Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis


AT26-12

Ship

R/V Atlantis

Vehicles

HOV Alvin
- added HOV Alvin on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Cruise Party

Peter Girguis: Chief Scientist, Principal Investigator
16 Divinity Ave room 3085 Cambridge, MA United States 02138
+1 617 496 8328
pgirguis@oeb.harvard.edu
- removed Chris German as Chief Scientist on Jun 12, 2013 4:53 PM by Eric Benway
- added Chris German as Chief Scientist on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
- added Peter Girguis as Chief Scientist on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
- added Peter Girguis as Principal Investigator on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Departure: Mar 14, 2014

New Orleans LA

Arrival: Mar 26, 2014

Gulfport MS

Operations Area

Southern California between San Diego and Los Angeles
- changed Cayman Rise and Fl. Escarpment to Southern California between San Diego and Los Angeles on Jun 12, 2013 4:56 PM by Eric Benway
- Cayman Rise and Fl. Escarpment on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Lat/Lon:
Depth Range: min / max (m)
- set max to max (m) on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Cayman Islands
- Cayman Islands on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Are visas or special travel documents required? no
- set to no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Science Objectives

March 12, 2014 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:


Web site:

http://alvinverification.whoi.edu/


New cruise dates March 14 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


NEW SEPT 25 2013:

ALVIN CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN DELAYED.  THERFORE THIS CRUISE IS DELYAED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  - Eric Benway.

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials,  will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

- changed

Jan 23 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 14 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


NEW SEPT 25 2013:

ALVIN CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN DELAYED.  THERFORE THIS CRUISE IS DELYAED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  - Eric Benway.

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials,  will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

to

March 12, 2014 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:


Web site:

http://alvinverification.whoi.edu/


New cruise dates March 14 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


NEW SEPT 25 2013:

ALVIN CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN DELAYED.  THERFORE THIS CRUISE IS DELYAED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  - Eric Benway.

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials,  will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

on Mar 12, 2014 11:37 AM by Eric Benway
- changed

DEC 17 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 17 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


NEW SEPT 25 2013:

ALVIN CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN DELAYED.  THERFORE THIS CRUISE IS DELYAED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  - Eric Benway.

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials,  will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

to

Jan 23 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 14 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


NEW SEPT 25 2013:

ALVIN CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN DELAYED.  THERFORE THIS CRUISE IS DELYAED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  - Eric Benway.

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials,  will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

on Jan 24, 2014 8:51 AM by Eric Benway
- changed

NEW SEPT 25 2013:

ALVIN CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN DELAYED.  THERFORE THIS CRUISE IS DELYAED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  - Eric Benway.

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials,  will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

to

DEC 17 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 17 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


NEW SEPT 25 2013:

ALVIN CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN DELAYED.  THERFORE THIS CRUISE IS DELYAED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  - Eric Benway.

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials,  will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

on Dec 17, 2013 9:46 AM by Eric Benway
- changed

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials,  will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

to

NEW SEPT 25 2013:

ALVIN CERTIFICATION HAS BEEN DELAYED.  THERFORE THIS CRUISE IS DELYAED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.  - Eric Benway.

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials,  will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

on Sep 25, 2013 3:00 PM by Eric Benway
- changed

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials, expected in March 2013, will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

to

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials,  will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

on Jun 12, 2013 4:56 PM by Eric Benway
-

Over the past four years, HOV Alvin has undergone a suite of enhancements including a new pressure hull with improved visibility and ergonomics, new digital imaging and data acquisition systems, a novel basket that accommodates greater payloads, and numerous improvements to the vehicle’s command and control systems. The new pressure sphere has been certified to 6500m. Future upgrades to the submarine’s batteries and other major subsystems will ultimately make this HOV capable of operations at 6500 m.

 

Completion of the sea trials, expected in March 2013, will result in Alvin being recertified for operations to 4500m.  However, there are aspects of vehicle operation and performance that are critical to science but not necessarily included in the certification process as defined by the US Navy’s NAVSEA protocols.  Consequently, a science verification cruise (SVC) will be conducted to assess the research capabilities of the vehicle.  The specific objectives of the cruise will include:  1) involvement of experienced users to ensure operational components and scientific sensors on the vehicle are working properly, 2) pursuit of various science projects and opportunistic exploration, and 3) education of early career scientists who plan to conduct deep submergence field science using HOV Alvin

on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Science Activities

Jan 23 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 14 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


CRUISE IS DELAYED _ 9/25/13.  Eric Benway.


The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.


