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Saturday, June 23, 2018

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USCG Fines Ferry Passenger for Laser Incident

MV Tokitae (Photo: WSF)

A Washington resident has been fined for interfering with the safe operation of a Washington State Ferry (WSF) passenger vessel by shining a laser at the ferry’s master and chief mate. Mark Raden of Freeland, Wash. was aboard the WSF Kitsap transiting between Mukilteo and Clinton on October 22, 2015 when he pointed the high-powered blue laser at the WSF Tokitae, striking the vessel's master and chief mate in the eyes and endangering the 106 passengers on board. A U.S. Coast Guard Hearing Officer assessed a $9,500 civil penalty on December 27 2016.

NG: Maritime Laser Demo System Proves Capabilities

Northrop Grumman announced that it recently completed a series of tests of the Maritime Laser Demonstration (MLD) system, moving high-energy lasers a step closer to deployment aboard U.S. Navy ships. According to the company, shore-based tests at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) in Port Hueneme proved the MLD system's ability to track small boats at long ranges and in a marine environment. "Tracking tests were part of a larger program designed to demonstrate laser weapon system capability for fleet defense," according to Steve Hixson, vice president of Space and Directed Energy Systems for Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems. Managed by the Office of Naval Research (ONR)…

OSK-ShipTech: Advanced Tech for Retrofit Projects

Image: OSK-ShipTech

Danish naval architect OSK-ShipTech A/S is introducing 3D laser scanning as a tool to minimize risk and maximize precision in a market where owners are looking for the fastest and most accurate retrofit and conversion solutions. Speed and accuracy is key to owners, when it comes to minimizing a ship’s downtime and reducing the margin of error. Naval architect and marine consultant OSK-ShipTech A/S have yet again extended the company’s advanced design toolbox and services with the acquisition of a state-of-the-art 3D laser scanner.

Shipbuilders Multitask To Gain Experience, Stay Competitive

Worldwide, the road to success in the ship and boatbuilding market is literally paved with companies that have gone belly up, been acquired or are currently hanging by a literal thread. Many factors - from too many booms and busts, to foreign shipbuilding subsidies, to political power plays - have conspired to make the business of building boats and ships increasingly difficult. But in the end analysis, the process of building vessels remains an industrialized manufacturing process, and the companies that have survived and prospered are the ones that have invested in the latest technologies to make the process more efficient. Improved steel processing - from cutting through parts marking to final installation - more so than ever determine a yard's marketability…

DEME Invests in Flemish Dredging Tech

Cutter Suction Dredger ‘D’Artagnan’ (Photo: DEME)

Following a successful laser cladding pilot project in 2015, Belgian dredging, environmental and marine engineering group DEME has signed a three-year cooperation agreement with VITO spin-off Laser Cladding Venture (LCV) to strengthen the cutter incisors used to dredge hard soils. Laser cladding is a coating technique in which a laser melts metal powders into objects. The wear-resistant and anticorrosive layers that are applied improve the durability of the mechanical parts. In a pilot phase…

Northrop Get Navy 'Star Wars' Laser Contract

Prototype Laser Weapon on US Warship: Photo credit USN

The U.S. Navy selects Northrop Grumman for the initial phase of the Solid State Laser Technology Maturation (SSL-TM) program. SSL-TM is a research and development project to mature solid-state, high-power laser weapon systems and components for ship defense. This selection is the first step in the development of a Prototype Laser Weapon System by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This developmental effort will pave the way for a future Navy program that will integrate laser weapon systems on existing and future ships.

A Step Forward For Thick Section Plate Cutting

For years, general manufacturing companies have enjoyed the benefit of laser cutting systems for producing complex or simple parts in batch volumes as low as one, and as high as tens of thousands. The laser is an incredibly powerful tool that remains unsurpassed in manufacturing activities across the world. As flexible and reconfigurable production tool that provides welding, cutting and machining capabilities in a single device, lasers are readily automated and have demonstrated that they can easily operate in "lights-out" mode for even greater productivity. With all this said, why aren't there any laser shipyards? Why hasn't one of the worlds largest and most important transportation industries rushed to implement laser cutting and welding technology?

USCG Investigating ‘Laser Strikes’ on Commercial Ships

The U.S. Coast Guard said it is investigating multiple laser strikes during the past month aimed at commercial vessels transiting the Chesapeake Bay. Four incidences occurred early Wednesday morning between midnight and 3 a.m., involving the motor vessels Salome, Bulk Spain and AM Annaba. Additionally, a pilot vessel was lased as it was on its way back to the pilot launch. Three other incidents occurred: Monday around 2 a.m., involving the motor vessel Hoegh Osaka; Sunday at 4 a.m., and involved the cruise ship Carnival Pride and another April 7 at approximately 1 a.m., involving the motor vessel Maersk Kolkata. During all incidents, the laser light was described as steady, powerful and somewhat painful to the eyes.

