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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Acoustic Troubleshooting Solution News

LMS Maps 3D Sound Fields with SoundBrush

Photo: LMS International

LMS International debuted LMS SoundBrush, its new and patented acoustic troubleshooting solution. LMS SoundBrush is a tool that enables engineers to map sound propagation around an object and localize acoustic sources. LMS SoundBrush makes sound visible. It is the first technology ever to visualize sound fields in 3D while measuring. At the heart of the compact SoundBrush solution is the patented optical tracking technology, combined with either a G.R.A.S. Sound & Vibration sound pressure microphone or a 3D intensity sensor.

F21 Torpedo Launch Test from Nuclear Attack Sub

Photo courtesy of Naval Group

Naval Group performed a new launch of the F21 torpedo in the frame of the Artémis program led by the French Defence Procurement Agency (Direction Générale de l’Armement -DGA). In the medium term, the DGA aims to equip all the French Navy's submarines with this heavy torpedo. This launch was performed early May from a nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN). The F21 was launched under the authority of the DGA in a DGA Missiles Testing’s underwater acoustic range off the Hyères coast.

EvoLogics to Showcase at Ocean Business 2013

EvoLogics GmbH, a manufacturer of underwater communication and positioning systems from Berlin, Germany, will showcase its recent developments at the Ocean Business 2013 exhibition from April 9-11 in Southampton, U.K., including new products, developer solutions and latest updates. Offering more options for customers, EvoLogics GmbH recently extended its ranges of underwater acoustic modems (S2CR series) and combined positioning and communication devices (S2CR USBL series), with new products – the S2CR 42/65 and S2CR 42/65 USBL, high-speed devices with hemispherical beam patterns for transmissions in vertical, slant and horizontal channels.

Cat Dealer Technician Competition

To recognize the "best of the best" Cat Marine Dealer service technicians, Caterpillar Engine Products Division developed the TEC Masters Top Gun Competition. Throughout the past year, 211 North American Cat Marine Dealer service technicians completed three training modules on electronic diesel engine systems. The 19 scoring the highest competed against each other in a national finals competition that included a written exam, hands-on diesel engine troubleshooting and a test on customer service skills. The day-long event provided contestants with 45 minutes to correctly troubleshoot twin "bugged" Cat electronic engines aboard a mid-sized sportfishing boat. An example of the problem they were faced with was low power. They needed to identify the problem and correct it.

Swiss Army Knife Survey Boat Returns Home

Survey Vessel 'Luna Sea': Photo credit TerraSond

TerraSond Limited announces the return to home base in Alaska of its multi-purpose survey boat 'Luna Sea'. The owners say that this strategic return enhances their capability to serve clients in the Cook Inlet and South Central Alaska. Headquartered in Palmer, Alaska with offices worldwide, TerraSond has a long history of providing high quality geospatial, geophysical, and geoscience survey solutions dedicated to imaging the earth worldwide. The Luna Sea is well suited for performing a wide range of hydrographic and geophysical surveys.

New emergency Acoustic BOP Control System from KONGSBERG

New system developed for drilling and production safety in deeper waters. The next generation of Kongsberg Maritime's Emergency Acoustic BOP (BlowOut Preventer) Control System, the ACS500 uses the new proprietary Kongsberg Maritime 'Cymbal' signal processing protocol for optimal data communication at long distances and has a depth rating of 4000m. It is a robust, reliable and user-friendly system designed for use in emergency drilling or production situations, when the primary BOP control system has failed.

LRAD Get Navy Acoustic Hailer Contract

US Department of Defense, Navy,  awards LRAD Corp. of San Diego, a US$12,231,360 order for its products. The firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is for for small, medium and large acoustic hailing devices, mounts, test teardown and evaluation, provision item order spares, and data. Small, medium and large acoustic hailing devices will be used by the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection Afloat Program Office (PMS 480) and/or other Department of Defense Activities. Acoustic hailing devices will be used in support of large and small deck naval surface ships, submarines, security boats, shore security operations and others as warning devices employed in anti-terrorism/force protection missions.

