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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.
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 is growing! Over the next few months, we will be busting out a few walls and making our current vessel and equipment facility a bit bigger. By adding two additional vessel bays, we will be able to more easily mobilize and prepare for simultaneous task orders that require different equipment. In November, Geodynamics also purchased an additional lot in the Carteret County Industrial Park. Located directly across the street from our current office, this space will eventually provide extra room to grow as Geodynamics continues to add staff and equipment.
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.