The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) located in Teddington, United Kingdom, hosted the 61st edition of the Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) which bought together a strong turnout of 67 delegates from industry, academia and professional bodies from across the UK, as well as many international attendees from countries such as Poland, Norway and Canada.
Thirteen attendees presented to the forum, with the presentations grouped into three sessions, each session chosen by related topic. This provided a fantastic opportunity for a number of the presenters to refer back to other presentations, indicating how relevant and beneficial this meeting has been for bringing marine measurement professionals together. Presentations included topics such as: hydrophones (both deployment methods and characteristics), surveying in the oceans and coastal regions, the use of satellite data and the importance of accuracy, and even unexploded ordinance and the importance of using the correct techniques to search for these in proposed renewable development sites. The day was finished with a tour of NPL’s open water calibration tanks and the Acoustic Pressure Vessel before the day came to a close.
Nick Crawford, a Research scientist in NPL’s Ultrasound and Underwater Acoustics group, chaired the meeting and said ‘The MMF is such a fantastic opportunity to bring so many people from the field of marine measurement together and I’m very grateful to all those who have attended, presented, and helped in the organisation and delivery of such a great day. Feedback from delegates has been very positive with the presenters, attendees, and exhibitors all relishing the opportunity to connect with fellow industry professionals and visit NPL open water calibration tanks and the Acoustic pressure vessel, the whole day was a great success.’
The Steering Group always welcomes enquiries regarding the hosting of a future event. Presently, hosts have been confirmed for MMF62 and MMF63 as scheduled below:
MMF62 – Fugro. Date: 17 October 2018. Venue: Wallingford.
MMF63 – ecoSUB Robotics. Date: Spring 2019. Venue: TBA.
The schedule will be updated with confirmed dates and host contact details at regular intervals. Event notices will be issued via the MMF mailing list, International Ocean Systems journal, OceanBuzz newsletter and other media portals.
Each MMF event comprises a number of presentations by organisations and individuals involved in the many diverse aspects of the marine measuring sector. The management of the event, including venue and specific date, is for each host to decide but within guidelines provided by the Steering Group. The audience will generally comprise a cosmopolitan mix of researchers, surveyors, engineers and manufacturers all of whom have a common interest in the art/science of maritime data gathering. The MMF series has continually proven to be very popular, with attendee numbers generally around the 50-60 mark and hosting undoubtedly provides an opportunity to highlight specific skills, capabilities, projects and developments.
The list of past hosts reads like a who’s who of the maritime world and the MMF Steering Group anticipates a strong desire to see the tradition continued. Expressions of interest can be received from past hosts or those new to the activity. There are reports and images from previous events and comprehensive guidelines for hosts on this site. Those wishing to put their names forward can initially email Steering Group representative Roger Scrivens from the contact page, ideally stating “Hosting an MMF event” in the subject line.
MMF Steering Group bids fond farewell to Astrid Powell
At the recent 59th Marine Measurement Forum (MMF), attendees witnessed the retirement of longstanding Steering Group member Astrid Powell who was presented with a bouquet of flowers to mark the occasion. Astrid was one of the four founder members of the MMF Steering Group which was formed in 2005 to oversee and guide the fortunes of the series. Having retired recently from her role as publisher at Underwater World Publications Ltd (publications include International Ocean Systems and Underwater Contractor international), Astrid felt that the time was right for her to make way for new blood within the Steering Group.
The MMF Steering Group is delighted to announce that Astrid’s place has been taken by Helen Atkinson who is quaintly described as Operations and Publications Manager at The Hydrographic Society UK but is known and respected by members and non-members alike as the person who makes sure all the Society’s many activities run smoothly.
The other Steering Group members, Andy Smerdon, Aidan Thorn and Roger Scrivens, wish Astrid a well-earned, happy retirement and offer a hearty welcome to Helen.