Tutorials, Workshops, & Technical Demonstrations

Attendees got the most in-depth learning experience at OCEANS by adding one or more interactive half- or full-day tutorials and technical demonstrations to their registration for an additional fee*. All of these intensives were offered early this week,** on-site at the Charleston Area Convention Center and adjoining spaces.

Presenter: Kyle Wilcox

The Southeast Coastal Ocean Observing Regional Association (SECOORA) maintains an end-to-end data system that supports stakeholders in the ocean science community throughout the data lifecycle: from immediately after data collection, through analysis and synthesis, visualization, and decision making, to data publication and reuse. Without delving too deeply into technical details, we discuss the design approach, system architecture, implementation, and use of the product. Presenters will show how to discover, access, and analyze coastal data in the Southeast US through the SECOORA Data System for research, recreation, management, or curiosity.

Session Length: 1/2 day

Presenter: Justin Manley

The presentation matter will be an overview of the unmanned maritime systems (UMS) field. It will be appropriate to current day practice in that it will provide a foundation for new participants in the field to understand the technology terminology and techniques involved in the development and deployment of UMS. Part 2 will be offered as an afternoon session.

Session Length: 1/2 day

Presenter: Tiffany Sanders

proxSIMity Advanced Touch System is an innovative technology that provides an immersive and tactile learning experience with touch screen devices. What began as an SBIR project sponsored by the U.S. Navy, has since evolved into a interactive solution that is being utilized to train individuals in both the government and private sector. This technology has applicability in the oceans realm and our proposed demonstration will expand upon the benefits of its use and implementation.

Session Length: 2 hours

Craig Kohler, P.E. (NDBC) – Chief of Engineering since 2011; authored many technical papers
Lex LeBlanc (NDBC), Technology Development Team Lead
David Crawford, P.E. (NDBC) – Senior Electronics Engineer
Chris Meinig (PMEL) – Director of Engineering since 2000; holds several patents published numerous technical papers and received several NOAA awards
Craig Cumbee (NAVOCEANO) – Project manager for unmanned systems

Background: Lithium batteries have a higher energy density then other previously used battery chemistries. This makes them attractive for many marine applications. Lithium batteries have less a risk of hydrogen gas generation but a greater risk of a thermal event (fire) with their greater energy density.

NOAA’s National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) and Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL) and the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) have extensive experience with batteries and more recently with Lithium batteries. NDBC provided a technical presentation on our experience with Lithium batteries at the MTS Buoy Workshop in April 2018. This technical presentation will be the basis of this proposed workshop session.

Purpose: Rules and regulations are continually being revised as Lithium battery use is expanding. It is imperative that users are familiar with these restrictions. The panel led discussion will provide an engagement and discussion of best practices for the storage, shipping, and handling of Lithium primary and secondary batteries.

Presenter: Chris Kontoes

This workshop is a forum to spark interest in understanding oceanographic sensors and how they work, improving the quality of field data, increasing deployment success rates, and improving the safety of those conducting the observations. We will focus on best practices, practical maintenance, deployment considerations, and a few tips and tricks to help get the most from your ocean observing equipment. The material covered is applicable to a wide variety of common instrumentation.

Session Length: 1/2 day

Presenter: Justin Manley

The presentation is designed to build upon another tutorial session (Unmanned Maritime Systems – Decoding the Alphabet Soup) though it can also stand alone. This session will focus on the latest developments in the unmanned maritime systems (UMS) field since the last MTS/IEEE Oceans. Notable events in business, government and academia will be presented alongside key technology developments and new product launches.

Session Length: 1/2 day