HydroComp to Hold Propeller 'Mini-Workshop'

Photo courtesy of HydroComp

A special version of HydroComp's intensive Propeller Workshops will be brought to Tampa before the start of IBEX 2014. The Mini-Workshop is a special version of HydroComp’s intensive Propeller Workshops for those involved in design, construction and operation of workboats and pleasure crafts. These two half-day educational seminars will focus on topics of Successful Pre-construction Propeller Selection (including principles of marine propulsion and initial propeller sizing) and…

Kongsberg Embed Attunity in New IMS

Kongsberg Maritimes's OEM agreement to embed Attunity replication technology as part of its new Information Management System (K-IMS) enables a solution projected ot deploy across thousands of vessels worldwide. As a critical part of the K-IMS solution, the Attunity technology enables real-time information availability between Microsoft SQL Server for Embedded Systems on the offshore and onshore systems. K-IMS is a solution designed to maximize performance, serving the oil and gas, offshore and maritime markets. It enables situational awareness by collecting data from systems and sensors onboard, combining them with operational knowledge, and providing them in the right format to fleet management offices and/or suppliers' support systems.

Fugro Chance Completes Acoustic Metrology

Fugro Chance Inc. recently performed non-typical acoustic metrologies on four proposed jumpers in the Gulf of Mexico. By industry standards the measurements were completed in a substantially short time frame, the company said. A typical metrology takes approximately 12 hours for one measurement, resulting in an anticipated operational time of around 48 hours in total. However, these non-typical acoustic metrologies were completed with accurate results in just 33 hours. Two standard Sonardyne Compatt 6 transponders and two Sonardyne Lodestar GyroCompatts (LGCs) were used to acquire tilt magnitude and direction from manifold pressure caps to wellhead casings. Four Compatts were used to ensure repeatable results.

$21.5 Sub Sensor Contract Awarded

Lockheed Martin to manufacture key elements of the Lightweight Wide Aperture Array (LWWAA) fiber-optic acoustic sensor systems for the fifth and sixth Virginia-class submarines, SSN 778 and 779. sensor input to the submarine's combat system. water into information that can be used to identify and track it. general manager of Northrop Grumman's Navigation Systems Division.

Fugro Chance Tackles Noisy Acoustic Metrology Project

Photo: Fugro Chance

Fugro Chance Inc. provided 3D acoustic metrology on a large 36-inch diameter spool piece, despite environmental and logistical challenges. The highly accurate metrology was performed from a platform in Enlace Litoral Tabasco, Gulf of Mexico at a water depth of 25 meters. Active lines from the platform created a noisy auditory environment and the shallow water depth provided additional challenges in the long baseline (LBL) acoustic operations. Once measurements were finalized, the spool piece was welded to the existing pipeline and then set back down on the seabed.

Pumping Companies Partner Up

Pumping Machinery and Pumping Solutions, Inc. have formed a partnership, to provide an expanded range of services to the pump users community. Pumping Machinery, based in New Jersey, is a provider of consulting, training and equipment field troubleshooting, while Chicago-based Pumping Solutions, is a full product range distributor of centrifugal and positive displacement pumps, compressors, and monitoring equipment.

Kongsberg’s New DP Product is HAIN

Kongsberg has now developed a new DP reference product, the HAIN Positioning Reference system, based on Integration of Acoustic Positioning and Inertial Navigation principles. Acoustic and Inertial positioning principles in combination are ideal, since their qualities complement each other. Acoustic positioning is characterised by relatively high and evenly distributed noise and no drift in the position, while Inertial positioning has very low short-term noise and relatively large drift in the position over time. The HAIN Positioning Reference system is very easy to install; a standard Kongsberg computer onboard the vessel interfaces the small Inertial Measurement Unit and the Acoustic Positioning system (HiPAP or HPR).

ABB Open New RDS Oceanwide Troubleshooting Control Center

Image courtesy of ABB

Born five years ago, ABB’s remote diagnostics service (RDS) is still in its infancy. But this brainchild of service technology is growing fast – and its future looks bright. The quality of ABB’s marine after sales service is stepping up a notch with the opening of a new control center in Norway and the addition of remote diagnostics service (RDS) connections fitted to vessels in shipyards. Systems specialists are available from a control center just outside Oslo to troubleshoot faults in electrical installations onboard ships anywhere in the world.

ATC Gets USS Harry S. Truman Contract

American Technology Corporation (ATC) received another order for NeoPlanar-based SoundSaber acoustic panels for installation in the hangar bays of nuclear powered aircraft carriers. The order and installation for the USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) comes on the heels of the successful installation of SoundSaber acoustic panels aboard the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) in December 2005. The aggregate amount of the orders is approximately $405,000. The SoundSaber acoustic panels are a part of a mission critical system for general announcing and emergency notification. The SoundSaber line has passed Grade “A” shock and vibration and received a Common Intelligibility Standard grade of 0.95 out of 1.00; typical outdoor public address systems grade between 0.75 and 0.79.

