The state of the art fisheries research vessel Bell M. Shimada, operated by the North West Fisheries Science Center has become the latest ship to feature the Oceanscience UnderwayCTD moving vessel underway profiler. The NOAA ship was commissioned in 2010 and operates off the coast of the Northwestern US. The Bell M. Shimada is the first of two new vessels for NOAA fisheries research, the second being the Reuben Lasker that will be operated by the South West Fisheries Science Center. As part of an initiative to improve productivity, NOAA scientists identified the UnderwayCTD as a tool to allow them to gather high quality CTD data while underway instead of relying on inferior methods. Prior to receiving their UnderwayCTD, technicians on board dropped expendable temperature probes (XBT) during their surveys. The XBTs were their only real option and were far from satisfactory in terms of data quality and sustainability. Replacing the XBTs with UnderwayCTD deployments will eliminate or greatly reduce this seafloor waste generation activity, in a small part reducing the environmental footprint of the fisheries surveys.
As technology surges run their course, it’s sometimes hard to imagine the next big breakthrough. But time and time again, new tools are developed that deliver greater accuracy and scope, help us get to places that were previously unreachable, and better visualize and communicate the results. Sometimes even small advancements can help us take giant leaps ahead if we find the right ways to apply them.
This is very true in the world of surveying and mapping. Collecting data the traditional way can be costly and limits what can be done, but technology allows us to deliver more. GPS service, total station, 3D laser scanners, and LiDAR represent a handful of advancements to hit the survey and mapping industry over the last few decades. And soon drones and other advancements will shake up the industry.
While most people don’t realize how much they are personally impacted by surveying and mapping— beyond a dependency on Google maps—it really starts to hit home when it comes to flooding. By accurately mapping flood scenarios and identifying contributing issues, we can better define risk and reduce harm to people, property, and infrastructure.
Teledyne Oceanscience with their new Multibeam Z-Boat at US Hydro 2015
Teledyne Oceanscience, in partnership with Teledyne Odom Hydrographic, unveiled the first public demonstration of a multibeam echosounder-equipped Z-Boat™ 1800 autonomous remote survey boat at the U.S. Hydro 2015 Conference in National Harbor, MD. The 1.8m distinctive yellow survey boat is found in action all over the world conducting single-beam surveys in rivers, lakes, and industrial water. The Z-Boat is typically used when access is restricted or conditions are unsafe for a manned vessel. Adding a multibeam echosounder allows users to expand the range of surveying tasks that can be undertaken with the boat to conduct detailed engineering surveys, river scour surveys and infrastructure inspection. The new Z-Boat may be manually controlled from the shore or operated autonomously using a waypoint navigation / line following system developed in partnership with MSubs Ltd (UK).
The Oceanscience Z-Boat 1800 remotely-operated hydrographic survey boat has just completed final trials with an on-board autonomous waypoint navigation system, and is now ready to get surveying. The latest GNSS controlled, IMU aided "robo" Z-Boat option is a result of a partnership between The Oceanscience Group (USA), MSubs (UK) and Swathe Services (UK) and adds autonomy to the substantial list of options for the 1.8 m (6 ft) portable hydrographic survey system. While under manual or autopilot control, the Z-Boat can gather single or dual frequency echosounder bathymetry, side scan imagery, water quality or ADCP velocity data.
The Oceanscience Group is pleased to announce their appointment as an authorized HYPACK® OEM partner, to further strengthen the available options for the popular Z-Boat® 1800 remotely-operated hydrographic survey boat. Oceanscience can now supply their top specification single beam and side-scan equipped Z-Boats, largely used by land survey and engineering firms or dedicated hydrographic survey operators as a full turnkey package including HYPACK® software
Shark Marine adapts Oceanscience Z-Boat for autonomous bathymetric surveys.
Shark Marine Technologies Inc. is proud to introduce its newest system for autonomous bathymetric surveying: The DiveLog Automated Survey Boat or D.A.S. Boat. As its name suggests, D.A.S. Boat is controlled by Shark Marine’s field proven DiveLog software.
