GROUP AUTOMATION AND INTELLIGENT ROBOTICS (NAUTEC, FURG) is our new partner

The research group in Automation and Intelligent Robotics (NAUTEC) has as objective researching and developing new computational techniques and analysis algorithms, modelling and sensors and actuators networks control, being those constitute by Automation Systems, as well grouped in Robotic Systems. Since it’s foundation in 2001, the group has been developing researches focused in new educational applications; oil industry, gas and energy; oceanic and offshore ecosystems. Founded by a group of more than 20 researches (professors and technicians), 15 postgraduating (doctors and masters) and 40 graduation students, the research group acts in many projects with both governmental institutions and companies, as well as participate in many international and national cooperations.

Our new partner, Silvia Silva da Costa Botelho currently, is the Vice-director of the Center for Computational Sciences C3, and a CNPQ “Productivity in Tecnological Development” Fellow, with research and teaching activities at the Graduate Programmes, namely Programa de Pós-Graduação em Modelagem Computacional and Programa de Pós-Graduação em Computação and Pós-graduação em Educação em Ciências.

Energy and environment are the main pillars for Brazil and Norway cooperation.

George Monteiro Prata is the new brazilian ambassador in Oslo.

During his interview with Nordic Light, he said:

“There are two main pillars in Brazil and Norway relationship: Energy and Environment. From there it is natural the work  to strengthen the cooperation in areas like science and technology and education. And there is much more than that, like shipping and mining, for example.”

“The relations between the two countries is very solid on several fields. Oil, gas and energy, environment, aquaculture and defense are some areas where there is cross country collaboration.”

“Both Brazilians and Norwegians are working hard for improvement. Although Brazil is a giant compared to Norway, Norway is extremely important: is a leading country in promoting peace, human rights and sustainable development. Norway is a big investor in Brazil.”

“Brazilian crisis will bring new ways of cooperation between Brazil and Norway.”

 

European Chambers of Rio de Janeiro celebrate cooperation initiative:

The European Chambers of Rio de Janeiro put together a cooperation initiative to strength actions around common interests and realize events to the Euro-Brazilian business community.
The agreement proposes to stimulate the union of associated companies and to facilitate the networking and business opportunities.

The Norwegian-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) was established in 1995.
Its purpose is to promote trade and good will, and to foster business, financial and professional interests between Norway and Brazil.

New network member: Vivian Helena Pellizari, from USP.

Vivian Helena Pellizari is a Brazilian Antarctic scientist known for her work on establishing Antarctic microbiology in Brazil. Pellizari is the head of Department of Oceanographic Biology at Oceanographic Institute of University of São Paulo. The Oceanographic Institute was a pioneer in Antarctic expeditions, being part of the Brazilian Antarctic Program since the first expedition in 1982. Pellizari has been part of the program since 1996 and first worked in Antarctica in 1997. In 2005, after 6 years in the Antarctic Program she organized a network of microbiologists, called the MicroPolar Network, to improve the microbial ecology research in Antarctica.

Pellizari has been a driver in the establishment of scientific networks across Latin America to investigate microbiology (Red Latinoamericana de Microbiologia Antartica) integrating microbiologists from Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. She is active in the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), she is the Brazilian delegate of Life Sciences and was the alternate delegate of Brazil in SCAR in 2012. She participated  of the Antarctic Science Action Plan for Brazil. She is a member of the Technical Scientific Committee of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP).

The IODP is an international research program at sea, now supported by 26 countries, which aims to investigate the history and structure of the Earth from the record of sediments and rocks. This program brings together a significant part of the scientific community active in the deep sea science  and aims to explore the Earth system in an integrated way.

FIESP International Workshop on Monitoring Data Management for Better Environmental Control Projects

Innovation Norway and Leonardo Santi will join the workshop at FIESP next week.

