Fugro Displays Its New SRV Simulator at DSEI in London, UK View post tag: Navy View post tag: Displays View post tag: UK Fugro Subsea Services Ltd gave the first public showing of its new Submarine Rescue Vehicle (SRV) simulator at the DSEI show in London.The simulator is based on Fugro’s DeepWorks ROV software and is designed to speed up the verification of vehicle design configurations and tooling, develop and practice rescue mission procedures, and improve pilot training. DeepWorks provides true subsea physics-based simulation that can run on a desktop PC or be integrated into a submarine rescue vehicle’s hardware control console. Fugro is experienced in building SRV simulators and has supplied prototype trainers to some of the world’s navies.Among the new enhancements is the ability to navigate to targets using both camera and sonar views in more realistic sea conditions. A new model governs friction behaviours when bodies collide with each other or with the seabed. Manipulator behaviours have also been made more lifelike for tasks such as deploying probes to measure CO2 levels and for posting pods with life-support provisions. Other enhancements include better proximity awareness, easier trim and ballast control and the introduction of a new supervisor’s panel for easier control and monitoring of the training scenario.Fugro’s LR5K SRV simulator was the world’s first simulator that provided 3D simulation of rescue operations. Fugro also pioneered ray tracing, which provides highly realistic sonar simulation for navigation training, along with altimeter-based ranging for hatch mating, and pod posting. Models have been developed for a range of SRVs including the Perry Slingsby LR7, OceanWorks Merlion 500, and ADS 2000.Visitors to the Fugro stand at DSEI had the opportunity to play a game version of the SRV simulator providing a way of experiencing some of the challenges of navigating to and docking with a distressed submarine.[mappress]Press Release, September 12, 2013; Image: Fugro View post tag: News by topic View post tag: London View post tag: Defence View post tag: DSEi Training & Education View post tag: New Back to overview,Home naval-today Fugro Displays Its New SRV Simulator at DSEI in London, UK September 12, 2013 View post tag: Defense View post tag: Fugro View post tag: SRV View post tag: Naval View post tag: Simulator Share this article
November 14, 2014 Pacific Submarine Force Remembers Fallen Veterans Back to overview,Home naval-today Pacific Submarine Force Remembers Fallen Veterans View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Veterans Submarine veterans, active-duty military and family and friends of the Pacific Submarine Force came together to honor all Americans who have served in the military on Veterans Day at the USS Parche Submarine Park and Memorial on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Nov. 11.With an emphasis on submarine veterans, the ceremony’s guest speaker, Capt. John Russ, chief of staff of Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet, spoke of honoring American veterans past and present, including Sailors aboard deployed submarines, and those aboard submarine tenders, maintaining, repairing, resupplying and supporting the fleet, to the families that are always sacrificing in their own way in service to the nation.The ceremony included a posting of the 50 state flags by the Radford High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, postings of colors by the National Sojourners, a tolling of the bells for the 52 submarines and their crew that were lost in World War II and a series of wreath presentations by the Bowfin Base, Pearl Harbor U.S. Submarine Veterans and others. A special lei presentation was also held in honor of Hawaii’s state submarine, USS Growler (SSN 215). The ceremony also included a rifle volley by the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Ceremonial Guard.Others groups in attendance included the Pacific Fleet Submarine Memorial Association; U.S. Submarine League, Aloha Chapter; and the Pearl Harbor Submarine Officers’ Spouses Association.[mappress mapid=”14433″]Press release, Image: US Navy View post tag: Force View post tag: americas View post tag: submarine View post tag: Navy View post tag: Pacific View post tag: USS Parche Submarine View post tag: Pearl Harbor-Hickam Authorities View post tag: Remembers View post tag: Fallen View post tag: Naval Share this article
The Belgian Navy’s 34-year-old research vessel will be replaced by a larger and better-equipped successor, Belgium’s Science Policy Office (BELSPO) announced in a press conference on Tuesday.The announcement was made by Belgian secretary of state for science policy Zuhal Demir and defense minister Steven Vandeput.Belgium’s secretary of state for science Elke Sleurs announced in 2017 that the BELSPO-owned R/V Belgica has reached an end of its service life and needs a replacement.The yet-unnamed new vessel will be built by Spain-based Freire Shipyard under a contract from June 2018. Work under the contract is expected to be completed by October 2020.Designed by Rolls-Royce Marine and measuring approximately 70 meters in length, the new research vessel will be some 20 meters longer than its predecessor and will have more berthing space for scientists (up to 28). It will also feature equipment that will allow it to conduct research at depths of up to 5,00 meters. Ice reinforcement will allow the vessel to operate in the Arctic Circle during the summer.The new vessel will have an autonomy of 30 days and will provide some 300 days of at sea operations. According to BELSPO, the contact for the construction of the new vessel is worth 54 million euros.The R/V will cater for the requirements of the Belgian marine scientific community when performing advanced marine research and education at sea – today and in the coming years. This will include research within the fields of geology and sedimentology, fisheries, biology, chemistry, oceanography (including meteorology). In addition, the vessel will be part of hydrography campaigns. R/V BelgicaCommissioned in 1984, the 34-year-old R/V Belgica is owned by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) and is managed by the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS). The Belgian Navy provides the crew, operational support and a dock at the vessel’s home port of Zeebrugge.Belgian scientists use the ship to carry out maritime scientific research. Activities include the monitoring of the water quality of the North Sea, where scientists continuously collect data on the biological, chemical, physical, geological and hydrodynamic processes in the region. View post tag: BELSPO View post tag: Belgian Navy Photo: Photo: BELSPO View post tag: R/V Belgica Share this article