Researchers from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) acquainted themselves with the Oceanscience UnderwayCTD during a recent cruise to the island of Palau in Micronesia, with the goal of observing how major low-latitude zonal current systems in the western Pacific behave during encounters with topography - such as islands.
If you look closely at any U.S. coastal nautical chart, you’ll likely find that the areas closest to the shore, shoals, and rocks do not have updated depth measurements. In many areas, safety concerns prohibit the use of NOAA ships or launches to survey the shoalest depths. In many areas, the water is too murky to be mapped with the airborne lidar systems used in clear waters. Now, however, charting those shallow areas is about to get safer, thanks to recent purchases of small, commercial off-the-shelf, unmanned survey vessels.
This summer, NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson will deploy a “Z-Boat,” offered by Teledyne Oceanscience out of Carlsbad, California.
Lt. Joseph Carrier, operations officer on NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson, deploys a Z-Boat from the ship.
The Z-Boat complements the ship’s existing hydrographic toolkit.
Thomas Jefferson uses its multibeam echo sounder to measure depths from 45 to 1000 feet.For shallower and more constricted waters, the ship’s two hydrographic survey launches with multibeam echo sounders efficiently and safely survey areas from 12 to 200 feet deep.With the new Z-Boat (using a single beam echo sounder), Thomas Jefferson can measure depths in areas as shallow as one foot, and get that data into processing almost immediately. The boats are highly maneuverable, turning in their own 5.5-foot length, meaning they can get much closer to piers, pilings, and the shoreline than a full-sized launch.
This new capability is important to improving charts for smaller vessels operating near the coast, and in the inlets, bays, and harbors so critical to many small coastal towns. In the 1930s, the Roosevelt Administration – through its massive Depression-era public works program – hired hundreds of men to survey shallow Intracoastal Waterway areas. However, NOAA has done very little survey work in shallow water in the 80 years since then. Not surprisingly, there is a backlog of reported shoals, rocks, wrecks, and obstructions in shallow water, leading to an increased risk of grounding for those smaller vessels. Knowing the depth in these inlets is also important to accurately predicting coastal inundation during storms.
Teledyne Oceanscience has announced the launch of rapidCAST, a revolutionary automated sound velocity (SV) profiling system for moving vessels. With the capability to automatically cast and recover a high quality SV probe to 500 meters at 8 knots without an operator on deck, rapidCAST offers many of the benefits previously only available from large costly towed profilers while simultaneously giving surveyors the convenience and cost savings of a small and portable unit that is easy to mobilize.
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – October 23, 2014 – Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY) announced today that a subsidiary has acquired the business and substantially all of the assets of The Oceanscience Group Ltd. (“Oceanscience”). Based in Carlsbad, California, Oceanscience designs and manufactures marine sensor platforms and unmanned surface vehicles. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Oceanscience is a leader in the development of oceanographic and hydrographic deployment equipment designed to save survey time and improve data quality. Major products include remotely-controlled and tethered instrumentation deployment vehicles used for current measurement, seafloor mapping and analysis of physical parameters such as salinity.
“Through the acquisition of Oceanscience, as well as the recent investment in Ocean Aero and the pending acquisition of Bolt Technology and its Seabotix division, we will have significantly broadened Teledyne’s portfolio of remotely-operated and autonomous marine systems,” said Robert Mehrabian, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teledyne. “Specifically, Oceanscience adds unmanned surface vessels to our line of profiling floats, battery-powered autonomous underwater vehicles and market-leading autonomous gliding vehicles.”
Ron George, President of Oceanscience, said, “After working closely with Teledyne for 16 years, the entire Oceanscience team is excited about the opportunity to continue developing innovative, industry-leading products and to accelerate the company’s growth as part of Teledyne.”
Claiborne Advisors, Inc., who represents founder-owners and companies in transactions in Southern California and New Mexico, acted as financial advisor to Oceanscience.
