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Ocean Observation: Gliders, buoys & sub surface monitoring networks

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Fugro Helps in Hunt for Los Franklin Ships Fugro, under contract with the Cana-dian Hydrographic Service (CHS), won a new task order to conduct hydrograph- ic surveys using Airborne LiDAR Ba- thymetry (ALB) as part of the Canadian government?s Arctic Charting and Map- ping Pilot Project. The project includes seabed mapping to aid in the search for Franklin Ships Erebus and Terror. The ALB surveys are being conducted in conjunction and coordination with CHS? vessel based surveys from CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier. The task order, which has been issued under a three-year con-tract that Fugro holds with CHS, also supports their charting programs in the Canadian Arctic. Fugro?s ALB system collects data from various airborne platforms over a variety of marine and land environments such as inter-tidal zones and coastal regions. In addition to collecting simultaneous elevation/depth information over land and water, it is also capable of acquir- ing aerial imagery using its integrated, high-resolution digital camera for both quality control and the production of or- thorecti ed photo mosaic products. The ALB system achieves an ef cient coverage rate of up to 70 sq. km per hour at IHO Order 1 positioning and depth accuracies. In addition to traditional bathymetry information it also derives sea oor re ectance information from the LiDAR return signals, which can be used to produce high quality seabed imagery that shows changes in homoge- neous bottom type and can be used to accurately classify the sea oor environ- ment for activities such as geologic and habitat mapping.Naval Argentina Gets Training on Mariscope In July, a team of the Argentinean Coast Guard (PNA, Prefectura Naval Argentina) received an onsite training on its recently purchased ROV from Mariscope Meerestechnik. This unit based on the Comander MK II model has been equipped with a series of spe-cial instruments as well as with two hydraulic manipulators provided by Hydrolek. The ROV has been specially adapted to PNA´s requirements, in order to carry out different kind of operations related to incidents in navigation and complementing diving operations. The training was carried out through personnel of Mariscope Argentina and Mariscope Chile and a team of 11 divers from PNA. Pharos: Completes Diver- less Export Cable Repair Pharos Offshore Group has completed cable repair and burial for the London Array Offshore Wind Farm on a section of damaged subsea export cable. Pharos delivered a work package with the rapid mobilisation of engineering, fabrication and operational teams to locate, recover, re-lay and re-bury the power cable off the Kent coast. The 800mm² HVDC ex- port cable has a 218mm diameter and weighs over 50kg/m in water and 86 kg/m in air. Teledyne Celebrates Milestones Teledyne Benthos and Teledyne Webb Research celebrated their 50th and 30th anniversaries, respectively, recently at the company?s North Falmouth facility. Nearly 400 people celebrated the mile-stones, including employees and their families, customers, vendors, and state and local of cials. The gala included opening remarks by Group General Manager, Thomas Altshuler, followed by speeches from Doug Webb, the founder of Webb Research and Samuel Raymond, the founder of Teledyne Ben- thos. Special guest speakers included Jim Davis, Senior Vice President and Seg- ment General Manager of Teledyne Instruments, Therese Murray, Senate President of the Massachusetts State Senate, and Falmouth Selectman, Mary Pat Flynn. Samuel O. Raymond started Benthos from his barn in Falmouth in 1962. The company was one of the  rst to supply commercial tools for oceanographic re-search. Among its many achievements, Benthos developed the underwater cam- era that took some of the  rst images of the wreck of the Titanic. The company?s remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) were featured in James Cameron?s  lm, ?The Abyss?, and their underwater pingers are on the black boxes of commercial airlines worldwide. ?I learned a lot and made some very valuable connections at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institu- tion (WHOI) in the early days? said Mr. Raymond. Like his father, the inventor of the  rst automatic door opener, Ray- mond was an ingenious inventor. His innovations created solutions for mea- suring and recording ocean depths, and transmitting data through water using acoustic signals. The  rst email sent to the surface from a submarine traveling at speed and depth used the company?s acoustic modem technology. Benthos was acquired by Teledyne Technolo- gies, Inc. of Thousand Oaks, California in 2006 as the second in a series of ma-rine related acquisitions.Webb Research, founded by Douglas C. Webb in 1982 to provide government and academic labs with oceanographic research equipment, specializes in three areas of ocean instrumentation: buoy- ancy driven pro ling  oats, autonomous underwater gliders, and moored under- water sound sources. ?More than 7000 pro lers have changed the ocean from being hopeless-ly under sampled to badly under sam-pled? quipped Mr. Webb. Webb who still works at the company as Senior Di- rector of Technology added, ?we?re just getting started?. Webb Research became a member of the Teledyne Technologies group of companies in 2008.People & Company News (Photo: Ben Allsup, Teledyne Webb Research) 54 MTROctober 2012MTR #8 (50-64).indd 54MTR #8 (50-64).indd 5410/3/2012 2:43:45 PM10/3/2012 2:43:45 PM

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