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MMF57 – a great success in Wallingford

MMF57 – a great success in Wallingford

On Thursday March 3rd, more than 70 marine industry professionals assembled at HR Wallingford’s offices in Oxfordshire for the 57th Marine Measurement Forum. The day encompassed 15 technical presentations, multiple networking opportunities, enticing warm muffins and a tour of the on-site test & trial facilities.

Following a warm welcome from HR Wallingford’s Chief Executive, Dr Bruce Tomlinson, the first session, chaired by Dr David Todd of HR Wallingford, was opened by Dr Chris Minto of Optasense. His presentation outlined a new method for measuring wave height and tidal flow from seabed-mounted fibre optic cables using Distributed Acoustic Sensing (DAS). Tom van der Vlugt, Radac B.V. continued with the wave theme, explaining how FMCW radar can be used to measure wave heights, periods, directions and more. Professor Paul Taylor from the University of Oxford followed with a talk on advances in measuring the shape of waves in both deep and shallow water.

After a coffee break and some fresh pastries, Dr José M. Alsina from Imperial College London opened the second session by examining how modern physical modelling laboratories are making measurements of coastal sedimentary processes and exploring the advances and limitations in instrumentation for measuring sediment transport. HR Wallingford’s Dr Jon Taylor then presented on the procedure for measuring dissolved oxygen (DO) and the reasons why DO should be an important consideration when planning and executing dredging works. Charline D’Hoekers, IMDC nv, presented on a time series of field observations of scour made using a frame attached to a jacket foundation, before Louis-Robert Cool, dotOcean nv, rounded off the discussion on sediments by looking at a new technique to determine the thickness and strength of underwater sediment layers.

After a well-received buffet and some lively lunchtime discussion, Dr James Sutherland opened the afternoon session, chaired by Dr Jon Taylor, with a short introduction to the new EU-funded Hydralab+ project. This was followed by Dr Sean Gaffney, NOC Liverpool, who provided an introduction to the Marine Environmental Data Information Work (MEDIN) project which promotes the smart storage and sharing of oceanographic datasets. James Cowles, ASV, explored the potential for autonomous surface vehicles (ASV’s) to be used as passive acoustic monitoring stations in cetacean research and was followed by Peter Dobbins from Ultra Electronics Sonar Systems, who presented on turbulence and the positives and negatives of shadowgraphs, including their ability to (sometimes) see great distances. The first afternoon session was rounded off by Martin Stemp from RS Aqua who discussed his company’s new acoustic release and passive acoustic recorder units.

Following afternoon refreshments and more networking opportunities, the final session of the day commenced with Tom Hill, Titan Environmental Surveys, who spoke about the challenges and triumphs in charting and surveying a reservoir in Tajikistan. This was followed by a talk from Valeport’s Jim Gardiner who showed some excellent results obtained in Plymouth Sound using an autonomous winch to deploy a CTD for salinity and sound velocity mapping. The concluding presentation was provided by Ted Read, Ohmex Ltd., who introduced the HyDrone Remote Controlled Vessel (RCV) which aids in conducting bathymetric surveys. At the end of the day, all attendees were invited to take a tour of the HR Wallingford physical modelling hall and UK Ship Simulation Centre, with a chance to see the world-class Fast Flow Facility up close!

Dr David Todd, chair of the event, closed the day by thanking all of the speakers, adding “it is great to have so many interesting topics and candidates from such diverse fields of expertise all in one place.” Delegates expressed great satisfaction with the day’s proceedings and thoughts turned immediately to MMF58 which will be hosted by Plymouth Marine Laboratory on 14-15 September 2016.

