Geodynamics’ CEO Sloan Freeman was invited to participate as a panelist at the first “Women Leaders in Business and the Environment.” Held at Duke University’s Love Auditorium at the Nicholas School of the Environment, the panel also included the Director of Sustainable Business & Innovation from Burt’s Bees and Ocean Spray’s Director of Sustainability. The event was organized to highlight women leaders working at the intersection of business and environmental protection efforts. Geodynamics is a Woman-Owned Small Business, and co-founder Sloan Freeman was excited to speak with the students at Duke about the possibilities and challenges that exist for all small businesses and independent consultants working in the environmental field.
Geodynamics assisted the NOAA survey response team during their AUV training missions at Cape Lookout, NC in early May. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey Development Lab is evaluating the use of AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) for identifying and mapping submerged features including wrecks and hazards to navigation. Completely un-tethered from a research vessel, the AUV is programmed to surface at a pre-programmed location for retrieval. On board Geodynamics’ R/V Benthos, the survey response team ran the VCT and Remus AUVs simultaneously for 3 days in the Cape Lookout Bight. Sidescan sonar data collected during the training operations will be reviewed by scientists at NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research for potential use in ongoing sea turtle or fisheries research.
In 2010, Geodynamics broke ground on a customized office building to support our data processing center and house several research vessels. The new building includes many “green” components in an effort to reduce energy consumption and conserve natural resources: geothermal heating/cooling, extra insulation for energy efficiency, energy efficient light fixtures, plumbing for rainwater toilet flushing, low-impact development of parking areas, and low-VOC paint and flooring materials. Recycled and reused components reduce our ecological footprint and create a unique and comfortable work space. Additional plans for the building include Rain Gardens for storm water retention and installation of renewable energy technologies like photo-voltaic cells or micro-wind turbines.
The building has garnered much attention in Carteret County, where it is located in the county’s Crystal Coast Business Park and where several marine science institutions make their home. The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new office was May 17, 2011 and was attended by colleagues from the USGS, NOAA, UNC-CH, NCSU, and the Carteret County Shoreline Protection Office. Our US Congressman Walter Jones made opening remarks, and joined the Carteret County Economic Development Council in applauding Geodynamics’ expansion.
Geodynamics’ Headquarters is located in the Crystal Coast Business Park, located in Morehead City / Newport.
310-A Greenfield Drive
Newport, NC 28570
Members of Geodynamics staff attended the US Hydro Conference, sponsored by the Hydrographic Society of America in Tampa, Florida last April. In addition to participating in workshops and visiting the extensive exhibit area, Dave Bernstein presented “Modern Techniques for Improved Topo/Bathy Elevation Modeling of Tidal Inlets” in the Data Management and Modeling session. The paper was co-authored by Chris Freeman, Ben Sumners, and Helena Mitasova (NCSU).
Chris Freeman and Ben Sumners presented research at the recent Southeastern meeting of the Geological Society of America in Wilmington, NC. In a session devoted to coastal response to tidal inlets, Ben Sumners presented a discussion of “Spit Development and Effects of Ebb Channel Relocation: Bogue Inlet, NC’ and Chris Freeman presented a talk entitled “High-Resolution Mapping of Complex Coastal Inlets for Regional Sediment Management in North Carolina. The session was in tribute to the career of Dr. Bill Cleary.