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Highlights from EIVA Days Denmark 2018

25 September 2018
EIVA Days Denmark 2018

Did you miss EIVA Days Denmark 2018? 

Don’t worry, we have you covered with a quick debrief on what went on!

For a two-day programme held between 19-20 September, EIVA welcomed some one hundred guests to its maritime technology showcase event, EIVA Days Denmark. This year marked the fourth occurrence of the annual event, and we are pleased to share some news on several fine outcomes and highlights of the occasion. 

With participants of over a dozen nations travelling from as far as Korea, Nigeria and Canada to attend, and over fifty businesses represented, the event was certainly well attended. 

We hope that everyone left with greater knowledge of how EIVA can support their work, insights on the key trends in maritime surveying technologies and EIVA’s response to them, as well as a wider network of contacts.

Opening the event with software and strategy

The event opened with a series of presentations about EIVA NaviSuite software made by Jeppe Nielsen, EIVA CEO, and Ole Kristensen, Software Manager. After a highly productive twelve months since last year’s event, not to mention our ambitions for the future, there was certainly much to update the audience on. 

To the harbour!

The second day found the event shift to Aarhus harbour for live demonstrations of EIVA solutions in action. 

Quayside tents hosted EIVA crew members who guided guests through EIVA software on display and offered greater detail on the latest features and developments that had been highlighted the day before. Proving particularly popular were our stands for NaviSuite Deep Learning and the recently updated pipeline inspection software, NaviSuite Nardoa

Throughout the day, presentations were delivered by guest speakers from ASV, Tritech, NORBIT, Teledyne RD Instruments, Sonardyne and Seafloor. 

Spotlighting the live demonstrations

Of the many live demonstrations which generated great dialogue during the day, we should highlight the following:

NaviSuite Mobula – our new, yet-to-be-released, software package for ROV control and steering 

Interfacing two ROVs (a VideoRay Pro 4 and a modified BlueROV2) with NaviSuite Mobula, the EIVA software and hardware teams successfully demonstrated joystick steering, assisted steering automatically locking heading and depth, and navigating to waypoint using Tritech MicroNav and forward looking sonar (a small Gemini 720im). 
It’s worth noting too that strong currents in the harbour created by both the river outlet and the comings and goings of the research vessel AURORA provided an excellent playground for demonstrating the stability of the assisted modes. 
Looking ahead, the EIVA team will update the modified BlueROV2 with better heading sensors, and continue the maturity testing before release later this year.
NaviSuite Kuda for USV steering 
Having put together a small test USV, the hardware team implemented an auto-pilot system as part of an Aarhus University student’s project. 
The test USV was equipped with a number of sensors, including a NORBIT multibeam, and RTK GPS. After having overcome some bad Wi-Fi conditions (1000+ Wi-Fi nodes registered due to the library and engineering universities) and switching to GPRS/4G, the USV successfully demonstrated performing automated coverage-assisted runlines in NaviSuite Kuda, while everything was streamed and controlled from the software tent.
Real time point clouds 
We showed the first live demonstrations of our fresh-from-the-compiler implementation of point cloud and mesh generation in real time from a single camera.
Mesh generations 
Our developers demonstrated how to generate 3D models (mesh) from 3D point clouds – a feature which will be very useful for structural inspections, for instance during harbour inspections, where a 3D model of the harbour quay side is required.
NaviSuite Deep Learning 
The latest user interface in NaviModel for automated detection of events for pipeline inspection was demonstrated and discussed.
Showcasing ScanFish XL 
Our extra-large version of the ScanFish 3D, fitted with the PanGeo SBI, was the center-piece of four trips onboard the AURORA out to Aarhus Bay, and we were glad to have so many current ScanFish operators and end-clients of UXO and MCM so interested in the capabilities.
ScanFish 3D
Back on dry land, we were pleased to exhibit a new and stronger 3D ScanFish system which the EIVA development team has been testing. The system was displayed on the harbour side and generated a lot of interest from existing ScanFish operators.
We were altogether thrilled with the outcomes of the event, and we hope that sentiment was shared by participants as well. We would like to thank all those who attended, and hope to see you again next year. 

Coming (very) soon: EIVA Day Scotland 2018

As one event ends, we are already turning our attention to the next. Later this month we are hosting EIVA Day Scotland in Aberdeen on Thursday, 11 October.

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