December 12, 2018
Hello Coast Survey,
This is the 50th edition of our online staff newsletter. Sharing our stories regularly throughout the year, whether it’s project milestones, awards, new hires, outreach events, or upcoming opportunities, is an important way to stay connected. Thank you to everyone that contributes and please keep your stories coming.
As 2018 comes to a close, I wish you and your families a happy holiday and New Year. I am proud of our accomplishments in 2018 and look forward to working together in 2019.
A DriX autonomous surface vessel (ASV) developed by University of New Hampshire industrial partner iXBlue has been delivered to the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (CCOM/JHC) for testing and development as a hydrographic survey force multiplier. The innovative vessel design allows for higher speeds, longer endurance, and improved sea-keeping for coastal and offshore multibeam mapping. The DriX is being provided to CCOM by iXBlue as part of the center’s industrial partnership program in which companies provide products of value to CCOM in return for collaborative research and development opportunities and access to CCOM-developed technology.
With grant funding from the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO), CCOM/JHC will work with iXBlue to design, build, and refine a system for launch and recovery of the DriX from the survey launch davits on NOAA’s hydrographic survey ships. Throughout the winter and spring, the CCOM/JHC ASV research team will be testing the DriX launch and recovery systems in New Hampshire, enhancing the survey autonomy systems, and developing survey protocols for operational use. In the summer, the CCOM/JHC team and iXBlue engineers will take the Drix aboard NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson for an operational survey project. For more information contact Andy.Armstrong@noaa.gov.
Julia Powell, deputy chief of the Coast Survey Development Lab and Cmdr. Olivia Hauser, chief of the Pacific Hydrographic Branch, were speakers on the first all-woman panel at the recent eNavigation 2018 conference. The panel focused on advances in data collection and dissemination.
1/29-2/1 - Coast Survey's Field Procedures Workshop
2/9 - NOAA Open House in Silver Spring, MD
3/5-3/7 - Hydrographic Services Review Panel meeting in Washington, DC
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Don’t forget to check out the Diversity and Inclusion Tools and Resources page on OCS Navigator. Here you can find and explore great videos, podcasts, and articles.
Show your commitment to diversity and inclusion by downloading, printing, and signing the Individual Commitment pledge and hanging it in your cubicle.
You can access the NOAA Diversity and Inclusion calendar, which is a compilation of the various special events being conducted across the agency. The December 2018 EEO and D&I Events Calendar is available in a pdf “print friendly” version or you can view it in Google Calendar. All NOAA employees are encouraged to participate.
Supervisors may be interested in the upcoming Leading with Emotional Intelligence webinar, which will be presented on Wednesday, 12/12 from 2-3:30pm EST.