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September 27, 2023

MAI SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES FIRST DEPLOYMENT AS PART OF THE BOEM LONG-TERM PASSIVE ACOUSTIC MONITORING PROJECT

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Marine Acoustics, Inc. (MAI) successfully completed the initial deployment of five omnidirectional acoustic mooring systems in early August 2023 in southern New England waters off Rhode Island and Massachusetts. MAI is part of the team led by LGL Ecological Research Associates, Inc., who is conducting the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM’s) “Passive Acoustic Monitoring in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island Wind Energy Areas” project. The project includes recovering, refurbishing, and redeploying the passive acoustic mooring systems every 6 months over the next 2 years. The objective of BOEM’s project, which supports the Partnership for an Offshore Wind Energy Regional Observation Network (POWERON) program, is to conduct long-term passive acoustic monitoring of wind farm construction activities and of the presence of marine mammals.

MAI chartered the MV Tiki XIV out of Lewes, DE to deploy the mooring systems, which each include an omnidirectional hydrophone and acoustic recorder. The moorings have no surface expression as the top of the mooring is about 27 feet above the seafloor.

MAI provides the geographic locations of the five passive acoustic monitoring moorings offshore of Rhode Island and Massachusetts so that fishermen and other mariners are aware of their locations and can avoid inadvertent interactions with these moorings:

Mooring Number Mooring Geographic Location
1 71°9’37.609″W,  40°52’17.358″N
2 70°48’30.675″W  40°50’33.595″N
3b 69°58’42.642″W  40°48’37.668″N
4 70°42’15.473″W  40°40’8.467″N
5 70°28’7.774″W  40°39’16.272″N

 

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August 30, 2023

MAI Continues Collaborative Development with JAIA Robotics

Jaiabot Training

Marine Acoustics, Inc. (MAI) and Jaia Robotics continued their collaborative development of an acoustically capable JaiaBot with a hands-on training session for MAI engineers on the use of the JaiaBot. JaiaBots represent an advancement in affordable, portable aquatic drones supporting the academic, industry, and government monitoring and measurement of underwater sound. MAI’s development of a passive acoustic capability that will be integrated into the JaiaBot vehicle will allow for rapid data collection and acoustic characterization.

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June 29, 2023

MAI Aids in Environmentally Responsible Offshore Development

MAI’s Dr. William Ellison and Dr. Jennifer Amaral collaborated with a group of expert scientists to develop a broadly applicable, transparent, repeatable analytical framework for assessing relative risk of anthropogenic activities on marine species, with an emphasis on the noise aspects of the activity. Drs. Ellison and Amaral contributed heavily to the conceptualization and development of a modular framework for assessing relative risk to marine species based on an understanding of the spatial-temporal-spectral intersections of animals and anthropogenic activities. Though created for use by both industry developers and government agencies to assist in minimizing environmental impacts during the installation of offshore windfarms, the risk assessment technique can be applied to the planning of any anthropogenic activity in the marine environment. This work was supported by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

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June 13, 2023

Avoiding Active Acoustic Impact On Marine Mammals Using Autonomous Detection And Classification Technology

In-Depth Engineering Corporation (IEC), teamed with Marine Acoustics, Incorporated (MAI), L3Harris Corporation (L3), and QorTek, Incorporated will provide a low-cost, and compact active and passive acoustic marine mammal detection and classification capability for the Deep Water Active (DWA) component of the Deployable Surveillance System (DSS). This research effort pairs MAI ‘s subject matter expertise on sonar mitigation system design, marine mammal population dynamics, and vocal behavior ecology with IEC, L3, and OorTek’s proven technical capabilities in developing novel active and passive sonar systems.

June 8, 2023

MAI supporting AI/ML development for U. S. Navy Sonars

MAI is working with MIT:LL to aid in the development of AI/ML capabilities for a range of U.S. Navy acoustic sensors. This effort continues MAI collaboration with industry partners on the development of groundbreaking technologies.

June 8, 2023

MAI awarded SBIR Phase I funding for the initial development of a Virtualized portable expeditionary AN/UYQ-100 USW-DSS Unit for Training

MAI was recently awarded SBIR (N231-044) for phase one work in which MAI will team with CAE to create a portable, virtualized expeditionary AN/UYQ-100 USW-DSS unit that will integrate with the Navy’s Consolidated Afloat Network Enterprise Services (CANES) while also providing a stand-alone capability for real world and training tactical scenarios. This effort pairs MAI and CAE’s ASW and ASUW expertise with CAE’s technical capabilities, which includes, modeling and simulation, gamification, virtual reality development, mixed reality development, software development, hardware development, and database management will result in a powerful tool that will enhance the Navy’s tactical decision makers ability to employ assets.

