Bluesky 3D Models Used to Create VR Simulation of Offshore Wind Farm

3D models from Bluesky are being used to communicate plans for a new offshore wind farm in Scotland. The interactive models allow users to ‘teleport’ around a virtual environment, viewing the proposed turbine development from the coast in the real-world context of existing buildings and trees. Created by environmental consultancy company SLR and commissioned by Inch Cape Offshore Limited (ICOL), the scale 3D model has already been used for public consultations and a visual impact study for the proposed scheme off the east coast. Created from high resolution aerial photography, the data supplied by Bluesky included a detailed and accurate... (read more)
2017-11-20 10:12:17

Canadian Hydrographer Certification Scheme Recognized

The Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS) has developed a certification model for hydrographers and offshore surveyors which has been officially recognized by the IHO/FIG/ICA International Board of Standards and Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC) in April of 2016 and is now ready to receive applications. The ACLS scheme is the second internationally recognized scheme in the world. The scheme is designed to promote IBSC-Accredited Category A or B training in Canada, while standardizing knowledge and experience requirements for individuals possessing non-accredited hydrographic surveying training and experience. The ACLS Program has two levels of Certification. The first... (read more)
2017-04-07 12:48:49

Gordon Johnston

Gordon Johnston, BSc(Hons), MRICS, FHydSoc, FRIN Gordon is based in the United Kingdom and has over 25 years of experience in the surveying industry, in particular, the offshore and hydrographic survey industry. He is a director of Venture Geomatics Limited from 2006. Before, he was the global chief surveyor with Racal Survey Limited and then the vice-president Geomatics at Thales Geosolutions Limited. Gordon is a Chartered Surveyor of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), chairing the RICS Global Geomatics Professional Board and he is head of the UK delegation to FIG (International Federation of Surveyors) as Commission 4 -... (read more)
2018-07-13 03:49:25

Remotely Controlled USV Undertakes Survey Work for Wind Farm

In a first for the offshore wind sector, a vessel remotely controlled from shore took to the sea off Suffolk (UK) over the weekend to undertake survey work for Greater Gabbard Offshore Wind Farm, a joint venture between SSE Renewables and innogy, a German energy company. The XO-450 Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV), owned and operated by UK-based XOCEAN, carried out seabed surveys on seven of the turbines at the 140-turbine wind farm, located 23 kilometres off the UK coast. The unmanned vessel is around the size of an average car (4.5 metres) and half its weight (750kg) and can be... (read more)
2020-01-27 09:52:26

TCarta Delivers Surface Models for Caribbean Disaster Recovery

TCarta, a global provider of marine geospatial products, has delivered pre- and post-disaster surface models for the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda for use in Hurricane Irma recovery efforts. The satellite-derived surface models contain seamless datasets of onshore elevation and offshore water depth measurements for each island. The UK government commissioned the mapping as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme. TCarta won a competitive tender, which specifically requested end products derived from satellite imagery. “By specifying satellite-derived data as the deliverable in its tender, the UK government acknowledged the speed and cost advantages this technology offers compared with... (read more)
2018-04-18 12:59:53

Where do Geomatics Graduates Find Employment

Tom Bramald and Karen Allenby explore where Newcastle University’s geomatics graduates are finding employment and discuss what makes them employable. Although attracting school leavers to study geomatics at Newcastle University remains a challenge, recent years have seen the opposite problem at the graduate end of the degree cycle – quite simply, we haven’t been able to turn out enough graduates for employers. The overall picture has been very buoyant, although there are signs that the geomatics employment prospects for graduates are changing. Furthermore, for those that don’t pursue a career in our sector, there is also plenty of reason to... (read more)
2017-07-19 05:51:46

Ioseba Tena

Ioseba (Joe) Tena is tasked with shaping and growing Sonardyne’s instrument business for marine robotic systems across all application domains including offshore energy, defence and ocean science. He works alongside his colleagues to ensure that clients’ operational requirements are completely satisfied through the delivery of low-risk, subsea technologies, products and services. He has been involved in developing smart solutions for the underwater vehicle industry for more than 15 years and continues to lend his engineering expertise to the team. (read more)
2017-06-08 04:11:47

There is No Turning Back the Tide

This month we are focussed on the water, seas and oceans. Offshore surveying, Hydrography and the various associated survey disciplines in this sector have generally benefitted greatly from technology in recent decades to the point it is almost unrecognizable from even just 30-40 years ago. The analogue single beam echo sounders developed after the wars (especially World War Two), were coupled with sonar systems that would sweep and scan the seabed. Advances in signalling technologies, transducer manufacturing and processing power all enabled the introduction of multibeam sonar systems into commercial and civil survey projects. The improvements continue to this day... (read more)
2019-03-06 05:44:22

Furgo Provide Survey Vessel to Support Search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has awarded Fugro a contract that will see the deployment of its specialist vessel, equipment and expertise in the underwater search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 (MH370). Using its advanced survey vessel, the Fugro Equator, fitted with state-of-the art multibeam echosounder equipment, Fugro will conduct a bathymetric survey of the search area. The seabed data obtained will assist in the production of maps of the seabed offshore Western Australia. This area is relatively uncharted and the maps will assist in planning subsequent stages of the MH370 search. Fugro and ATSB expect the Fugro Equator... (read more)
2017-01-06 11:11:42

Geophysics in the Water - Oceanology 2014

Oceanology International was held in March at the ExCel centre in East London. Day 3 featured three parallel sessions of which Hydrography and Geophysics and Unmanned Underwater Vehicles caught our reporter Richard Groom’s attention. Both featured interesting presentations and attracted capacity audiences. Yearly conferences are snapshots of the industry, reinforcing that change happens. Oceanology two years ago featured a significant number of stands offering services to clean up oil spills – something to do with the Gulf of Mexico disaster. Two years on and this niche was rather smaller. There also seemed not too many hydrographers about. This could be... (read more)
2017-08-22 05:38:39
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