MMF - MARINE MEASUREMENT FORUM - ASV GLOBAL
Measure that. Our oceans are littered with every kind of waste that man is capable of dumping on land. We're slowly killing marine life and poisoning our food supply. Why? That's a good question. In the UK we have all the expertise to solve this puzzle, but no demonstrable political will as yet.
MARINE MEASUREMENT FORUM
Announced - Click here for details
09:00 - Registration opens, refreshments
- Datawell Directional Waverider 4 buoy
early adopters and key differences to DWR 3.
Session 2: Facilities
12:20 - Lunch
- Seeing is believing: holographic imaging of marine suspended particles.
- Long term monitoring at the Western Channel Observatory, showcasing
the platforms and tools used to deliver a high quality scientific data set.
16:40 - Close
Managing Director of ASV Global, Dan Hook, poses with his company's C-Enduro catamaran. What is interesting is that this is a fairly sizeable craft that appears to us not to be able to comply with COLREGs. What then will happen in a case involving collision or loss of human life? The operators of unmanned vehicles are responsible for accidents that they may cause or of any failure to comply with maritime regulations, such as SOLAS.
Introduction: The Marine Measurement Forum (MMF) is a series of one-day, non-profit making events that provides opportunities for the informal exchange of ideas, knowledge, techniques and developments across an extensive range of marine scientific measurement activities. Attendees typically include scientists, surveyors, engineers and business people from a variety of organisations including research centres, academia, manufacturers, survey companies, consultants, monitoring authorities, dredging companies, port authorities, oil companies, societies, etc. Each MMF is normally hosted within southern England with occasional excursions to other parts of the UK.
This document provides guidelines for MMF organisers.
Steering Group: An ad hoc Steering Group comprising four long term and regular MMF attendees, representing Research, Manufacturing, Media and Distribution within the marine science market place, is available to offer advice and assistance to the host.
Host Organiser: The current volunteer host, as confirmed by the Steering Group, will be responsible for compiling the programme for the day, advertising it to the MMF membership and promoting it to the appropriate market places. Support will be provided by the Steering Group. Future hosts will be appointed either by the Steering Group or via recommendation from the present host. A future “host list” is maintained by the MMF Steering Group.
General Format: The event should cover a single day and be organised such that the average attendee can travel to and from the venue on the same day. Frequency is targeted at 6 month intervals and ideally this period should not be shortened but could be extended by 3 months if necessary.
Presentations: A number of 15-20 minute presentations will normally form the bulk of the day’s proceedings. As noted above, it is the host’s responsibility to invite, select and schedule the speakers with the target being to provide a programme offering a balance between scientific research, instrumentation, survey projects, etc. It is preferred that overtly sales based presentations are avoided. The success of the MMF series is founded on the varied range of presentations and that, in turn, is a reflection of the volunteer speakers. The host will monitor the market place for new developments, projects etc to encourage speakers with novel tales to tell. Traditionally the final programme is announced at least 2 weeks before the event date.
Venue: The choice of venue lies with the host but will normally be selected to be easily accessible to the majority of the attendees. A typical venue will be capable of accommodating between 50 - 100 attendees, will provide ample parking spaces, will offer all normal audio/visual presentation facilities and be capable of providing refreshments, inc lunch.
Cost: The MMF is a non-profit making series. The target attendee price is £40-50 which normally includes the provision of light refreshments. It is recommended that the host only confirms bookings against full payment.
Attendees: The MMF series attracts a wide range of attendees including scientists, surveyors, engineers, etc from research organisations, monitoring authorities, survey companies, instrument manufacturers etc. The Steering Group is responsible for maintaining an MMF Mailing List of members. This list will be provided to each host and will represent the core announcement media. However, it is anticipated that each host will use their own marketing facilities to circulate news of the event and all new attendees should subsequently be added to the membership list by the host prior to its return to the Steering Group.
Action schedule: Each host will have his/her own particular admin, marketing, etc preferences but the following constitutes a typical “hosts template”. D-x = X days before event Date.
01) D-150. Identify the MMF date and venue. Announce details to the MMF Steering Group.
02) D-120. Issue initial announcement circular to email list and circulate general details to journals, electronic newsletters and other contacts.
03) D-120. Invite identified speakers. Call for volunteers will form part of the announcement.
04) D-120. Commence creation of attendee and speaker lists.
05) D-060. Issue second announcement including draft programme details.
06) D-015. Issue full programme, map, joining details to all attendees and publicize details via normal PR channels.
A SEAVAX DRONE - This is a raw proposal for a robot ship that is designed to vacuum up plastic waste from the ocean based on the Bluefish ZCC concept. The vessel is solar and wind powered - and shares component with other variants. The front end (left) is modified so that there is a wide scoop area, into which plastic waste is funneled as the ship moves forward. The waste is pumped into a large holding bay after treatment, then stored until it can be off-loaded. The rear of the ship (right) carries two large wind turbines that generate electricity in combination with deck mounted solar panels (shown here in blue) to power the onboard processing machinery. The system can be semi-autonomous, such that in robot mode they alert HQ to any potential problems and share data as to progress for backers. A whole cleanup mission can be controlled from land, with visuals and data streams. A SeaVax would operate using a search program called SeaNet, that would need to be modified for this specific function.
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