Marine Measurement Forum Takes to European Energy Capital
Thursday, May 16, 2013
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More than forty years of experience in oil and gas operations has established Aberdeen as one of the most influential, innovative and proactive energy cities in the world. Several international companies are based in the city, which is widely recognized as the Energy Capital of Europe.

This innovative, experienced and resilient city is home to a unique concentration of around 900 marine and energy related businesses, agencies, government bodies and research institutes, hence rendering it a both meaningful and appropriate venue for hosting the 52nd edition of the Marine Measurement Forum (MMF).

Organized and hosted by underwater technology specialists MacArtney, at the MacArtney Group U.K. facilities in Aberdeen, the 52nd MMF brought together the scientific measurement community for a day devoted to the informal sharing of knowledge and ideas within the realm of marine scientific measurement.

The course of the day embraced several interesting features and sessions, hereunder a number of presentations on the latest developments within the diverse field of marine measurement technology - hereby allowing delegates from a diverse range of companies and organizations within the measurement community to explore and share new technologies, projects, equipment evolutions and survey processes.

The 52nd MMF was opened and introduced by Mike Sawkins - MacArtney System Sales Manager (Ocean Science) and the Managing Director of MacArtney U.K., David Buchan. Following this introduction, the event proceeded with the interesting input of a range of dedicated and inspiring speakers.

The first delegate to take the stage was John Upton of Shell U.K. Ltd. who gave an informative presentation featuring a review of storm events in the North Sea. Next came a couple of interesting presentations focused on the reviewing of a comprehensive hydrographic and sonar data processing system, by Trish Groves off CARIS Geographic Information Systems BV, and a session on the use of enhanced capabilities in multibeam technology to capture detail in underwater measurement, presented by Pim Kuus of RESON Offshore Ltd. Subsequently, Andy Smerdon of the Aquatec Group provided a detailed outline of hydrotest monitoring, hereunder the adaptation of oceanographic instrumentation to subsea pipeline testing. After that, Nortek's Gordon Jones offered a detailed insight into the realm of real-time monitoring of scour on jack-up vessels. Last but not least, Ed Cheesman of Teledyne Blueview added interesting perspective and detail to the use of high resolution multibeam acoustics for Imaging, measurement and sensor based automation.

Several coffee breaks, a buffet lunch and other valuable networking opportunities - MacArtney U.K. outlined and detailed the multitude of underwater technology products, services and system solutions offered by the worldwide MacArtney Group with a corporate presentation. The day was rounded off with a tour of MacArtney U.K.'s purpose built underwater technology facilities.

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