SeeByte, a global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems and Tritech International Limited [Tritech], a Moog Inc. Company, providers of imaging and ancillary equipment for underwater applications, have integrated SeeByte’s target tracking capabilities into Tritech’s Gemini 720is multibeam imaging sonar software.
Image courtesy of Tritech: Gemini 720is
This agreement sees the integration of Tritech’s Gemini 720is sonar with SeeByte’s advanced tracking analytics; providing users with enhanced target tracking capabilities. In realtime, users are able to track and follow objects within a wide 120deg view. This advanced feature is now available as standard with the commercial off the shelf Gemini 720is.
Ioseba Tena, Sales Manager at SeeByte, commented “Forming successful partnerships and collaborations with hardware manufacturers has always been a key part of SeeByte’s business. This allows us to work with the best names in industry to bring to novel solutions to the market. We are looking forward to continue working together with Tritech to deliver a value-adding capability to their customers”.
Scott McLay, Sales Director at Tritech, said “At Tritech we are always looking to make sure that our customers are getting the best possible value from our products. SeeByte’s tracking software integration allows us to do exactly that for the Gemini 720is”.
Saab Seaeye have won the Corporate Excellence Award from the Washington-based Marine Technology Society.
The award is given in recognition of an organisation’s considerable contribution to the industry and to ROV technology.
Chair of the Marine ROV Committee, Chuck Richards, presented the award at the Underwater Intervention show in New Orleans to James Douglas of Saab Seaeye.
James Douglas of Saab Seaeye received the Corporate Excellence Award from The Marine Technology Society at the Underwater Intervention show in New Orleans.
The Marine Technology Society exists to promote awareness and advancement of marine technology in the fields of global issues, education and technological development.
The Society’s Marine ROV Committee promotes the exchange of technical information concerning ROVs, robotics and artificial intelligence across industry, defence, academia and other organisations, on an international basis.
Saab Seaeye is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric underwater vehicles and is responsible for creating many industry leading technological innovations in its 30 year history.
It has many vehicles of all sizes and capabilities operating with numerous clients in North America at tasks across a range of defence operations and commercial enterprises including oil and gas, hydro resources and marine science.
Horizon Geosciences’ revolutionary, 200kN Seabed CPT system was used recently with great success on a complex geotechnical site investigation for Vattenfall, offshore Denmark. Horizon’s scope of work centered around turbine locations in the North Sea windfarm as well as infield cable routes. The program of work included downhole sampling and CPT testing, seismic CPT testing, pressuremeter testing, P-S Logging, vibrocoring and seabed CPTs.
Project Manager for Vattenfall, Mr Wolfekart Semm confirmed;
“Works conducted included 7 combined geotechnical sampling boreholes. Seabed CPT testing in excess of 1300m was completed.”
Horizon’s digital CPT System is designed to achieve a continuous profile to depths in excess of 40m into the ground. Senior Project Manager for Horizon Geosciences Limited, Mr. John Cudden highlighted the importance of this feature;
“Building an accurate ground model is crucial to the development of offshore wind farms, therefore a high volume of quality CPT data is needed, often within tight timescales. This is where Horizon’s 200kN CPT can surpass traditional drilling expectations in terms of production and cost.
Coupled with the ability to conduct seismic CPT tests with this seabed system, tied in to pressuremeter and borehole logging data from adjacent boreholes, we provide the data for the full determination of both lateral and horizontal engineering properties across the site.”
The 200kN Seabed CPT System can be deployed from any DP1 or DP2 vessel, the Horizon Geobay was assigned in this case due to her full Geophysical and Geotechnical spreads, containerized laboratory and capacity to operate in shallower waters.
Project Manager for Vattenfall, Mr Wolfekart Semm concluded;
“ The Horizon Geobay was used as a platform throughout the whole campaign and has proven to be a very capable DP2 vessel, especially as shallow water conditions were prevalent. All operations were conducted safely and in-line with HSE requirements with a very positive HSE attitude and awareness of safety shown by the entire crew.”
