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Rivers of Data: Environment Agency in £6m Telemetry Tender

The Environment Agency has pulled the trigger on plans for a sweeping refresh of its central data processing infrastructure, today announcing a £6 million contract for a new cloud-based telemetry syst ......

  • United Kingdom
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 25 Jun 2019
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Description The Environment Agency has pulled the trigger on plans for a sweeping refresh of its central data processing infrastructure, today announcing a £6 million contract for a new cloud-based telemetry system. The agency – which falls under the authority of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) – is swapping its eight existing data crunching platforms for a single system or application hosted on Azure or AWS, but will be providing the cloud environment separately. A public notice puts the value of the five-year contract at £6 million, with the possibility of two 12 month extensions. The tender comes amid ongoing modernisation of the agency’s approximately 5,500 telemetry outstations – which generate the Environment Agency data that underpins flood warning services across England. As Defra’s Michael Lyons noted in a blog for the agency earlier this year: “These range from simple gauging devices that measure river levels, to complex control structures and pumping stations that monitor hundreds of variables.” As part of the agency’s “Future of National Telemetry” project the Environment Agency is also upgrading its data communications infrastructure to allow cellular network IP communications between telemetry systems and the outstation network, with the aim of reducing logistical burden, system costs and improving regulatory of site polling (up to 15 minutes), he revealed in the post. Recent contract winners as a result of the modernisation have included BT, which nabbed an IoT contract to monitor the deployment of the Environment Agency’s 1500 stillages – heavy-duty containers used to transport critical flood defence equipment around the country – and Servelec, which provides heavy duty pumps with 4G and Ethernet, connectivity, RS232 & RS485. Environment Agency data drives its river and sea levels in England service and help it make informed decisions about potential flooding. The agency has historically communicated with most outstations twice a day, using either a physical phone line (circuit switch PSTN) or 2G network.
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Source https://www.governmentcomputing.com/central-government/news/rivers-of-data-environment-agency-in-6m-telemetry-tender
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South32 on verge of activity at copper project

Inca Minerals says it expects South32’s first round of earn-in funding on the Riqueza copper project in Peru will start in the next seven days. The news comes as Inca confirmed the transfer of title ......

  • Australia
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 19 Jun 2019
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Description Inca Minerals says it expects South32’s first round of earn-in funding on the Riqueza copper project in Peru will start in the next seven days. The news comes as Inca confirmed the transfer of title for the project’s concession to newly formed Inca-South32 subsidiary Brillandino Minerales — a condition precedent to receiving the funds. The two companies announced their initial discussions of an earn-in agreement on the project in August 2018, which was eventually confirmed by a signing in April 2019. South32 had earlier funded a $275,000 geophysical survey at the site four months prior in April 2018. South32 has agreed to provide $US9 million ($12.9 million) over a four-year period in return for a 60 per cent stake in Riqueza, in addition to the option to assume an operator role. South32 also has the option to acquire a further 10 per cent of the project in return for additional funding towards completion of Inca’s pre-feasibility study (PFS). Riqueza (officially Greater Riqueza) is a project with zinc, lead, silver, gold and copper potential that runs northwest-southeast across an area of the Miocene poryphory-skarn within Peru’s mineral belt. Inca has commenced three programs of its year-one exploration campaign with South32 at Riqueza in the past month. The first stage is a satellite imagery program of the project area, with data processing now ongoing. The second involves field work associated with a mapping program covering the northeastern and south-central areas of the project. The lead up to this mapping program led to the discovery of a new copper prospect at the project site, dubbed the Cuncayoc copper prospect. Inca announced an independent report related to its mapping work could be expected within the next 10 days. The third program, related to the final configuration of a 1500-sample grid soil sampling program, will start in the next seven days. “The three programs have kickstarted the Inca-South32 year one exploration campaign with results anticipated to flow through more regularly,” Inca managing director Ross Brown said. “Each of these initial programs are designed to provide an additional layer of information critical in the definition of potential drill targets. Additional 3D modelling of high-priority geophysical targets is being considered for the same purpose.”
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Source https://www.australianmining.com.au/news/inca-south32-begin-earn-in-works-at-riqueza/
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Shell awards contract for four seismic surveys to Shearwater

Geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a multi-project marine seismic 3D and 4D acquisition contract by Shell. Shearwater said on Thursday that the contract covers four separate s ......

