Posts by David Donohue

Drix capabilities demonstrated to industry in Auckland

iXblue is one of several firms leading the charge into the domain of unmanned and autonomous survey vessels, suitable for use in offshore applications. During my visit to the Ocean Business Exhibition in Southampton, in April 2019, there were unmanned survey vessels of all shapes and sizes everywhere you looked.  There is no doubt that…

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Unique Challenges of the Fiordland Marine Survey

Fiordland bathymetric survey

After weeks of soaking up spectacular scenery and battling challenging weather and midges, we left the magnificent Fiordland National Park region in the south-west corner of New Zealand’s South Island.  It was April 2019, and we had just completed another survey for Land Information New Zealand Annual Survey (LINZ). Why Fiordland needed to be surveyed…

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The excitement of preparing for a new LINZ project

Fiordland survey

It seems like only yesterday that we were in the South Pacific completing our mammoth Tonga survey project. And now we are already well into the month of February and our team has been busy mobilising for another Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) project, this time in the Fiordland National Park – one of the…

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South Pacific Survey Achieves a Few World Firsts

Unmanned survey vessel drix

The world’s first ever survey project (of scale) using Satellite Derived Bathymetry (SDB), Airborne Bathymetric Lidar (ABL) and a vessel mounted multi beam echo sounder was successfully completed in Tonga on Christmas Eve. The challenges were many, including the scale of the project, shallow waters in places, some unchartered waters and old data and charts…

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The Joy of Getting Back on The Tools for a Brief Time

hydrographic survey management

The survey dream When Dave Field and myself established the Australasian survey division of iXblue over 11 years ago, we assumed that we would spend much of our time at sea playing on boats and surveying the world. As with most things in life, our plans and visions for the future have not always played…

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The Fun and Challenges of the DriX Maiden Survey in Tonga

  From concept to maiden nautical charting survey in just two years is an incredible feat.  And how privileged the iXblue survey team is to not only conduct the maiden survey of the Unmanned Survey Vessel (USV) DriX, but to do so in a region as beautiful as Tonga. Two years ago, this vessel was…

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A Clever Solution to a South Pacific Problem

  It may come as a surprise to many to learn that much of the South Pacific is poorly charted, despite being heavily serviced by ships. Maritime trade operating on old and poorly surveyed charts is less than ideal from a navigational safety and environmental safety perspective. The New Zealand Government’s PRNI Initiative To rectify…

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Unmanned Survey Vessel DriX Arrives for Maiden South Pacific Survey

Drix Tauranga

  This week sees the commencement of an exciting new era for the iXblue Survey Division and the iXblue Shipyard. 12 iXblue personnel are currently in the beautiful city of Tauranga, New Zealand, adding the final touches to the DriX unmanned survey vessel.  Six of the personnel from iXblue France, joined our Australian / New…

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How iXblue is Significantly Reducing Survey Costs

IXblue Boat

  The second half of 2018 is shaping up to be a very exciting one for iXblue Australia, with a few large survey projects in progress. We also have several survey system development projects underway.  These are nearing completion and should allow us to undertake testing and trials before the end of the year. New…

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IXSurvey – We’ve Changed Our Name!

iXblue office

  We are excited to share important news regarding the evolution of our company and how this change will benefit you. We are delighted to announce that our company name, iXsurvey Australia, has been changed to iXblue. Why the name change? iXsurvey Australia has always been a division of the international group IXBlue, however the…

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