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Title: Acoustic interrogations of complex seabeds
Author: Guigné, Jacques Yves
Awarding Body: University of Bath
Current Institution: University of Bath
Date of Award: 2013
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The implementation of the Acoustic Sub-seabed Interrogator (ASI)—from its initial experimental concept research phase, which the author pursued at the University of Bath in the form of his PhD thesis (early 1980s), through to full-scale prototyping (late 1980s, early 1990s) and finally to commercialization (mid-1990s onward)—has had the underpinning support and funding of major granting agencies and industrial sponsors/investors. The present work, which forms the content of this Doctor of Science thesis, is the manifestation of over twenty-five years of research and development costing tens of millions of dollars. Therefore, I wish to mention the sponsorship of the agencies, granting institutions, and investors who backed the concept from its early formation stage and pursued the engineering developments leading to today’s commercial market acceptance and utilization. From 1982 to 1986, the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), under an Industrial Research Application Program (IRAP), supported this University of Bath PhD research project. This led to the support of major research granting agencies, Oil & Gas industrial sponsorships, and research centres to help back the development of a scientific prototype and trials in 1990 and continuing on to 1995. This early development of the ASI was made possible by the Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering (C-CORE), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Atlantic Geoscience Centre, and the NRC Institute for Marine Dynamics (now the Institute of Ocean Technology [IOT]). The industrial sector was instrumental in providing major operational funds for sea trials around the world; the first sponsors were Mobil Oil Canada Limited, Gulf Canada Resources Limited, Petro-Canada Resources Limited, and Esso Resources Canada Limited. From 1995 to 2005, various research grants by NSERC and NRC-IRAP were issued to Guigné to conduct scientific laboratory and near-shore studies into the physics of the ASI’s acoustics as it applied to imaging the seabed. This was complemented with major contracts by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans under their Northern Cod Science Program. The acoustic work related to quantifying the effects of otter trawling on benthic habitats. This work was supplemented by the financial support of the National Water Research Institute (NWRI) for investigations into the use of broadband acoustics for mapping subtle discontinuous lakebed features.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Sc.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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