 include an upgraded I/O system featuring an increased number of serial ports and Ethernet connections. The C-Nav5000 will have the same world-class support structure as the rest of the C-Nav product portfolio and will be available this summer.
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