Half a century has elapsed since Oceanology International (Oi) staged its inaugural event in Brighton, UK, at the close of the 1960s, so prospective attendees can expect jubilant 50th anniversary celebrations to underpin proceedings at the keenly anticipated Oi London 2020 exhibition and conference. The event is on 17–19 March in ExCeL London.
Needless to say, however, the main focus of the event will be resolutely fixed on the products, concepts, and networking connections that will take ocean science and marine technology into the next half century. In planning what is set to be the largest Oi expo to date, organiser Reed Exhibitions has opened up 17,000 m2 of exhibition floorspace to allow more than 500 companies from over 90 countries to showcase and demonstrate their latest innovations.
Exhibitors already booked for the show include Marine Research Ltd (stand A200), which supplies bathymetric services such as side scan sonar imaging, topography, and water quality monitoring. Horizon Geosciences (stand H350), meanwhile, provides marine survey and geotechnical hydrographic/cartographic services to a broad and diverse global client base.
Visitors can also find geodata specialists Fugro on stand D100, where attendees can speak to company representatives about solutions and initiatives, including Fugro’s recent award from the Danish consulting firm COWI to carry out a nearshore geotechnical site investigation for CPH City & Port Development’s Lynetteholmen project in Copenhagen, Denmark. Currently, Fugro has provided more than 110,000 km2 of high-resolution bathymetry data to improve quality and coverage of seabed mapping in the North Atlantic Ocean. This data will be delivered via the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) and the Seabed 2030 project.
Elsewhere, exhibitors in offshore categories include Armada Rig Builders (stand A209), which designs and builds heave-compensated marine drilling rigs and seabed sampling systems for geotechnical site investigation and scientific exploration of the seabed; and the underwater technology specialist firm CodaOctopus (stand C300), which has developed a range of real-time 3D sonars. CodaOctopus has also recently launched its Survey Engine Automatic Object Detection Package, an invaluable aid to the dredging and offshore renewables industries with its ability to drastically reduce seabed boulder detection and reporting time, thereby boosting productivity.
Across all three days of the event, free-to-attend technical tracks will delve into topics, including offshore energy development, asset monitoring and hydrography, geophysics, and geotechnics. The latter strand, sponsored by the marine geotechnical service delivery company PanGeo Subsea, will examine the most up-to-date principles and methodology of offshore site investigation, with a particular focus on collecting, analysing, and leveraging data derived from mapping and pre-engineering studies of the offshore environment.
Interested parties can visit the Oceanology International website to purchase tickets for two one-day events, the Ocean Futures Forum (Tuesday, 17 March, 10 am-4 pm) and Catch The Next Wave (Thursday, 19 March, 9:40 am-5 pm), which will respectively consider the scientific and technological requirements of the emergent Blue Economy, and the ways in which the interrelated disciplines of science and exploration continue to spark innovation.
“It’s difficult to fully convey just how much content will be packed into the three days of this benchmark event,” said David Ince, Reed Exhibitions event director. “The whole point of celebrating Oi’s first half century in such expansive style is to point out how much the field of ocean science and technology has grown and progressed over time. Attendees should take heart at witnessing the tireless collective effort and ingenuity, which our exhibitors and conference speakers devote to securing a sustainable future for mankind’s relationship with the world’s oceans.”
Visitors who wish to attend can register at www.oceanologyinternational.com.