Aquabotix is pleased to welcome another distributor, Deekay Marine Services Pvt. Ltd., to our global network. Established in 1981, Deekay Marine Services is involved in various marine sectors such as Hydrography, Oceanography, Surveillance Systems, Coastal Security Systems, Engineering and Marine Surveying Services. Deekay Marine Services is based in India with a service center in Mumbai.
Environmental research is a vital practice for ensuring our lakes, streams and oceans remain clean and healthy. Collecting water samples in the field is often one of the best ways to monitor water quality. Researchers commonly test for the presence of harmful bacteria, algae blooms, dissolved metals, and agricultural and well as industrial pollutants. Man-made substances such pharmaceuticals and micro plastics also appear in water samples, and the first step in understanding their environmental impact is understanding where they are coming from.
Remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) as well as autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) provide the means to efficiently and accurately capture a series of water samples, along a pre-determined route, at specific GPS coordinates, and even at specific depths. The concentrations of target substances can then be mapped, analyzed over time, and traced back to their source. As with any scientific study, the conclusion is only as good as the data, and ROVs equipped with water samplers give the accuracy and repeatability that are necessary.
How a Water Sampler Works:
Water samplers are simple. They consist of one or more tubular chambers which are open on both ends to allow water to flow freely through it. When the operator triggers the mechanism, the tube is sealed on both ends by a rubber stopper which snaps into place, forming a water-tight chamber. Good water samplers contain multiple chambers, which can be cycled into position and activated, like the chambers of a revolver. By triggering multiple samples at known coordinates or known depths, the water quality data is easier to plot and analyze. ROV’s take the guess work out of this process by providing the depth, heading, and GPS location of each sample as it’s triggered. Through a suite of other on-board sensors, ROVs can simultaneously collect information about water temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and many other parameters which give a well-rounded set of data points to connect to each water sample.
Aquabotix is pleased to welcome Seafloor Systems, Inc. to our distributor network. With over 20 years experience in the Hydrographic community, Seafloor specializes in integrated hydrographic survey solutions. Their expertise in in complete turnkey, integrated Multibeam and Single Beam solutions.
Aquabotix is pleased to welcome our newest distributor, A2 Marine Solution. Based in Brazil, A2 Marine has more than 15 years of experience, focused on solutions and equipment supply for the hydrography applications, bathymetric surveys and precise positioning.
Aquabotix is pleased to welcome our newest distributor Saderet Ltd., a leading independent marine survey equipment specialist. Based in the UK, Saderet specializes in the supply of survey and positioning equipment and services to a wide variety of markets including marine and land survey, oceanography, precision agriculture, GIS data collection, vehicle telematics and OEM. Presenting some of the best manufacturers of survey related equipment in the world, they deliver products worldwide.
Aqua Nor 2017 took place last week in Trondheim, Norway, a country at the heart of finfish aquaculture technology. Aqua Nor has been an international meeting place for aquaculture professionals since 1979, and holds the title of the world’s largest aquaculture technology exhibition. Aqua Nor 2017 was the biggest show yet, with a record breaking 27,000 visitors in attendance from 71 countries as well as over 600 exhibitors spread across nine buildings filled with educational seminars, socials and exhibit halls. Aquabotix CEO, Durval Tavares was in attendance, and we’re pleased to announce that an Endura 100 AQ Remotely Operated Vehicle was on display this year at the event.
One of the major themes emerging from Aqua Nor 2017 was the desire for fish farms to access the IoT (Internet of Things), also known as “Remote Farming”. Equipment which was once analog, such as fish feeders and underwater camera systems and underwater probes are beginning to connect to the internet in a meaningful way. In Norway, aquaculture operations often have multiple sites stretching up and down the coastline; and managing multiple sites from a central location means an increased desire for internet connected systems. Norweigan company SBS Teknikk specializes in connecting fish farms with smart technology solutions such as Aquabotix’s Endura 100 AQ ROV, and AquaLens Connect Underwater Camera System, providing farms with a live underwater view from multiple locations simultaneously.
To learn more about Aqua Nor, visit them here. To learn more about SBS Teknikk, visit them here.
Aquabotix Technology Corporation is pleased to announce the appointment of Ted Curley to the position of Chief Development Officer ("CDO"). Mr. Curley will be based in the Massachusetts office and his duties include overseeing all facets of the sales and business development functions.
Mr. Curley is a top producing sales and marketing leader in the unmanned underwater industry, with over 25 years sales experience. Most recently Mr. Curley was Director of Sales - Vehicles at Teledyne Marine, a division of Teledyne Technologies, Inc. ("Teledyne"). Teledyne is an American Industrial conglomerate, primarily based in the United States but with global operations, and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange with a market capitalisation of approximately US$5.35 billion. Mr. Curley's responsibilities at the approximately US$50 million Marine Division included leading the direct sales team, establishing and maintaining the global distributor network, business development, marketing and sales strategy, and negotiating high value contracts with commercial and governmental agencies. Previously, he served as Regional Sales Manager at Teledyne TSS Ltd (UK) and Sales and Marketing Manager at EPC Laboratories, Inc.
Mr. Curley qualified with a BA in Communications from the UNiversity of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
Peter James, UUV Aquabotix's Chairman, commented "Mr. Curley's appointment provides further validation of Aquabotix's growing presence in the BlueTech space. Ted's experience will fast-track the Company's expansion into new sectors and regions, primarily through a refreshed distribution network."
