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RDSEA Joins XPRIZE Shell Ocean Disccovery Team

Monday, February 13th, 2017
Historically, access to the deep ocean has been limited by the extraordinary physical challenges of exploring this extreme environment, high cost, limited technological advancements, and lack of investment. The $7 Million Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE is a global competition challenging teams to advance deep-sea technologies for autonomous, fast and high-resolution ocean exploration.  The success of this prize will allow us to fully explore and map the ocean floor, and uncover our planet’s greatest wonder and resource for the benefit of humanity. The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) $1 million bonus prize will incentivize teams to develop technologies to detect the source of chemical and biological signals underwater.  RDSEA will support all teams and logistics of the project; L-R:  Dr. Jyotika Virmani, Geoff Lebon, Jim Morris and RDSEA President, Rick Cole in Los Angeles, CA, at XPRIZE offices.

2016 MTS Buoy Workshop, WHOI, MA

Monday, September 5th, 2016
The 11th Bi-annual MTS Buoy Workshop sponsored by the Marine Technology Society (MTS) was held at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Woods Hole, Massachusetts, on Quissett Campus.  A record attendance and session speakers made for one of the most successful meetings to date.  Attendees from five International countries; Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan and Korea were also on hand to present and network with friends and colleagues on the present and future of oceanographic buoy and mooring technology.  For more information, see: http://www.whoi.edu/buoyworkshop/.

Success in the Caribbean, Costa Rica

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

RDSEA and Campbell Scientific Partner in the CaribbeanRDSEA International (St Pete Beach, FL) and Campbell Scientific; Centro Caribe (San Jose, Costa Rica) in collaboration have been awarded a contract with APM Terminals (Netherlands) for a MetOcean and EIS study of harbor and port expansion in Limon, Costa Rica. Full surveys, and a real-time data program displaying water column physics and water quality parameters will be conducted over a three year period beginning in early 2016.Finished Buoy Pic

Tampa Bay PORTS Adds Waves Buoy

Thursday, December 10th, 2015
PORTSRDSEA supports the Tampa Bay Physical Real-Timie System (PORTS) by installing a new waves buoy system at the enterance to Egmont Channel, Tampa Bay. On June 5th, a new Datawell Waverider Mk II wave monitoring buoy was deployed on the Tampa Bay PORTS system. Wave height, period and direction along with sea-surface temperature will be displayed via the NOAA PORTS System. Wave height, period and direction along with sea-surface temperature will be displayed via the NOAA PORTS and CDIP webpages.     Data can be seen here: Click here to see the latest wave buoy data from the Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP) Video of the deployment is at https://youtu.be/SbXhmIfeHj4    

Marine Optical Buoy (MOBY), Lanai, HI, 2015

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
MOBY Mooring_schematicRDSEA supports Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in Hawaii, May, 2015. The Marine Optical BuoY (MOBY) is a NOAA funded project to provide vicarious calibration of ocean color satellites (SeaWiFS and MODIS). MOBY is an autonomous optical buoy which is moored off the island of Lanai in Hawaii. The system was designed for measuring sunlight incident on and scattered out of the ocean. These measurements are provided in near real time on a daily basis for the vicarious calibration procedures conducted by ocean color scientists. Moss Landing Marine Marine Laboratories (MLML) was selected through a NOAA grant process to participate in the engineering and construction of the prototype and operation version of the system in 1989. Additionally, MLML has has the primary responsibility for maintaining, system calibration and data production of the system. RDSEA, in support of Mooring Systems, Inc. (the original designer of the buoy and mooring system) has been involved in field operations and systems turn-arounds since 2011.

