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 has partnered with East Carolina University and the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management for research to support coastal resiliency in the state. In a two-year cooperative agreement with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the team will evaluate the long-term effects of Hurricane Sandy and look for ways to protect the coastline in the future.
Goals of the research project include synthesizing existing geological and geophysical data offshore of NC, evaluating available sand resources based on existing information, and identifying gaps and prioritizing areas for future geologic and geophysical surveys.
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 summer 2013, Geodynamics was contracted to assess and characterize the seafloor in support of researchers at UNC-CH’s Institute for Marine Science and NOAA’s Center for Coastal Fisheries Habitat Research. Geodynamics developed a detailed survey plan to conduct preliminary environmental site characterizations using sidescan and multibeam sonar. The survey design balanced the need for appropriate sediment characterization and target identification with constraints to available shiptime and a limited budget. The survey efficiently mapped 437mi2 of seafloor in BOEM Call Area Wilmington-East off Cape Fear, NC aboard the NOAA research vessel Nancy Foster. Geodynamics oversaw all hydrographic operations, including 2700 line miles of full coverage (110%) sidescan sonar using an EdgeTech 4200 and ‘skunk stripe’ multibeam collection using a Reson 7125, both paired with an Applanix POS-MV inertial navigation system.
Geodynamics Chief Hydrographer, Dave Bernstein, joined Dr. Leslie Sautter in training students from the College of Charleston Benthic Acoustic Survey & Mapping Program in the use of multibeam and sidescan sonar data acquisition and processing. Using a Kongsberg 2040 multibeam system aboard the R/V Savannah (of Skidaway Institute of Oceanography), the students mapped the Transect Valleys and Cooper River Tee.