OFG's remote AUV operations to get even leaner with remote data processing partnership

Press Release - November 20th, 2020 Canada’s Ocean Supercluster Announces New Brunswick-Led Caris Cloud Technology Project



(Fredericton, NB) – Today, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster announced its newest project, CARIS Cloud Technology Project, from its Accelerated Ocean Solutions Program (AOSP) stream. With an increasing number of private industry companies and government agencies seeking accelerated solutions to remote operations and training, this project will develop and utilize highly specialized software in the Cloud that will reduce the need for software operators in the field and enable increased processing and quality control from an office or home setting.

The CARIS Cloud Technology (CCT) Project has a total project value of $2.1 million with $944,365 in funding from the Ocean Supercluster and the balance of funding coming from project partners. Led by Teledyne CARIS together with partners Ocean Floor Geophysics (OFG), the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of New Brunswick Ocean Mapping Group, CIDCO, and H2i, this project will bring efficiencies, cost savings and reduce human risk particularly for higher risk, high priority areas where measurements are currently conducted using regular field surveys. The technology developed in this project will be in service around the world, including here in Canada. Hydrographic offices such as The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) will benefit from having commercial access to the technology developed in this project to support remote operations for ocean mapping and charting. The CHS publishes and maintains nearly a thousand nautical charts and hundreds of publications for the benefit of safely navigating Canadian waters for vessel operators in national defense, fishing and industry, international shipping, recreation and tourism. The cloud software platform will also benefit students and professionals by offering a new approach to virtual training assisted by the use of specialized software products in the cloud. Testing and integration of these new tools and technologies as a project partner allows OFG to maintain their leading position in autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) survey for data quality and efficiency. Lowering the number of personnel offshore through the cloud and remote processing workflows not only lowers OFG’s customer’s HSE risk for offshore operations, but also reduces risks to schedule and personnel availability amid the changing landscape of COVID-related travel restrictions. Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is an industry-led transformative cluster focused on tackling the shared challenges across ocean sectors through a collaborative program designed to accelerate the development and commercialization of globally-relevant solutions, while also building a highly-capable, inclusive workforce. To encourage innovation and trigger new industry investment during these challenging times, the Ocean Supercluster supplemented its core programs with an additional project stream called Accelerated Ocean Solutions Program (AOSP). This enables the development of smaller projects on a shorter timeline that deliver tangible outcomes, while continuing to build resiliency in our ocean sectors. Quotes “The need for innovative solutions to address modern challenges has never been greater, especially in the context of the current global pandemic. I am so pleased to see these remarkable Canadian businesses assemble from across Canada to work together to dramatically improve remote operation capabilities for Canada’s ocean sector. By working together and creating new possibilities for innovation, the Superclusters are taking Canada further, faster.” The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry “Canada’s Ocean Supercluster is thrilled to announce the first New Brunswick-led project with partners that span the country. This is a demonstration of the kind of innovation, opportunities, and the realization of new economic activity that is possible when we work together. Knowing the global ocean economy is expected to grow to $3T USD by 2030, I believe it’s our time to emerge as a leader in ocean innovation.” Kendra MacDonald, CEO, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster

“We are driven to embark on this project in support of our clients who are being compelled to embrace working remotely not only by industry trends but also in the face of a global pandemic. The Ocean Supercluster and the new Accelerated Oceans Solutions Program provided us with the ideal springboard for our vision to deliver what automation could look like and we are excited to partner in this Canadian initiative.” Sergio Marques, Director of Project Management

“Collaboration is the key to moving technology from idea to execution. The benefits of OFG working with Teledyne CARIS have already been demonstrated as members of the winning USV/ASV system for an XPRIZE. We look forward to building on that cooperation with our teammates on this AOSP project.” Matthew Kowalczyk, OFG CEO.

Background:

Teledyne CARIS is part of the Teledyne Imaging group. For 40 years, Teledyne CARIS has been the leading developer of marine mapping software. We offer a highly effective solution for near real-time processing, robust quality control of sonar data, and the creation and distribution of maps, charts, and digital datasets. For more information on Teledyne CARIS visit www.teledynecaris.com.

FOR DETAILS Teledyne CARIS, contact: Jennifer Parham, Marketing Manager Email: Jennifer.parham@teledyne.com

Since its inception Ocean Floor Geophysics has consistently developed and operated innovative marine geophysical systems to provide new perspectives to our clients. We provide data acquisition and analysis services that were previously unavailable by integrating magnetic, EM, CSEM/MT, gravity, chemical, and hydrographic sensors and systems deployed on AUVs, ASV/USVs, ROVs and towed systems. OFG provides you with tools to lower your exploration, inspection, and development risk. Better data. Better decisions. For more information on OFG visit www.oceanfloorgeophysics.com.

FOR DETAILS Ocean Floor Geophysics, contact: Matthew Kowalczyk, CEO Email: matthew.kowalczyk@oceanfloorgeophysics.com