Technology used in marine exploration today is so much more advanced than it was years ago. The deep sea is quite an exciting frontier, and is almost as inaccessible as reaching the moon; deep water cannot be explored without technology. Let’s explore some of the exciting technology that makes the underwater world accessible.
Autonomous Underwater Vehicles
Just as drones are taking the skies by storm, autonomous underwater vehicles are becoming commonplace in underwater upkeep of oil pipelines. These vehicles have had military use, but are now crossing over into commercial use. The uses for these vehicles are endless, but can include search and rescue, aircraft or ship wreckage discoveries, oil rigging, exploration, and even illegal drug trafficking. The unmanned underwater vehicles are state of the art, requiring advanced computer programming as well as precision-designed mechanical parts.
Because of the life and death scenarios often involved with working and exploring deep underwater, there has to be training available. Individuals can learn in a safe environment, prepared with the competence when they’re actually faced with underwater and far out-at-sea tasks. Just as flight simulation programs help aspiring pilots to learn in a safe setting, deep-sea exploration can be first taught via computer programs. According to Stewart Technology Associates, although the market is small for jack-up and ballast control simulator programs, they can be found online.
Marine Remote Sensing
Marine remote sensing is the science and technology of studying satellite images, airborne sensors, and other data to gain a better understanding of the world’s oceans on a large spatial and temporal scale. Using data collected from many places with several collection methods, scientists can gain a much better idea of what is truly happening with the world’s oceans. Remote sensing provides information on tides, currents, wind patterns, temperature patterns, and other things that are critical for understanding how the oceans work and how better to explore them.
Marine Data Communication
The Succorfish M2M data communicator is a new technological breakthrough that brings together three very important parts of the marine community. This communication device is beneficial to fishermen, marine authorities, and conservationists. This rig is fitted to vessels and then goes to work by opening communication, keeping boats away from sensitive areas, and allowing for a better knowledge of the area; opening new areas to boat traffic without risking more delicate environments.
ASCE and Marine Technology
With the boom in underwater oil discovery, new building technologies are needed. The current method(s) of finding contractors and hiring for these projects is a bit archaic and do not include as many options or sustainable approaches as are necessary. The library of American Society of Civil Engineers, or ASCE, suggested a longer-term approach to marine construction. Stewart Technology Associates is a firm specializing in diverse systems for marine building, systems that will meet needs while providing lasting solutions. The exceptional design and analysis provided by this company comes with years of experience, reducing or preventing novice mistakes on a project. They also offer important technology that makes seemingly impossible projects, a reality.