“The alliance with Global Oceans opens new opportunities for customers to deploy Liquid Robotics’ unmanned ocean robots and to greatly expand ship-based research capabilities. We look forward to working with them to help scientists get their critical data faster and with greater geographic reach.”
Gary Gysin, President & CEO, Liquid Robotics, Sunnyvale, CA
“There is interest in exploring ways the Global Oceans model of rapidly and adaptively configuring and deploying at-sea operational platforms can support the development of emerging autonomous vehicle and control technologies, both aerial and underwater – by enabling robust test bed environments at sea, and subsequently in experimental and routine deployments for use in ocean science. I look forward to working with Global Oceans to help establish mutually beneficial linkages with centers of new technology development globally.”
Agus Budiyono, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Engineering, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia; Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Intelligent Unmanned Systems (IJIUS); Cofounder and Scientific Advisor of several technology start-ups focusing on developing autonomous systems.
Global Oceans has formed strategic alliances with widely respected industry partners to secure access on a project basis to a broad range of scientific and exploration tools, vehicles and technical expertise. Resources range from analytical instrumentation, to modular clean labs for trace metal analysis, to manned submersibles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). MARV platforms can be configured to support all of these resources – a few of which are shown below:
Modular labs in the Global Oceans model will provide basic laboratory workspace for instruments and equipment brought aboard by each science team. Global Oceans will provide engineering expertise to ensure secure installation, power supply and consumables, such as carrier gases for chromatography, required to support researcher-owned equipment. Working with a network of instrumentation and service suppliers, Global Oceans can also install needed analytical instrumentation on an expedition basis. Global Oceans is working with leading providers including PerkinElmer, Agilent Technologies, Life Technologies, Ion Torrent, GE Analytical Instruments, Quantum Analytics, Pace Analytical and others to provide instrumentation for individual project use at sea.
CSSF – ROPOS Scientific ROV Systems
The Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility (CSSF) (North Saanich, BC, Canada) and Global Oceans are collaborating to integrate CSSF’s Remotely Operated Platforms for Ocean Sciences (ROPOS) ROVs on international scientific research missions. ROPOS is rated for up to 5,000 meters, with capacity for seafloor sampling, high-definition video surveys, seafloor sensor installation, biological sampling, sediment coring and geo-referenced dive annotations.
Oceaneering International, Inc. – ROV Systems
Global Oceans is working with Oceaneering International, Inc. (Houston, TX, USA) to align Oceaneering’s ROV systems with project needs. Science-configured ROVs include the Global Explorer, rated to 3,000 meters and two Magellan ROVs, depth-rated to 6,000 meters. Oceaneering is the largest and most vertically integrated manufacturer of ROVs and high-resolution camera systems for ROVs. Their adaptive ROV capacity aligns with the Global Oceans MARV model of scalable platforms configured from chartered offshore service vessels.
Autonomous Undersea Vehicle (AUV) Systems
A range of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are available from collaborating firms including Kongsberg Maritime/Hydroid (Pocasset, MA, USA and Kongsberg, Norway) for the REMUS AUVs, rated to 6,000 meters of water depth; Teledyne’s Gavia AUV’s (Iceland), rated to 1,000 meters of water depth; and Boeing’s Echo Ranger and Echo Seeker AUVs (Huntington Beach, CA, USA), rated up to 6,500 meters of water depth. These and other scientifically adaptive AUV systems are available for multiple projects and are readily deployable from MARV platforms.
Liquid Robotics – Wave Glider® Surface Glider Fleet
Liquid Robotics, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA, USA) and Global Oceans formed a strategic alliance to enable rapid mobilization of Wave Glider® robotic technologies on Global Oceans expeditions. Wave Gliders® are autonomous surface vehicles designed to transit continuously in open ocean and coastal areas, collecting, processing and transmitting upper ocean and atmospheric data, independent of on-site manned support. An initial inventory of Wave Gliders at Liquid Robotics’ California facility has been allocated to the Global Oceans program for rent or long-term lease by expedition scientists.
Esri, Inc. – ArcGIS Data Visualization
“Esri is entering into a partnership with Global Oceans, a new nonprofit that seeks to provide additional seagoing assets to the ocean science community in the face of shrinking resources via traditional means. The complement of Esri’s GIS products, as well as the Arc Marine data model for structuring, organizing, and analyzing data will be an important set of tools that Global Oceans will be leveraging at sea on behalf of ocean scientists.”
Esri Ocean GIS Initiative
In partnership with Esri, Inc. (Redlands, CA, USA), ArcGIS for Desktop software will be installed on modular computer workstations aboard Global Oceans’ expeditions. Utilizing this software, scientists can query their data, perform analysis and build maps. Prior to each expedition, ArcGIS user training will be provided virtually, and dedicated technical support will be available on board and online. Global Oceans’ GOCEPT expedition planning tool also integrates Esri’s GIS-enabled geodesign SeaSketch platform that will enable collaborative, online expedition planning for ocean scientists worldwide.
Thorpe SEEOP, Inc. – Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Systems
Global Oceans is working with Thorpe SEEOP (Mesa, AZ, USA) to explore use of a wide array of unmanned aircraft, including vertical launch and recovery vehicles, for environmental surveys and monitoring. Program applications for Global Oceans include potential utilization in the Arctic for baseline and monitoring assessments; and in the Indian Ocean in support of the IIOE-2 Expeditions.
Fugro Worldwide – Modular Seafloor Drills (SFDs)
Global Oceans and Fugro Worldwide (The Netherlands) have formed a strategic alliance to develop long-term program for utilization of Fugro’s innovative modular seafloor drilling systems known as SFDs for scientific seafloor coring. The joint effort will work with scientists in several disciplines that rely on obtaining seafloor cores for their research to align and deliver the technical requirements for this application of the SFDs.