- changed

Jan 23 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 14 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


CRUISE IS DELAYED _ 9/25/13.  Eric Benway.


The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.


to

Jan 23 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 14 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


CRUISE IS DELAYED _ 9/25/13.  Eric Benway.


The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.


on Mar 12, 2014 11:37 AM by Eric Benway
- changed

Jan 23 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 14 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


CRUISE IS DELAYED _ 9/25/13.  Eric Benway.


The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.

* This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II
to

Jan 23 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 14 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


CRUISE IS DELAYED _ 9/25/13.  Eric Benway.


The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.


on Feb 4, 2014 1:44 PM by Eric Benway
- changed

DEC 17 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 17 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


CRUISE IS DELAYED _ 9/25/13.  Eric Benway.


The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.

* This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II
to

Jan 23 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 14 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


CRUISE IS DELAYED _ 9/25/13.  Eric Benway.


The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.

* This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II
on Jan 24, 2014 8:51 AM by Eric Benway
- changed CRUISE IS DELAYED _ 9/25/13.  Eric Benway.


The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.

* This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II
to

DEC 17 - UPDATED SYNOPSIS:

New cruise dates March 17 - 26,  New Orleans LA to Gulfport MS. - eb.


CRUISE IS DELAYED _ 9/25/13.  Eric Benway.


The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.

* This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II
on Dec 17, 2013 9:46 AM by Eric Benway
- changed The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.

* This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II
to CRUISE IS DELAYED _ 9/25/13.  Eric Benway.


The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.

* This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II
on Sep 25, 2013 3:00 PM by Eric Benway
- changed The SVC will conduct operations in the following two regions: 1) on the Florida escarpment, committing ~5 dives to work around brine seeps and potentially other habitats in this area (pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather), and 2) at the Cayman Rise, committing ~5 dives to work around hydrothermal vents and potentially other habitats in this area (pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather).

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.

* This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II
to The SVC will conduct operations is still TBD off Southern California.  Pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather.

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.

* This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II
on Jun 12, 2013 4:56 PM by Eric Benway
- changed The SVC will conduct operations in the following two regions: 1) on the Florida escarpment, committing ~5 dives to work around brine seeps and potentially other habitats in this area (pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather), and 2) at the Cayman Rise, committing ~5 dives to work around hydrothermal vents and potentially other habitats in this area (pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather).

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.


to The SVC will conduct operations in the following two regions: 1) on the Florida escarpment, committing ~5 dives to work around brine seeps and potentially other habitats in this area (pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather), and 2) at the Cayman Rise, committing ~5 dives to work around hydrothermal vents and potentially other habitats in this area (pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather).

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.

* This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II
on Feb 5, 2013 10:36 AM by Eric Benway
- The SVC will conduct operations in the following two regions: 1) on the Florida escarpment, committing ~5 dives to work around brine seeps and potentially other habitats in this area (pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather), and 2) at the Cayman Rise, committing ~5 dives to work around hydrothermal vents and potentially other habitats in this area (pending the applicant pool as well as unforeseen issues, e.g., weather).

Evaluating the Science Capabilities of the new HOV Alvin

                

Navigation and Data Collection

  • Assess navigational capabilities as necessary, including ease of adding science-supplied bathymetric underlays and waypoints, evaluating the results and assessing the accuracy and precision of the navigation and data logging systems.
  • Assess “routine” processing software designed to enable scientists and onboard technicians to verify the quality of navigation and other relevant data streams produced by contextual sensors on the submersible.
  • Determine if submersible data streams (e.g., time, altitude, depth, heading, navigation, and other science-oriented sensors) are readily accessible to the user in standard formats;
  • Determine if data storage and data access systems on board RV Atlantis are compatible with submersible data streams;
  • Establish the functionality of the frame grabber system; determine that this system operates -at a minimum- to enable rapid assessment of operational and scientific data post-dive; assess the ease of incorporating this metadata into the R2R data system being developed for all UNOLS vessels.

 

Power, Speed, and Duration Capability

  • Assess realized transit speed of Alvin near bottom and in the water column (The Alvin group will work with the scientists to appropriately tabulate power consumption during various operations, and compare these data to expected power consumption in order to provide the user community with reasonable expectations for dive duration and on-bottom times, and to develop better operating procedures for users). 

