Survey Marlborough Sounds

Western Marlborough Sounds Project Update

Beautiful weather has allowed the iXblue survey team to achieve great progress on the joint LINZ/Marlborough District Council survey project, since arriving onsite in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds region five weeks ago. The crew and daily operations The vessel Karen D is crewed by two Pacific7 personnel who share the driving, engineering and cooking duties…

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Fiordland bathymetric survey

Unique Challenges of the Fiordland Marine 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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Fiordland survey

The excitement of preparing for a new LINZ project

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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bathymetric survey Tonga

The Case of the Missing Shipwreck

One of the most surprising and interesting finds our bathymetric survey company during our recent major survey of the Niue region, was a shipwreck.  One that was on the move! To be fair the sunken ship had originally been discovered and charted long before we all arrived. The ‘Nicky Lou’, an Albacore fishing vessel, ran…

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Unmanned survey vessel drix

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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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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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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Dolphins – Beautiful Creatures that Can Also be a Nuisance

No-one will ever argue that dolphins are not beautiful creatures.  They’re playful, inquisitive and they bring absolute joy to anyone who encounters them whilst out on the water. To see them racing along the side of the boat, playing in the bow wave, seemingly dancing together and having a great time together is a breathtaking…

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Shallow Waters

The Challenges of Surveying Shallow Waters

EM3002D Usage on Demanding Mapping Projects In late 2012, iXblue Australia was invited to present at the Kongsberg Maritime Subsea User Conference in Singapore. Our Senior Surveyor, Dave Mundy, presented a paper titled “EM3002D Usage on Demanding Mapping Projects”.

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