Yearly Archive: 2019

62nd Marine Measurement Forum, hosted by Fugro

Fugro hosted the 62nd Marine Measurement Forum on Wednesday 17th October at their Wallingford HQ. The event was held in the main atrium with impressive stage and exhibition facilities provided by OW Exhibitions. With approx. 60 delegates, Anthony Gaffney, Global Metocean Service Line Director, welcomed attendees to Fugro House, whilst master of ceremonies Alastair Stagg introduced the programme of 11 presentations.

The first talk of the day was given by Thomas Dhoop from Channel Coastal Observatory (CCO) who presented a coastal wave atlas for England based on the CCO programme’s wave buoy network. Thomas shared information on the project within which Fugro has ongoing support involvement with maintenance of the buoy network. The next presentation was delivered by new additions to the ABPmer team, Robin Stephens and Paul Clement, who focussed on monitoring and modelling the hydrodynamics of Southampton Water. Rounding up the first session saw Mark Burnett and Guilermo Jiminez from Seiche, discussing the company’s range of sound field characterisation services. Mark and Guilermo fielded an array of questions on the application of the technology and data usage.

The forum then broke for networking, cake and coffee.

After the break Ketil Horn, from Nortek, discussed “Combined measurements of physical oceanography and biology using ADCP’s”. Ketil showcased some exciting new features found within ADCP data sets and invited the audience to identify ways in which the newly unveiled features could be applied to research and monitoring programmes. Finishing off this small sub section on current monitoring, Elizabeth Paull from Sonardyne presented a talk on current measurements acquired via PIES (Pressure Inverted Echo Sounder). Faced with the challenge of staving off a hungry audience before lunch, Terry Sloane delivered an lively presentation, sharing Planet Ocean and EcoSUBS’s visions for the future of AUV Technology.

Lunch offered the opportunity for more in-depth networking, supplemented by an optional tour of the Geohazard core logging facility. Delegates were also invited to guess how many pieces of Lego were contained in a jar for the chance of winning a Lego Fugro vessel.

After lunch Roger Scrivens, speaking on behalf of the MMF Steering Group, updated the audience on plans for MMF 63 through to 65 in 2019 and 2020. Then, Matt Geen, travelling in from his office on Lake Annecy, for ITER Systems, discussed Interferometric Sonar. With images of his fantastic office location matching interest in his presentation, Matt answered many questions from a very attentive, bathymetric focussed, audience. New member of the L3 ASV team Jordan Thomas then presented the ‘Innovate UK ARISE Project’, in a very lively manner, with musical accompaniment. The audience raised a host of post presentation questions for Jordan, on technology developments, payload and deployment procedures. Laurent Jaunet then gave the only ‘in-house’ presentation on behalf of Fugro, partnered with the displayed model Geowing. Laurent discussed developments in sub-seabed object detection and application for UXO surveys.

After another quick coffee break Chris Almond, from BibbyHydroMap, continued the autonomy theme delivering a presentation discussing the role of “Autonomy in the future of the survey industry”. It was then left to Paul Ellis of Kongsberg to deliver the closing presentation of the day providing an update and overview of the Geopulse Compact, sparking interest from many delegates.

The forum was then closed by Alistair Stagg, who thanked the committee, presenters and members of the organising team. The winner of the Fugro lego vessel competition was announced as Tony Youell (Aquatec). Attendees were then invited to join a tour of Fugro’s world class Geotechnical labs and Metocean facility.

To conclude the day, delegates broke for a well-deserved final networking opportunity at the Old Post Office in Wallingford.

Privacy Policy


This document sets out how the Marine Measurement Forum collects, uses and protects individuals’ personal information in accordance with the European ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR) introduced in 2018. The policy will be subject to change in the future and the most recent version will always be displayed here.