 

Seafloor Mapping

  • Undertake and evaluate near-bottom multibeam mapping in flat and rough terrains, including assessment of artifacts, protocols for data acquisition, and shipboard capabilities for post-dive data processing and production of gridded data acceptable for field use in planning dives.
  • Undertake and evaluate the reproducibility of mapping (i.e., repeat mapping of an area, including comparison to pre-existing near-bottom bathymetric data).
  • Work with NDSF to develop a ‘best practices’ document to provide both NDSF staff and the user community with protocols for high-resolution multibeam mapping using the submersible (including coordination with mapping operations for other NDSF vehicles – ROV Jason and AUV Sentry)

 

Lighting and Imaging

  • Assess whether illumination and its areal coverage is appropriate for obtaining “high quality” still and video imagery with the HD cameras in their standard configuration. 
  • Verify operations and “ease of use” of recording systems, including in-hull controls, focus/zoom performance, pan/tilt adjustments and aperture settings for each camera. 
  • Assess the ease of producing copies of video and still image data for science and archives, and quality/operational efficiency of duplicate imagery produced by onboard image duplication systems.
  • Optional: Assess the vehicle’s capabilities to collect image series for photomosaicing (with the photomosaics to be made by the science party).

     

Sampling Capability

  • Verify the ease of using the variety of standard NDSF HOV sampling systems and instruments (http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=21075).
  • Assess both manipulators for delicate manipulation and fine-scale collections of sediments, rocks and organisms.
  • Use a range of basket configurations and payloads to assess basket flexibility, accessibility by the manipulators, and payload capacity
  • Verify mid-water capabilities, including the ability to maintain neutral buoyancy and collect samples of water, particles, and – if possible- organisms.

 

Instrument Interface

  • Assess the capability to interface user-provided equipment/sensors to the vehicle, including power and communications and basket integration (Note: these instruments must be compliant with HOV safety requirements). 
  • Evaluate the ability of the vehicle to interact with elevators to transport samples/equipment to/from the seafloor.

 

Ergonomics and Habitability

  • Evaluate the ergonomics in Alvin, specifically how users interact in the personnel sphere with viewports, seating, camera and video controls and monitors, voice recording, other equipment and each other.
  • Evaluate the ease of outfitting and dismantling the Alvin basket before and after each dive.


on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI
- Teleconference/Visit WHOI on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
- on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Stations:

- removed Name: Von Damm, Lat: 18° 22.6’ N, Lon: 81° 54.7’ W, Distance: 1368, Days: 6 on Dec 17, 2013 9:46 AM by Eric Benway
- removed Name: Florida Escarpment, Lat: 26° 1.8’ N, Lon: 87° 54.7’ W, Distance: 1440, Days: 5 on Jun 12, 2013 4:56 PM by Eric Benway
- added Name: Von Damm, Lat: 18° 22.6’ N, Lon: 81° 54.7’ W, Distance: 1368, Days: 6
added Name: Florida Escarpment, Lat: 26° 1.8’ N, Lon: 87° 54.7’ W, Distance: 1440, Days: 5 on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Supporting documentation:

»SVC_HANDBOOK_Documentation_Feb_2014_v1.pdf
- added SVC_HANDBOOK_Documentation_Feb_2014_v1.pdf on Mar 6, 2014 10:42 AM by Eric Benway
- Feb_10_SVC_strawman_dive_plan_v2.docx on Mar 6, 2014 10:40 AM by Eric Benway
- GoM_Alvin-1.pdf on Mar 6, 2014 10:40 AM by Eric Benway
- added Feb_10_SVC_strawman_dive_plan_v2.docx on Feb 10, 2014 5:39 PM by Eric Benway
- SVC_potential_dive_sites_.docx on Feb 10, 2014 5:38 PM by Eric Benway
- added GoM_Alvin-1.pdf on Jan 24, 2014 8:51 AM by Eric Benway
- Atlantis_Key_West_port_call_INFO.docx on Jun 12, 2013 4:56 PM by Eric Benway
- added SVC_potential_dive_sites_.docx on Jan 24, 2014 8:51 AM by Eric Benway
- Key_West_Dock_location_Pier_8.pdf on Jun 12, 2013 4:56 PM by Eric Benway
- SVC__Girguis_AT25-02_Pre_Cruise_Meeting_Agenda.pdf on Dec 17, 2013 9:46 AM by Eric Benway
- SVC_Cruise_Track_Feb52013.jpg on Jun 12, 2013 4:56 PM by Eric Benway
- added Atlantis_Key_West_port_call_INFO.docx on Feb 6, 2013 1:49 PM by Eric Benway
- added Key_West_Dock_location_Pier_8.pdf on Feb 6, 2013 1:49 PM by Eric Benway
- added SVC__Girguis_AT25-02_Pre_Cruise_Meeting_Agenda.pdf on Feb 6, 2013 1:49 PM by Eric Benway
- added SVC_Cruise_Track_Feb52013.jpg on Feb 6, 2013 1:49 PM by Eric Benway
Notes: MARCH 11, 2014 -  SVC WEB SITE CREATED.

http://alvinverification.whoi.edu/


*Jan 23, 2014 UPDATED CRUISE SCHEDULE.   ADDED 3 DAYS TO CRUISE.  MARCH 14 IS NEW DEPARTURE DATE. 