  • Australia
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 26 Apr 2019
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Description Geoservices company Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a multi-project marine seismic 3D and 4D acquisition contract by Shell. Shearwater said on Thursday that the contract covers four separate surveys; three in the North Sea and one off the coast of Western Australia. The surveys are expected to provide a total of five vessel-months of utilization in 2019, the company stated. Irene Waage Basili, the CEO of Shearwater GeoServices: “Our clients remain cost focused. The award represents an innovative contract structure which enables us to achieve additional cost efficiencies and share the benefit with our client.” In the North Sea, the Polar Empress will execute a 4D survey on the Ormen Lange field of Norway and 3D surveys on the Greeves and Blue Water fields in the UK sector. The Ormen Lange 4D project will be Shearwater’s first at the field and is a large 1000 km2 survey with 16 streamers over a period of two months starting late 2Q. The Greeves and Blue Water 3D surveys will take approximately one month to complete, using FlexiSource triple source technology. In Western Australia, the Polar Duchess will execute the Factory 3D survey over a two-month period covering over 3,000 km2. The project will start in the second half of 2019. Shearwater has racked up several new contracts in the past few months. Namely, Shearwater was in February awarded three 4D seismic surveys in the North Sea and the Barents Sea by Equinor. These surveys will be conducted this summer by Amazon Conqueror and SW Amundsen vessels. In addition, Equinor in March hired Shearwater for a 4D seismic survey at the Troll unit in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. This survey will also be carried out this summer and Shearwater will be using the Amazon Conqueror seismic vessel for the operation. Also, earlier in April, Shearwater was awarded a contract for a Barents Sea seismic acquisition survey with full data processing by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD).
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Source https://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/shell-awards-contract-for-four-seismic-surveys-to-shearwater/
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Shearwater wins seismic acquisition and processing gig from NPD

Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a contract for a Barents Sea seismic acquisition survey with full data processing by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). Shearwater said on Tuesday that ......

  • Norway
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 26 Apr 2019
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Description Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded a contract for a Barents Sea seismic acquisition survey with full data processing by the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD). Shearwater said on Tuesday that its Reveal software, which the NPD uses in-house, will be used for full onboard and onshore processing enabling close collaboration. Shearwater has previously processed 2D surveys for the NPD in the area and the experience gained will be used to support execution of this new project. The one-month survey starts in the third quarter of 2019 and will be carried out by the Amazon Conqueror vessel equipped with Isometrix technology. “We are very pleased to see our combined acquisition and processing services selected by the NPD for their 2019 Barents Sea project,” said Irene Waage Basili, the CEO of Shearwater GeoServices. It is worth reminding that Shearwater was in February awarded three 4D seismic surveys in the North Sea and Barents Sea by Equinor to be conducted this summer. These surveys will be conducted by Amazon Conqueror and SW Amundsen vessels. In addition, Equinor in March hired Shearwater for a 4D seismic survey at the Troll unit in the Norwegian sector of the North Sea. This survey will also be carried out this summer and Shearwater will be using the Amazon Conqueror seismic vessel for the operation.
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Source https://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/shearwater-wins-seismic-acquisition-and-processing-gig-from-npd/
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Red.es puts out to tender the start-up of the Fuerteventura Open Island project for 5,793,939 euros

The initiative is aimed at developing shared services, reducing the digital divide and improving citizen services through technologies The Directorate General of Red.es, a public entity attached to th ......

