With landfall of Hurricane Arthur predicted for Carteret County, Geodynamics staff is preparing the office for heavy rains and high winds. Our facility is built to the quality standards of an Essential Facility (like fire and emergency stations), to ensure that our equipment is protected during these events. To guard against data loss, our servers are further protected in an on-site cement bunker, in addition to off-site backups. Our team is on standby for rapid-response post-storm surveys as necessary, but we all hope for an uneventful storm and a happy 4th of July for all!
In May 2014, Geodynamics returned from completing multibeam and sidescan sonar surveys at Badin Lake in Stanly County, NC. This follows multibeam with acoustic backscatter, sidescan, and singlebeam surveys of the same site in 2011 and 2013. Badin Lake is the site of a lakebed remediation project adjacent to the Alcoa aluminum processing plant. Geodynamics’ surveys have covered 40 square acres of the lake and included classification of sediment type and identification of submerged objects.
Geodynamics will begin hydrographic surveys for the USACE Norfolk District in May 2014. Supported by partners Andrews, Miller and Associates and AXIS Geospatial, this long-term contract will meet the Corps’ requirements for engineering and design, hydrographic and geodetic surveys, tidal studies, aerial surveys, and planning for dredged material placement.
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.
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