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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.
Geodynamics was featured in a recent article of Spark Magazine, the employee magazine created by and for Stantec employees. Geodynamics has partnered with the Stantec office in Raleigh, NC since 2006. Initially hired as a subcontractor to complete hydrographic surveys for Stantec as a prime to the USACE Wilmington, our firms have worked together collaboratively on many projects that benefit from our distinct and disparate expertise.
Geodynamics has been awarded a 5-year contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District to complete surveying and mapping tasks. This is the second 5-year contract award, as Geodynamics was previously selected for this contract from 2010-2015. We are thrilled to continue our work supporting the Wilmington District with topographic and hydrographic surveys.
Geodynamics has been awarded a multi-year monitoring project at the NASA Wallops Island Flight Facility. The effort will include biannual beach profiles of the shoreline surrounding the installation on Wallops and Assateague Islands. These beach profiles include RTK-GPS topographic portions and hydrographic data collected with motion-corrected singlebeam sonar. These repetitive surveys will provide important information about coastal change and erosion, supporting coastal engineers at Moffatt & Nichol. In addition to the seamless topo-bathy beach profiles, the project also includes initial aerial surveys to collect LiDAR and orthoimagery.
The national capital was host to the biannual US HYDRO conference from March 16-19, 2015. Geodynamics’ research vessel R/V Benthos was stationed on the pier to host on-water demonstrations of Kongsberg EM2040C and M3 multibeam echosounders. In addition, Geodynamics’ scientists Dave Bernstein and Ben Sumners were selected for technical sessions and poster presentations, with topic s including hydrographic surveys in support of archaeological site preservation, strategies for overcoming systematic GPS interference during shallow water multibeam surveys, and GIS methods for displaying and distributing sidescan sonar data products efficiently for multiple users.