- -changed *Jan 23, 2014 UPDATED CRUISE SCHEDULE.   ADDED 3 DAYS TO CRUISE.  MARCH 14 IS NEW DEPARTURE DATE. 


to MARCH 11, 2014 -  SVC WEB SITE CREATED.

http://alvinverification.whoi.edu/


*Jan 23, 2014 UPDATED CRUISE SCHEDULE.   ADDED 3 DAYS TO CRUISE.  MARCH 14 IS NEW DEPARTURE DATE. 


on Mar 12, 2014 11:37 AM by Eric Benway
- -changed This cruise is still being planned.  DESSC is reviewing applicants for a more clear path for SVC. to *Jan 23, 2014 UPDATED CRUISE SCHEDULE.   ADDED 3 DAYS TO CRUISE.  MARCH 14 IS NEW DEPARTURE DATE. 


on Jan 24, 2014 8:46 AM by Eric Benway
- -changed * This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II to This cruise is still being planned.  DESSC is reviewing applicants for a more clear path for SVC. on Jun 12, 2013 4:56 PM by Eric Benway
- -added * This cruise will be done in 2 legs.  May 7 - May 19 Bermuda to Key West = LEG I // May 29 - May 27; Key West to St. Petersburg FL. = LEG II on Feb 5, 2013 10:36 AM by Eric Benway

Funding

Funding Agency: NSF
Grant or contract number: 00001

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Atlantis

Shipboard Equipment

Deionized Water System,
Fume Hood,
Navigation - Heading,
Science Underway Seawater System,
Multibeam ,
ADCP 75 kHz,
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
-added ADCP 75 kHz on Feb 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Eric Benway
-added Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz on Feb 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Eric Benway
-added Navigation - Heading on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Deionized Water System on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Multibeam on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Science Underway Seawater System on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Fume Hood on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet,
Is there an expectation to use Skype or any other real-time video conference program?
-added Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Is there an expectation to use Skype or any other real-time video conference program? on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
-added 911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Critical CTD Sensors

-removed Gravity corers on Feb 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Eric Benway
-removed Multi-core on Feb 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Eric Benway
-added Gravity corers on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Multi-core on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Sample Storage

Climate Controlled Walk-in,
Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft.,
Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea.,
Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft.,
Scientific Walk-in Freezer
-added Climate Controlled Walk-in on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Freezer -70°C 25 cu. ft. on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Freezer -70°C 3.2 cu. ft. ea. on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Refrigerator 8.6 cu. ft. on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Scientific Walk-in Freezer on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Storage Notes: Science storage should be adequte in Lab spaces and Sci Hold.



- changed from Science storage should be adequte in Lab spaces and Sci Hold.
CHEMICAL STORAGE LIMITED.


to Science storage should be adequte in Lab spaces and Sci Hold.



on Jan 24, 2014 8:52 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from Science storage should be adequte in Lab spaces and Sci Hold.
CHEMICAL STORAGE LIMITED.

Mobilize first in Woods Hole March 27 - 29.  
Mobilize second in Bermuda May 4 - 6.
Demob:  St. Petersbug FL May 27, 28 & 29.
to Science storage should be adequte in Lab spaces and Sci Hold.
CHEMICAL STORAGE LIMITED.


on Jun 12, 2013 4:57 PM by Eric Benway
- added Science storage should be adequte in Lab spaces and Sci Hold.
CHEMICAL STORAGE LIMITED.

Mobilize first in Woods Hole March 27 - 29.  
Mobilize second in Bermuda May 4 - 6.
Demob:  St. Petersbug FL May 27, 28 & 29.
on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Navigation

Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
How many nets? null
How many tansponders? null
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation?no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Navigation

GPS,
USBL
-added GPS on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added USBL on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Navigation Notes:

Winches

CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
-removed Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire on Feb 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Eric Benway
-removed Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire on Feb 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Eric Benway
-added CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Hydro Winch with .25" hydro wire on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Trawl Winch with 9/16th trawl wire on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Winch Notes:
- removed answer Trawl winch for any coring activity
Hydro winch possible for any net tows (?).
on Dec 17, 2013 10:18 AM by Eric Benway
- added Trawl winch for any coring activity
Hydro winch possible for any net tows (?).
on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Winch Notes:

