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SonardyneHydrography, geophysics, and site investigation lie at the heart of ocean science and technology and therefore are of key importance at Oceanology International, the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology taking place Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 March 2014 at London’s ExCeL, and will be the subject of a full day conference on Thursday 13 March.

Co-chaired by Andy Hill, Marine Geohazard Technical Authority, BP Exploration and Toby Powell, UK Geotechnical Team Lead & Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Subsea 7, the Hydrography and Geophysics – Offshore Site Investigations conference looks at three main themes – ‘Best Practices for Offshore Wind Farm Site Investigations’; ‘Data Compilation and Manipulation: GIS and Visualisation’; and, by means of a panel discussion, ‘What is the way forward for improvements in Geophysical and Geotechnical Integration?’

“Oceanology International continues to be the global focal point for the offshore geophysical site investigation community, ” says Andy Hill. “The Hydrography and Geophysics session on the Thursday will underpin this looking at offshore renewables, new techniques in action, and then moving to the future with a panel and floor discussion aimed at identifying the way forward in geophysical and geotechnical integration.

“I hope that the afternoon session, in particular, will set the technology agenda for industry and academia to pursue over the next two years or more – and I very much look forward to participating in it. We have set up the, somewhat unique, nature of the panel to emphasize that to make progress that geophysical and geotechnical SI, supported by exploration geophysics technology, will need to act as one to move forward!”  Just what he means can be revealed by looking at the full conference programme on the Oceanology International website.

His co-chair, Toby Powell, UK Geotechnical Team Lead & Principal Geotechnical Engineer, Subsea 7 adds: “I am very much looking forward to my first opportunity to co-chair a session at Oceanology International. From my experience of the Subsea Umbilicals, Risers and Flowlines (SURF) industry, Oceanology International has traditionally been seen as primarily focusing on marine geosciences and geophysics. However, as these disciplines are strongly linked to geotechnical engineering, the recent broadening of the offshore site investigation conference’s focus is both an exciting and important development.”

The conference in more detail
Mick Cook of MRC Consultants will deliver the keynote address ‘Guidance Notes for the Planning and Execution of Geophysical and Geotechnical Ground Investigations for Offshore Renewable Energy Developments’ in the opening session of the conference; with David Sinclair of Southern GeoServices looking at ‘Management of UXO Risk in Offshore Wind Farm Developments & Export Cabling’.
The next session on ‘Data Compilation and Manipulation: GIS and Visualisation’ features three presentations:

  • Advances in Site Survey Ground Model Development, Brian Critchley, Geo-4D
  • Using GIS for Multi-Criterion Decision Support in a Geomorphically Challenging Deep Water Environment, Brittany Bruce, Fugro GeoConsulting
  • Using Composite Cost Surfaces for GIS Based Deep Water Site and Route Selection, Dr William Haneberg, Fugro GeoConsultingThen comes the panel discussion ‘What is the way forward for improvements in Geophysical and Geotechnical Integration?’ moderated by Toby Powell and in which Andy Hill is very much involved.

While the geophysical and geotechnical sides of site investigation have always worked closely together, there has been little genuine overlap between the two. The “Holy Grail” of integration has possibly always been the hoped for capability to extract geotechnical properties directly from geophysical data – or to directly extrapolate properties away from the borehole to evaluate, and understand, potential spatial changes in soil properties and their implications to geo-engineering issues – such as foundation design or slope instability. Is this still the area to focus on in integration, or are there other evolving areas of technical concern where geotechnical engineers would like support?

Over the last thirty years tangible progress has been relatively little – despite the great strides in geophysical capability in the exploration arena over the same time period. So is it time to look at this afresh or are we doomed to fail?

A unique group of three panelists from BP – one man with three different perspectives – will provide their viewpoints from their own technical backgrounds of geophysical site investigation, geotechnical engineering and exploration geophysics to highlight technical commonalities and areas of present, or future, technical opportunity for improved geophysical and geotechnical integration before the debate is thrown open to the floor for discussion.

As Rapporteur, Professor Richard Jardine, Professor of Geomechanics, Dean of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Imperial College, London, will summarize the discussions and point to areas of possible future potential for research and development.

Also on the conference scene
As well as the traditional areas ocean observing systems; hydrography, geophysics, and site investigation; and dealing with UUV development, there are OI conferences devoted to  underwater positioning and metrology; and underwater communications.

Oil & gas ‘Operating in Extreme Environments’; marine renewables, and maritime security also come under the conference spotlight. Topical panel discussions looking at areas which are creating a growing demand for marine science and technology – aquaculture, ballast water and subsea mining are an OI 2014 introduction.

Hydrography and Geophysics – Offshore Site Investigations in the Exhibition
Established in 1969, Oceanology International attracts those involved with all aspects of marine science and technology from all over the globe – total attendance was 7, 669 in 2012. The exhibition this year is the largest ever with the 520 exhibiting companies from over 35 countries taking an additional 10% more space than at the record-breaking 2012 event.

The exhibitor directory on the show’s website at www.oceanologyinternational.com/Exhibitor-Directory/# categorises exhibits.

Visitors can also see an array of vessels dockside, including survey and windfarm support vessels and dockside demonstrations; and there is an expanding programme of associated events run by supporting organisations.

Further information on all aspects of Oceanology International, and free online registration, is at www.oceanologyinternational.com

About Oceanology International

Oceanology International is the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science 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 China 2013 (held 3-5 September 2013, INTEX Shanghai, China): this launch event was developed with the local government and industry associations and provided organisations with the opportunity to capitalise on China’s rapidly growing offshore energy and marine industries. The next Oceanology International China event will take place 3-5 September 2014 in Shanghai. For more details: www.oichina.com.cn/en

Oceanology International 2014 (11-13 March 2014, ExCeL London, UK): Over 550 international exhibitors and 8, 000 attendees are expected to take part in this global forum. Eight one-day conferences and three panel discussion on key industry topics will take place during the three days of the show, as well as waterside demonstrations. For more details:www.oceanologyinternational.com

Spillex (11-13 March 2014, ExCeL London, UK): Spillex is a dedicated area inside the Oceanology International 2014 exhibition hall and features the latest technology and service solutions for assessing the potential of spill related impacts, mitigating against and, if necessary, responding to them. For more details: www.oceanologyinternational.com/Spillex/

Catch the Next Wave conference (10 March 2014, London): at this international conference, now in its second year, global experts will speak about disruptive technologies and where they are emerging in the marine sector. The first Houston-based Catch the Next Wave conference will be held in Autumn 2014. For more details:  www.ctnwconference.com

Oceansp@ce: Oceansp@ce is an online and free-of-charge resource which delivers hand-picked news from the world to the marine science and ocean technology community. For more details: www.oceanspacenews.com

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