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DEC 2018

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www.sea-technology.com December 2018 | ST 33 ing to cover the investment in data collection and trans- fer equipment. Energy major Equinor is the first Miros customer to take advantage of the cloud-based sea state data offering, using it to monitor wave conditions at its gas pipeline landfall on Norway's west coast. The pipeline requires regular inspection and maintenance performed by div- ers, and accurate monitoring of the nearshore sea state is crucial to diver safety. Seabed Mapping to Support St. Lucia Marine Economy The U.K. Hydrographic Office (UKHO) deployed a motorboat to survey the waters of St. Lucia in the fall as part of the Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme. Following a stakeholder meeting with the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) and wid- er government earlier this year, priority areas were sur- veyed, capturing sonar data of St. Lucia's main ports and approaches. These include Castries to Marigot Harbour, Rodney Bay, Vieux Fort Bay and Soufriere Bay. The map- ping equipment supposedly has no negative impact on the ecosystems and marine life. Data from the survey will be used to update navi- gation charts of the region, as well as help St. Lucia to meet its international maritime obligations, including el- ements of the Implementation of IMO Instruments Code (IIIC). These updated charts will reduce navigational risk and improve the safety of ships, cargo and crew. Data will also support environmental and scientific applica- tions, enabling St Lucia to better manage its marine en- vironment. By supporting safe navigation in the region, the sur- vey is expected to bring economic benefits to St. Lucia by encouraging access for its growing cruise ship sector and maximizing efficiency of trade by enabling ships to confidently increase cargo-carrying capacity. Maritime Workforce Development Program Four schools have enrolled in the "Fundamentals of Marine Service Technology" curriculum program by the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), www.abycinc. org/marineservice. The program was built to help sec- ondary and post-secondary schools easily implement a standards-based marine service curriculum, with an in- land or coastal focus. Additionally, a nationally recognized competency certificate is available for program completers who suc- cessfully pass an exam administered by the National Oc- cupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI). Schools currently enrolled with the marine service program include: Ocean County Vocational Technical School – Toms River, New Jersey; Portland Arts & Tech- nology High School – Portland, Maine; Mount Desert Island High School – Bar Harbor, Maine; Center for Applied Technology – Edgewater, Maryland; Mid-Coast School of Technology – Rockland, Maine; North Provi- dence High School – North Providence, Rhode Island; and Coconino Association for Vocations, Industry and Technology – Page, Arizona. ST JW Fishers Donates Tech to Communities JW Fishers Mfg. Inc. takes pride in being a fami- ly-owned-and-operated business and believes in giving back to communities whenever possible. Over the past 50 years, it has donated equipment or gift certificates to many deserving organizations. The company has devel- oped a complete line of underwater search equipment that has helped dive rescue squads, public safety dive teams, police departments and fire departments locate drowning victims and crime weapons. This past year, a SAR-1 underwater metal detector was donated to New Jersey Historical Divers Association Inc. The SAR-1 was designed for use by dive teams attempt- ing to locate objects in low-visibility environments. JW Fishers also donated a $500 gift certificate to the annual Treasure Hunters Cookout held in Sebastian, Florida, this year. Refining AI's Role In Oil, Gas Safety As artificial intelligence (AI) systems begin to control safety-critical infrastructure across a growing number of industries, the need to ensure safe use of AI in systems has become a top priority. DNV GL has launched a position paper, "AI + Safety," to provide guidance on responsible use of AI. The paper asserts that data-driven models alone may not be suffi- cient to ensure safety and calls for a combination of data and causal models to mitigate risk. The operation of many safety-critical systems has traditionally been automated through control theory by making decisions based on a predefined set of rules and the current state of the system. Conversely, AI tries to automatically learn reasonable rules based on previous experience. Since major incidents in the oil and gas industry are fortunately scarce, such scenarios are not well captured by data-driven models, so there are not enough failure data available to make such critical decisions. The po- sition paper stresses that if the industry can supplement data-driven models by generating physics-based casual data, it will be significantly closer to the safe implemen- tation of AI in safety-critical systems. DNV GL has joined forces with Norway's largest universities and companies to establish the Norwegian Open AI to improve the quality and capacity for re- search, education and innovation in AI, machine learn- ing and big data. Miros Launches Real-Time Sea State Data Cloud Service In an industry first, ocean surface measuring company Miros Group will make dry measurements of sea state available through the cloud as a service. For customers, this means flexible access to real-time data without hav- marine resources

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