first_imgOceanIQ delivers industry-leading subsea cable data, survey, route engineering and consultancy services for telecom and power cable route planning projects Global Marine Group Launches OceanIQ. (Credit: wasi1370 from Pixabay.) Global Marine Group (GMG) a leading provider of subsea cable installation and maintenance services to the telecommunications, offshore renewables, utility and oil & gas markets worldwide, is pleased to announce the launch of OceanIQ, the fourth business unit in Global Marine Group’s subsea engineering portfolio.OceanIQ delivers industry-leading subsea cable data, survey, route engineering and consultancy services for telecom and power cable route planning projects. The highly experienced team also work to maximise the lifespan and efficiency of live systems across the globe. The business is built upon an existing wealth of data and knowledge acquired through years of cable installation and maintenance projects undertaken in support of sister companies Global Marine and Global Offshore. The range of bespoke services on offer include comprehensive data management utilising the businesses world-leading GeoCable® software which comprises information on over 2.6 million kms of as-laid cable around the globe. In addition to this vital resource, OceanIQ offer cable records management and charting services retaining robust data on historic repairs as well as supporting ongoing maintenance of cable systems. Route engineering services include detailed desk top studies, cable fault analysis and cable protection assessments. The team can also assist with acquiring the necessary permitting to complete cable installation projects around the world, as well as route surveys to establish the best and safest cable route, to maximise installation efficiency and minimise risk to assets.The creation of the new brand, which sits alongside Global Marine, Global Offshore and CWind within the wider Group, is in response to customer and industry demand for access to, and meaningful interpretation of, detailed subsea data. As seabed usage across multiple industries increases, having an accurate understanding of the seafloor to plan for future installations, and protect those in existence, has become essential.The team has a strong reputation for the successful delivery of projects in support of GMG’s other brands. The formation of OceanIQ endeavours to capitalise on this success and open up the team’s skills to new customers and markets that require exemplary subsea consultancy services and a comprehensive data set that continues to grow with each completed project. With an unparalleled record of 97% of all fibre optic cables laid worldwide, and a substantial amount of power cables, OceanIQ’s understanding of the ocean floor is unique and extensive.Gail Clark, Managing Director of OceanIQ, says, “With decades of first-hand experience in cable planning, installation and maintenance across the Group, the team has an intrinsic understanding of the seabed. The OceanIQ team’s experience allows us to interpret the wealth of data that we have built over many decades, from simple facts and figures and into meaningful intelligence that enables our customers to make informed decisions that ensures the longevity of their cable systems.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today French Frigate FS NIVOSE Leaves EU NAVFOR View post tag: News by topic View post tag: FS View post tag: EU Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Frigate June 1, 2011 View post tag: NIVOSEcenter_img Industry news View post tag: French French Frigate FS NIVOSE Leaves EU NAVFOR View post tag: Naval View post tag: NAVFOR View post tag: Leaves FS NIVOSE completed her deployment as an EU NAVFOR warship after thirty four days proudly flying the European Flag.During this period she has conducted a variety of tasks in the force and has always been ready for any duties and demonstrated a proactive attitude to face all challenges in order to achieve the objectives of Operation ATALANTA Of note she was involved in the disruption of a pirated Yemeni dhow,  as well as the disruption of a pirated Iranian fishing dhow, which was pirated a year ago and has been used as a mother ship in the vicinity of the Arabian Sea.In his farewell signal to the French frigate the EU NAVFOR Force Commander Alberto Correia said:” Your proactive role and your engagement in this operation have had a great impact on the counter-piracy mission led by the European Union.”[mappress]Source: EUNAVFOR, June 1, 2011;last_img read more

first_imgalex williams Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Google Buzz is headed for the enterprise. According to the Google Enterprise blog, Google Buzz will become a part of Google Apps within the next few months. Google Buzz applies as much to the enterprise as it does to the consumer market. The real-time application creates an extension for communication that adds a threaded context to a conversation, a critical component for an enterprise application.But Google Buzz in the enterprise will have some inherent weaknesses. Tony Bradley of PC World makes the point that most consumer products do not work with Google Apps Premier Edition. To access Picasa, a Google Apps Premier account holder must log out and log back in to a consumer account.Security concerns drive the reasons why the service has this partition. But an application like Google Buzz relies on information rolling in from different sources. It is that richness that makes Google Buzz a potentially useful consumer tool. But you won’t have that richness with Google Buzz under the current limitations that come with Google Apps Premier Edition.Google Buzz does have an open architecture, which should make it possible to integrate external data. We’ll see how this affects Google Buzz. It looks like a step in the right direction.It was revealed that Google Voice and Google Wave will also be part of the Google Enterprise productivity suite. We do not know yet how these applications will integrate – but by adding different layers, it creates the foundation for a social CRM environment.