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CSA Diving Safety Officer Assists Future Scientific Divers

  • Written by CSA Ocean Sciences
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CSA Ocean Sciences Inc. (CSA) is continually striving to improve its Scientific Diving operations. In May, CSA’s Diving Safety Officer (DSO) and Health, Safety, Security, and Environment Director (HSSE) Eirik Kydland attended and assisted with a two-week intensive Scientific Diver course at the Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) in Key West, Florida. The course was led by Dr. Alex Brylske, Professor of Marine Science & Technology at FKCC and author of the book The Complete Diver: The History, Science, and Practice of Scuba Diving. The purpose of Mr. Kydland’s participation was twofold: although he is a certified American Academy of Underwater Sciences (AAUS) Scientific Diver, Eirik sought a fresh perspective on the academic side of scientific diving while sharing the unique challenges and opportunities of private sector scientific diving with future Scientific Divers.

Eirik assisted with the skills sessions in both the pool and open water, including rescue scenarios. As a Paramedic, Diver Medical Technician, and Technical Diving Instructor, he provided additional subject-matter expertise during lectures on dive medicine, physiology, and decompression theory.

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CSA Trinidad Team Deploys Deepwater Current Meters to Support Offshore Oil and Gas Operators

  • Written by CSA Ocean Sciences
  • Category: Blog

Understanding the speed and direction of ocean currents is crucial to offshore oil and gas exploration and development. The collection of in situ velocity measurements from a range of depths (sea surface to the seafloor) over time is important to understand the seasonal variability and storm conditions that occur in the offshore environment. An Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) measures current velocities in the water column based on the principle of the Doppler effect – a change in the frequency or wavelength of sound waves in relation to the observation relative to the source.

CSA Ocean Sciences Trinidad Limited (CSATL) is serving the needs of the energy industry in the region by providing Environmental Baseline Survey (EBS) and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) services to major oil and gas operators. Scientists and operational personnel collect data and samples from the offshore environment to meet local environmental regulatory requirements and to characterize the baseline marine environment prior to offshore project activities.

The CSATL team has deployed an ADCP to support a long-term study of subsea currents offshore Trinidad. Data will be processed every 3 months to support numerical modelling of current patterns and assessment of potential impacts on the marine environment. As a time series of current data is established, larger-scale circulation models will also be developed. 

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CSA’s EDGS Team Commits to the ArcGIS Pro Transition

  • Written by CSA Ocean Sciences
  • Category: Blog

CSA’s Environmental Data and Geospatial Services (EDGS) team is committed to quality data collection, management, analysis, and dynamic visualization, particularly in the spatial realm. As Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and hardware continue to evolve (for both desktop and web-based applications), keeping up with changes is crucial to maintaining quality and efficiency in GIS procedures and work products. Consequently, CSA’s entire team of GIS analysts participated in an interactive two-day training session on ArcGIS Pro, Esri‘s latest version of GIS software.

Changes between ArcGIS Map and ArcGIS Pro include a redesigned user interface that is more vibrant and contextual, with 3D functionality built in. The screen capture shows project data on the distribution of artificial reefs, coral reefs, hardbottom, and shelf sediments in Palm Beach County, displayed in the new ArcGIS Pro user interface.

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CSA Divers Receive Diving Emergency Management Training

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Marine Biologist Erin Hodel Receives Diving Emergency Management Training

CSA Ocean Sciences (CSA) implemented the Diving Emergency Management Provider (DEMP) certification for select members of its cadre of Scientific Divers. CSA is continually striving to improve its diver safety and emergency response capabilities despite an excellent safety record. The DEMP certification is an advanced qualification provided through Divers Alert Network (DAN), the largest association whose mission is to promote dive safety through education and research. Typically, divers are qualified in First Aid, CPR/AED, and Oxygen Administration. The DEMP certification furthers their knowledge to include Field Neurological Exams and Hazardous Marine Life Envenomation.

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