AVEVA acquires LFM Software

AVEVA expands laser scanning software offering for brownfield project execution and asset operations. AVEVA announced the acquisition of Z+F UK Limited. The strategic acquisition includes only the division of Z+F which produces the LFM software suite. This follows a long and successful partnership with Z+F UK Limited and allows AVEVA to secure an industry leading software technology that significantly expands its offering in the 3D data capture market, while remaining fully independent from laser scanner hardware vendors.

NASA, Norway to Develop Arctic Laser-Ranging Station

The scientific base of Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, as seen from the sea. The future Satellite Ranging Station will be located between the two antennas visible in the image. Credits: Norwegian Mapping Authority/Per Erik Opseth. Photo: NASA

NASA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a state-of-the-art satellite laser ranging station 650 miles from the North Pole that will produce high-precision locations of orbiting satellites, help track changes in the ice sheets and improve the efficiency of marine transportation and agriculture. The Arctic station will be the latest addition to a global network of space geodetic stations, which measure and monitor the size and shape of Earth, its orientation in space, the exact location of points on its surface and how these locations change over time.

Little Named President at Greatland Laser

Greatland Laser CEO, Kim Erickson, announced that Andy Little has joined the company as its new President. “We welcome Andy’s experience and leadership to Greatland Laser,” Erickson said. “In his role as President, he will be responsible for driving revenue growth, enhancing marketing and setting strategic direction for 2015 and beyond.” Little brings more than 20 years of technology and business consulting experience, most recently with Acquity Group (now part of Accenture), where he led business transformation, organizational change and digital strategy projects for a range of industries. Prior to consulting, Little began his career as an engineer with Bell Laboratories. greatlandlaser.com

Webinar: 3D Laser Scanning in the Marine Industry

Daryl Johnson

Maritime industry professionals have increasingly taken notice of 3D laser scanning in recent years as acceptance for the technology and its applications mounts throughout the sector. FARO, a developer of computer-aided measurement and imaging devices and software for 3D measurement, imaging and realization, will take an up-close look at 3D laser scanning with a webinar entitled Improving the Boat Building Industry with 3D Laser Scanning, on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 1 p.m. EST.

AVEVA Laser Modeler Cuts Time and Costs

AVEVA Laser Modeler allows for simple selection of catalog components while modeling.

AVEVA said Burgasnefteproekt, an engineering company in the field of petrochemicals, has achieved significant cost savings using AVEVA Laser Modeler. Burgasnefteproekt recently acquired the AVEVA software and used it to capture the as-built asset and create a 3D model of an existing flaring system. This is part of a revamp project to rebuild the system and ensure up-to-date, accurate project documentation. Using 3D laser scanning technologies and processing the scan data using AVEVA Laser Modeler and AVEVA PDMS, Burgasnefteproekt achieved approximately 80% savings in design man-hours.

Robot Lasers Prolong Engine Pistons’ Lifespan

QuantiServ laser cladding (Photo: Wärtsilä)

New robotized laser cladding technology aims to revolutionize the reconditioning of large bore pistons in two-stroke engines. A new reconditioning process from Wärtsilä Services’ maintenance and repair services business Line QuantiServ minimises welding, causes less thermal shock to the base material and replaces the old chromium layer’s galvanic application. “In addition to its environmental efficiency, the new coating extends the piston head’s lifespan and time between overhauls (TBO), compared to conventional chromium layers.

US Navy Deploys Shipboard Laser Weapon

The Afloat Forward Staging Base (Interim) USS Ponce (ASB(I) 15) conducts an operational demonstration of the Office of Naval Research (ONR)-sponsored Laser Weapon System (LaWS) while deployed to the Arabian Gulf. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams) Caption

Officials at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) announced the laser weapon system (LaWS) - a cutting-edge weapon that brings new capabilities to America's Sailors and Marines - was for the first time deployed and operated aboard a naval vessel in the Arabian Gulf. The operational demonstrations, which took place from September to November aboard USS Ponce (AFSB[I] 15), were historic not only because they showed a laser weapon working aboard a deployed U.S. Navy ship, but also because LaWS operated seamlessly with existing ship defense systems.

