4D Ocean founder Duncan Mallace’s has helped push the boundaries of multibeam technology from its infancy to the defacto tool for seabed mapping that it is today.
Successful ASV workshop in Banbury
After the snow came the freezing conditions with the temperature getting down to -11 degs C overnight before the workshop. However people came from as far away as Plymouth, Tunbridge Wells, Dublin, Helsinki and even Sharjah. I would like to thank everyone for taking the trouble to come. The worst part though was that the reservoir was iced over. It was however possible to go into more detail because of that into how the ASV is built, the safety features, the online control software and also to demonstrate the new QINSy autopilot and the turn track that is generated to take the ASV to the start of the line.
The day started with presentations on QPS, 4D Ocean and what is on ASV Harry including a section on the R2Sonic 2020 and the POS MV Wavemaster. This was followed by refreshments down at the reservoir (courtesy of Applanix) and a detailed look at the ASV, control software and QINSy.
Back in the warmth of the QPS office pasties and soup were provided by Norbit. Peter Stewart from Applanix then presented Applanix's autonomous solutions including work on cars and UAVs. He then went on to show the new PP-RTX near real-time processing. John Fraser's (Norbit) flight was cancelled so Duncan Mallace presented in his place the Norbit multibeam systems and their new pitch steering technique to fill in the shadows. Following that Duncan showed how to process the data collected on the ASV through Qimera and also showed how Qimera Live works.
All in all it was an excellent day and one that will be repeated in different countries throughout Europe next year.