The Center for Marine Robotics at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution recently held their 3rd Annual Entrepreneurs Showcase & Leadership Forum from July 20-21, 2017 on the Quissett Campus overlooking Martha’s Vineyard and the Nantucket Sound. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a global leader in ocean research, exploration and education – and the Center for Marine Robotics is the group at WHOI responsible for revolutionizing ocean robotics.
The Entrepreneurs Showcase & Leadership forum kicked off with the formal opening of Dunkworks, a marine robotics maker space which pays homage to Skunk Works, the experimental design laboratory operated by Lockheed Martin which brought us such aircraft as the U-2, Blackbird and F-22 Raptor. Dunkworks provides a wide range of additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping equipment to quickly test and iterate new marine robotics products. Woods Hole wants to make sure that all marine robotics innovators have access to the tools they need to bring their ideas to life.
Next up was the Entrepreneurs Showcase, a collection of marine robotics companies and products on display is the LOSOS Highbay building. Aquabotix showcased our Endura ROV and AquaLens Connect Underwater Camera System alongside many other leaders in the marine robotics space. The showcase provided guests and exhibitors a unique opportunity to speak with other experts in the marine robotics field. The showcase concluded with a networking social and lively conversation on the future of marine robotics.
Day two focused solely on the Leadership Forum, which saw an introduction from WHOI Marine Robotics Director Dr. Jim Bellingham, followed by session speakers and discussion panels on the Emerging Defense Market, Flash Talks, Future Markets and Start-Up Funding. Key trends heard throughout the day included the notion that marine robotics is still rapidly evolving; vehicles are becoming smaller, smarter, more reliable, and less expensive. Underwater vehicle-to-vehicle communication technologies are still in development, and that the future of unmanned systems includes swarms of networked vehicles blanketing the ocean.
The Center for Marine Robotics put on a great event, and once again has demonstrated their commitment as leaders in marine robotics. Thanks to all of the staff involved in the Entrepreneur’s Showcase & Leadership Forum.
Photo credit: WHOI CMR
Offshore energy is a diverse sector of the energy market comprised of more traditional sources such as oil & gas, as well as more modern sources, such as offshore wind and marine energy. What they all have in common is their location, often miles offshore, cut off from the modern conveniences of the mainland. Although less accessible, offshore energy production accounts for nearly 30% of crude oil, and for the first time ever, offshore wind is less expensive than on-shore wind. Offshore energy operations rely on big infrastructure such as oil rigs, floating platforms and a multitude of ships for working and transport. With so much floating infrastructure, underwater inspections are frequent, and fleets of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) are often necessary to aid in the installation, maintenance and expansion offshore energy production.
Three types of ROVs are typically deployed across offshore energy sites. The first are work-class ROVs, these are the work horses. Large, expensive, complex; capable of performing skilled labor with the use of large manipulator arms and delivering heavy payloads. The second are observation-class ROVs which are smaller, more streamlined and outfitted with high resolution video cameras and underwater sensors to give operators a clear view of ship hulls, underwater cables, monopiles and other infrastructure which needs to be inspected. The third are AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) which are designed for continuous operation without a tether; AUVs are programmed with a mission and then perform the task with no further human input.
Offshore observation-class ROVs carry many sensors and auxiliary devices making them capable of a wide range of mission types. The Endura NRG ROV includes 1080p HD Video streaming for real-time underwater inspections, a grabber arm to attach to inspection sites, an innovative new 360 degree rotating camera to look in any direction while driving into a current, high-intensity LED lights to illuminate inspection sites, and an optional side scanning sonar to view the ocean floor.
As offshore energy sites become more automated and better connected, AUVs will be expected to perform routine inspections without human intervention, thereby increasing the amount of data and intelligence being gathered about work sites while reducing the cost of repairs through preventative maintenance and automated reporting. Click here to learn more about ROVs for offshore energy
Photo Credit: Maritime Journal
The Aquabotix Endura was used for student demonstrations last week by the Advanced Studies and Leadership Program (ASLP) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, MA. The Advanced Studies & Leadership Program (ASLP) provides a 3 week summer college-like residential experience that emphasizes leadership and development, and project oriented instruction in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) areas and the humanities for more than 200 high achieving students from the Cape Cod Collaborative member districts. The students are rising 8th and 9th graders.
Mr. C. Eben Franks – a noted ocean explorer, researcher and ROV instructor for ASLP conducted demos of the Aquabotix Endura 100 ROV on four afternoons: 5-6 July and 10-11 July 2017. On each of those days, fifty students were given a brief description of ROV technology and how they are used for a wide range of underwater tasks. After an introduction to the controls, each student then had the opportunity to handle the tether and pilot the ROV in the pool at Mass Maritime Academy during each of the two hour demos. Additionally, 75 students had taken the MATE Center-sponsored ROV construction and operation course prior to the in-pool demos of the Endura 100. These students were particularly delighted to have to opportunity to pilot a real ROV.
Gil Newton, Director of ASLP was quoted as saying: “ We are phenomenally appreciative of the generous support that Aquabotix provided the students in our program. The excitement and eagerness was palpable as each successive group talked about their experience with the other students. For them to have the chance to operate a real ROV is unique and many of them described it as the high point of their 3 week ASLP experience.” C. Eben Franks added: “ The Aquabotix Endura 100 worked flawlessly, right out of the box. It was easy to transport and set up each day. The MMA Cadets who were assisting with ASLP likewise had lots of time to operate it and learn about its capabilities firsthand. It never failed to put a smile on their faces.”