Visit Horizon Geosciences on stand H350 to find out more about this project, the Horizon Geobay and their continued work in the Renewables and Oil & Gas sectors in the North Sea and beyond.
On May 25-26, 2016, key decommissioning players including Shell, Chevron, Anadarko, BHP Billiton, Freeport McMoRan and Stone Energy will come together in Houston at the Deepwater Decommissioning Workshop to discuss how to improve efficiency and maximize safety during P&A campaigns.
While low oil prices are affecting most parts of the oil & gas industry, stringent regulations and market conditions mean that decommissioning in the Gulf is set to increase despite the glut as equipment becomes available and slow producing platforms become uneconomical.
In this market, some believe collaboration is key. Endeavor Management’s Bruce Crager and Keith Caulfield certainly agree. Their 2016 Decommissioning JIP is an excellent example of what can be achieved when operators and service companies work together: 10 subjects ranging from MODU capabilities to cement bond logging technologies are being studied and Keith explains how, “to date, we have been amazed by the quality and technical excellence of the subject matter experts assigned to the project by the member companies, as well as [their] commitment to freely collaborate on these issues of prime importance to the decommissioning industry.”
Endeavor will be presenting the results of this ground breaking JIP at DDW 2016 while Anadarko’s Tim Byers will explore 30+ P&A projects undertaken in the Gulf of Mexico and offer attendees an insight into major lessons learned. Similarly, Foster Lanie, Subsea Well Intervention Engineer for Chevron, will detail the researched rig based and lightweight intervention alternatives for a well abandonment project in the Gulf and discuss differences in risk profiles with varying P&A designs.
From a regulatory perspective, 2015 saw major changes in financial assurance guidelines for decommissioning projects and BOEM will give an update on this process to ensure that your company is prepared to comply with new bonding requirements. As a result of these changes, accurate cost estimation for deepwater P&A is now more important than ever before. Ahead of his presentation at DDW 2016 on probabilistic cost estimation, Robert Byrd, Vice President of TSB Offshore, explains that “with our increasing focus on deepwater well P&A and decommissioning in general, it’s important that we adjust our cost estimating methodology to account for the increased level of uncertainty and the resulting higher risk. Probabilistic methods allow us to consider the uncertainty in the decommissioning processes and to quantify the risk in our cost estimates.”
Register now and ensure that you also benefit from:
• An insight into Shell and BHP Billiton’s approach to cost estimation and collaborative P&A planning and execution
• An analysis of changes to the Rig-to-Reef program as Freeport-McMoRan and Stone Energy detail how this will affect the planning of your future P&A campaigns
• Key lessons from regional P&A projects undertaken by Schlumberger, Weatherford, Baker Hughes, Aker Solutions, Wright’s Well, Helix and many others
DDW 2016 will ensure those who wish to profit from the opportunities offered by deepwater decommissioning are able to access the required business critical information, vital networking opportunities and best practice approaches that will help improve P&A operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
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ION Geophysical Corporation (NYSE: IO) has announced that it has acquired Global Dynamics Incorporated (GDI), an Ontario-based company that designs and develops marine towing systems and equipment, including its proprietary SailWing technology. ION plans to leverage SailWing technology to develop and sell commercial products for both source control and streamer deployment optimization in the towed streamer segment and to commercialize SailWings for use by its OceanGeo ocean bottom seismic (OBS) acquisition company.
Image credit: Global Dynamics Inc.
SailWings offer an innovative foil-based alternative to conventional marine diverters, with multiple patents pending. SailWing configurations can be employed to optimize towed source arrays and augment towed streamer deployment systems, yielding significantly less drag, faster towing, improved fuel efficiency, and safer operations through their flexible and smaller footprint. As a result, seismic contractors should be able to acquire surveys faster and at a lower cost.
