Friday, September 19, 2014

European Lidar Mapping Forum Presents Full Programme

The European LiDAR Mapping Forum (ELMF) 2014 conference programme has been posted online. The event will take place from 8-10 December 2014 at the Passenger Terminal Amsterdam (PTA) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. There are two ‘blocks’ dedicated to topographic and bathymetric Lidar survey.

The bathymetry presentations include on Tuesday 9 December 2014 INFOMAR as Ireland’s approach to Marine Mapping; a New Multi-wavelength Lidar System for 3D Land Classification and Coastal Bathymetry and on Wednesday 10 December Documentation of Flood-Induced Changes of Fluvial Topography Based on Airborne Laser Bathymetry, Airborne Coastal Surveys by the Korea Hydrographic and Oceanographic Administration and  The Applications of Lidar in Coastal Zone Management.

The 2014 ELMF Programme contains full abstracts and presenter bios for the more than 30 presentations that comprise this year’s programme.  ELMF is a technical conference & exhibition focused on data acquisition, fusion, processing and point clouds for airborne, terrestrial and underwater Lidar used to support transport, urban modelling, coastal zone mapping, utility asset management and more, according to event director Linda Murray.

The 2014 European LiDAR Mapping Forum Advisory Board vetted all the abstracts to arrive at the varied, high-quality and topical programme.

Early-bird registration ends on 31 October, giving EUR200 discount. Registration is available online.
Free Event Features

In addition, European LiDAR Mapping Forum has a free registration option which includes the following:
•             International Exhibition of solutions providers
•             Live Data Capture Demonstrations
•             Technical Workshops
•             Mobile Mapping Vehicles
•             Networking Events
The one paid networking event (cost EUR68), A Night at the Nemo, is to be a fun-filled event at Amsterdam’s science museum, just a short walk from the PTA.  At the cocktail and dinner buffet, guests will be able to mingle among the museum’s exhibits while making connections with colleagues and market leaders.
Co-location with SPAR Europe

ELMF will take place with SPAR Europe, providing geospatial professionals access to the full spectrum of data capture, processing and delivery education at one time. SPAR Europe is a conference & exhibition focused on end-to-end business and technology considerations for 3D measurement and imaging for industrial facilities; building, architecture and construction; forensic and security. One conference fee provides access to both conference programmes.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Galileo satellites - Status update



The fifth and sixth Galileo satellites have been in a safe state since 28 August, fully under control from ESA’s centre in Darmstadt, Germany, despite having been released on 22 August into lower and elliptical orbits instead of the expected circular orbits.

The potential of exploiting the satellites to maximum advantage, despite their unplanned injection orbits and within the limited propulsion capabilities, is being investigated.

Galileo orbits viewed side-on

The various ESA specialists, supported by industry and France’s CNES space agency, are analysing different scenarios that would yield maximum value for the programme and safeguard, as much as possible, the original mission objectives.

More detailed analysis, alongside consultations with industry, is under way, checking for a potential ‘improved orbit’ where they could both provide operational services.

Seatronics to Sell Teledyne RD Instruments Products


Seatronics, UK, has partnered with Teledyne RD Instruments, USA, to sell its marine measurement and navigation products. Customers in the Middle East and South America will benefit from a sales representation and distribution agreement signed in August 2014.

Harry Maxfield, vice president sales and marketing, Teledyne RD Instruments, said the company has a strong, long-standing relationship with Seatronics, who have a great deal of experience with their products and applications. Teledyne RDI expects this enhanced working relationship will enable them to build upon Seatronics’ presence and reputation in regions that can be challenging for us to address due to time zone differences.

Seatronics will sell Teledyne RD Instruments’ acoustic Doppler currentprofilers (ADCPs) exclusively in Saudi Arabia, UAE, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain; and represent the company for Doppler velocity logs (DVLs) non-exclusively in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bahrain. Seatronics do Brasil Ltda will sell DVLs in Brazil on the same, non-exclusive basis.

Adil Ali, international product sales manager at Seatronics, said they can easily transfer existing in-house technical expertise from the rental activities to the clients. This partnership will enable existing and potential clients to gain a higher level of pre-purchase technical advice and post-sale support in the regions this agreement covers.

The latest agreement reinforces Seatronics’ position as a global force in the sale and support of Teledyne products. The company already represents Teledyne BlueView globally, offering its 2D and 3D multibeam imaging sonar equipment.

Friday, September 12, 2014

SevenCs Presents WMS ChartServer Version

The ChartServer 4.3 version allows more flexible configuration of the chart image and includes support of both Linux and Windows versions; ARCS support; extended Chart Object Filtering; support of all S-52 (ECDIS) chart settings and Support of multiple chart formats: S-57/S-63; ARCS; DNC; VMap; ARINC; DTED. It also includes the improved chart loading and installation tool Chart Handler.



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Offshore Survey 2015 Calls for Papers

Offshore Survey, which takes place from 15 - 16 April 2015 alongside Ocean Business at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton UK, announces a call for papers. The committee welcomes submissions suitable for sessions on: Subsea Positioning, Advanced Survey Techniques, Survey Operations, Data Processing and Visualisation, and Industry and Professional Issues. All papers will be evaluated by a technical committee of experts from industry and academia. Abstracts can be submitted online before 3 November 2014.



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Fibre Optic Gyro IMUs for Demanding Applications

KVH Industries, USA, has introduced the 1725 Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and the 1775 IMU, advanced sensors designed to be integrated into the most demanding stabilisation, pointing, and navigation applications. These two products complement KVH’s 1750 IMU and create a complete range of choices for 6-degrees-of-freedom (DOF) sensors. All three products utilise the E•Core ThinFiber technology of KVH’s DSP-1750 fiber optic gyro (FOG).



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OGP Charters MV Duke for Humpback Whale Seismic Reponse Research

Gardline CGG, Singapore, has been contracted by OGP (International Association of Oil & Gas Producers) to be involved in the last phase of the BRAHSS (Behavioural Response of Australian Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys) project. Gardline CGG will use MV Duke as a source vessel offshore Peregian Beach in Queensland (Australia).

MV Duke in use with Gardline CGG joint venture
BRAHSS is a five year study that aims to test how humpback whales respond to seismic air guns (2010 – 2014). During the study to date, small numbers of humpback whales migrating along both the east and west Australian coasts have been exposed to air guns.

The 2014 season will involve a full commercial air gun array of just over 3,000cui and deployed from MVDuke. A series of trials will be carried out at Peregian on the east coast where the BRAHSS will record the whales’ responses from several platforms – land based visual observation sites, real-time acoustic monitoring and tracking of vocalising whales, visual observations from small boats, behavioural tags deployed on the whales and the seismic vessel itself.

The project is scheduled to start on 29th September for 21 days with an option to extend for another 7 days.

Gardline CGG (GCGG) is a joint venture between Gardline Geosurvey and CGG; GCGG is incorporated in Singapore. Both companies bring together their unique and complimentary expertise, allowing GCGG to offer a single service package to the offshore exploration industry. Our Joint Venture operates the integrated multi role survey vessel M/V Duke which can undertake data acquisition from the sea surface through the water column, on the sea bed and sub seabed across the range of marine science disciplines including: 2D seismic, dual cable 3D seismic, rig/platform site investigation surveys, environmental baseline/monitoring surveys, cable and pipe route surveys, shallow geotechnical site investigations, regional swath bathymetry surveys and geochemical sampling.