“The best thing about all of this for me is that Google has recognized and capitalized on the fact that email is the ultimate social network and they are agregating- which is what they do best,” said Sameer Patel, a founding partner with the Sovos Group that consults about integrating social Web applications and collaborative technologies into the enterprise. Patel said that Google Buzz could become a service that sits on top of GMail, much in the same way that Xobni or Gist integrate with Microsoft Outlook.The integrated service shows how aggressive Google is getting versus Microsoft and other on-premise giants like IBM. Microsoft responded to the Buzz news this way:“Mary-Jo Foley posted her views that Microsoft also has been working to integrate social networks from third parties not just into its Web-mail product, but also into its Outlook mail client, via the Outlook Social Connector that the company unveiled at the Professional Developers Conference in 2009. Microsoft is integrating the Social Connector into the Office 2010 product which is due out in the first half of this year. Microsoft’s Social Connector does a lot of what Buzz does, except with more of a business-centric focus. Microsoft’s Social Connector also provides regularly updated “activity feeds” for those in a user’s social connector via a connection with SharePoint 2010.” IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#enterprise#news#NYT#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Google Apps has it own faults to work out, before Google Buzz can even be considered a viable service for the enterprise. The Google Buzz open architecture may be the difference though, creating real opportunities for customers to pull external data into its real-time environment. Related Posts last_img read more

first_imgMuch of a movie’s tone, narrative, and look are decided long before scheduling shooting, and often before writing the script — but not always.From Disney to Pixar, Warner Brothers and beyond, the demonstrable value of storyboards and previs efforts in production is undeniable. The most dynamic alterations that shape a franchise can sometimes happen in post-production — in the midst of creative collaboration, with multiple minds at work in a video review session. Speaking with users of the video review tool, cineSync, we’ve collected some of the most unexpected, impactful post-production moments that changed the direction for the world’s biggest blockbusters.Jon Favreau – Iron ManImage via Iron Man (Marvel).Video review tools were indirectly responsible for the very first character crossover in what later became the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). During post-production for Iron Man, an ILM artist added Captain America’s shield into a scene — a little joke for Jon Favreau. From there, the crossover grew exponentially. Favreau told MTV News the following:We introduced Captain America’s shield briefly in one shot in the last film. An ILM artist put it in there as a joke to us for our cineSync sessions, when we’re approving visual effects. They got a laugh out of it, and I said, ‘Leave it in, that’s pretty cool — let’s see if anybody sees it.’ Of course, everybody saw it — so now it really was in his room, so we had to figure out how to deal with the reality that the shield was in his workshop.The MCU now encompasses twenty films, with twelve more in various stages of production. It’s the highest-grossing film franchise of all time, having grossed over $17.5 billion at the global box office.Peter Chiang – Exodus: Gods and KingsImage via Exodus: Gods and Kings (Chernin Entertainment).Ridley Scott‘s retelling of Moses leading the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, Exodus: Gods and Kings, stands out as a movie for which video review was invaluable. The pipeline led Ridley Scott to pick up a Wacom Cintiq tablet and annotate directly on set images from anywhere in the world. This was especially important as shooting took Scott from Mexico, to Morocco, and even to Fuerteventura. Peter Chiang, the film’s VFX supervisor, recalls the following:Ridley Scott draws brilliantly. We would draw several versions of a scene in cineSync to accurately meet his vision, saving a lot of time in post-production, even when Ridley Scott was traveling abroad.Ridley’s annotations pushed the quality of scenes to a new level — sometimes with minor refinements, and sometimes into an entirely new direction — allowing for full creative exploration so the VFX team could find the best solution to the shot. Chiang continues:The plague and Red Sea sequences went through a series of particularly dynamic changes.Swarms of locusts and parting oceans aside, the main VFX work on Exodus: Gods and Kings involved accurately portraying Egypt in 1300 BC, with all its grand architecture and magnificent environmental assets. All scenes in the movie passed under the artistic eye of Ridley Scott.We researched the time period early on in production, taking photos of existing temples and Egyptian monuments in Luxor. But, we had to imagine what those structures originally looked like without centuries of decay, and then introduce textures to hit what the audience understands as 1300 BC architecture. The sheer scale of the film relied heavily on a digital extension to Arthur Max’s sets, and plenty of work went on behind the scenes in post-production that changed the direction of the end look.Jake Morrison – Thor: RagnarokImage via Thor: Ragnarok (Marvel).From superpowers to capes and tights, every comic book hero has their own iconic look. Color plays an important part in creating that look within the Marvel Universe. Besides adding a bit of personality, a standout color scheme for each character can help audiences keep track of what’s happening in the midst of a heated battle royale.So, how does Marvel cycle through infinite shades of red, blue, yellow, green, and everything in between? Video review helped filmmakers isolate almost any color within a shot using a combination of contrast, saturation, and the hue wheel in cineSync.For example, in the last few weeks of production on Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel and Image Engine teamed up to create an interdimensional portal introducing the film’s main antagonist, Hela. The result was a rolling mass of energy called a “curly crackle,” almost like a three-dimensional lava lamp crafted through particle simulations. But something in the scene still didn’t look quite right. Jake Morrison, Marvel’s VFX Supervisor, explains:We grabbed hold of the color wheel, then and there, with all decision-makers present — the director, the executive producer, everyone — and we just started spinning through all possibilities for the portal. Then, we got to Hela’s signature green.Best of all, the team didn’t have to go back and do another fifty rounds of particle simulation to pinpoint Hela’s one, iconic color. Her character quickly developed into a different style than originally proposed.Cover image via Iron Man (Marvel).Looking for more insights into the film and video industry? Check these out.“The Lucas Effect”: When Filmmaking Creativity Goes UncheckedE3 2019: How Video Games Are Changing Cinematic Storytelling10k Vs 100k Vs 500k: Feature Film Budgets ComparedThe Cameras and Lenses Behind the Marvel Cinematic UniverseThe Cameras Behind Netflix Originals: Films and Serieslast_img read more