Presentations

Presenter Presentation
Dr Jose M Alsina Laboratory measurements of coastal sedimentary processes
James Cowles Using autonomous surface vehicles for passive acoustic monitoring
Charline D’Hoekers Scour measurements around jacket foundations C-Power
Peter Dobbins & Mark Spivack An acoustic shadowgraph to sense underwater turbulence
Sean Gaffney Improving data sharing amongst the UK marine community
Titan Environmental Surveys The challenge of hydrographic surveyingand charting in Tajikistan
Ted Read HyDrone RCV remotely controlled vehicl
Martin Stemp Repurposing products
James Sutherland HYDRALAB+
Jon Taylor et al The monitoring and interpretation of dissolved oxygen data for dredging applications
Paul Taylor et al The average shape of large waves in shallow water, and what do buoys actually record?
Tom van der Vlugt Observing the ocean by FMCW radar

Pictures

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MMF Steering Group

MMF Steering Group

The ad hoc MMF Steering Group is charged with guiding the fortunes of the MMF series. The Steering Group comprises four long term and regular MMF attendees, representing Research, Manufacturing, Distribution and Learned Professional Societies within the marine science and measurement market sector. You can email suggestions to the MMF Steering Group via the Contact Page.

The present members of the Steering Group are:

MMF Host Guidelines

MMF Host Guidelines

All appointed and prospective hosts should familiarise themselves with the following:

Introduction: The Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) is a series of one-day, non-profit making events that provide excellent opportunities for networking and the informal exchange of ideas, knowledge, techniques and developments across an extensive range of marine scientific measurement activities. During an MMF ‘day’ a series of short presentations on diverse marine measurement topics are interspersed with refreshment breaks that offer delegates the chance to network with like-minded colleagues. Attendees typically include scientists, surveyors, engineers and business people from a variety of organisations including research centres, academia, manufacturers, survey companies, consultants, monitoring authorities, dredging companies, port authorities, oil companies, societies, etc. Each MMF is normally hosted within southern England with occasional excursions to other parts of the UK.

 

General Format: An MMF covers a single day although it can, optionally, be accompanied by some form of social event the evening before. Ideally the average attendee will be able to travel to and from the venue on the same day. Frequency is targeted at 6 monthly intervals.


Steering Group: Advice on all matters connected with the hosting of an MMF event is available from the Steering Group, which comprises four long term and regular MMF attendees, representing Research, Manufacturing, Media and Distribution within the marine science sector.

 

Host/Organiser: The Steering Group is responsible for appointing a volunteer host for each MMF. This host will take on all responsibility for the event. Such responsibility includes the compilation of the programme for the day, advertising it to the MMF membership and promoting it to the appropriate market places. The host also assumes responsibility for all financial, accounting, legal and insurance requirements associated with the event. Support will be provided by the Steering Group, where required.  A waiting list of hosts is maintained by the MMF Steering Group.  Anyone wishing to discuss hosting an MMF should send an appropriate email to the Steering Group via the Contact page.

 

Financial: The MMF is a non-profit making series. All responsibility for financial management and funding lies with the host organisation. The target attendee price is £40-50 which normally includes the provision of light refreshments. Responsibility for financial accounting and acceptance of any profit or loss lies with the host organisation.

 

Attendees and Announcements: The MMF series attracts a wide range of attendees including scientists, surveyors, engineers, etc from research organisations, monitoring authorities, survey companies, instrument manufacturers etc. The Steering Group maintains an MMF Mailing List of members which is loaned to each host and will represent the core announcement medium. However, each host is encouraged to use their own marketing facilities to circulate news of the event and all new attendees should subsequently be added to the membership list by the host prior to its return to the Steering Group. Regular MMF information is also distributed by the MMF Steering Group via International Ocean Systems journal and the electronic newsletter OceanBuzz.

 

Presentations: A number (typically 12) of 15-20 minute presentations will normally form the bulk of the day’s proceedings supplemented by an introduction by the host and a 5 minute slot prior to, or after, lunch for a Steering Group member to announce any news. It is the host’s responsibility to invite, select and schedule the speakers with the target being to provide a programme offering a balance between scientific research, instrumentation, survey projects, etc. It is preferred that overtly sales based presentations are avoided. The success of the MMF series is founded on the varied range of presentations and that, in turn, is a reflection of the volunteer speakers. The host will monitor the market place for new developments, projects etc, to encourage speakers with novel tales to tell. Some hosts like to ‘theme’ either the whole event or individual sessions. Traditionally, the final programme is announced at least 2 weeks before the event date. Ideally, the host will facilitate the acquisition of pdf copies of all presentations after the event and forward these to the Steering Group so that they can be published on the MMF website – see Action Schedule below.