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no
Non-standard wire required? no
Traction winch required? no

Portable Vans

Chemical Storage Van
-removed Isotope Van on Feb 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Eric Benway
-added Chemical Storage Van on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Isotope Van on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? no

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices:no
Portable Air Compressors:no
Flammable Gases:yes
Small Boat Operations:yes
SCUBA Diving Operations:no
Small Boat Operations Revisions

- changed from no to yes on Feb 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Eric Benway
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Describe deployment method and quantity:
Chemicals and Gases will be used.  NO RADIOISOTPES (eb 2/10/14).
- added Chemicals and Gases will be used.  NO RADIOISOTPES (eb 2/10/14). on Feb 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Eric Benway

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes:no
Radioiosotopes Revisions
- changed from yes to no on Feb 10, 2014 10:04 AM by Eric Benway
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
CTD ops
- added CTD ops on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Other required equipment and special needs:

Scientific Instrumentation for HOV Alvin



Current Chart(s):

What type of samples do you expect to collect?

Site Survey

Will you provide detailed charts of the work area(s)?yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
If no, willl you need R/V Atlantis to generate maps of the work area(s)?no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Will you need post-dive maps of the work area generated?no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Navigation

Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations?yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Vehicle Equipment

Push corers (12-pack rack),
High temperature probe (0-480°C),
Low temperature probe ,
Scoop nets,
Video duplication station,
CTD,
Major water sampler(s),
Small capacity slurp samplers,
Large capacity slurp samplers: single-chamber,
Large capacity slurp samplers: multi-chamber,
Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 12,
Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 24
-added Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 12 on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Bio collection boxes: 12 x 12 x 24 on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added CTD on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added High temperature probe (0-480°C) on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Large capacity slurp samplers: multi-chamber on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Large capacity slurp samplers: single-chamber on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Low temperature probe on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Major water sampler(s) on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Push corers (12-pack rack) on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Scoop nets on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Small capacity slurp samplers on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
-added Video duplication station on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Elevators

Will you be using elevators to transport samples to the surface?yes
- changed from no to yes on Mar 10, 2014 2:20 PM by Rick Chandler
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
If yes, how many would you anticipate? unknown
- added unknown on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Science Supplied Equipment

Are you supplying equipment to be used on HOV Alvin yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Has this equipment been used on Alvin before? yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Please give a brief description of the equipment, its intended purpose, the cruise # it was last used on if any and its deployment method.
Does this equipment use an external pressure housing? yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Has the pressure housing been tested per Alvin Pressure Test requirements? yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Pressure housing schematic with dimensions and include air and water weights.
Does the equipment have an associated computer or control panel for remote operation from the personnel sphere? no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Has the computer or control panel been gas tested for use in the personnel sphere? no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Air weight of this equipment?
Does the equipment require data or a power interface from the vehicle? yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Does the equipment meet the electrical requirements of the Alvin User Manual? yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Wiring diagram required for this equipment.
Does this equipment require hydraulic inputs from the vehicle? no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Hydraulic schematic of the equipment requirements.
Does this equipment require manipulation? yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
If yes, please describe how the equipment is to be manipulated:
Will this equipment be deployed off the vehicle? no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
If yes, please describe how the equipment is intended for deployment:
If yes, will the equipment be disconnected from the vehicle and left in situ? no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
How long will the deployment be?
Will the equipment be recovered by the same vehicle? no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Do you intend to recover any other previously deployed equipment? no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
If yes, please describe this equipment:
Does this equipment use any glass spheres for either buoyancy or as pressure housings? no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?yes
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:35 AM by Eric Benway
Describe deployment method and quantity:

Additional Information

Brief operations description or comments:
Navy Clearance:
Granted 03/04/14:
A. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 29-06N 88-23W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
B. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-51N 88-29W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
C. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-35N 89-42W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
D. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-39N 88-22W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
E. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-57N 88-12W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
F. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-19N 87-18W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
- changed from Requested 02/26/14:
A. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 29-06N 88-23W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
B. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-51N 88-29W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
C. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-35N 89-42W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
D. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-39N 88-22W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
E. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-57N 88-12W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
F. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-19N 87-18W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
to Granted 03/04/14:
A. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 29-06N 88-23W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
B. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-51N 88-29W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
C. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-35N 89-42W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
D. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-39N 88-22W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
E. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-57N 88-12W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
F. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-19N 87-18W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
on Mar 10, 2014 2:20 PM by Rick Chandler
- added Requested 02/26/14:
A. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 29-06N 88-23W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
B. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-51N 88-29W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
C. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-35N 89-42W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
D. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 27-39N 88-22W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
E. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-57N 88-12W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
F. WITHIN 5 NM RADIUS OF 28-19N 87-18W DURING PERIOD 151200Z THRU 262300Z MAR 14.
on Feb 26, 2014 11:08 AM by Rick Chandler