ION President and CEO Brian Hanson commented, "Over the last few years, we have licensed SailWings for several novel applications, including under-ice towing and for source array optimization for ocean bottom surveys, with impressive results. We have already filed our own IP improvements around this technology platform, which ultimately led to our acquisition of the technology to provide additional offerings for our revitalized towed streamer devices business and to further differentiate our OceanGeo ocean bottom business. In the current market environment, offering solutions to our towed streamer devices customers that help them improve their efficiency, while giving ourselves a unique ability to expedite ocean bottom surveys, is an attractive proposition."
Dan Martin, Founder and President of GDI, added, "I have enjoyed a close working relationship with ION over the past few years as they developed some novel commercial applications for our technology. I am excited to now be part of ION, and to continue the collaboration to create multiple SailWing applications. I believe we can significantly improve on the longstanding manner with which the industry has deployed, towed, and retrieved marine sources, cables, and streamer systems."
The directors of Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd (AAE) announces important changes to the structure and leadership of the company, implemented to strengthen its place in the subsea industry, and to provide the facility to offer a wider range of products and services across a variety of other industries.
The most significant development sees the establishment of a group of companies, operating under the guidance of AAE Technologies Ltd (AAET). With AAET at the helm, the trading group is comprised of three separate companies - Applied Acoustic Engineering Ltd, Ensign Subsea Systems Ltd, and Modulus Technology Ltd.
Building on its reputation for quality and service over its 27 year history, Applied Acoustic Engineering (AAE) will continue to operate in its current guise, designing and building subsea acoustic products and systems for sub-bottom profiling and acoustic positioning operations. The company has an enviable record of success in its field and since 2010, has been honoured with two Queen’s Awards for Enterprise in the International Trade category, a significant and prestigious endorsement for UK manufacturers and exporters.
Modulus Technology Ltd has been incorporated to act as a custom engineering arm of the group, able to undertake a wide range of activities such as bespoke design and build projects outside of AAE’s remit, as well as providing engineering services for the subsea industry. Primarily operating as the repair and maintenance centre for all AAE products, Modulus Technology also offers training, trials and demonstration services for the AAE Technologies Group as a whole.
The group structure is completed by the addition of Ensign Subsea Systems Ltd, AAE’s military and defense sales subsidiary company. Ensign Subsea Systems (ESS) exists to provide the systems and support to the maritime defense community that has become an integral part of the AAE business. By separating this product line, ESS has the capability to operate in this market as a dedicated defense contractor, continuing to supply AAE systems and services for mine detection, relocation and countermeasures (MCM), as well as the general maritime defense sector where over 200 subsea tracking systems are currently in use.
The three trading companies are wholly owned subsidiaries of the AAE Technologies Group and will remain under the ownership of AAE’s founder and current directors. In addition to the reorganized trading arrangements of company, Group Chairman Adam Darling welcomes Neil MacDonald and Gavin Willoughby as directors of the subsidiary businesses, both long term employees of Applied Acoustics with over 25 years of combined experience with the company. Under this leadership, the AAE Technologies Group is looking forward to continued growth and a successful future.
UTEC Geomarine, part of UTEC Survey, an Acteon company, has announced key management appointments to support a more client-focused approach which further underline the UTEC’s position as a market leader in geoscience.
Jim Edmunds, the company’s Technology Director, assumes responsibility for operational and technical project execution, as well as development of the company’s geotechnical contracting business. Jim has been with UTEC Geomarine since 2010 and plays a key role in development of UTEC’s emerging technologies in the geoscience field. Jim brings 22 years of industry experience to UTEC Geomarine and is based out of Bath.
Scott Gooding will now serve as General Manager for the consultancy services arm of the business. Scott will be responsible for the consultancy team based out of Newcastle. Providing high quality engineering, he will focus on UTEC Geomarine client’s business drivers to provide efficient, innovative, and cost effective solutions in the current challenging climate. Scott has been with Geomarine since 2011 holding the position of Engineering Manager. Prior to joining the company, Scott gained significant experience in the subsea pipeline and cable burial arenas as well as working in emergency response planning in local government in England. Scott has 12 years’ experience in the industry and is a graduate of the University of Leicester.
