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RVTEC 2015

rvtwlog2It’s that glorious time of year again!  Next week is the 2015 RVTEC conference.  This year the conference will be held at the U.Miami/Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science  in Miami, FL.  I ran out of time to have more diesel-to-data t-shirts made but I hope that doesn’t deter folks from talking with me.

I look forward to seeing some of you there (and enjoy the last warm weather I’ll experience for months),
– Webb

RVTEC/INMARTECH 2014

rvtwlog2It’s that glorious time of year again!  Next week is the 2014 RVTEC conference.  This year the conference will be held at the Oregon State University (OSU) in Corvallis, OR. This year it’s going to be even better since it’s being combined with the 2014 INMARTECH meeting… basically the international version of RVTEC.  So excited!

Hopefully I’ll see some of you there,
– Webb

The Next Endeavor.

UAFLogo_A_webblueMy retirement from working at NOAA’s Office of Ocean Exploration and Research didn’t last as long as I expected but I couldn’t be more excited.  For a few months now I’ve been collaborating with the University of Alaska,  Fairbanks (UAF) to help outfit their newly constructed ice-rated research vessel the R/V Sikuliaq.  The R/V Sikuliaq is the newest member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) and among the numerous innovations she brings to the fleet is the potential for live streaming video and telepresence.  I got to visit the ship at the shipyard in Wisconsin right before Christmas.  She is impressive and BIG.  More details to follow but for now here are some links to information/photos for the vessel.

– Webb

Development and First Use of OER’s Mobile Telepresence Unit

broadcasting satelliteThis post is a rework of a poster I worked on for the 2012 UNOLS RVTEC meeting. It’s about the development of a fly-away system that allows video from remote underwater vehicles combined with audio from onboard scientists to be streamed live over the internet.  It is a very exciting technology that is changing the way ocean science is conducted and empowering public audiences to witness discoveries as they unfold.  A few years back I was the project lead for the development of the telepresence system installed aboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.  While that system was very expensive, very large and coupled to the one ship, technology has brought the size and expense of such systems that minimal version can be installed on almost any oceanographic research vessel with a satellite antenna. Continue reading

Heading to the RVTEC Conference at LDEO next week.

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It’s that glorious time of year again!  Next week is the 2012 RVTEC conference.  This year the conference will be held at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) in NY.  It was originally scheduled for last November but right about that time there was that little storm called Sandy… you may have heard of it.

It’s probably my favorite conference of the year.  It’s where vessel operators get together to talk shop.  Screw science, let’s talk deck handling gear, hull mounted sensors new vessels and data collection systems… you know, stuff that matters.

Hopefully I’ll see some of you there,
– Webb