01 Feb 2016

Event: Oceanology International 2016 (OI 2016)
Dates: Tuesday 15 - Thursday 17 March 2016
Venue: ExCeL London, UK
Organised by: Reed Exhibitions Limited
Further information from: www.oceanologyinternational.com and OITeam@reedexpo.co.uk


‘Handling Big Data’ appears on the conference agenda at the forthcoming Oceanology International 2016 (OI 2016) for the first time. The half day conference at the world’s largest marine science and ocean technology exhibition and conference (ExCeL London, UK 15-17 March) deals with the challenges of ‘big data’ both in terms of data management and data communications.

“OI has consistently evolved over its long history to ensure that it embraces all relevant fields of interest, and dipping a toe into ‘big data’ waters is proof of this continuing evolution,” explains Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of organisers Reed Exhibitions. “It is sure to be a step welcomed by many visitors and exhibitors who deal with huge volumes of data on a daily basis.”

The half-day afternoon session on Wednesday 16 March will be chaired by Harvey Stoelinga, General Manager, Teledyne RESON BV and Teledyne PDS Software Development, and Keith Haines, BMT Professor of Marine Informatics, University of Reading.

As Harvey Stoelinga asks: “Are you using volumes of data and do you want to learn about efficiency of your data infrastructure technology? Are you tracking and visually monitoring your vessels as well as capturing information from their information pool? Are you working on underwater sites with the need of 3D millimeter accuracy of the structures you are working with? Do you use big data sets in combination with analytical tools to assess risks in coastal zones? Do you use big data sets, open data and linked data techniques to share process and interact with marine science data? Do you generate, verify and manage large oceanographic datasets to be used in various applications?”

Adding: “If you can say ‘yes’ to one or more of these questions than this conference strand is definitely worth visiting!”.

Professor Keith Haines explains: “With four company presentations and two university groups, we should get a great overview of cutting edge applications and research platforms being developed to take advantage of big data being rapidly processed into applications. Presentations will cover surveying to underwater imagery to meteorology and ocean waves and currents for offshore applications; risk management in the coastal zone, and the technologies linking big datasets together and making them more useable. I’m looking forward to a very exciting session.”

Like all OI 2016 conference sessions, ‘Handling Big Data’ is free to attend. Free online registration is open at www.oceanologyinternational.com

Down to detail

The session comprises six presentations in addition to the Chairmen’s welcome.

Michael Liddell, Construction Support and Positioning Manager, Fugro Survey Limited will start the conference ball rolling with his presentation ‘Surveying on a cloudy day’. He will be followed by Amos Barkai, CEO of OLRAC SPS who will be looking at ‘The development of an integrated Electronic Monitoring (EM) and Reporting (ER) system to be used on-board commercial fishing boats based on eEye on-board camera surveillance technology and the Olrac Electronic Logbook Solution’. Bertrand Chemisky, Vision and Robotics Manager, COMEX SA will then present on ‘ORUS3D: Optimal reproduction of underwater sites’.

After a short exhibition and networking break, Al Rumson, PhD Research Student, Cranfield University will speak about ‘Big data revolutionizing risk mitigation for coastal management’; to be followed by Jon Blower, Director of Science at the Institute for Environmental Analytics on ‘How to be BOLD: Big, Open and Linked Data in the ocean sciences’.

The final presentation in this new conference strand by Robin Stephens, Metocean Group Manager, BMT ARGOSS, looks at the ‘Challenges of managing and verifying large data sets generated by ocean modelling in West Africa to support commercial applications’, in a paper co-authored by Clare O’Neill of the Met Office, and Elizabeth Orelup of Oceanweather.

Packed exhibition
There are Canadian, French, German, Irish, Dutch and US national group stands at OI 2016, as well as a diving pavilion; and individual exhibitors come from 32 countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, UK and the USA. Together they take up over 8,000m2 of stand space making OI 2016 the largest ever held in its 47-year history. In 2014 there were 520+ exhibiting companies and total attendance over the three days of over 8,400 industry professionals.

OI 2016 is staged in partnership with the SUT and with The Hydrographic Society UK; the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST); the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA); the Marine Technology Society (MTS); and the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) as endorsing organisations.

Further information on all aspects of Oceanology International including visitor registration is available online at www.oceanologyinternational.com and OITeam@reedexpo.co.uk


CAPTION: Photograph taken at Oceanology International 2014. Credit to: Trevor Smeaton

About Oceanology International
Oceanology International is the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine science and ocean technology community, improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. Established in 1969, Oceanology International features the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology, multiple agenda-setting technical conferences, and a visiting vessels and waterside demonstration programme.

The Oceanology International portfolio includes:

• Oceanology International 2016 (15-17 March 2016, ExCeL London, UK): will build on the success of the 2014 show, which attracted 8,410 participants - an increase of 10% over 2014. Exhibitor figures at the world’s largest marine technology and ocean science show were higher than ever before with 528 exhibiting companies from 35 countries. www.oceanologyinternational.com

• Catch the Next Wave 2016: Now in its third edition, Catch the Next Wave is an exclusive conference taking place on 14 March 2016, the day before Oceanology International 2016 at the prestigious Royal Institution, London. The event takes a longer term view of the capabilities that will shape our future ability to explore, understand, exploit and protect the oceans, with a focus this year on next generation robotics and automation. www.ctnwconference.com

Oceanology International China 2016: The fourth show in the annual series will be held 9-11 November 2016, CECIS, Shanghai, China. Developed with government and industry associations it provided organisations with the opportunity to capitalise on China’s rapidly growing offshore energy and marine industries. www.oichina.com.cn/en

Oceanology International North America 2017 (14-16 February, 2017, San Diego Convention Center). The launch of this biennial conference and exhibition is in line to attract more than 2,000 marine energy professionals and 250 paying conference delegates. www.oceanologyinternationalnorthamerica.com

Further press information:
• Issued on behalf of Oceanology International 2016 by Judith Patten @ JPPR. Email: judithpatten@jppr.uk.com; Tel: +44 (0)20 8241 1912; Fax: +44 (0)20 8940 6211.
• Photographs taken at Oceanology International 2014 are available from Judith Patten.
• The early part of our ongoing preview material ‘What They’re Showing’ is now available on request from Judith Patten. It includes news of exhibitor launches and other featured exhibits; a diary of events at OI 2016 is also being put together. Both sorts of information can be tailored to your requirements on length, content and deadline.

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