In addition, Mike Fearn has joined the UTEC Geomarine team as Business Development Manager and will be based out of Aberdeen. Mike will be responsible for development of the company’s growing portfolio of contracting and consultancy services, predominantly in Europe and Africa. With nearly 20 years’ experience in Oil & Gas, Mike brings a high level of expertise and focus to drive growth in today’s highly competitive market.
UTEC’s EMEA Regional Manager Crawford Tennant added: “In correctly positioning the company for future growth, we are delighted to announce a winning combination of developing and promoting people from within the business and adding fresh new faces.
With UTEC Geomarine’s ability to look ahead at technology and innovation in parallel with conventional geotechnical equipment, these changes provide a more direct and efficient solution to provide technology that address client’s geotechnical needs.
SeeByte, a global leader in creating smart software technology for unmanned systems and ASV, a leading supplier of Unmanned and Autonomous Marine Systems, announces a commercial partnership where the two companies will collaborate to bring new advanced capabilities and solutions to the field of maritime autonomy.
This agreement sees SeeByte and ASV build upon previous collaborative work to develop the next generation of adaptive autonomy by working together across the fleet of ASV platforms and SeeByte’s software solutions. SeeByte’s smart software can be integrated onto unmanned vehicles to offer adaptive autonomy. This allows vehicles to react and adapt their missions according to feedback from their sensors and to collaborate with other vehicles in the fleet.
Ioseba Tena, Sales Manager at SeeByte, commented “We have had a very close working relationship with ASV which has seen us develop and demonstrate many innovative autonomous capabilities. This partnership essentially formalises our commitment to join our capabilities to continue bringing new autonomous solutions to the market”.
Dan Hook, Managing Director at ASV, said “We have identified a number of opportunities across many of our market sectors, including oil & gas, oceanography and defence, where a partnership with SeeByte will be of benefit. Integrating SeeByte’s software technology with the ASView Control System and ASV platforms will provide us with the technical and commercial muscle to pursue new innovative solutions”.
Ioseba Tena and Dan Hook will be presenting a talk on the work SeeByte and ASV have done together on the AAOSN project. This will be at Oceanology International on Thursday the 17th of March at 11.20am on the Unmanned Vehicles and Vessels Showcase.
Subsea technology company Sonardyne International Ltd, will debut its expanded line-up of ROV and AUV navigation solutions during next week’s Oceanology International exhibition and conference in London.
New additions to the company’s Lodestar AHRS and SPRINT INS product lines mean that there is now a model to suit all underwater vehicle applications and budgets. As all versions utilize the same small, lightweight subsea housing, users can now switch capability without the need to fit different hardware - saving both vehicle payload space and operational expenditure. The company is also launching one of the smallest combined INS and DVL instruments on the market. Being manufactured in the UK, in one facility, export procedures are considerably simplified.
Saving time, lowering costs and reducing users’ risk is a recurring theme of Sonardyne’s participation at this year’s event. The 6G family of multi-functional transponders continues to grow with the long-life Mega, ultra-small Nano and intelligent SMART all making their Oceanology debut.
Teledyne Optech is s taking its most powerful and flexible surveying tools to London, England for Oceanology International 2016 on March 15-17. Members of Teledyne Optech’s science and engineering team will explain the full capabilities of these tools and show how they can help governments, businesses and researchers to monitor the coastal environment quickly and accurately.
Seamless topo/bathy data from Optech CZMIL Nova’s recent survey of Korea’s coast (image courtesy KHOA)
The world’s most advanced airborne lidar bathymeter, the Optech CZMIL Nova, is now available for rental, putting it within the reach of many medium-sized organizations and government groups. Teledyne Optech staff will explain how the CZMIL Nova collects lidar, hyperspectral and photogrammetric data simultaneously, and how its advanced Optech HydroFusion workflow automatically generates a wide range of deliverables including bathymetric, water/seafloor reflectance, and benthic classification maps. Interested parties can also learn about renting the system with the support of Teledyne Optech’s highly trained operators through the CZMIL Project Program, or hear about CZMIL Nova’s recent successful projects, including Gatun Lake for the Panama Canal Authority, portions of the Korean coast for the Korean Hydrographic and Oceanographic Administration (KHOA), and a demonstration in the turbid waters of Tampa Bay, Florida.