2015 IEEE Currents, Waves and Turbulence Measurement Workshop

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
2015 IEEE Currents, Waves and Turbulence Measurement Workshop; St Petersburg, FL “Quality from End to End“ CWTMW Logo_1In today’s world, there have been many changes in the science and technology of current, waves and turbulence measurement.  Sensors are linked to real-time data telemetry, QA, archiving, processing, and distribution systems and what happens to data in these systems is as important as making good measurements.  RDSEA was local host for this years' meeting.  Scientists, engineers, manufactures and system users gathered to discuss past mile stones, updates and new technologies and network towards the future of the field.  RDSEA collaborates with Teledyne RD Instruments on "A 25-Year Collaboration Using ADCPs" as part of the Key Note opening session. On water demos will take place at the Univ. of South Florida's College of Marine Science waterfront. Details at: http://cwtm2015.org/index.cfm

RDSEA Summers in Alaska, 2014

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
DSC_0180RDSEA International, Inc. and Olin Hydrographic Solutions (Miami, FL) recently complete an oceanographic assessment and survey for a new platform production facility to be installed in Cook Inlet, AK for Furie Alaska and Crowley Marine. Furie is presently drilling both exploration and development wells with a jack-up rig in the Cook Inlet region. A platform, pipeline, and onshore production facility will be installed in the summer of 2014 with production commencing in the fall of 2014. Additional, near term objectives include discovering new resources in unexplored blocks and turning existing contingent resources into proven reserves while fully realizing available State of Alaska incentives. Furie’s longer-term objective is to provide steady returns to investors by exploiting proven and long lasting reservoirs.

2014 ONR/MTS Buoy Workshop, San Diego, CA

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

The 10th ONR/MTS Buoy Workshop was held Monday, March 3rd thru Thursday, March 6, 2014 in San Diego, CA in the Regency Ballroom at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center.  This Years’ Theme: Buoy Systems – Where are we going? The workshop’s mission is to foster the technology and experience exchange in the highly specialized field of oceanographic and other data buoy systems. Oceanographic and ocean engineering data buoy systems’ understanding and technology has greatly advanced in the last 50 years. Significant technological aspects and obstacles of buoy systems and their components will be discussed. Topics for the 2014 workshop vary from; Success and Failures of System Designs, Vandalism Issues, Offshore Energy and Key Updates on Existing Projects and Programs. For full information and schedule please see the following URL: http://www.whoi.edu/buoyworkshop/2014/index.html

The Buoy Workshop is conducted with support from the Ocean Engineering and Marine Systems Group of the Office of Naval Research (ONR), and by the Marine Technology Society (MTS), Washington, DC.

Final Edition; 2013 Publication Series: Environmental, Coastal and Offshore (ECO)

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

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As part of our publication series for 2013, our seventh publication on the year was a small focus on “Data”, the real reason for making ocean measurements in the first place. We thank TSC (publisher) and the ECO Journal for accepting our submittal for the Nov/Dec. edition. Monitoring our oceans, bays, estuaries and rivers takes considerable thought, planning, and expense, sometimes the end result “data” gets lost in the process. A complete understanding of the instruments in use must be known, the principles of operation, how they sample, the best sampling protocol for the required information needed upon completion of a deployment/project and then what to actually do with the data once recovered. Was it collected in real-time, stored in memory, full raw data sets or averaged, or, all the above? How will it need to be processed? We have created a new gallery in our drop down menu simply called; “Data” so that we can start to display some of these data collected over the years on a variety of projects and perhaps answer some questions that many of you may have. As new sensors come on-line we will continue to add to this gallery.     To view the Nov./Dec., 2013 ECO Journal, click here  

RDSEA Goes Deep for SMS Exploration (Deep Sea Mining)

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
RDSEA has recently been engaged by the Seafloor Massive Sulfide (SMS) exploration community (i.e. Deep Sea Mining). Deep sea mineral explorers search out submarine hydrothermal vents near plate boundaries long recognized to contain SMS deposits of high grade copper, zinc, silver, gold and other trace minerals typically found in water depths exceeding 1,000 meters. In parallel to AUV, ROV, drilling operations, and multi-beam bathymetric surveys of the sea-floor, RDSEA is contracted to provide complete water column current velocity and direction of mining tenement areas based on in-situ measurements including analysis and description of the variation in currents throughout the record. For full discussion see the article "Deep-sea Miners Engage Physical Oceanography".  To see our SMS ADCP system deployment, go to our video gallery and click on SMS ADCP System Deployment. Rick-buoy