Checklist & Notes

Checklist

U.S. Customs Form: no
- changed from yes to no on Jan 24, 2014 8:55 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from no to yes on Dec 17, 2013 10:19 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from yes to no on Jan 24, 2014 8:53 AM by Eric Benway
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway
Diplomatic Clearance: no
- changed from yes to no on Jan 24, 2014 8:55 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from no to yes on Dec 17, 2013 10:19 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from yes to no on Jan 24, 2014 8:53 AM by Eric Benway
- added yes on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway
Date Submitted:
- added Oct 17, 2012 on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway
Date Approved:
- added Jan 15, 2013 on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway
Agent Information:

United States (New Orleans, LA)

Master R/V ATLANTIS
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT26-12
FILLETTE GREEN SHIPPING SERVICES (USA) CORP.
4760 Pontchartrain Drive
Slidell, Louisiana 70458

Phone:  (504)581-7468 (24 hour service)
Fax:       (504)835-1233

e-mail:    nola@fillettegreen.com

Contact: Allen Guthrie, Operations Manager
               Mobile:  (504) 914-7205 

Contact:  Tom Pumphret
                Mobile:  (504) 941-0007

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. Shipment information for all equipment, supplies and spares should be communicated to the Agent and all WHOI contacts.

-----------------------------------

United States (Gulfport, MS)

Master:  R/V ATLANTIS
Attn:  Scientist's Name - AT26-12
Fillette Green Shipping Services (USA) Corp.
261 N. Conception Street
Mobile, AL   36603

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1842
Mobile, AL   36633
Phone:  (251) 375-2224
Fax:  (251) 432-6813
TELEX: 3772415 FGSS USWG
Email: mob@fillettegreen.com

Contact:  Jason Halischak
Cell:  (251) 232-1659

Shipments of up to 200 lbs may be sent to the address above.  All shipments over 200 pounds should be scheduled to arrive while the ship is in port and directed to the address below.   The agent must be notified of all shipments.

Port of Gulfport address:
Master:  R/V Ship Name
Atten:  Scientist's Name
Mississippi State Port at Gulfport
30th Avenue South Extension West Pier
Gulfport, MS   39501

WHOI NOTE:  Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  It is requested that shipping information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts.



- changed from
to

United States (New Orleans, LA)

Master R/V ATLANTIS
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT26-12
FILLETTE GREEN SHIPPING SERVICES (USA) CORP.
4760 Pontchartrain Drive
Slidell, Louisiana 70458

Phone:  (504)581-7468 (24 hour service)
Fax:       (504)835-1233

e-mail:    nola@fillettegreen.com

Contact: Allen Guthrie, Operations Manager
               Mobile:  (504) 914-7205 

Contact:  Tom Pumphret
                Mobile:  (504) 941-0007

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. Shipment information for all equipment, supplies and spares should be communicated to the Agent and all WHOI contacts.

-----------------------------------

United States (Gulfport, MS)

Master:  R/V ATLANTIS
Attn:  Scientist's Name - AT26-12
Fillette Green Shipping Services (USA) Corp.
261 N. Conception Street
Mobile, AL   36603

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 1842
Mobile, AL   36633
Phone:  (251) 375-2224
Fax:  (251) 432-6813
TELEX: 3772415 FGSS USWG
Email: mob@fillettegreen.com

Contact:  Jason Halischak
Cell:  (251) 232-1659

Shipments of up to 200 lbs may be sent to the address above.  All shipments over 200 pounds should be scheduled to arrive while the ship is in port and directed to the address below.   The agent must be notified of all shipments.