Marine Measurement Forum: The Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) has no formal legal structure, being neither a corporate entity nor partnership as recognised by Companies House, nor any form of charity as defined by the Charity Commission. It is in essence a co-operative gathering of individuals who meet from time to time on a voluntary basis with the sole aim of exchanging news regarding developments in the field of marine data collection.

MMF Members: For the purpose of this Policy, the collective gathering of individuals as described above shall be identified as MMF Members.

MMF Contact List: To be able to communicate news regarding events and developments within the remit of the MMF, it is necessary to store minimal contact details of those wishing to receive such information. These contact details are provided voluntarily by the MMF Members for the sole purpose described above and are retained within the MMF Contact List.

MMF Steering Group: The management of the MMF is controlled by a Steering Group (MMF-SG), currently comprising four individuals. Their names are published on the MMF website and the content of their entries in the MMF Contact List replicates that of other MMF Members.

News Bulletins: Communication from the MMF to MMF Members is achieved via e-Bulletins, or e-Newsletters or, in particular circumstances, via direct email.

Personal Data: Personal data is any information about any individual which can identify them such as their name, postal address, email address and telephone number.

Data Protection

Protecting the personal data of MMF Members is extremely important to the MMF. The only data collected is that needed to deliver news about MMF activities to those who have registered to receive such information. The data collected represents the bare minimum required to enable that task to be performed.
MMF members have the right to access, update, amend or delete their personal data as held by the MMF at any time – See “What are your rights?”

What data is collected and why?

All of the personal data collected is provided voluntarily by the individual to whom it applies. The MMF only ever requests the provision of the following: first name, surname, preferred email address and, optionally, organization name. The database is referred to as the “MMF Contact List”. Such personal data are only stored and used for the reason(s) detailed, namely, to provide news and activity information relating to past and future MMF events. The MMF will never sell or provide members’ data to third parties. If, other than being required to by law, the MMF seeks to share any member’s data with another person or organization, specific and explicit permission will be sought beforehand.

Who has access to the data?

The members of the MMF-SG communally hold and process all personal data relating to MMF Contact List registrants.

How is the data stored and protected?

The MMF Contact List data as processed by the MMF is securely stored and will only be accessed under the direct control of a member of the MMF-SG for the purposes of editing such or using it for its intended purpose.

The MMF Contact List is currently maintained within the MailChimp email delivery platform. The entire MailChimp application is encrypted and our user account is password hashed.

What are member’s rights?

The GDPR defines rights relating to the way personal data is processed. These are defined as the:

Right to access: Members have the right to demand a copy of the personal data held. This will be provided on request.

Right to rectification: Members have the right to ask for correction of any inaccurate or incomplete personal data held.

Right to erasure: Members have the right to seek erasure of any specific item of, or complete record of, the personal data we hold. However, this right only exists where the MMF has relied on the member’s consent as the lawful basis for holding said data and such consent is withdrawn. Members must be aware that deletion of such personal data will prevent the MMF from delivering future e-Bulletin news on MMF activities.
Using the ‘unsubscribe’ and ‘update’ links at the foot of previous News Bulletins, members can manage their own data or remove themselves from the MMF Contact List all together, whenever they wish.

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In accordance with its legitimate interests, the MMF holds photographic and, potentially, video archive library of many of its events, activities and key personalities, for example, members of the MMF-SG. Historically, in most cases only the details of the specific event will have been recorded in association with the image/video although, in some cases the portrayed individual(s) are, or may be identified too.
An individual who does not wish to be photographed or video recorded, or no longer wishes their image(s) to be stored within the MMF library has the right to request deletion of such material by contacting the MMF-SG via clearly specifying and identifying the subject image, etc. The MMF-SG will react positively to any such request within reasonable limits.


The MMF is committed to ensuring that all personal data is secure. In order to prevent unauthorized access or disclosure, it operates appropriate physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the data we hold about members, including its disposal.

Any additional information regarding the MMF data protection practices or members’ rights, or questions or concerns with respect to the processing and storage of personal data, can be raised with the MMF Steering Group by email to