 

Venue: The choice of venue lies with the host but is normally selected to be easily accessible to the majority of the attendees. A typical venue will be capable of accommodating between 50 – 100 attendees, will provide ample parking spaces, will offer all normal audio/visual presentation facilities and be capable of providing refreshments, inc lunch.

 

Event Reporting: The Steering Group is keen to ensure that each MMF is reported via the normal media routes.  The host for each MMF should seek a volunteer rapporteur to provide a brief, circa 500 words, report on the day’s proceedings to the Steering Group.  The report should ideally be accompanied by suitable images.  Media avenues can be agreed between the host and the Steering Group. Prior liaison with the Steering Group can often result in a suitable reporter and photographer being identified in advance of the event.

 

Feedback: Hosts are encouraged to provide feedback to the Steering Group in two forms. Firstly directly from the Host to the Steering Group describing their individual hosting process, highlighting any particular shortcomings or concerns that need attention. Secondly, the Host is encouraged to seek similar feedback from attendees for on-passing to the Steering Group. A standard form is available from the Steering Group for this purpose.

 

Web site: The MMF site (www.mmf-uk.org) hosts general and specific information regarding the MMF series. Once known and confirmed it will also provide a link to the web site of the next MMF host.

 

Action schedule: Each host will have his/her own particular admin, marketing, etc preferences but the following constitutes a typical “hosts template”. D-x = X days before event Date.

D-150 Identify the MMF date, venue, and proposed attendee charge. Announce details to the MMF Steering Group for approval.  Establish attendee payment procedures.

D-120 Issue initial announcement circular to email list and circulate general details to journals, electronic newsletters and other contacts.

D-120 Invite identified speakers. Call for volunteers will form part of the announcement.

D-120 Commence creation of attendee and speaker lists.

D-060 Issue second announcement including draft full or part programme details.

D-015 Issue full programme, map, joining instructions to all attendees and publicise details via normal PR channels.

D-005 Compile delegate packs comprising (at least) Programme and Attendee List (name and organisation). These can optionally be supplemented by speaker details and publicity material.

D+15 Provide event report and images to the Steering Group contact.

D+30 Provide collated presentations in pdf format to the Steering Group for appending to the event report on the MMF website

 

Throughout the build-up schedule, the host is strongly encouraged to report regularly to their Steering Group contact who will endeavour to assist with any requests for advice or clarification.

56th Marine Measurement Forum at NOC Liverpool

NOC hosts 56th Marine Measurement Forum

The National Oceanography Centre hosted the 56th Marine Measurement Forum on 15 July in what was a rare excursion out of the South of England. The event was held in the Foresight Centre, adjacent to the NOC’s Liverpool site and saw a strong turn out of around 50 delegates in attendance. Speakers from a range of organisations; industrial, academic and professional bodies gave presentations and there were opportunities for delegates to visit the NOC’s Liverpool workshops where the Ocean Technology and Engineering group spent time showcasing their capabilities and scientific equipment.

The event started the previous evening with networking drinks at the Philharmonic around the corner from the NOC. This gave those travelling up from the south of England an opportunity to get together prior to the day of presentations. Presentations covered topics such as, reducing ping-to-chart time through autonomous onboard data processing, surveying intertidal areas using X-band marine radar, measurement and monitoring of underwater sound and much more.

 

Aidan Thorn, NOC Business Development Manager, chaired the meeting and commented, ‘It was great to see so many companies that usually meet in the south of England take the time to come to Liverpool and see what our site there has to offer. The delegates were very complimentary about the day, particularly the opportunity to tour the facilities at NOC’s Joseph Proudman building.’

Presentations

Presentations from the day are listed below.

