Geodynamics recently attended the biannual US Hydro conference held in Galveston, Texas. This is an important industry event hosted by The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) that includes a wide-ranging technical program, extensive workshops and training events, and exhibit hall. In addition to participating as a hydrographic services exhibitor, Geodynamics also co-hosted an impromptu poolside social gathering for conference attendees. Team members Dave Bernstein, Ben Sumners, and Chris Freeman presented technical presentations about management and analysis of sidescan sonar data, seamless topo-bathy surveys for shoreline management, and the use of bathymetric radar for detection of navigational shoaling. And as a sponsor and organizer of the Student Outreach program, Chris Freeman coordinated an event to introduce students of hydrography to leaders in the field. This program supports students’ attendance at the conference, and also provides important mentorship opportunities for future career guidance.
Sloan Freeman attended the 2017 SAME Small Business Outreach and Industry Day. Held at the Waterfront Marriott in Norfolk, Virginia, this event brought together members of the Society of American Military Engineers and included representatives from federal agencies, large engineering firms, and small businesses. Geodynamics participated in the exhibit hall, presenting information about our niche underwater mapping services to other businesses and federal agents. The event also included panel discussions about future contracting opportunities with southeastern District Offices of the US Army Corps of Engineers and NAVFAC Atlantic.
Geodynamics was awarded a NCWORKS Incumbent Worker Training Grant in 2016 to support our employees with skills improvement opportunities. From October to December, our entire team worked with James Cole, PMP to examine our company’s goals and vision and assess how we can continually improve and evaluate our performance. Over five half-day sessions, we devoted our time to understanding what makes our company great, and developed strategies that support our core values of data accuracy, cutting edge technology, and responsiveness to clients. We dedicated ourselves to setting precise and measurable goals, so that as Geodynamics grows we will retain our company focus and commitment to our central mission. Our thanks to James and the Carteret Community College for facilitating this training!
Geodynamics hosted two days of customized on-site sidescan and sub-bottom sonar training in June 2016. Led by experienced instructor Gary Kozak, the intensive hands-on session focused on EdgeTech sidescan and sub-bottom sonar data acquisition and processing in SonarWiz. Because our staff are all experienced with hydrographic and sidescan operations, this training focused on advanced user skills related to survey design and planning, sonar tuning and calibration during operation, and data processing skills. This training was supported by a NCWORKS Incumbent Worker Training Grant.
The national capital was host to the biannual US HYDRO conference from March 16-19, 2015. Geodynamics’ research vessel R/V Benthos was stationed on the pier to host on-water demonstrations of Kongsberg EM2040C and M3 multibeam echosounders. In addition, Geodynamics’ scientists Dave Bernstein and Ben Sumners were selected for technical sessions and poster presentations, with topic s including hydrographic surveys in support of archaeological site preservation, strategies for overcoming systematic GPS interference during shallow water multibeam surveys, and GIS methods for displaying and distributing sidescan sonar data products efficiently for multiple users.