Lacking traditional academic qualifications will no longer be a bar to study at Oxford, as the University will now accept applications from students with new government Diplomas as well as A-levels.Oxford will now consider students with an Advanced Engineering Diploma for a place on an Engineering course. However Diplomas such as Hospitality, IT or Health and Beauty are still ruled out by the Admissions Office.Mike Nicholson, Director of Undergraduate Admissions, said that the University recognised some people may be qualified for entry onto Oxford degrees despite lacking A-levels.He said, “this provides a route for those who opt to study the Advanced Diploma in Engineering to apply to study Engineering at Oxford.” He added, “Oxford has always looked at more than just qualifications – academic ability and potential is assessed through a range of measures.”Nicholson emphasised that Oxford encouraged all appropriately qualified students to apply regardless of their school or college background.The Advanced Engineering Diploma, which is to be launched in 2010, is worth the equivalent of three and a half A Levels. Oxford applicants must also have a Physics A-level to apply for an Engineering degree.The new Diplomas designed by the government are largely vocational and include ten days work experience as part of the qualification.Some students think those with Diplomas will face some academic difficulties. One commented, “no one at Oxford has done anything vocational really. I don’t know if a Diploma would prepare you for the type of work here.” However, many students feel this move will not make much difference to the applications system. One student said, “If the Diploma is worth more than 3 A Levels, you’ve still got to be pretty academic.”Jim Knight, Minister for Schools and Learners, claims the benefit of the Diploma system is that students have, “a genuine choice about where their qualifications take them, be it university or straight towards employment.”Almost all the Russell Group Universities have responded positively to the new Diploma system. Mike Nicholson maintains that the new qualifications “have the greatest relevance for our courses.”He said Oxford academics involved in the project are keen to “ensure that the Diplomas can deliver the highly rigorous academic content and study skills that candidates to highly competitive universities need.”
The Campaign to Protect Rural England has been granted a hearing to review the decision by Oxford City Council to allow Oxford University to build student accommodation near a Port Meadow beauty spot.The hearing, set to take place on 23 October, may lead to a judicial review into the council’s decision to allow the Castle Mill development to be built.This is due to the CPRE’s argument that the council failed to carry out an environmental impact assessment. The development, five-storey blocks that provide 439 accommodation units, is situated by the River Thames, near a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.Helen Marshall, director of CPRE Oxfordshire, said, “We are not yet convinced that the planning condition on contamination has been met.“The mitigation proposals currently suggested by the university are woefully inadequate to counteract the devastating impact of the buildings on Port Meadow and Oxford’s historic skyline.”She added, “A few trees growing to approximately half the height of the buildings in 15 years’ time will not meet the brief of ‘hiding the buildings in summer and softening their impact in winter.’”Oxford City Council have said that the CPRE’s challenge is late, however, due to the fact that the flats have already been built. It believes the group’s claims are unfounded.Despite this, both the council and Oxford University have been under fire from campaign groups such as the CPRE since the start of its development, with an on-line petition against it attracting over 3,000 signatures.However, a University spokesman has said that, “The University will be making representations at the interim hearing in October on the procedural issues raised by the challenge.“In the meantime, we intend to finish and occupy the buildings by the start of the next academic year in October as planned.”
71, of Bayonne, passed away on September 17, 2017 at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, FL. Mr. Rooney was born in Bridgeport, CT as one of eight siblings and spent the majority of his early childhood in Glasgow, Scotland. Oliver started working at Fahnstock Co. at the age of eighteen and spent most of his career as a banking consultant traveling to such places as the United Kingdom, Africa and throughout the U.S. Oliver married Eileen C. Rooney on January 23, 1976 and is now resting with her forever in eternal peace. Mr. Rooney leaves to cherish his memory daughter Kerri and his sister Joan. Mr. Rooney is also survived by his son, Sean and Oliver’s grandchildren: Connor (Abigail), Emma, Abigail, Alyson and great- grandson Liam Michael Rooney and other relatives and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Oliver’s memory to St. Jude’s, P.O. Box 1000, Dept.142; Memphis, TN 38148. Funeral arrangements by CHARLES A. WEST, 34 East 25th St.