Teledyne Technologies is a leading provider of sophisticated instrumentation, digital imaging products and software, aerospace and defense electronics, and engineered systems. Teledyne Technologies’ operations are primarily located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Western and Northern Europe. For more information, visit Teledyne Technologies’ website at www.teledyne.com.
Forward-Looking Statements Cautionary Notice This press release contains forward-looking statements, as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, relating to a recent acquisition. Actual results could differ materially from these forward-looking statements. Many factors, including the ability of Teledyne to achieve anticipated synergies, as well as market and economic conditions, could change anticipated results. The Bolt Technology transaction is expected to close in November 2014, subject to customary closing conditions.
Two complete Oceanscience Underway SV systems including theValeport Rapid SV profiler were recently supplied by Swathe Services (Australia) to IXSurvey Australia ahead of a challenging hydrographic survey project in the Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.
During a trip to Greenland in September 2013, researchers from Oregon State University's College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences used their Oceanscience Q-Boat 1800 remote survey boat, usually at home in rivers and streams and not the Arctic Ocean, to gather current, termperature, and salinity measurements in otherwise inaccessible regions close to the ice.
The Oceanscience Group has unveiled the first Z-Boat 1800 remotely-operated survey boat with integrated side scan sonar, from Tritech International. The new boat provides a shore operator with real-time high definition side scan imagery from Tritech's StarFish 990F side scan on a portable 1.8m surface vessel.The StarFish side scan is attached to a ...
BioSonics, Inc. and The Oceanscience Group announced the release of a portable remotely-operated habitat-mapping survey boat, the Z-Boat 1800MX. A combination of Oceanscience's proven remote hydrographic survey boat and BioSonics' industry-leading MX echosounder, the Z-Boat 1800MX allows researchers to obtain quantitative measurements of aquatic vegetation and substrate distribution without the expense and effort of launching a manned boat.
The Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring of Russia (Roshydromet) has embarked on a widespread program of modernization of its environmental instrumentation and infrastructure.
The Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring of Russia (Roshydromet) has embarked on a widespread program of modernization of its environmental instrumentation and infrastructure. Partly funded by the World Bank, the project will result in an enormous improvement in the ability of the organization to monitor surface water hydrology and hydrography. As part of the project, an initial fleet of 15 Oceanscience Z-Boat® 1800 remotely-operated hydrographic survey boats has been delivered to Russia through Oceanscience's exclusive project partner, INFAX Inc.
Thanks to Markus Janout from the Alfred Wegener Instutute Helmholtz Center for Marine and Polar Research (AWI) for sending in photographs and information about the recent UnderwayCTD activities on the TRANSDRIFT XXI cruise to the Russian Arctic on board the research vessel Viktor Buynitskiy. Markus and his colleagues were joined by researchers from the Institute for Polar Ecology, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (IPE Kiel University) and by the Academy of Sciences and Literature Mainz (Mainz Academy). The UnderwayCTD was used in the icy waters on several transects, and provided convenient densely-spaced upper ocean temperature and salinity profiles.
With the help of some favorable weather, the first official Oceanscience Z-Boat demonstrations in Canada were completed in early November 2013, concluding just as the first big snow of the year started coming down. While in Alberta for the Tailings and Mine Waste 2013 Conference in the spectacular mountain town of Banff, optimism prevailed and three days of demonstrations were arranged in Calgary to coincide with the conference; fingers were immediately crossed in the hope that the weather would cooperate.
In 2013, TerraSond (Alaska, USA) completed a major hydrographic project for NOAA in the Chukchi Sea in northwestern Alaska for the purpose of nautical chart updating for safety of navigation. The surveyors planned this shallow water survey within ...
Approximately 4,000 nautical miles of multibeam and sidescan sonar data were collected to survey 180 square nautical miles of seafloor in a remote, poorly charted region of the Arctic experiencing increases in freighter traffic during the limited ice free season.
Familiar with the SV challenges in these waters, TerraSond previously installed large profiling winches on their survey vessels when sound velocity variability could be a substantial source of uncertainty.
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