Gardline Launches Water Quality Monitoring System (UK)

Gardline Launches Water Quality Monitoring System

Several months of intense development culminated in the launch in March 2012 of Gardline’s unique multi-buoy, multi-parameter real time water quality monitoring system, MEMO (Marine Environmental Meteorology and Oceanography).

In response to a massive increase of large scale dredging projects in Australia, the system has been put together by a collaboration of Gardline Environmental and Survey Support teams, and is designed to be used to monitor and mitigate the environmental impact of dredge operations, by making available key indicators to both the dredge master and other stakeholders via a secure web portal.

The system takes data from multiple buoys over the dredge site, covering parameters such as PAR (Photosynthetically Available Radiation), OBS (Optical Backscatter) and local meteorology, and feeds all this information to a shore station, for onward re-transmission to the dredge vessel and also to Gardline’s data server in the UK. Onboard the dredger, the key environmental measurements are compared against regulatory thresholds and remote reference buoys, and fed to an intuitive ‘traffic light’ display for in-field decision making, whilst users onshore are able to access raw data and perform more complex analyses and correlations.

The system is undergoing UK field trials prior to deployment in Australia, where market potential is huge. The modular nature of the development, and in-house control of software means that the system lends itself to application in other opportunities worldwide, using unique and innovative technology to minimise environmental impact.

Dredging Today Staff, March 13, 2012; Image: Gardline

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3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

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