The ability to better communicate data and information through the water column is central to many of the application areas of ocean technology, so it is entirely logical that a new conference on Underwater Communications has been introduced at Oceanology International 2014, the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology taking place Tuesday 11 – Thursday 13 March 2014 at London’s ExCeL.
“The Underwater Communications session will start with an overview of underlying physics of the different wireless through water communications techniques (acoustics, optics and RF), their trade-offs and theoretical performance, ” explain conference co-chairs Andy Bowen, Director of National Deep Submergence Facility, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA and Simon Partridge, Engineering Director, Sonardyne International, UK. “In the presentations that follow we then take a closer look at each technique with real world examples of their use, their practical performance and limitations, interspersed with a quick look at some of the complex issues surrounding potential interoperability standards.”
The half day conference chaired by takes place on the afternoon of Wednesday 12 March. Presentations include:
- Subsea Wireless Communication: Technology Comparison and Review, Jonathan Davies, Juice-DSP
- Sub-sea Optical Communications: Overview and Application Demonstrations, Norman Farr, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
- Subsea Wireless Group (SWiG): An Industry Initiative to Highlight Capabilities, Encourage Use and Facilitate Interoperability of Wireless Underwater Communications, Benedict Grant, Nautronix
- Subsea Wireless Communications for Solving Real World Problems, Shaun Dunn, Sonardyne International
- Microwave Technology for Pinless Connectors, Tomasz Ciamulski, WiSub AS
- Acoustic Underwater Communication and Sensor Network, Arild Brevik, Kongsberg
- Subsea Wireless Instrumentation and Communication Systemss, Ian Crowther, WFS Technologies
Also on the conference scene
Ocean science and technology lie at the very heart of OI 2014, with the conference programme picking up on each major technology strand featured in the exhibition. As well as the traditional areas, all relevant to the offshore oil and gas sectors – ocean observing systems, hydrography, geophysics, and site investigation; and dealing with UUV development. Underwater communications is one of two new conference programmes this year, the other being underwater positioning and metrology.
Oil & gas ‘Operating in Extreme Environments’, marine renewables; and maritime security all also come under the conference spotlight. Topical panel discussions looking at areas which are creating a growing demand for marine science and technology – aquaculture, ballast water and subsea mining are an OI 2014 introduction.
The Innovation Zone – a new feature
The OI 2014 Innovation Zone is another introduction to the long-running show, and held in collaboration with the Oiltech Investment Network (Oiltech). Innovative technology providers are being invited to showcase their technology innovations to Oiltech investor members as well as to the large international community visiting OI 2014 with the aim of connecting innovative technology providers with access to funding opportunities.
A ‘Meet the Investor’ Workshop, comprising one-to-one meetings with Oiltech members, will provide guidance in terms of getting technology to market in the fastest and most effective way. The Oiltech Investment Network was established in 2010 by leading global investors in upstream oil and gas technologies to encourage the uptake of innovative products. Between them these organisations have invested more than $1 billion in over 80 oil and gas technology companies over the past five years. The network is managed by specialist technology management consultants OTM Consulting.
Underwater communications in the Exhibition
Established in 1969, Oceanology International attracts those involved with all aspects of marine science and technology from all over the globe – total attendance was 7, 669 in 2012. The exhibition this year is the largest ever with the 520 exhibiting companies from over 35 countries taking an additional 10% more space than at the record-breaking 2012 event.
The exhibitor directory on the show’s website at www.oceanologyinternational.
Dockside demonstrations, vessels and associated events
No Oceanology International is complete without its display of vessels and dockside demonstrations – this year’s will be no exception with a growing list of both on the show’s website. The early list of vessels includes an oil spill response (the new Spillex area is being held as an integral part of the OI 2104 exhibition); survey vessels – both conventional and remotely controlled; and a vessel with a deployable ROV on board.
The expanding programme of associated events run by supporting organisations such as IMarEST and IMCA, and exhibitors on topics as varied as ‘Meet the Metocean Expert’, and ‘ROV training – an international perspective’ is well worth keeping an eye on – check out the list at the ‘visiting’ section of the website.
Further information on all aspects of Oceanology International, and free online registration, is at www.oceanologyinternational.
About Oceanology International
Oceanology International is the global forum where industry, academia and government share knowledge and connect with the marine technology and ocean science community, improving their strategies for measuring, exploiting, protecting and operating in the world’s oceans. Established in 1969, Oceanology International features the world’s largest exhibition for marine science and technology, multiple agenda-setting technical conferences, and a visiting vessels and waterside demonstration programme.
The Oceanology International portfolio includes
Oceanology International China 2013 (held 3-5 September 2013, INTEX Shanghai, China): this launch event was developed with the local government and industry associations and provided organisations with the opportunity to capitalise on China’s rapidly growing offshore energy and marine industries. The next Oceanology International China event will take place 3-5 September 2014 in Shanghai. For more details: www.oichina.com.cn/en
Oceanology International 2014 (11-13 March 2014, ExCeL London, UK): Over 550 international exhibitors and 8, 000 attendees are expected to take part in this global forum. Eight one-day conferences and three panel discussion on key industry topics will take place during the three days of the show, as well as waterside demonstrations. For more details:www.oceanologyinternational.
Spillex (11-13 March 2014, ExCeL London, UK): Spillex is a dedicated area inside the Oceanology International 2014 exhibition hall and features the latest technology and service solutions for assessing the potential of spill related impacts, mitigating against and, if necessary, responding to them. For more details: www.oceanologyinternational.
Catch the Next Wave conference (10 March 2014, London): at this international conference, now in its second year, global experts will speak about disruptive technologies and where they are emerging in the marine sector. The first Houston-based Catch the Next Wave conference will be held in Autumn 2014. For more details: www.ctnwconference.com
Oceansp@ce: Oceansp@ce is an online and free-of-charge resource which delivers hand-picked news from the world to the marine science and ocean technology community. For more details: www.oceanspacenews.com