Presenter Presentation
Cai Bird Surveying intertidal areas using X-band marine radar
James Cowles Using an Autonomous Surface Vehicle for Offshore Survey Applications
Bev MacKenzie & Justin Dunning A Global Forum for Operational Oceanography
Malcolm Hearn Measurement management – fast and less so
Mark Jonas New developments in Marine ‘Smart Telemetry’
John Kenny Current measurement systems used at OTE Liverpool and systems in development
Claire Mahaffey COMPONUT: Towards comparability of global oceanic nutrient data
Ryan Mowat & Katy Pozerskis From study inception to data delivery examples of integrated measurement solutions
Elizabeth Paull Logging and monitoring of suspended sediment using optical and acoustic instruments
Stephen Robinson Measurement and monitoring of underwater sound: progress with standardisation
Judith Wolf NOC Liverpool

Pictures from the event

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55th Marine Measurement Forum at ASV Ltd

Marine Measurement Forum #55 at ASV a great success

The 55th Marine Measurement Forum (MMF55) was hosted by ASV Ltd in Portchester, Hampshire at the end of January 2015 and brought together 70 delegates from the ocean community. The day saw 14 presentations from a range of commercial and research organisations, all set in the ASV workshop that, for one day only, was kitted out like a conference centre complete with full size USVs!  Pictures and presentations below.

Following the opening address from ASV’s Managing Director Dan Hook, the first session commenced with a presentation from Terry Edwards of RS Aqua talking about the advances seen in the Datawell Directional Waverider4 buoy compared to earlier models. The topic of instrumentation was continued by Nortek’s Eric Siegel who discussed using an AD2CP for small vessel surveys, followed by Tom Broomfield of Teledyne Reson looking at the features of SeaBat Sonars and finally by Stephen Andre from Alphecca who illustrated the methods taken to monitor solitons in the ocean.

After a networking coffee break, Geraint West from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) kicked off the second session by outlining the latest in the developments at the new Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems Innovation Centre (MARSIC) at NOC, Southampton. By facilitating the sharing of ideas, knowledge and information, it is intended that the centre will act as the driver for a coherent Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) strategy throughout the UK. David Todd from HR Wallingford went on to describe the organisations impressive new Fast Flow Facility which has the ability to generate waves up to 1m high and flows of over 2.6m/s.

After a very well received hot lunch during which delegates took advantage of the opportunity to view the ASV vessels on display and to network extensively, the first presentation in the afternoon session focussing on research and applications saw Dr Alex Nimmo-Smith of Plymouth University talking about holographic imaging of marine suspended particles. He emphasised that this method can improve the ability to identify and characterise particles. The emerging theme of marine autonomy was continued by Russell Wynn from NOC as he shared the stories and lessons learnt from the recently completed MASSMO trial which saw the UKs largest ever deployment of marine robots as the fleet was launched SW England back in October 2014. Other speakers in this session included Dr James Fishwick from Plymouth Marine Laboratory who talked about the work carried out on the Western Channel Observatory using a variety of platforms which can be used for sensor testing. Visiting from Canada, Greg Johnson of RBR treated the audience to a humorous and enlightening explanation of the rationale behind the design of RBR ocean sensors followed by deployment tales of the Liquid Robotics Waveglider from Stephen Auld. Elizabeth Paull from Aquatec Group provided an interesting insight into gathering coastal oceanographic data using “fishing boats of opportunity” and the development of a new temperature and depth recorder capable of delivering immediate results whilst reducing cost per data point. The final presentation of the day was delivered by Sean Newsome from Teledyne SeaBotix who showcased some real life ROV deployments including the recovery of an airplane black box and a victim.

The day was brought to a close with a final address from Dan Hook before delegates were invited on a tour of the new ASV facility. Delegates seemed to be very impressed with the day’s event which provided informative presentations, great networking opportunities and a wonderful lunch all for £36 per head.

Presentations

Below are two of the presentations from the day.