May 31, 2023

Revolutionizing Environmental Monitoring: MAI and JAIA Robotics Collaborate to Develop Human-Portable UUV for Advanced Acoustic Measurements in Marine Projects

Marine Acoustics, Inc. (MAI) has entered a collaboration with Jaia Robotics, Inc., a leader in low-cost, micro-sized autonomous marine vehicles, to develop a human portable UUV capable of calibrated passive acoustic measurements throughout the water depth column of common interest for environmental monitoring of marine projects.

The acoustic monitoring vehicles that Jaia Robotics will produce provide a versatile tool for obtaining aquatic acoustic measurements at multiple sample sites over a short period of time. This capability aids in the sustainable development of ocean-based renewable energy and the responsible development and use of the marine environment.

November 18, 2022

MAI secures 5-year, $19.5M contract to expand technical support for ONR’s cutting-edge naval research initiatives

In November of 2022, MAI successfully won the 5 -year re-compete for the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Code 32 SETA Support contract. This has been an ever-evolving, multi-contract effort spanning nearly the past two decades and supporting a wide range of business & analytical services. This new contract, valued at $19.5M, increases the scope and range of technical support MAI provides to ONR in the areas of Maritime Sensing, Acoustic Transduction, Undersea Remote Sensing, Fundamental Research Portfolio Management, and Ocean Battlespace and Expeditionary Access Department support.

August 11, 2021

MAI awarded SBIR Phase I funding for the initial development of an Intelligent Assistance for Anti-Submarine Warfare

MAI has been awarded a six-month Phase I SBIR for $140,000 to develop a feasibility study for an Intelligent Assistant for Anti-Submarine Warfare. Along with our new partners at Clarifai, we will be creating the SONAR Engagement Naval Systems Enhancing Intelligence (SENSEI) utilizing AI to bring together environmental information from the on-board tactical decision aid (TDA), in-situ, real-time assessment of the environment, and machine-learning algorithms to provide operators situational awareness regarding key parameters such as primary propagation path(s), bearing-dependent complications (such as sea mounts that might obscure threats), significant topology features into which a threat might retreat to minimize detection, best tactical waveforms, and situational best practices to enable operators to maximize the potential of the tactical sonar suite for the specific conditions present at that time and location. Read More

March 18, 2021

MAI Awarded $1.6M Phase II Small Business Innovative Research for a Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare Risk Tactical Decision Aid

MAI, in coordination with partners L3Harris, are pleased to announce the award of a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant for a Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare (TASW) Risk Analysis Tactical Decision Aid (TDA).

Theater Anti-Submarine Warfare (TASW) Planners may be overwhelmed by decisions regarding risk to future plans, according to current asset allocation (mitigation) against potential threats. At the Commander, Task Force (CTF) Watchfloor, the TASW planners have a series of resources to analyze risk vs mitigations to current TASW operations, to include a Common Operating Picture (COP), METOC and Intel Support. The Undersea Warfare Decision Support System (USW-DSS), a Command and Control (C2) system, was designed to help fuse this data into an ASW tactical picture, however, current USW-DSS functionality lacks risk analysis mission planning capability that captures the full needs of the disparate users in both understanding and assessing risk (relative to existing mitigation measures) to future plans.

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June 22, 2020

MAI Awarded $3M Rapid Innovation Fund

MAI, in coordination with partners In-Depth Engineering Corp (IEC) and L3Harris, is pleased to announce the award of a Department of Defense Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) for the development of a Cooperative Sonar Engagement capability for Theater ASW (C-SET).  C-SET delivers networked mission planning and communication capability to optimize cooperative use of Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) assets, optimizing placement of receive sensors and platforms capable of active emissions for bistatic active sonar. This capability leverages both existing Advanced Processing and Capability (AxB) sonar builds and Undersea Warfare Decision Support System (USW-DSS) architecture, and an at-sea demo utilizing Program Executive Office Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO-IWS) 5A sponsor resources is anticipated within the 2-year RIF period.

