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Unique System FZE conducts hydrographic and offshore survey training courses

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A division of the Unique Maritime Group (UMG), Unique System FZE in conjunction with HYPACK Inc. has successfully conducted HYPACK’s hydrographic & offshore survey training course at its training centre in Hamriyah Free Zone, Sharjah, UAE. As a precursor to this popular course, a string of training topics, both technical and operational remarkably influencing the current market trends in the survey industry were also discussed as a part of the training schedule. The training courses were held from 16 to 27 November 2014.

HYPACK is one of the most widely used hydrographic surveying packages in the world, with more than 4000 users. It provides the surveyor with all the tools needed to design their survey, collect data, process it, reduce it, and generate final products.

The first week of the survey training was kick started with an introduction to the hydrographic, geophysical and oceanographic survey industry by our highly competent engineering team. A wide range of geophysical, environmental and oceanographic survey systems were discussed along with some hands-on workshop sessions. Some of the significant topics and systems covered during the week included single beam and multibeam survey planning and designing, single beam echo sounder (SBES) and multi beam echo sounder (MBES) Interfacing, RTK & DGPS positioning systems, surface positioning and navigation, calibration, underwater positioning and seismic data acquisition and post processing. Workshop sessions were also included to better understand some of the widely used survey equipments such as underwater gyros, magnetometers and gradiometers, side scan sonars and sub bottom profilers, tide gauges, wave sensors and meteorological and water quality sensors.

The second week of the training focused on HYPACK and its software solutions. The week-long course was jointly conducted by Unique System’s engineering team along with Pat Sanders, the President of HYPACK. The course aided the attendees to maximise their productivity using the hydrographic equipment, which could enable them to obtain efficient, high quality and accurate data and long operational hours of equipment without any maintenance damage, thus enhancing the hydrographic capabilities of offshore survey operations for effective seabed mapping.

On successful completion of the survey programs, Ian Huggins, General Manager, Unique System FZE commented, “It has always been a pleasure to conduct HYPACK’s survey training programs at our training centre in the UAE. These programmes are aimed at providing an opportunity for hydrographic survey professionals within the region to upgrade their skills with newer versions of survey software packages and systems available in the market. We look forward to conducting such training programmes in the Middle East in the near future as well.”

Pat Sanders, President of HYPACK, Inc. further added, “I am delighted to have conducted our training programme at Unique’s training centre once again this year. Unique System FZE is favourably recognised by its clients for the top-class survey products it offers along with a highly proficient engineering team that is capable of providing real time support to some of the most complex survey projects in the region. This year’s training schedule did cover a wide range of topics including the HYPACK SHELL, Volumes computation and HYSWEEP along with some hands-on field training. We look forward to a fruitful association with Unique in the years to come.”

Adapted from a press release by David Bizley

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