Qimera training for South African Navy
Underwater Surveys (Pty) Ltd of Cape Town recently facilitated a training course for the South African Navy, updating them to the latest QPS QIMERA processing software. The course was conducted in the picturesque naval town of Simon’s Town and took place over 4 days. Captain (SAN) Theo Stokes, Mine Warfare Squadron Commander and a previous captain of the SA Navy Hydrographic Survey ship SAS Protea, had the following to say.
“The South African Navy (SAN) Hydrographic Survey Ship SAS PROTEA acquired a MBES capability together with QPS software in 2003 in order to conduct surveys for the Extended Continental Shelf. The QPS navigation, acquisition and processing software catapulted the SAN into an era of modern hydrographic surveys particularly in acquisition and data management software.
Again as part of the procurement of the Shallow Water Route Survey System (SWRSS) Capability for the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup, the SAN procured 3 more QPS software packages comprising of QINSy navigation, acquisition and processing software with the addition of Qloud. This was successfully utilized as a force enabler adding to the Underwater Security capability the SWRSS Capability provided during the prestigious FIFA Soccer World Cup in 2010. The SWRSS capability is currently shared between the SAN Hydrographic Service and Mine Warfare Squadron.
As technology moves forward in hydrographic software packages, the SAN recognised the need to remain relevant and has also recently migrated to QPS Qimera. This software has significantly improved processes within the data processing / data management and greatly enhances turnaround time from data collection through to production.
A team of both Hydrographic Surveyors and MCM Operators were recently trained on QPS Qimera."