  • Spain
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 25 Apr 2019
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Description The initiative is aimed at developing shared services, reducing the digital divide and improving citizen services through technologies The Directorate General of Red.es, a public entity attached to the Ministry of Economy and Enterprise, has put out to tender the supply and implementation of equipment and software components for the start-up of the Fuerteventura Open Island project, as well as the previous civil works and the professional services for the implementation of this initiative. The project is put out to tender for an estimated contract value of 5,793,939 euros, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Interested persons must present their offers in the General Directorate of the public entity Red.es, ending the deadline on May 22. Information on this call is available on the State Procurement Platform and Web www.red.es . The announcement of the tender has been published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Cabildo de Fuerteventura, through the Ministry of Innovation, directed by Rafael Páez, promotes the Fuerteventura Open Island project, an initiative aimed at developing shared services, reducing the digital divide and improving the services provided to citizens through the use of of information and communication technologies. The project is structured around three main lines of action. The first one focuses on good governance, with actions related to digital public services for the citizen, of insular and municipal scope. The second involves the creation of a Data Processing Center (CPD) and a Shared Services Center (CSC), which includes hardware and software infrastructure and the Smart Island platform. Finally, the iLight project consists of a vertical service for the management of solid waste and lighting of roundabouts.
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Source https://www.diariodefuerteventura.com/noticia/redes-saca-licitaci%C3%B3n-la-puesta-en-marcha-del-proyecto-fuerteventura-open-island-por-5793939
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Embratel invests in edge computing infrastructure

Brazilian ICT services provider Embratel, controlled by América Móvil group, will invest 30mn reais (US$7.8mn) in the construction of edge computing infrastructure in 16 different points in the countr ......

  • Brazil
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 11 Apr 2019
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Description Brazilian ICT services provider Embratel, controlled by América Móvil group, will invest 30mn reais (US$7.8mn) in the construction of edge computing infrastructure in 16 different points in the country. Edge computing service – which decentralizes storage and computing for customers – is expected to be activated later this year, the company said. Rather than concentrating the traditional storage and processing capabilities in a central cloud, or in traditional servers at the customer premises, edge computing bundles the two and spreads data processing capacity across the territory. Companies using it can keep their applications and information increasingly closer to their end users. The infrastructure implemented will be set up in Pernambuco, São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Rio de Janeiro, Vitória, Manaus, Belém, Brasília and Goiânia. Other points will be linked in a second stage later this year. The investment will allotted to a cloud orchestrator, servers, processing, security and communication between the points. Existing infrastructure from Claro Brasil will also be used.
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Source https://www.bnamericas.com/en/news/embratel_invests_in_edge_computing_infrastructure
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Acciona supplies renewable to Telefónica

During 2019, ACCIONA will supply Telefónica with a volume of electricity of renewable origin estimated at 345 gigawatt hours (GWh), which represents 58% of the high-voltage electricity with telemeteri ......

  • Spain
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 11 Feb 2019
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Description During 2019, ACCIONA will supply Telefónica with a volume of electricity of renewable origin estimated at 345 gigawatt hours (GWh), which represents 58% of the high-voltage electricity with telemetering that the multinational technology company will consume in Spain this year. and 23% of its total electricity consumption. Based on the contract awarded to ACCIONA, the company will serve a total of 72 supply points located in large data processing facilities, offices and other Telefónica centers in Spain. This is the second consecutive contract for the sale of electricity to said company that ACCIONA is awarded, after the one signed for 2018. Like all the energy sold by ACCIONA, the one supplied to Telefónica will have 100% renewable certification certified by the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC). The use of clean energy will prevent the emission into the atmosphere of 107,000 tons of CO2, according to the energy mix in Spain. "Being a Telefónica electricity supplier for the second year in a row means that ACCIONA is endorsing our fully competitive 100% renewable energy trading strategy and a leading example of how the corporate sector can contribute to accelerating the energy transition and tackling global warming", has declared Santiago Gómez Ramos, director of Energy Management of ACCIONA. "This agreement is fundamental for Telefónica in Spain since it allows us to remain 100% renewable. This, together with our Energy Efficiency Program, translates into less CO2 emissions and costs. We can proudly say that Movistar customers communicate from the most green and sustainable base of the market and, together, we contribute to curbing climate change, "explains Joaquín Mata, Director of Operations, Systems and IT at Telefónica Spain. Telephone: Also 100% renewable in other markets The multinational is also fully renewable in other markets such as Germany, Brazil and the United Kingdom, thus approaching its goal of 100% in all countries in 2030, which it estimates will bring a 6% saving in the energy bill, the 1.4% of your current income. Globally more than 50% of the electricity it uses is clean energy and has stabilized its consumption despite the fact that traffic has grown 107% in the last three years; In this way, its energy efficiency has improved by 52%. All this has been achieved with two exercises in advance of what was stated in its objectives. That is, it is more efficient and consumes greener energy every year, which has led Telefónica to join the "List A" of the CDP, an entity that selects the leading companies in climate change management. ACCIONA: Largest exclusive renewable marketer ACCIONA, on the other hand, reinforces with this new contract its business of selling energy to large customers in the Iberian market, where it is already the largest supplier of exclusively renewable energy, with more than 500 customers and 2,700 current supply points, and a associated energy volume of 5,900 gigawatt hours (GWh) in 2018, 11.3% more than the previous year. ACCIONAs renewable energy customers in the Iberian market include, in addition to Telefónica, reference companies in various sectors such as Unilever, Bosch, Adif, Inditex, Basf, RTVE, Kellogs, Merck, Bimbo, Roca, Aena, Heinz, Asics, BT, Agrolimen, Volkswagen and the Del Prado, Reina Sofía and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. ACCIONA Energy is a global operator in renewable energies with 30 years of experience in the sector and an implementation that exceeds 9,000 MW in total ownership. It has 222 operational wind farms, 76 hydroelectric plants, several large photovoltaic plants, three biomass power plants and a thermosolar plant. The company sells energy to large customers.
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Source https://www.evwind.com/2019/02/04/acciona-suministra-renovables-a-telefonica/
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Digital Capital ‘pit stop’ to explore use of AI and automation in Royal Navy Intelligent Ship project