“We still think the sandwich will be recorded in the Guinness Book of Records because of all the evidence and footage that we will send them”- Iranian Parvin Shariati, organiser of a record attempt at creating the world’s biggest sandwich in Tehran, puts on a brave face after his 1,500 metre-long chicken and ostrich sarnie was set upon and gobbled up by a hungry mob before a measurement could be taken”When I arrived, we went up to the bar to ask the waitress for the cake, only to find she had given it to another table.”Despite the fact that the cake said ’Happy Birthday Kaffy’ on it, and despite the fact it was blatantly specially made, they just took it and ate the whole thing”- Times are clearly tough when diners at a restaurant will snaffle your birthday cake to save on dessert, as Laurel Bennett of Cambridge discovered
Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is calling for greater tranparency on where and how palm oil is grown in the quest for responsible and sustainable sourcing.Speaking at the RSPO European rountable in London Indonesian vice minister of trade Dr Bayu Krisnamurthi stated the Indonesian government’s intention to work together with RSPO towards a joint sustainable palm oil standard, which would scale up production of certified sustainable palm oil in Indonesia.He proposed to convert RSPO into an ‘open source’ standard available for non-RSPO members.RSPO secretary general Darrel Webber said: “By increasing transparency on where and how palm oil is grown, we want to strengthen the role of RSPO as a benchmark to measure everyone’s performance. GFW’s maps will give greater assurance to European buyers that the CSPO they’re sourcing is produced responsibly.They will also act as a tool for certified growers to show their commitment and urge customers to support them.”The maps for all RSPO certified palm oil plantations have been released and are accessible on the new World Resources Institute’s Global Forest Watch Commodities platform. By releasing the maps RSPO is hoping for greater transparency in the supply chain and to achieve 100% certified sustainable palm oil.
March 8th is International Women’s Day – a day when the global community recognizes the vital contributions women make to economics, politics, and culture. Under the theme of “Pledge for Parity,” International Women’s Day is a time to celebrate the many far-reaching accomplishments of women around the globe. It is also a call to action in the fight against disparities associated with women’s rights, equality, health, and safety. Above all, International Women’s Day is a time to remember how gender equality benefits all of us – women and men – at work, at home, and in life.Working at a global company has given me a wonderful window into the many unique and layered stories that shape the ways we understand and move through the world. I think about the story Madeline Martinez, one of our Latina software engineers who recently represented EMC at the White House Initiative on Educational Excellent for Hispanics. I think about our colleague Radia Perlman, who will be inducted into the U.S. National Inventors Hall of Fame this year for her brilliance. I think of Orna Berry, leading innovation at our Israel Center of Excellence and serving as an advisor to government leaders; and I think of Fidelma Russo, leading her team to launch one of our most anticipate products of the year, VMAX All Flash storage. As I think about their stories, I am filled with pride — not only for what they have done, but for the encouragement they give to others.EMC Women in London prior to the Everywoman Advancing Technology ForumPart of my International Women’s Day will be spent thinking about the ways that women and men across EMC can take the actions which result in real and lasting change. I applaud the efforts of Vittorio Colao, the CEO of our valued customer Vodafone, to encourage everyone – and particularly men – to commit to actions in support of gender equality in the #HeForShe campaign. By the next International Women’s Day, I hope to count even more “male allies” who stand with women and help us realize results together.At EMC we understand that gender equality is a vital part of our commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce, and a true business necessity. We attract and retain women and foster their success by offering world-renowned development and training opportunities. We are visible and vocal at women’s leadership forums – including the Simmons Leadership Conference in Boston, the Everywoman Advancing Technology Forum in London, the Watermark Conference in Silicon Valley and the Global Advancement of Women Conference in Hong Kong. Being present for these international events helps us understand the perspectives of women throughout the world. It also gives strength and resilience to one of our most important assets – our network.At EMC we encourage everyone to tell their individual stories, and create the kind of environment where we can be our “authentic selves.” The more stories that we add, the better and richer our experience becomes. To quote the celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”Happy International Women’s Day! Find your voice, own your story, and together, let’s commit to purposeful action in advancing equality and inclusion.
Effective March 1, the Notre Dame Security Police Department will be renamed the Notre Dame Police Department, the University announced in a press release Thursday.With the name change, the department aims “to bring clarity for both the campus community and partners in law enforcement, more accurately portray the enforcement duties of the department and reinforce the department as a sworn police force,” according to the release. The department reached the decision after extensive research, which included meetings with groups on campus and at other institutions, the press release said.According to the release, the department will also be undergoing several operational changes to better distinguish police officers from other campus security workers. Only police officers will be responding to phone calls, and only officers will patrol the campus and drive police cars with sirens and light bars. Police officers will still wear navy blue shirts and pants, but outreach, engagement and safety inspection staff will now wear green shirts and khaki pants.“When someone calls the Notre Dame Police Department, they will be speaking with a police officer,” Notre Dame police chief Keri Kei Shibata said in the release. “And only our officers will respond to emergencies and patrol campus, so our students, visitors, faculty and staff will know what they can expect from the officer.” Outreach and community staff will spearhead crime prevention and community outreach programs, including training sessions for personal defense and sexual assault prevention. Safety and inspection staff will continue to perform routine inspections across campus. Tags: Campus Safety, NDSP, Notre Dame Security Police