QPS sponsors Chair in Ocean Mapping at OMG
In a recent visit by Mr Tomas Hjelmberg to the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at University of New Brunswick (UNB, Canada), agreement was reached for QPS to sponsor the Chair in Ocean Mapping for the coming 5 years.
Left, Tomas Hjelmberg (QPS bv) and John Hughes Clarke (OMG) during the recent visit by QPS to the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering
The Chair in Ocean Mapping (COM) works within the Ocean Mapping Group (OMG), which draws upon University of New Brunswick (UNB) faculty and staff with expertise in the fields of hydrography, geodesy, geographical information systems, digital image analysis, multi-sensor integration, oceanography and marine geology and geophysics. While ocean mapping is defined in its broadest sense (including the water column, sea surface and sea bottom), the main efforts have been directed to seafloor mapping particularly towards problems associated with high-volume seafloor bathymetric and imaging systems. UNB research is focused on developing new and innovative techniques and tools for management, processing, analysis, visualization and interpretation of ocean mapping data. The ability to establish mutually beneficial relationships with sponsors remains one of the key factors to the continued success for the COM. In carrying out research, UNB seeks to define tasks that play an important fundamental role in furthering our understanding of the ocean and ocean mapping systems, but at the same time may lead to viable commercial products for sponsors.
For further details, see: http://www.omg.unb.ca
QPS Client Spotlight: Affiliated Researchers
Providing successful solutions to environmental concerns
Since 1990, Affiliated Researchers has provided critical services to support the engineering and environmental requirements of a wide array of clients including the US Coast Guard, US Forest Service, NOAA Fisheries, US Environmental Protection Agency, Air National Guard, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the State of Michigan. With its main office in Michigan and branch offices in California and Hawaii, Affiliated Researchers conducts bathymetric survey, sub-bottom profiling, pre-post dredge survey and habitat mapping.
Affiliated Researchers' hydrographers benefit from using the Fledermaus Hydro bundle and FMMidwater add-on module on various projects, from creating accurately geo-referenced interactive 3-D fly-through scenes to using CUBE and Area-Based processing for multibeam bathymetry and FMMidwater for water column processing. The following examples are just a few projects recently conducted by Affiliated Researchers:
- Hydrographic and Geophysical Surveys Offshore the RASA Refineria Petrolera Acajutla, El Salvador
- Side scan and mulitbeam Sonar Surveys at USEPA Area of Concern Upper Trenton Channel, Michigan
- Vibracore Sediment Sampling at USEPA Area of Concern Menominee River, Michigan-Wisconsin
- Hydrographic-hydrologic surveying services towards a salmon habitat restoration program
- Environmental survey of protected and invasive species, for the US Forest Service on over 350 acres of the Huron-Manistee National Forest, Michigan
The Fledermaus images below highlight some of their other projects:
Hydrographic and geophysical surveying on the Erie Canal, New York
Restoration project on the Kalamazoo River, Michigan
Bathymetric surveying and Vibracore sediment sampling for NOAA's Russian River salmonid habitat recovery project, Sonoma County, California