20 Jan 2016

Event: Oceanology International 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


Challenging times for the offshore survey and metrology industry require innovative and leading edge techniques and technologies that deliver operational efficiencies and productivity. And that, in the words of one of the co-chairmen of the ‘Positioning and Metrology’ day-long conference at Oceanology International 2016 (OI 2016), the world’s largest marine science and ocean technology exhibition and conference, (ExCeL London, UK 15-17 March), is just what will feature on the conference agenda. Like all OI conference sessions it is free-to-attend. Free online registration is at www.oceanologyinternational.com

Taking place on OI 2016 opening day, Tuesday 15 March, conference stream co-chairs Jonathan Davis, Survey & Geospatial Data Management Manager – AGT Region, BP, and Malik Chibah, INS Group Manager, Sonardyne, explain: “In these challenging times for the offshore survey and metrology industry We are excited to have prepared a conference programme that will cover a range of leading edge techniques and technologies which will deliver operational efficiencies and productivity improvements in the field of underwater positioning and imaging.

The session will bring together oil and gas companies, survey contractors and key equipment suppliers to present example applications of new technology to industry challenges. The day will be split into four sessions – ‘Multibeam Sonar’, ‘GNSS’, ‘Optical and Laser Imaging’, and ‘Acoustic Positioning’. Multiple presentations have been selected which will allow all attendees to gain a unique insight into key emerging operational capabilities for the industry.”

“Our joint chairmen have worked hard to put together a highly relevant and topical conference stream which will undoubtedly be of interest to all professionals in the offshore survey and metrology industry, be they visitors to OI 2016 or exhibitors,” explains Event Director, Jonathan Heastie of organisers Reed Exhibitions.

Down to detail
Following introductions by the co-chairs, Frederic Auger, Chief Surveyor at Total E&P will deliver the keynote address, to be followed by Blair Cunningham, President of Technology, Coda Octopus Products Inc’s view of ‘Use of innovative real-time 3D sonar technology enables installation of a monopod Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) platform and pipeline under low visibility and high current conditions, increasing productivity and reducing project risk’.

GNSS then comes under the conference spotlight with two presentations, the first ‘Combining GNSS and INS for robust surface positioning’ by Dr David Russell, Technology Manager, Veripos; and the second ‘Towards centimetre-level offshore surface positioning’ by Fugro Intersite BV Geodesist, Matthew Goode.

Following the lunchtime break for visiting the exhibition and networking, the afternoon concentrates on an optical/laser panel session; followed by the session on acoustic/inertial activity. Three confirmed speakers take to the lectern in the optical/laser panel session – Jason Gillham, CEO of 2G Robotics looking at ‘Stereoscopic vision coupled with SLAM technology for efficient subsea metrology operations’; Fugro’s Commercial manager, Dan Matthews who will concentrate on ‘Evolving metrology and mapping techniques using subsea LiDAR’, and DimEye Corp’s President and Arnauld Dumon, whose 10-minute presentation will be on ‘Subsea 3D survey: a new business model with innovative photogrammetry’. Their quick fire presentations will be followed by half an hour’s discussion and Q&A.

The final session of the day looking at acoustic/inertial issues features two confirmed speakers – Mikael Larsen, Principal Engineer – INS at Sonardyne International who will speak on ‘Tightly integrated acoustically aided INS, laser mapping and contactless metrology’; and ASV’s Business Manager – Offshore Energy, James Hailstones on ‘Using an ASV for oil and gas services work’. When the conference stream ends it is time to take part in the networking event on the exhibition show floor.

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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