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Geodynamics received certification from the New York Department of Transportation as a Disadvantaged Business Entity (DBE) in that state. Based on our DBE certification in our home state of North Carolina, Geodynamics has become DBE certified through the intrastate reciprocity process in five other states: Delaware, Maryland, New York, South Carolina and Virginia.
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.
In March 2017, Geodynamics team members attended a 3-day Geodetic Leveling course at the NGS Corbin Training Center in Corbin, VA. The class covered many topics, including leveling history and theory, modern equipment and techniques, digital level operation and data collection. Participants also learned how to process leveling data, prepare station descriptions, and submit data to NGS. Based on participation in the NGS course, Aron Lemke has prepared leveling mini-courses and practice exercises to provide in-house training to the entire Geodynamics team. These skills will be used for digital leveling and tide gauge installation, and to improve daily survey operation.
Over the winter season, Geodynamics’ vessel R/V 4-Points underwent a comprehensive retrofit to improve boat systems, equipment, and operator comfort. To provide more power for onboard systems with less noise and emissions, a Fischer Panda 6.5kW marine generator was installed. The Odom 200kHz singlebeam transducer was moved from an over-the-side mount to a flush in-hull mount, allowing for faster data collection speeds and faster transits between collection areas. Inside the cabin, the data collection desk was removed and replaced with a taller operator station that is forward looking. Captain and operator chairs were replaced with upgraded chairs for comfort during long survey days. A custom sliding shock-mounted computer rack was also added in the data processing station, it is designed to allow easier cabling and equipment installation and removal. All in all, the improvements were a success, and enhance both surveyor experience and ease of data acquisition.