Established in 1997, Bibby HydroMap provide a range of hydrographic, geophysical, geotechnical and ROV survey services to clients mainly from the oil and gas, offshore renewables and subsea cables industries. Their fleet of dedicated survey vessels work throughout the UK and Northern Europe, are permanently mobilised with high-specification survey equipment from industry leading suppliers.
Bibby HydroMapis typically involved in most stages of a project lifecycle, from initial site suitability and investigation surveys, Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) survey, pre-construction survey, post-construction survey, monitoring and pre and post-decommissioning. The acquisition, processing and reporting of bathymetry data forms an integral element of these surveys and QPS products have for many years been a part of each stage at Bibby HydroMap.
QPS QINSy is the core software used by Bibby HydroMap for online data acquisition and integrates sensor data concisely from the onboard survey suite into one database file. There is also an extensive suite of options for creating user-defined files online and database templates can be easily be revised to adapt to client requirements.
Recent significant technological developments combined with Bibby HydroMap’s response and integration of such developments has seen the scale of projects increase significantly. Data quantities not only cover large spatial areas, but technological advances have influenced requirements for denser data coverage for enhanced seafloor ensonification and target detection. Consequently larger volumes of data are generated per square kilometre of seabed. This is particularly pertinent in relation to offshore renewables, as represented in the figure below.
Part of Bibby Line Group’s and Bibby HydroMap’s core values are to ‘be better’ and ‘be innovative’. These principles drive workflows for handling and processing increasingly large data volumes, and for enhancing their final product deliverables. The company proudly became the first QPS customer to integrate QPS Qimera into their Management System.
Tom Davenport (Principal Surveyor @ Bibby HydroMap) “QPS Qimera has delivered a significantly increased data processing efficiency.It’s really user friendly and feature rich software, and gives us the full integration of 3D visualisation within the primary multibeam data processing suite. Qimera has successfully married the key processing tools from QINSy Processing Manager with the data quantity and visualisation capabilities of Fledermaus to form a powerful one-stop processing hub”. The new utilities like the Wobble Analysis tool and the Time Series multi-plot have provided extra dimensions for data QC and allow operators to spatially review data and statistically analyse potential sources of error.
Bibby HydroMap now have Qimera licences to match all of their QINSy licenses, meaning that once recorded, online databases can be straightaway transferred to a Qimera project folder for the data QC and subsequent processing workflow stages.
Time after time we manage to impress our Clients with the imagery and fly-through 4D scenes of the data we produce with QPS Fledermaus, and we’re already exploring the new features of QPS Fledermaus 7.6
Bibby HydroMap is keen to further integration of the user-designed software tools within the QINSy — Qimera — Fledermaus suite. The close working relationship with QPS helps to ensure that the company continues to provide a unique and market-leading approach to coastal seabed survey.
ACQUIRE — PROCESS — VISUALIZE — SHARE QPS has since 1986 been based in The Netherlands, now with subsidiary offices in USA, Canada and UK. In 2012 QPS became a member of the Saab (Sweden) group of companies. QPS makes industry leading software for collection, post processing and visualisation of navigation and survey data. Our products QPS QINSy, QPS Qimera, QPS Fledermaus and QPS Qarto aim to solve problems and gain efficiencies for maritime related geospatial business.
In the following article Teledyne Marine Imaging introduces its Hydrographic solutions and capabilities, analyses the rapid development of Hydrography over time and highlights the key Teledyne Marine markets, supported by case stories. Finally, we will describe the future trends within hydrography.
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The Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) and Teledyne CARIS™ conducted two important sea trials in July and December of 2015. The July trial was to test the capabilities of CARIS Onboard™ for near real-time processing, while the December trial was focused on remote access to the products created through a remote survey operation.
Technology is moving fast with always the “more accurate, cheaper, smaller” dictate. Three years ago, SBG Systems has been able to integrate all those wishes into a single unit: the Ekinox Inertial Navigation System (INS). In 2015, SBG Systems took another step forward with the release of the Apogee, the most accurate inertial navigation system based on the robust and cost-effective MEMS technology. Without export restriction, the Apogee stands as a game changer on the hydrographic market. It provides an unmatched Performance-Price-Size ratio and sets up new standard in the industry. Let’s see how MEMS-based inertial sensors can be used in some of the latest technical solutions dedicated to hydrographic surveyors.
A submerged dock lays off the Fort McHenry National Monument, in the Patapsco River, Baltimore MD—and a well-known marked hazard zone. The depth surrounding the object is navigable at depths greater than 30 feet. Just over the hazard, depths are only 5-8 feet, making it impossible for a traditional survey vessel to navigate. We chose this particular location to demonstrate how an ultra-high resolution multibeam sonar can be used in conjunction with a small autonomous surface vehicle (ASV) to obtain a more complete survey of a complex and challenging area.