Harris Receives $15 Million Contract to Provide Acoustic Sensors

Virginia-class submarines are equipped with acoustic sensors to help track ships. U.S. Navy photo

Harris Corp received a $15 million, 4 year follow-on contract to provide acoustic sensors for installation on the U.S. Navy’s Virginia-class submarines. The sensors are designed to facilitate data sharing between the LWWAA system and the submarine’s combat platform for monitoring of ships and other vessels. Jim Brunelle, director of undersea systems business at Harris, said the 10 new systems will accompany the 18 acoustic assemblies Harris has already delivered to the Navy for use on its submarines.

Nautronix Wins DP Contract from Rowan

Nautronix will supply their NASDrill RS925 Positioning System to Rowan’s new Ultra-Deepwater Drillships. Nautronix have been awarded a contract to supply NASDrill RS925 deepwater acoustic positioning system for Rowan’s new ultra-deepwater drillships. The vessels will be constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, Korea and are based on a Hyundai Gusto P1000 design. The first vessel will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2013, with the second one estimated to be completed in 2014. Nautronix received orders for their NASDrill RS925 systems through a well known Norwegian DP Supplier who will supply their Dynamic Positioning (DP) System for these vessels.

JX Ocean Selects ClassNK CMAXS LC-A

Courtesy JX Ocean Co

ClassNK subsidiary ClassNK Consulting Service announced that JX Ocean Co., Ltd. has selected the machinery condition monitoring and automatic diagnostic system ClassNK CMAXS LC- A for use on 310,000 dwt tanker Eneos Spirit. ClassNK CMAXS LC- A is a solution that integrates sensor anomaly detection algorithm to analyze correlations between multiple sensor data in the engine room and detect any early signs of malfunction or potential damage to machinery. Also, the solution has a feature that automatically shows the optimum setting of the main engine…

Nautronix to Supply Rowan’s Third New Ultra-Deepwater Drillship

Nautronix has been awarded another contract to supply NASDrill RS925 deepwater acoustic positioning system, for Rowan’s third new ultra-deepwater drillship. The vessel will be constructed at Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan, Korea and will be based on a Hyundai Gusto P1000 design. The vessel will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2014. Nautronix received this order through a well known Norwegian DP Supplier who is supplying their Dynamic Positioning (DP) System on the vessel. This is the third order that Nautronix have received for the Rowan fleet; for their NASDrill RS925 system, following on from vessels one and two.

Kongsberg Delivers 50th HAIN System

Kongsberg Maritime has delivered its 50th HAIN (Hydro Acoustic aided Inertial Navigation) Reference System, to long-time HAIN user, Ocean Rig. HAIN significantly improves reference data accuracy and update rate sent to Dynamic Positioning (DP) systems to support safer, more reliable and efficient offshore drilling operation. It is also suitable for applications including offshore loading and specialist operations such as offshore construction. Ocean Rig is an international offshore drilling contractor providing oilfield services for offshore oil and gas exploration…

Sonardyne Acoustic Positioning Saves Technip Time

Flexible Jumper Deployment: Photo credit Sonardyne

Technip completes 21 subsea jumper metrology operations using Sonardyne International's Lodestar GyroCompatts & saves 8 days working time. Using the latest Wideband Long BaseLine (LBL) acoustic positioning hardware by optimising its technique, Technip was able to complete each metrology operation in an average of 13 hours, with one such operation conducted in only 8 hours. Subsea metrology requires accurate, precise and robust acoustic measurements so that a spool or jumper can be successfully fabricated and installed.

Aker Solutions Buys Separation Specialist

Aker Solutions is buying Separation Specialists Inc., a California-based provider of produced water de-oiling products and field services, which strengthens the international oil services company's position in the produced water de-oiling segment. "With the acquisition of Separation Specialists, we are able to offer a complete produced water de-oiling solution from one vendor. There is also an excellent cultural fit between the two entities, which we look forward to further developing," says David Merle, head of Aker Solutions' process systems business. Aker Solutions will immediately be able to offer Separation Specialists' products, such as nutshell filters (NSF), mechanical induced gas flotation (IGF) and field services, through its global distribution and execution network.

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