Presenter Presentation
Dan Hook ASV Company Overview
Alex Nimmo Smith Seeing is understanding: holographic imaging of marine suspended particles
Dave Todd The Fast Flow Facility: Working on the edge
Eric Siegel Using the Nortek AD2CP for small boat surveys and as a dedicated DVL
Geraint West Marine Autonomous & Robotics Systems Innovation Centre
James Fishwick Western Channel Observatory
Russell Wynn Marine Autonomous Systems in Support of Marine Observations (MASSMO)
Stephen Andre A Real-Time Soliton Measurement and Forecasting System
Stephen Auld Long Endurance Ocean Measurement Missions using the Wave Glider AMV
Terry Edwards Datawell Directional Wave Rider (DWR) buoys: DWR MkIIIand DWR4 Comparison
Tom Broomfield Multibeam Echosounders; beamforming features that enable greater capability on modern mobile platforms

Pictures from the event

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54th Marine Measurement Forum by Aquatec Group

54th Marine Measurement Forum at Marwell Zoo

The 54th Marine Measurement Forum was hosted by Aquatec Group at Marwell Zoo on 4th June 2014. The day started with a golf buggy ride through the park to Marwell House, offering delegates a chance to view a wide variety of animals before registration. Over 35 delegates attended the event, which saw 10 presentations from a diverse range of speakers.

 

Following an introduction, the first speaker of the day was Paul Ridout from OSIL presenting the results of the AMSI Business Trends survey carried out at Oceanology International earlier in the year. The positive trends reported across the industry provoked much lively discussion. Philip Bishop from Fugro EMU then gave a presentation on the vast quantities of real time data collected by the company – 3 million hours and counting! A session on instrumentation followed, commencing with an informative talk on fish tagging by Martin Stemp at RS Aqua. James Williams from Swathe Services Group then presented operational results comparing beam size and resolution of R2SONIC multi-beam sonars. Finally, Gary Hayman from the National Physical Laboratory presented initial results of research into the calibration and characterization of autonomous underwater noise recorders. A break in the weather allowed delegates to explore the zoo at lunch time.

The afternoon started with a session on platforms and facilities. Luisa Cristini from the National Oceanography Centre outlined the FixO3 project, which gives the opportunity for commercial companies to partner with research organizations in order to access fixed point observatories. Richard Whitehouse from HR Wallingford concluded the session with details of the exciting new Fast Flow Facility, a state of the art hydrosedimentary testing flume opening in the autumn.

Dan Hook, from Autonomous Surface Vehicles, opened the final session of the day on ‘Applications’. His talk on recent applications of ASVs for remote sensing included captivating video footage from recent deployments. Andy Smerdon from the host company, Aquatec Group, gave a fascinating talk on innovative methods of protecting ageing offshore structures using real-time acoustic control. The session and the forum were concluded by Eric Siegel from Nortek Piezo, outlining how composite transducers enable the innovation of acoustic instrumentation.

Below are some photos from the event.

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53rd Marine Measurement Forum at Xylem Analytics

Marine Measurement Forum at the National Oceanography Centre

The 53rd Marine Measurement Forum was organised by Xylem Analytics UK and hosted by the National Oceanography Centre, Southampton on Thursday 28th November 2013. The event was particularly well attended with over 60 delegates benefiting from a full programme of presentations, 12 small exhibition displays and a number of fully-subscribed tours.

The day began with a welcome and introduction from David Goldsmith, Director of Ocean and Coastal Business for Xylem Analytics, and Geraint West, Director of National Marine Facilities at NOC Southampton. In the first session, Travis Mason from the Channel Coast Observatory explained how backscatter data combined with swathe bathymetry could be used for mapping seabed sediments and habitats. Mark Jonas of Oceanwise Ltd gave an overview of the new Port of London Authority tidal system currently being commissioned, and Dr Martin Bishop of Emeritus Solutions Ltd spoke about the complexities of underwater acoustic processing.

 

To showcase some of the excellent facilities available to scientists at NOC Southampton, delegates were treated to tours of the RRS Discovery (NERC’s latest research vessel), the Marine Autonomous and Robotics Systems division, and the British Ocean Sediments Core Research Facility.

Tom Hiller of Teledyne Gavia started the second session of talks explaining how AUV’s can support investigations around offshore infrastructures, and Robin Plumley of NOC Southampton gave an insight into the planning, construction and features of the RRS Discovery. Dr Thomas Mitchell of Sea-Bird Scientific outlined best practice for successful missions with profiling floats, followed by Geraint West of NOC Southampton who highlighted the capabilities of the marine autonomous systems operated by NERC.