For efficient topo/bathy surveying and advanced target classification, Teledyne Optech will also present the capabilities of the Optech Titan, the world’s first commercial multispectral airborne lidar. Equipped with a water-penetrating green channel and two infrared channels, the Titan maps both land and shallow coastal waters efficiently in the same flight. In addition, the Titan’s three separate wavelengths enable automated target classification, helping surveyors differentiate trees, soil, grass and more.
Harbor managers and port authorities looking for a low-cost survey solution will be interested in the integrated lidar/sonar solution developed with our sister company Teledyne RESON. By combining a long-range Optech ILRIS terrestrial lidar scanner with a RESON SeaBat multibeam echosounder on a light watercraft, this solution lets surveyors map above and below the waterline simultaneously and view the data immediately in Teledyne PDS software.
Earthquake early warning has received a big boost in British Columbia. Ocean Networks Canada (ONC), an initiative of the University of Victoria, will develop a regional earthquake early warning system for southern British Columbia—home to over 50% of the province’s residents—with funding from the province.
The Honorable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Emergency Preparedness, announced that $5 million will go to Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) and their partners to ensure that communities have the best chance to protect themselves and find safety when a major earthquake occurs.
Gathering to celebrate $5 million investment in earthquake early warning (left to right): Dave Cockle, Oak Bay fire chief and President, BC Earthquake Alliance; The Honourable Naomi Yamamoto; Kate Moran, ONC President & CEO; and Don McRae, MLA for Comox Valley.
This funding enables ONC to expand its seismic sensor network on land, and importantly, on the seafloor off the coast, where large earthquakes occur. ONC will also coordinate a variety of regional data to be hosted on Oceans 2.0, its world-leading data management system that collects and archives vast amounts of diverse data, in real-time, from ONC instruments and infrastructure.
With an expanded sensor network and proven delivery system, ONC is uniquely positioned to bring together the right players to deliver a comprehensive earthquake early warning system in British Columbia. ONC’s cabled observatories collect data from ultra-sensitive offshore and land-based seismic sensors, effectively monitoring seismic activity 24/7 from the Cascadia subduction zone where earthquake risk is high.
Collaborating with other agencies, including the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, Natural Resources Canada and the University of British Columbia, ONC will be able to monitor earthquakes from other risk areas as well.
Leveraging the capabilities of Oceans 2.0, ONC is currently developing a software platform that will deliver an alert to decision-makers within seconds of a major rupture. These vital seconds of warning will allow time to take protective actions, for example: shutting down gas lines, stopping trains and surgeries, and taking cover.
Ocean Networks Canada operates world-class ocean observatories oﬀ the west coast of British Columbia and in the Arctic for the advancement of science and the beneﬁt of Canada. ONC cabled observatories collect data that help scientists and leaders make informed decisions about coastal earthquakes and tsunamis, climate change, coastal management, conservation and marine safety.
The Damen Shipyards Group and Pearlson Shiplift Corporation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for close cooperation between the two companies in the design and execution of shiplift projects around the world. The collaboration is set to bring benefits to the clients of both companies in the optimisation of the design and realisation of shipyard facilities.
The MOU brings together the capabilities of two well-established, family-owned companies.
Taking account of the expertise of Pearlson Shiplift Corporation as the original inventor and developer of Syncrolift® technology, the Pearlson team will provide the design and engineering knowledge required by Damen during a shipyard construction project. Pearlson Shiplift Corporation will also deliver all the critical shiplift components. “This includes all the vertical lifting equipment – the hoists – and the wire ropes,” informs Pearlson Shiplift Corporation Director Bryan Fraind. “As well as the motor controls and load monitoring system, which are the ‘brains’ of the entire shiplift.
