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

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

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

Fugro Awarded Three Year Contract for Subsea Services

Fugro has been awarded a framework contract in the Asia Pacific region for inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) services. Under this contract, IRM services can be called off as needed by the client. The total value of the contract is estimated at around EUR 80 million over the three year period. The services cover an extensive range of inspection and engineering activities across the client’s operated offshore facilities, targeted at keeping them operational and in good condition. They are provided from Fugro’s Asset Integrity business line which is centered around inspection and monitoring services, supporting optimal utilisation and longevity of... (read more)
2017-02-06 04:48:24

Fugro’s Oil Seepage Mapping Collaboration Wins Environmental Award

Fugro has been honoured with an Environmental Leadership Award from The Maritime Alliance, a California-based non-profit organisation that promotes sustainable, science-based ocean and water industries. The project identifies and maps oil seepage from abandoned offshore well sites in Santa Barbara County and was performed for long-time customer Aqeuos Corporation under contract to the non-profit environmental group Heal the Ocean. The award was presented by Craig McLean, assistant administrator and acting chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) during the organisation’s BlueTech Week, an international gathering of over 485 marine professionals. Sharing the award with Fugro is Planck... (read more)
2018-01-10 10:56:05

Oceanology 2014 - Geophysics in the Water

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

Size and Height are Relative but could Eagles Dare?

With important upcoming events for our profession, Gordon Johnston reflects on the global market for spatial data, height reference frames (both personal and established) and a novel potential survey platform. I’ll take this opportunity to declare my interest in the coastal and offshore sectors of our profession, an area which is growing in importance with an increasing awareness across the media and the public of the potential benefits and opportunities that responsible sustainable development of our seas could offer. The terms Blue Economy, Blue Growth and Blue Horizon all link to this strategic concept of beneficial development of our seas.... (read more)
2017-04-28 03:50:10
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