The final session of the day began with Alastair Stagg of Fugro GEOS explaining the attention to detail required to moor a wave buoy in deeper water for longer periods. Tim Thornton of TeamSurv showed how, with careful assessment of data quality, crowdsourcing bathymetric data can be a valuable resource. The last talk of the day by Ramsay Lind of Nortek UK, introduced the new long range Signature Series instruments.

Summarising the day, David Goldsmith said: “As a manufacturer of oceanographic instrumentation, the MMF events provide a great opportunity to network with industry colleagues, and both existing and prospective customers.

“We were delighted that so many people were able to attend and it was pleasing to hear how much they enjoyed the event. The variety of presentations was excellent and the mini exhibition and tours all proved to be very popular.”

The next MMF, which will be hosted by Aquatec Group Ltd, will take place mid-2014.

MMF52 - Gordon Jones of Nortek

52nd Marine Measurement Forum at MacArtney UK

Marine Measurement Forum takes to the Energy Capital of Europe

MMF52 - Gordon Jones of NortekOver forty years of experience in oil and gas operations has established Aberdeen as one of the most influential, innovative and proactive energy cities in the world. Several leading international companies are based in the city, which is widely recognised as the Energy Capital of Europe.

This innovative, experienced and resilient city is home to a unique concentration of around 900 marine and energy related businesses, agencies, government bodies and research institutes, hence rendering it a both meaningful and appropriate venue for hosting the 52nd edition of the Marine Measurement Forum (MMF).

 

A day devoted to marine measurement

 

Organised and hosted by underwater technology specialists MacArtney, at the MacArtney Group UK facilities in Aberdeen, the 52nd MMF brought together the scientific measurement community for a day devoted to the informal sharing of knowledge and ideas within the realm of marine scientific measurement.

The course of the day embraced several interesting features and sessions, hereunder a number of presentations on the latest developments within the diverse field of marine measurement technology – hereby allowing delegates from a diverse range of companies and organisations within the measurement community to explore and share new technologies, projects, equipment evolutions and survey processes.

Speakers and topics

The 52nd MMF was opened and introduced by Mike Sawkins – MacArtney System Sales Manager (Ocean Science) and the Managing Director of MacArtney UK, David Buchan. Following this introduction, the event proceeded with the interesting input of a range of dedicated and inspiring speakers.

The first delegate to take the stage was John Upton of Shell UK Ltd who gave an informative presentation featuring a review of storm events in the North Sea. Next came a couple of interesting presentations focused on the reviewing of a comprehensive hydrographic and sonar data processing system, by Trish Groves off CARIS Geographic Information Systems BV, and a session on the use of enhanced capabilities in multibeam technology to capture detail in underwater measurement, presented by Pim Kuus of RESON Offshore Ltd. Subsequently, Andy Smerdon of the Aquatec Group provided a detailed outline of hydrotest monitoring, hereunder the adaptation of oceanographic instrumentation to subsea pipeline testing. After that, Nortek’s Gordon Jones offered a detailed insight into the realm of real-time monitoring of scour on jack-up vessels. Last but not least, Ed Cheesman of Teledyne Blueview added interesting perspective and detail to the use of high resolution multibeam acoustics for Imaging, measurement and sensor based automation.

Networking and touring with MacArtney

During the course of the day, which also offered several coffee breaks, a buffet lunch and other valuable networking opportunities – MacArtney UK outlined and detailed the multitude of underwater technology products, services and system solutions offered by the worldwide MacArtney Group with a corporate presentation. The day was rounded off with a tour of MacArtney UK’s purpose built underwater technology facilities. This was well received among the delegates who agreed that all in all, the 52nd MMF had proven an interesting, rewarding and overall successful event.

The next MMF was announced to take place in late 2013, and will be hosted by Xylem Analytics UK.

Presentations

Below are two of the presentations from the day.

Presenter Presentation
Trish Groves Hydrographic and Sonar Data Processing Management and Workflows
Andy Smerdon Hydrotest Monitoring: Adapting Oceanographic Instrumentation to Subsea Pipeline Testing

Pictures from the event

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51st Marine Measurement Forum at THSUK

The 51st Marine Measurement Forum

 

The Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) travelled to the industrious Eastern Docks of Southampton, UK for the 51st meeting which was held onboard the preserved steamship S.S. Shieldhall on 5th December 2012.

