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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South Pacific Survey Achieves a Few World Firsts

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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hydrographic survey management

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

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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Drix Tauranga

Unmanned Survey Vessel DriX Arrives for Maiden South Pacific Survey

  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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mapping coastlines kaikoura

Mapping Coastlines: A Case Study in Kaikoura, New Zealand

Why do we need to map the coast? After a powerful M7.8 earthquake shook North Canterbury, New Zealand in 2016, iXblue was contracted to perform detailed seafloor mapping to update nautical charts.  An important part of making charts is accurately drawing the coastline.  The complex tectonic environment in New Zealand makes the coastal zone rather…

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Kaikoura Earthquake Faults

Amphibious Coastal Mapping Post-Earthquake in Kaikoura, NZ

The Strongest Earthquake in 150 years On 14 November, 2016 a powerful M7.8 earthquake shook North Canterbury, New Zealand. It was the strongest quake in over 150 years and is one of the most complex earthquakes ever recorded with modern instruments. The rupture lasted nearly 2 minutes in total causing surface faults extensive displacement, horizontally…

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iXblue office

IXSurvey – We’ve Changed Our Name!

  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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Jason-3 satellite

Will Jason-3 Make Tide Gauges Obsolete for Hydrographic Surveys?

On January 18th, 2016 a new and cool satellite was launched into space. The Jason-3 carries an array of oceanographic sensors that are capable of measuring sea level heights, currents and even capturing information on wind speed. What excites me most though is its ability to measure sea level heights to within 3.3cm – globally.…

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HMAS Leeuwin

Hydrographic Surveys: Surveying Australia – Part 2

Implications of a Reduced Rate of Effort Michael Beard and David Donohue Investment in hydrography realises an essential service to national transport infrastructure. Hydrographic survey company improve safety at sea, contribute to the protection of the marine environment and advance a nation’s economic development and standing Bathymetric survey company in Australia.

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Hydrographic Surveys: Surveying Australia – Part 1

Give Industry a Chance to Help by Michael Beard & David Donohue, Brisbane ‘No day too long, no task too arduous’ is the Hydrographic Surveyor’s maxim. However, given the magnitude of Australia’s national hydrographic effort, there remain some long days ahead for those charged with the hydrographic survey task across Australia’s area of surveying and…

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