Applications will close at the end of this week for an opportunity in January for start-ups and innovators to explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation with the Royal Navy. At th ......

  • United Kingdom
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 05 Feb 2019
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Description Applications will close at the end of this week for an opportunity in January for start-ups and innovators to explore the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation with the Royal Navy. At the Digital Catapult ‘Pit Stop’, participants will be able to collaborate with and inform Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) work to demonstrate how the application of advanced digital technologies can transform the Defence sector. The project sets out to revolutionise future ship design with the application of AI and automation in the digital space, optimising data usage to make better informed decisions. The Dstl project, ‘Intelligent Ship’, is working towards revolutionising ship design and development for the Navy. The project aims to address how best to make use of automation and AI applications to ensure optimal use of all the available data. This includes the examination of how operations could be better undertaken through the use of automated techniques for data processing, planning and decision making. Current Navy ships have a variety of diverse and isolated data streams, and this mix of information and the need to integrate and make timely decisions based upon it creates a challenging and environment for Navy command teams. Data has to be prioritised and understood whilst providing situational awareness, allowing the command team to make life-saving decisions. According to the opportunity, the interaction between “humans” and machines will be a crucial to success, with an aim to build on the strengths that each brings to the mission. To ensure decision confidence, the opportunity says, applied AI solutions should be transparent and clear so that “humans” understand and trust the outputs, and can conduct meaningful post mission analysis. This task is limited to the systems within a single naval platform. However, Intelligent Ship will be required to work within a defence context to form part of a task group, squad or “swarm” of platforms co-operating to achieve successful mission outcomes. Therefore, the Intelligent Ship is being designed to operate independently or as a team. Organisations that should apply include early-stage companies, start-up experts, and research groups that are in the process of developing new cutting-edge technologies. Areas of advanced digital technology applications and solutions include (but are not limited to) ; simulation and modelling; uncertainty in machine learning predictions; and explainable AI: understanding how the system reaches its conclusion The catapult may consider energy management, cyber security and future networks, such as 5G or LPWAN but is not interested in autonomous lethal weapons systems The Intelligent Ship project is also interested in partnering with one to three companies or research groups to generate demonstrators for a showcase in 2021. Successful proposals submitted after the event may lead to Dstl funding contracts with collaborators with up to £320k to further explore and develop their ideas. The Pit Stop is expected to accelerate the growth of new ideas to support the development and application of AI and automation in future Navy vessels. The January event is intended to provide more background on the project, an opportunity to meet other start-ups, and facilitate the exploration and application of advanced digital technologies The closing date to apply for the Pit Stop is Friday December 14, with the Pit Stop taking place on January 17 and 18 at Digital Catapult in London.
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Source https://www.governmentcomputing.com/automation/news/digital-capital-pit-stop-to-explore-use-of-ai-and-automation-in-royal-navy-intelligent-ship-project
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Shearwater lands new projects equivalent to 8 vessel months

Seismic player Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded projects equivalent to eight vessel months in the Arabian Sea. GC Rieber Shipping, which owns a 20% interest in Shearwater, said on Tuesday that ......