This unique historic venue was selected by the event host The Hydrographic Society UK (THSUK) who provide a forum for those involved in maritime activities related to the Hydrographic industry. In her ‘hay-day’ the Shieldhall, built in 1954, regularly carried treated sewage along the River Clyde to deposit sites at sea, while at the same time hosting many parties on her decks. The Shieldhall left the Clyde in 1971 after 21 years of service and relocated to Southampton Waters where she continued to work until 1985 when services were stopped due to rising fuel prices. Today she is the largest working steamship in Northern Europe and is now preserved by volunteers to hold events such as MMF51.

 

 

Fifty-six delegates from a diverse range of industries joined THSUK for an interesting day of knowledge exchange, highlighting significant advances in the marine sector.

A total of 12 speakers delivered in-depth presentations covering a wide range of topics. The first session entitled Industry Update and Training, opened with Roger Scrivens of RS Aqua Ltd firstly presenting an annual review of UK marine scientific industries. Roger’s second presentation of the day was a light-hearted anecdotal account of tales from his 40 years in the marine measurement industry. This included tales of past Hydrographic Society meetings, the trials and tribulations of buoy deployment during Operation Iceberg and many more, bringing much nostalgia and laughter to all. Roger was followed by Chris Harper of IIC Technologies who gave a detailed report into the future training of the digital generation and how teaching methods are being adapted to suit different styles of learning.

After a coffee break the second session of the day entitled Hydrography, was opened by Dr Steve Taylor of Geomatix Ltd who presented an insight into the tidal prediction work carried out on the tidally constricted Sharpness Dock, Gloucester. Tom Broomfield from ABP Southampton followed with an overview of how a multibeam Sonar system is utilised within the Port of Southampton to maximise data collection and dredging efficiency. The benefits of using a multibeam system was further emphasised through the incorporation of numerous exciting images and charts which have been produced from data collected from around the port. The final presentation of this session was delivered by Malcolm Bowdidge of ABP Marine Environmental Research who described how various monitoring and surveying methods have been involved with mitigation, investigation and research projects along the South Coast of England.

The end of the second session signalled lunchtime on board the Shieldhall and delegates enjoyed an extensive buffet whilst being able to walk around the ship and network with others.

John Lewthwaite of IMAA Ltd opened the third session of the day entitled Equipment and Software, by speaking about the development of The On-Board Motion Sensor (TOMS) for operators of small crafts, such as the Royal Marines, who are exposed to whole-body vibrations. John was followed by Adil Ali from Seatronics Ltd who described how stains and flexing of large subsea structures can be monitored whilst they are lowered and positioned on the seafloor. Nick Lawrence from EdgeTech concluded this session by giving an account of recent developments in phase differencing bathymetric sonar systems, providing an interesting overview of interferometer benefits through data examples and analytical techniques.

After another refreshment and networking break the final session on Practical Experiences was opened by James Williams from Swathe Services Group, who presented an extensive and fascinating comparison of a GeoSwath Bathymetry System and a Sonic 2024 when mapping underwater archaeological sites in Plymouth Sound. Matt Linham of EMU Ltd followed, giving a detailed explanation into the benefits of long-term strategic monitoring campaigns which allow for effective adaption to coastal change. The final speaker of the day was Lisa Symes from Subsea Asset Location Technologies (SALT) Ltd, who stepped in at short notice to give an extremely interesting presentation on how their product, the SonarBell, works and its applications within the industry.

Along with several other delegates it was my first attendance to an MMF event. It was an experience which I thoroughly enjoyed and will certainly be among the MMF community for future events. The MMF has undoubtedly increased my own knowledge of new practices and developments and given everyone present, a chance to catch up with old contacts and make new ones within the marine industry.

Becky Hampshire
Hydrographic Surveyor, Associated British Ports (Southampton)

Presentations and Pictures

All 12 presentations form the 51st MMF are available to download at the THS website.

Below are some pictures from the event:

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