ClassNK: Guidelines on Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding

Classification society ClassNK has released Guidelines on Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding (Ver. 3) aiming to support the widespread application of laser-arc hybrid welding in shipyards. Laser-arc hybrid welding is a high quality and highly-efficient welding process which combines both laser and arc welding methods, capable of achieving the same depth of penetration as the standard arc welding process whilst also inhibiting thermal deformation due to its low required heat input. This guideline (Ver.

MV WERFTEN Pumps €75 Mln into Rostock Yard

(Image: MV WERFTEN)

Announcing further investments into its shipyards, MV WERFTEN has today signed three contracts for the investment program for its Rostock yard, including a purchasing contract for a new thin-plate laser panel line with welding and production automation specialist Pemamek, the construction of a new hall with engineering company Inros Lackner and design services with service engineer Warnow Design. “This investment clearly indicates our long-term commitment to our yards and our plans to make MV WERFTEN one of the world’s most modern and efficient cruise shipbuilders…

FARO Debuts New X Series Laser Scanner

Image courtesy FARO Technologies

FARO Technologies, Inc., a 3D measurement, imaging and realization technology company, announced the release of the new FARO Laser Scanner Focus3D X 130. According to the manufacturer, the Focus3D X 130, the newest member of Focus3D X Series range of laser scanners, delivers tremendous power, compact design and the flexibility to perform laser scanning in both indoor and outdoor environments. With a scanning range of 130 meters, this laser scanner is suited for mid-range scanning applications such as architecture…

AVEVA, Trimble Partner

AVEVA and Trimble announced  that they are collaborating to provide an efficient integration between Trimble’s 3D laser scanning solutions and AVEVA’s laser scanning software solutions, including the LFM Software suite, for the plant, power and marine industries. The integration will enable customers to rapidly capture, import and integrate 3D laser scan data into their design workflows. With Trimble and AVEVA combining technologies, customers will have access to industry leading laser capture technology combined with world’s most efficient laser data processing software. “Working with Trimble supports the AVEVA strategy of delivering innovative software solutions to our customers which add value to laser data captured from all the leading hardware vendors…

World's First Fabrication of Subsea Well Part Using LiDAR Data and 3D Printing

Well Cap Clamp. Photo: 3D at Depth

Fugro and 3D at Depth, a global provider of advanced subsea LiDAR systems and solutions, announce the world's first application of subsea LiDAR data used to 3D Print an accurate 1:1 physical model of a damaged well part. The ability to use accurate spatial data in subsea part fabrication with 3D printing, introduces a wide range of possibilities to reduce costs across intervention planning and Life of Field programs. The subsea part fabrication was part of a larger project conducted in early 2016, using 3D at Depth's subsea LiDAR SL 2 technology and point cloud software.

ClassNK Updates Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding Guidelines

ClassNK has announced that it has released Guidelines on Laser-Arc Hybrid Welding (Ver. 2). The updated version builds on the original guidelines which were developed in December 2009. Laser-arc hybrid welding is, as its name suggests, a combination of both laser and arc welding methods. The advanced hybrid welding method is capable of achieving the same depth of penetration as the standard arc welding method whilst also having the added benefit of potentially inhibiting thermal deformation due to its low required heat input. This reduction in deformation will improve the accuracy of block building and in turn assist shipyards in establishing a high-precision shipbuilding method.

Laser Shined on Coast Guard Vessel

atchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach operations center, received a report Thursday night from the 45-foot motor lifeboat crew at Coast Guard Station Channel Islands that four of the members were struck twice with a laser while transiting near the Channel Islands Harbor entrance. Crewmembers reported that the laser came from shore and once they energized their blue law-enforcement light, the laser desisted. After a medical evaluation, there were no reported injuries associated with the incident. The Coast Guard said that pointing handheld lasers at Coast Guard vessels and aircrews is dangerous and illegal. Pointing a laser at an aircraft is a federal crime and a felony offense under Title 18, United States Code, Section 39A.

Webinar to Examine 3D Laser Scanning in the Marine Industry

Daryl Johnson

3D laser scanning has taken much interest in the maritime industry as it continues to find greater acceptance in the sector. In an up-close look at 3D laser scanning, FARO’s webinar, Applying 3D Laser Scanning to the Marine Industry, will discuss its challenges, the developments which helping to mainstream this technology in the marine industry, and practical examples from real world applications. Slated for Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 1-2 p.m. Eastern, the free webinar offers an opportunity to hear from industry experts on emerging trends in 3D laser scanning without ever leaving the office.

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