||British company, Global Marine Systems Limited and Canadian OceanWorks International have signed a contract with the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, to install a cable and node in Patricia Bay near Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in October 2005. The cable is the first stage of the VENUS (Victoria Experimental Network Under the Sea) project, an undersea observatory that will provide scientists and the public with around-the-clock biological, oceanographic and geological images and information on coastal waters around southern Vancouver Island. The project is led by the University of Victoria.|
“Universities are often at the leading edge of undersea research and this project is a great example of the type of thing which can continue to increase understanding of undersea life.” said Dr Phil Hart, Director of Research and Engineering for Global Marine. “Global Marine was selected in part because of our Universal Jointing capabilities as well as our cable laying experience.”
“Considering our extensive sub-sea knowledge, and our long history of successful project
collaboration with research organisations and various government agencies, we are delighted to be part of this exciting project.” said Hart. “We believe Global Marine is ideally suited to both install the node, which is designed and manufactured by OceanWorks, and to connect the node to any sub sea cable the VENUS Project chooses to employ”.
Global Marine and OceanWorks were selected by the University of Victoria following a tender. Venus Project Manager Adrian Round said, “Following the competitive process, their bid was viewed as having the most pragmatic solution and really seemed to understand what we needed. We were also attracted to the British/Canadian partnership this would foster.”
Historically oceanography has been only possible through short expeditions aboard ships.
Research instruments are left at the bottom of the sea for a few weeks and when recovered, the short time series results are analysed ashore. The VENUS Project allows an interface or node with various instruments attached to it to be fitted to a permanently installed cable, and then live results from the seabed can be streamed down the cable direct into scientists’ and school-children’s PCs over many years. The long time period results which are obtained from this, and other systems of its type which will follow, should reveal detail and information about the oceans which were impossible to obtain using previous methods, leading to improved understanding of processes in the world’s oceans.
The Venus Project’s first cable installation is due to take place in October 2005.
June 16, 2005
Global Marine Systems Ltd.