Port of Gulfport address:
Master:  R/V Ship Name
Atten:  Scientist's Name
Mississippi State Port at Gulfport
30th Avenue South Extension West Pier
Gulfport, MS   39501

WHOI NOTE:  Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  It is requested that shipping information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts.



on Jan 24, 2014 8:55 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from SAN DIEGO CA:

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT26-07
c/o Paxton, Shreve & Hays Inc.
453 54th Street Suite 101
San Diego, CA   92114

Contact: Tom Jenkins
Phone: (619) 232-8941
Fax: (619) 232-3006
Telex: 6731029 SHREVE SDG
Email: marineops@pshinc.net

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts
to
on Jan 24, 2014 8:53 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from FOR MOBILIZATION March 27 - 29:

WOODS HOLE MA:

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - Voy# AT 25-02
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Eric Benway
Phone: (508) 289-3770
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: ebenway@whoi.edu

FOR MOBILIZATION / EMBARKATION
St. Geoges Berumuda May 4 - 7;

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT25-02
IN TRANSIT
c/o Meyer Shipping
Somers Wharf
14 Water St.
St. Georges, GE BX
BERMUDA

Contact: Capt. John Moore
Phone:
1-441-297-2303
Fax: (441) 295-4556
Email: jmoore@meyer.bm 

Email: shipping@meyer.bm - copy this address on all communications

Contact:  Joseph Simas, VP, Marine Operations
Phone:  1-441-296-9798
24 hour Cell:  1-441-337-8384
Fax:  1-441-295-4556
Email: JoeS@meyer.bm

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts


FOR Key West Fl.

TBD - anticipate using Navy Pier for personnel transfer.

FOR St. Petersburg FL May 27 - 29:

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT25-02
c/o Fillette Green Shipping Services Corp.
3333 West Kennedy Blvd., Suite 207
Tampa, FL 33609

Phone: (813) 348-1481
Fax: (813) 348-1400

Email: tpa@fillettegreen.com


Contacts: Christian Pundsack, General Manager, Mobile: (813) 356-8744
                 Jozef Pachcinski, Operations Manager, Mobile: (813) 624-3954
                 Jorge Calderone, Agent, Mobile: (813) 356-8740

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts

Please use the following address for large shipments to St. Petersburg and note that Forward Air closes at noon on Saturday and is closed on Sunday.

R/V Ship Name
Attn:  Scientist's Name
Hasty Air Freight, Inc. 
c/o Forward Air
7010 Benjamin Road, Suite 110
Tampa, Florida 33634

Phone:  (813) 960-7442
FAX:    813-960-2313

E-MAIL:  hastyair@hastyairfreight.com

Contacts:  Dennis: 813-917-6811
                 Dave: 813-917-6812M
                 Mary Ann – Accounting: 813-917-6804



to SAN DIEGO CA:

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT26-07
c/o Paxton, Shreve & Hays Inc.
453 54th Street Suite 101
San Diego, CA   92114

Contact: Tom Jenkins
Phone: (619) 232-8941
Fax: (619) 232-3006
Telex: 6731029 SHREVE SDG
Email: marineops@pshinc.net

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts
on Jun 12, 2013 4:58 PM by Eric Benway
- added FOR MOBILIZATION March 27 - 29:

WOODS HOLE MA:

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - Voy# AT 25-02
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Eric Benway
Phone: (508) 289-3770
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: ebenway@whoi.edu

FOR MOBILIZATION / EMBARKATION
St. Geoges Berumuda May 4 - 7;

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT25-02
IN TRANSIT
c/o Meyer Shipping
Somers Wharf
14 Water St.
St. Georges, GE BX
BERMUDA

Contact: Capt. John Moore
Phone:
1-441-297-2303
Fax: (441) 295-4556
Email: jmoore@meyer.bm 

Email: shipping@meyer.bm - copy this address on all communications

Contact:  Joseph Simas, VP, Marine Operations
Phone:  1-441-296-9798
24 hour Cell:  1-441-337-8384
Fax:  1-441-295-4556
Email: JoeS@meyer.bm

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications. It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts


FOR Key West Fl.

TBD - anticipate using Navy Pier for personnel transfer.

FOR St. Petersburg FL May 27 - 29:

Master R/V Atlantis
Attn: Scientist's Name - AT25-02
c/o Fillette Green Shipping Services Corp.
3333 West Kennedy Blvd., Suite 207
Tampa, FL 33609

Phone: (813) 348-1481
Fax: (813) 348-1400

Email: tpa@fillettegreen.com


Contacts: Christian Pundsack, General Manager, Mobile: (813) 356-8744
                 Jozef Pachcinski, Operations Manager, Mobile: (813) 624-3954
                 Jorge Calderone, Agent, Mobile: (813) 356-8740

Note: Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  It is requested that shipment information of any equipment be communicated to the Agent and WHOI contacts

Please use the following address for large shipments to St. Petersburg and note that Forward Air closes at noon on Saturday and is closed on Sunday.

