International Dredging Review

International Dredging Review

By David M. Graham
Editor Oceansp@ce
PGI Spearhead Arlington Virginia

The organizers of Oceanology International the Americas expect to host more than 350 companies from the global ocean business and research communities at Miami Florida’s Convention Center April 3 through 5. The multinational flavor of the program technical sessions and exhibition augurs the prospect of record numbers of attendees to the conference and exhibition. Oceanology International in Brighton England in March 2000 drew more than 6000 visitors to see 600-plus companies.

OI Americas 2001 organizers PGI Spearhead chose this U.S. seacoast city because it serves as a natural hub for both North and South America. Visitors and buyers from both continents are expected to congregate here.

An ambitious technical program spearheaded by Dr. Richard Spinrad technical director for the Office of the Oceanographer of the U.S. Navy will be enhanced by nearly a dozen adjunct meetings of the Joint Ocean Forum to be assembled alongside OI Americas. There will be more than enough to do. Spinrad and his prestigious Technical Committee have come up with eight sessions:

Platforms for Data Acquisition chaired by Dr. Robert Bernstein SeaSpace Corp.; Undersea Observatories chaired by Dr. James Bellingham Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; Operational Oceanography & Data Access chaired by Dr. David P. Rogers National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration; Operational Oceanography & Data Access chaired by Dr. Steven Ramberg Office of Naval Research; Technical Developments chaired by Regis Cook General Oceanics Inc.; Innovating to Meet Society’s Needs chaired by Dr. Shirley Pomponi Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution; Inter-American Marine Science & Technology chaired by Dr. Patricio Bernal Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission; and Marine Conservation in the Americas chaired by Roger McManus Center for Marine Conservation.

In-session keynote addresses identified so far include “Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate” by Dr. Walter Munk Scripps Institution of Oceanography. His ATOC project and the seminal Heard Island Project were ambitious attempts to measure ocean temperatures over long distances and over long time periods (decades) as a more accurate way to measure global warming. Also scheduled is a keynoter by Dr. Sylvia A. Earle Deep Ocean Engineering Research about the “Sustainable Seas Expedition” to explore U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries.

Among the exhibitors will be companies that supply the dredging industry with data gathering and processing systems and software including Applied Microsystems Ltd. Ashtead Technology Ashtech Precision Products C&C Technologies CARIS Coastal Oceanographics CODA Technologies Cygnus Instruments EdgeTech Inc. Gardline Surveys GeoAcostics Inc. Geometrics Inc. Klein Associates Inc. Knudsen Engineering Ltd. Kongsberg Simrad AS Ocean Data Equipment Corp. Odom Hydrographic Systems Inc. Quester Tangent Corp. Racal Survey Ltd. (now Thales Durvey) SAIC Sea-Bird Electronics Seatex STN Atlas Stenmar Group Survey Equipment Services Trimble Navigation Ltd. Triton Elics International and TSS (UK) Ltd.

Further information on OI Americas is available on the Internet at in English Spanish or Portuguese or from PGI Spearhead Ltd. at Coombe Hill House Beverley Way London SW20 0AR U.K.; +44 (0)20 8949 9222; fax +44 (0)20 8949 8193/8186; email In the United States contact PGI Spearhead at 2200 Wilson Blvd. Suite 500 Arlington VA 22201; +1 (703) 312-9121 fax (703) 528-3761.

About the author: David Graham was editor of Sea Technology magazine from 1983 to 2000. In his position of advisor Marine Science and Ocean Technology at PGI Spearhead he produces Oceansp@ce a twice-weekly online newsletter for the ocean business and science community. Prior to joining Sea Technology he spent 15 years in the marine electronics section of Motorola Inc.