“Damen will provide all the steel and associated civil works including the lifting platform and cradles and, of course, the project management.”
Damen’s civil skills
The MOU involves Damen Civil, a part of Damen Shipyards Group. Offering maritime construction services at a worldwide level, the Damen Civil portfolio comprises the entire process of shipyard construction – from consultancy and design, all the way through to civil works and the supply of equipment, tools and training.
Building shipyards around the world, one of Damen Civil’s key principles is to combine global operating standards with local employment. This yields vital transfer of knowledge and skills for the long-term development of local economies.
Pearlson Shiplift Corporation’s origins began in 1957 when Raymond Pearlson invented and built the first Syncrolift® shiplift. After many successful years developing this pioneering technology and building up a dedicated global service network, Raymond Pearlson sold the company in 1979. In the meantime the size and capacity of Syncrolift® shiplifts worldwide continued to grow.
Responding to service requests from original clients around the world, the business continued with the founding of Pearlson Shiplift Corporation by Raymond Pearlson’s son, Douglas.
Pearlson Shiplift Corporation draws on an innovative and successful past in continuing the family tradition. The company offers design, manufacturing and support services for both new and existing shiplift and transfer systems worldwide.
“It makes a lot of sense for our two companies to work together – there really is a natural fit between Pearlson and Damen,” continues Mr Fraind. “And not only in terms of our products. We are both family-owned companies with similar backgrounds and work methods.”
“This really is a marriage of two companies, both leading experts in their specific fields,” states Damen Director Civil & Modular Constructions Marcel Karsijns. “The Pearlson name is a renowned and respected name in the modern shiplifting industry. It is a significant benefit to include shiplifting expertise into our range of shipyard projects.”
“However, this is not only a significant cooperation between two partners. This unique cooperation will ultimately bring major benefits to both our clients. In this case, 1 plus 1 really does equal 3.”
OceanGate and iXBlue, a global leader in navigation, positioning and imaging solutions, have formed a strategic partnership to expand the application and use of advanced marine navigation and sonar equipment to explore the world’s deep oceans. As part of the alliance, OceanGate has selected the iXBlue PHINS Inertial Navigation System for use aboard its fleet of Cyclops series manned submersibles.
In a world first, the PHINS system has been installed on a manned submersible to deliver real-time navigational data directly to the pilot. The PHINS system provides accurate position, heading, attitude, speed, and depth data as the submersible explores archeological sites and other undersea targets. With the use of PHINS, submersible pilots no longer need ship-based tracking and a topside communications link to obtain accurate position data.
“Previously our pilots relied on voice commands from the surface team who tracked the sub’s location to help vector us to the target. Now with iXBlue PHINS, the pilot can navigate autonomously throughout the dive and communicate the sub’s position back to the surface”, said Stockton Rush, CEO of OceanGate.
PHINS has been integrated into Cyclops 1 in preparation for OceanGate’s expedition to survey the iconic wreck of Andrea Doria in June 2016. This Italian flagged passenger liner sank in 1956 about 50 miles from Nantucket. The 697 foot long wreck, often referred to as the ‘Mt. Everest of scuba diving’ due to its location and 240 foot depth, tests the limits of diving on compressed air.
The 7-day expedition will fully survey the exterior of the wreck with high-definition video and multi-beam 3D sonar. The expedition plan includes 10 dives and 30 hours of diving to create nearly 50 individual sonar scans needed to accurately map the wreck and debris field. After the expedition, the sonar scans will be digitally assembled into a complete virtual 3D model to illustrate the full scope of the wreck and document its current condition.
“More accurate position data gives us higher quality sonar models. And with PHINS, the dive team can better track the areas of the dive site that have already been scanned or filmed, and then use this data to eliminate redundant scans and reduce the risk of missing key images of the wreck”, said Rush.
Mack Barber, iXBlue General Manager, said: “We are extremely excited to be participating in such a great project. At iXBlue we are proud of our high quality products and are very pleased that OceanGate trusts us in providing highly controlled and accurate navigation with such important survey.”