R/V Ship Name
Attn:  Scientist's Name
Hasty Air Freight, Inc. 
c/o Forward Air
7010 Benjamin Road, Suite 110
Tampa, Florida 33634

Phone:  (813) 960-7442
FAX:    813-960-2313

E-MAIL:  hastyair@hastyairfreight.com

Contacts:  Dennis: 813-917-6811
                 Dave: 813-917-6812M
                 Mary Ann – Accounting: 813-917-6804



on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway
Countries:
none
- changed from Bermuda to none on Jun 12, 2013 4:58 PM by Eric Benway
- added Bermuda on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway
Notes:
none required.
- changed from All gear loaded in Woods Hole March will need a US Custom form 4455.   Please give these to Eric Benway no later than May 28 at 4pm. to none required. on Jun 12, 2013 4:58 PM by Eric Benway
- added All gear loaded in Woods Hole March will need a US Custom form 4455.   Please give these to Eric Benway no later than May 28 at 4pm. on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway
Isotope Use Approval: no
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway
Isotope Notes:
no rads.
- added no rads. on Jan 24, 2014 8:53 AM by Eric Benway
SCUBA Diving: yes
- changed from yes to no on Jan 24, 2014 8:59 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from no to yes on Feb 10, 2014 10:14 AM by Eric Benway
- added no on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway

Checklist

SSSG Tech:
Allison Heater, Catie Graver
- added Allison Heater, Catie Graver on Feb 10, 2014 10:14 AM by Eric Benway
- removed answer Allison Heater, Tina T.P. on Jun 12, 2013 4:58 PM by Eric Benway
- added Allison Heater, Tina T.P. on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway
New Orleans Mob = 2 days March 12,13th
Gulfport demob = 1 day March 27.

Shipments to New Orleans (to our agent for ship delivery).  PLEASE be sure to contact Eric Benway or copy him on all communications with our agents.
- changed from New Orleans Mob = 2 days March 12,13th
Gulfport demob = 1 day March 27.
to New Orleans Mob = 2 days March 12,13th
Gulfport demob = 1 day March 27.

Shipments to New Orleans (to our agent for ship delivery).  PLEASE be sure to contact Eric Benway or copy him on all communications with our agents.
on Feb 10, 2014 10:14 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from New Orleans Mob = 2 days March 15 ,16.
Gulfport demob = 1 day March 27.
to New Orleans Mob = 2 days March 12,13th
Gulfport demob = 1 day March 27.
on Jan 24, 2014 8:55 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from New Orleans Mob = 2 days March 12,13th
Gulfport demob = 1 day March 27.
to New Orleans Mob = 2 days March 15 ,16.
Gulfport demob = 1 day March 27.
on Dec 17, 2013 10:19 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from San Diego mob and demob.  to New Orleans Mob = 2 days March 12,13th
Gulfport demob = 1 day March 27.
on Jan 24, 2014 8:53 AM by Eric Benway
- changed from March 27 - 29:  MOBILZATION round 1 at WHOI.  Ship departs WHOI April 1st.
May 4- 6:  Mob & Set up in St. Georges Bermuda
May 19:  1/2 day port call into Key West for personnel change out (20 people)
May 27 - 29:  Demob in St. Petersburg Fl.   Ship departs for Astoria OR on May 30.
to San Diego mob and demob.  on Jun 12, 2013 4:58 PM by Eric Benway
- added March 27 - 29:  MOBILZATION round 1 at WHOI.  Ship departs WHOI April 1st.
May 4- 6:  Mob & Set up in St. Georges Bermuda
May 19:  1/2 day port call into Key West for personnel change out (20 people)
May 27 - 29:  Demob in St. Petersburg Fl.   Ship departs for Astoria OR on May 30.
on Feb 5, 2013 10:46 AM by Eric Benway
SCUBA DIVING;  WHOI communications and outreach will be on board.  Their goal is to also get vidoe and photography during Alvin launch and recoveries.   If possible 1 person (Evan Kovaks) would join in the RHIB boat during  launch / recovery ops and do shallow water photography. 
- removed answer SCUBA DIVING;  WHOI communications and outreach will be on board.  Their goal is to also get vidoe and photography during Alvin launch and recoveries.   If possible 1 person (Evan Kovaks) would join in the RHIB boat during  launch / recovery ops and do shallow water photography.  on Jan 24, 2014 8:59 AM by Eric Benway
- added SCUBA DIVING;  WHOI communications and outreach will be on board.  Their goal is to also get vidoe and photography during Alvin launch and recoveries.   If possible 1 person (Evan Kovaks) would join in the RHIB boat during  launch / recovery ops and do shallow water photography.  on Feb 10, 2014 10:14 AM by Eric Benway