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May 20, 2020

MAI’s research on the Block Island Wind Farm featured in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Jennifer Amaral published an article on the “Characterization of impact pile driving signals during installation of offshore wind turbine foundations” in the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.  The article analyzes acoustic measurements collected with funding from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution during pile driving for the foundations at the first offshore wind farm in U.S. waters. Metrics of rise and decay time, pulse duration, kurtosis, and sound pressure levels were characterized to investigate the impulsiveness of the pile driving signal over range. Variations in the radiated sound field were observed along different azimuths and were further investigated through finite element modeling.

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May 20, 2020

MAI’s Dr. Adam Frankel featured in Marine Mammal Science

Dr. Adam Frankel published an article entitled, “Gray whales hear and respond to signals from a 21-25 kHz active sonar” in Marine Mammal Science. This article discusses research funded by the Office of Naval Research. Southbound gray whales off California were presented with 21-25 kHz sound sweeps. A research vessel moored in the migration path, transmitted the sweeps half the time, and was silent the other half. Whales had no overt or obvious response to the sound. However later statistical analyses showed that the whales slightly avoided the sound. This response demonstrates that gray whales can hear sounds in the 21-25 kHz range. These findings extend our understanding of baleen whale hearing.

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April 22, 2020

MAI Recognized by Aerospace & Defense Review as “Top 10 Maritime Consulting/Service Companies” in 2020

Marine Acoustics, Inc. is being recognized by the Aerospace and Defense Review as a 2020 top 10 maritime consulting/service company.  This annual list recognizes companies that are at the forefront of providing maritime consulting/services and transforming businesses. Tom Stewart, MAI’s president and CEO, is featured in the article, in addition to MAI’s history and areas of expertise. View the article below to learn more about MAI and our plans for the future.

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October 10, 2019

U.S. Looks To Build On Strong Australia & Indo-Asia-Pacific Maritime Defense Partnerships At Pacific 2019

During October 8-10, 2019, MAI’s Vice President of Virginia Operations Steve Psaras attended the Pacific International Maritime Exposition 2019 in Sydney, Australia. He met with over 24 U.S. and Australian-based companies for potential overseas services export and collaboration associated with the Royal Australian Navy’s recent upgrade initiatives in submarine/surface SONAR and testing range activities. Held every 2-years, Pacific 2019 is the largest maritime defense forum in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The event includes hundreds of exhibitors in the Australian Maritime Defense Industry, as well as dozens of Naval representatives in the Indo-Asia-Pacific. MAI was one of 27 countries exhibiting in the U.S. Partnership Pavilion and was featured in the following news article associated with the expo.

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July 7, 2019

MAI Attends The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life International Conference

MAI attended The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life conference in Den Haag, Netherlands from July 7-12, 2019. Dr. Kathleen Vigness-Raposa presented a talk entitled,” Discovery of sound in the sea: communicating underwater acoustics research to decision makers”. This talk focused on the DOSITS website that was developed with the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. For more information, visit www.dosits.org. Jennifer Amaral presented a short presentation and poster entitled, “Characterization of an impulsive pile driving signal with range during the installation of offshore wind turbines.” This talk described some of the work MAI did in conjunction with the University of Rhode Island and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on measuring the underwater pile driving sound levels during the Block Island Wind Farm construction in 2015.

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May 29, 2019

MAI Presented at The Northeast Regional Environmental Acoustics Symposium

MAI scientists and engineers attended two professional meetings to present their ongoing work. The Northeast Regional Environmental Acoustics Symposium took place on May 29, 2019, at Brown University in Providence, RI and Jenn Amaral and Kathy Vigness-Raposa were in attendance. Jenn presented a talk entitled, “Visualization of Marine Mammal Perception to Anthropogenic Sounds in an Underwater Soundscape.” This talk was on an interactive tool MAI developed that describes the underwater acoustic environment in the Gulf of Mexico with contributions from ambient noise, shipping, and distant anthropogenic sources. This tool allows the user to visualize how sound will be perceived by marine mammals in the presence of different levels of ambient noise. Kathy presented on the Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) project described in more detail at www.dosits.org.

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May 22, 2019

MAI Scientist Presents in Webinar Series on Underwater Noise Associated with Pile Driving

Dr. Kathleen Vigness-Raposa presented a webinar on May 22, 2019, with Dr. James Miller from the University of Rhode Island on the underwater sound generated from pile driving activities. This webinar is through the Discovery of Sound in the Sea project. The webinar was recorded and archived.

