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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.
Geodynamics’ CEO Sloan Freeman was invited to participate as a panelist at the first “Women Leaders in Business and the Environment.” Held at Duke University’s Love Auditorium at the Nicholas School of the Environment, the panel also included the Director of Sustainable Business & Innovation from Burt’s Bees and Ocean Spray’s Director of Sustainability. The event was organized to highlight women leaders working at the intersection of business and environmental protection efforts. Geodynamics is a Woman-Owned Small Business, and co-founder Sloan Freeman was excited to speak with the students at Duke about the possibilities and challenges that exist for all small businesses and independent consultants working in the environmental field.
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.