  • Oman
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 24 Dec 2018
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Description Seismic player Shearwater GeoServices has been awarded projects equivalent to eight vessel months in the Arabian Sea. GC Rieber Shipping, which owns a 20% interest in Shearwater, said on Tuesday that Eni Oman BV in partnership with Oman Oil Company Exploration and Production had awarded Shearwater a seismic survey in Block 52, offshore Oman. The survey, due to start later this year, will be conducted by the Polar Empress vessel and will take approximately three months to complete. The survey consists of 2,500 sqkm 3D, additional 800 km 2D acquisition and data processing. Further, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) has awarded Shearwater a 3D broadband marine seismic acquisition contract for the planned 2018/2019 field season. The surveys will take five months to complete, covering approximately 2,000 sqkm, with the main streamer vessel mobilizing in 4Q 2018. Irene Waage Basili, CEO of Shearwater commented: “We are proud to win these awards which represent repeat business for Shearwater, and a further deepening of our client relationships. This will be the third consecutive year that Shearwater will work for ONGC, and second for Eni. Together with the recent expansion of our fleet and technology offerings, we welcome this strong backlog which occupies our legacy Shearwater fleet through the winter season and into Q2 2019.” As previously reported, Shearwater’s Polar Empress has recently started a 3D seismic survey in the Adriatic Sea, offshore Montenegro, under the concession contract between Eni, Novatek, and the state.
Industry Administration & Marketing
Source https://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/shearwater-lands-new-projects-equivalent-to-8-vessel-months/
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Guardian Geomatics inks survey services deal with Ocean Infinity

Houston-based seabed intelligence provider Ocean Infinity has awarded a contract for the provision of survey services to Australia-based Guardian Geomatics. Guardian Geomatics said on Monday that it ......

  • Australia
  • Administration & Marketing
  • 24 Dec 2018
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Description Houston-based seabed intelligence provider Ocean Infinity has awarded a contract for the provision of survey services to Australia-based Guardian Geomatics. Guardian Geomatics said on Monday that it would provide management, field personnel, QC, processing, and deliverable reporting of data acquired by the fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) operated from the Island Pride vessel. The AUVs are fitted with the Kraken synthetic aperture sonars. Using Subsea-cloud, data will be maintained on a secure cloud throughout the project lifecycle, with processing personnel operating as a virtual team from the office, vessel or home, working as and when required to produce final deliverables. Ocean Infinity CEO, Oliver Plunkett, said: “The existing partnership between Guardian Geomatics and Ocean Infinity is further enhanced by this agreement. We selected the team from Guardian Geomatics specifically for their technical knowledge, management experience, and proven capability to deliver large scale projects.” Guardian Geomatics managing director, Paul Kennedy, added: “We look forward to supporting Ocean Infinity in the next stage of expansion. Guardian is committed to increasing both capability and capacity to Ocean Infinity, with survey teams, cutting-edge data processing technology and subsea-cloud technology, all perfectly aligned with Ocean Infinity’s goal to provide remarkable solutions which were previously inconceivable just a couple of years ago.” According to the company, the Island Pride is currently being mobilized in Tampa, Florida. Sea trials of new capabilities are set for the first quarter of 2019. The 2014-built subsea construction vessel, owned by Island Offshore, is under a seven-year charter with Ocean Infinity. It is a multi-functional subsea support and construction vessel of UT 737 design with 103 meters in length, a beam of 21 meters and free deck space of 880m2. The vessel is equipped with deep water crane and two work-class ROVs. In related news, Ocean Infinity entered into a contract with Solstad Offshore for the use of one of its construction support vessels (CSVs). Ocean infinity will utilize the vessel on its world-wide seabed mapping and survey services.
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Source https://www.offshoreenergytoday.com/guardian-geomatics-inks-survey-services-deal-with-ocean-infinity/

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