Kongsberg outlines holistic Digital Ocean concept
Kongsberg Maritime's stand at Oceanology International 2018 (Oi18) was dedicated to its Digital Ocean concept which integrates and harmonises the entire journey data takes from the seabed to the office, resulting in a single ecosystem.
Visitors saw how connecting the different phases from operational data collection, to distribution and analysis can offer cost-reductions and new efficiency levels, while simultaneously improving performance and accuracy for diverse applications, including offshore and shallow-water survey, research, subsea intervention, underwater construction and aquaculture.
Digital Ocean starts at the data collection phase, with Norwegian instrument manufacturer's portfolio of hydro-acoustic and subsea positioning technology. Maximising use of vessel time is crucial for efficient data collection. Kongsberg's instruments are designed to be simple and flexible, whilst integration of disparate technologies into autonomous platforms enables operations in ever-more remote locations.
Rapid, secure data distribution is essential to enable shored-based experts to make informed decisions. Kongsberg's solutions include underwater modems and transponders, as well as ship-to-shore networks powered by its Maritime Broadband Radio (MBR) technology. This offers fast, low-latency transfer of any volume of data, without airtime costs.
Once the data is distributed, state-of-the-art cloud technology allows data specialists to perform rapid analysis and make decisions on-the-fly. Cloud-based working enables onshore personnel to view data and interact with other domain experts. Providing shore-based teams with capabilities to guide and assist multiple survey projects from a central location maximises efficiency. Kongsberg's cloud technology digital platform, Kognifai, already provides a data ecosystem for innovative analysis and processing tools, with further operational technology and software constantly being added.
Alongside its latest seabed mapping, cameras, AUVs and underwater acoustic positioning products exhibited on its stand, Kongsberg showcased the Digital Ocean by using its ground-breaking MBR to feature live operations off the Norwegian coast.
Also displayed were Kongsberg's newly launched GeoPulse Compact sub-bottom profiler and Flexview multibeam sonar. Designed to deliver highly accurate data using just 11% of the power requirements of previous generations, the GeoPulse Compact is available in both compact over-the-side (OTS) mounted and towed versions.
The compact, lightweight Flexview multibeam is specifically designed for small observation class ROVs. It provides high-quality distortion-free images at a range of up to 200m over a 140° sector. In addition, its first-of-its-kind removable transducer enables in-field replacement in the event of impact.
By Helen Atkinson
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