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October 24, 2018

Presentation on Offshore Pile Driving Sounds at OCEANS Conference

MAI scientist and engineer, Jennifer Amaral, attended the OCEANS 2018 conference to present the work MAI performed during the construction phase of the Block Island Wind Farm. This work was part of the Real-Time Opportunity for Development Environmental Observations (RODEO) program which was funded through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). MAI worked with engineers at the University of Rhode Island (URI) Ocean Engineering Department and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to collect underwater acoustic data using a towed array during the pile driving associated with construction of the wind farm. During the pile driving, which occurred in Fall 2015, MAI towed the array and recorded acoustic data at ranges of 1-8 km from the wind turbine foundations. Variations in received levels and signal characteristics were observed with range and orientation of the array from the pile location. The results of this study were presented during the “Panel on Monitoring and Modeling of Underwater Sound from Offshore Wind Farms” special session at the OCEANS conference. URI, WHOI, and BOEM representatives also presented their work as part of this special session.

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June 25, 2017

MAI at Acoustical Society of America 2017 Meeting in Boston

MAI scientists attended and presented their ongoing research at the Acoustics ’17 meeting in Boston, MA that took place from June 25-29, 2017. Dr. Kathleen Vigness-Raposa chaired a session entitled “Incorporating Underwater Acoustics Research into the Decision-Making Process” and presented on utilizing basic underwater sound principles in the regulatory decision-making process. Her talk provided background information for the regulatory community related to characteristics of sound, underwater sound propagation, and appropriate measurement units. The information presented was based on that published on the Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS) website (www.dosits.org).

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November 13, 2015

MAI Scientist to Kick-off Webinar Series on Underwater Acoustics for the International Regulatory Community

MAI’s Vice President of Environmental Programs, Dr. Kathleen Vigness-Raposa, will kick-off the first webinar in a five-part series on underwater sound, specifically designed to aid International regulators and other government decision-makers. As co-PI of the Discovery of Sound in the Sea project (www.dosits.org), Dr. Vigness-Raposa will present on sound movement/propagation and the different methods for measuring and reporting underwater sound levels. She will be followed by Dr. James H. Miller, University of Rhode Island, who will talk about ambient noise measurements and noise budgets.

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September 29, 2015

MAI Scientists Measure Construction Noise from First Offshore U.S. Wind Farm

MAI’s Vice President of Environmental Programs, Dr. Kathleen Vigness-Raposa, and Staff Scientist, Jennifer L. Giard, are part of the team of researchers measuring the underwater sound created by the pile-driving phase of construction of the first offshore wind farm in the United States. By towing a horizontal array of hydrophones along a transect away from the pile-driving activity, they hope to address the question of where the sound transitions from high intensity, short-duration signals to low intensity, long-duration signals, which has implications for its potential impact on marine life.

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August 1, 2015

MAI Scientists Support Marine Mammal Studies In Southern California Bight

MAI’s CEO, Clayton Spikes, was responsible for providing the Fleet Test Plan and Concept of Operations documentation for the Navy combatants involved in Behavioral Response Study (BRS)-15 (part of SOCAL-15). MAI Senior Scientist Mark Wilson, a retired Navy senior chief sonar technician, was the Unit Coordinator who rode each ship during their week-long BRS-15 project activities.

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August 1, 2013

MAI Scientists Support Marine Mammal Studies In Southern California Bight

MAI’s CEO, Clayton Spikes was responsible for providing the Fleet Test Plan and Concept of Operations documentation for each of the two Navy combatant ships (guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey, and guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George) involved in Behavioral Response Study (BRS)-13 (part of SOCAL-13). He also attended the Pre-sail and Post-test briefings for each ship. MAI Senior Scientist Mark Wilson, a retired Navy senior chief sonar technician, was the Unit Coordinator who rode each ship during their week-long BRS-13 project activities.

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June 4, 2013

DOSITS 10-Year Anniversary

MAI’s CEO, Clayton Spikes was responsible for providing the Fleet Test Plan and Concept of Operations documentation for each of the two Navy combatant ships (guided-missile destroyer USS Dewey, and guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George) involved in Behavioral Response Study (BRS)-13 (part of SOCAL-13). He also attended the Pre-sail and Post-test briefings for each ship. MAI Senior Scientist Mark Wilson, a retired Navy senior chief sonar technician, was the Unit Coordinator who rode each ship during their week-long BRS-13 project activities.

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January 1, 2011

MAI is Cited in National Geographic Magazine

Dr. Bill Ellison and Dr. Kathy Vigness-Raposa are cited for their contributions to the article on ocean noise in the January 2011 National Geographic magazine; pp 28-31.

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