Workshop Objective: To carry out a critical evaluation of the current way of collecting and processing environmental data, bringing the visions of the involved actors, IBAMA, CETESB, FIESP, national consulting and completing with the experience of Norway in this area as a way to improve the effectiveness of the process and to avoid unnecessary expenses.

27 april – Preliminary Program:

08h30 – Reception
09h00 – Official Opening

Nelson Pereira dos Reis – Vice President and Chief Officer of the Environment Department of Fiesp and Ciesp

José Augusto Corrêa – Deputy Director of the Department of International Relations and Foreign Trade

09h10 – “The Industrial Sector’s Vision for Environmental Monitoring – Implementation, Use and Reporting”

Speaker: João Carlos Redondo – Director of the Environment Department of Fiesp

09h30 – “The problems faced and the needs of the Environmental Company of the State of São Paulo”

Exhibitor: Ana Cristina Pasini da Costa – Director of Environmental Impact Assessment

09h50 – “The problems faced and the needs of the Brazilian Institute of the Environment”

Speaker: Murilo Reple Penteado Rocha – Superintendent of IBAMA / SP

10h10 – Debates

10h30 – “How the Data Management System works in Norway – its objectives and problems”

Speaker: Stein-Gunnar Bondevik, Consul for Commercial Affairs of Norway

10.50 – “Practical problems of environmental monitoring management”

Speaker: Arne Hansen – President of ENVITECH AS

11h10 – “Management of monitoring data from the point of view of the executor”

Exhibitors: Cyro Bernardes Junior – Ambconsult Ltda.
 Walter Lazzarini Filho – Walter Lazzarini Consultoria Ambiental Ltda.

11:50 AM – Discussion

12:30 AM – End of event.

Brazil & Norway connection with Daniel de Almeida Fernandes.

Daniel de almeida Fernande did his PhD at Norwegian Unversity and Technology (NTNU) at Department of Marine Technology and now he is working at University of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

He developed his scientific project  at NTNU AMOS: The NTNU Centre for Autonomous Marine Operations and Systems  is as a ten-year research program, 2013-2022, addressing research challenges related to autonomous marine operations and systems applied in e.g. maritime transportation, oil and gas exploration and exploitation, fisheries and aquaculture, oceans science, offshore renewable energy and marine mining. Fundamental knowledge is created through multidisciplinary theoretical, numerical and experimental research within the knowledge fields of hydrodynamics, structural mechanics, guidance, navigation, control and optimization. NTNU AMOS research is related to mapping and monitoring of the seabed and the oceans by integrating different sensors and sensors platforms such as Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUV), Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), and ship-based systems.

 

 

Prof. Paulo Sumida, from USP, is one of the most important deep ocean researcher in Brazil, and now is our new partner.

Academic Excellence at Sea

Prof. Sumida obtained his PhD in 1998 from the University of Southampton (National Oceanography Centre, UK) and worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Hawaii in 1999-2000. Prof. Sumida joined the University of São Paulo in 2000 as an Assistant Professor. In 2007, Professor Sumida became an Associate Professor after obtaining a Habilitation title from the same university, where he still teaches several biological oceanography courses. During his career, Prof. Sumida worked on several aspects of the ecology of deep-sea benthic organisms in different ocean basins, such as the North and South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, North Pacific and Southern Ocean. He participated in over 40 oceanographic cruises and dived in many research submersibles down to 4200 m depth. At the University of São Paulo, Prof. Sumida has been supervising dozens of undergraduate and graduate students and publishing several scientific papers. He is currently involved in projects dealing with several aspects of deep-sea benthic ecology, including the study of reducing environments, deep-water corals and fauna from abyssal polymetallic nodule areas:

  • Project Biodiversity and connectivity of benthic communities in organic-rich habitats in the deep SW Atlantic – BioSuOr.
  • Autotrophy and Heterotrophy in the endemic Brazilian coral Mussismilia hispida.
  • Marine ferromanganese deposits: a major resource of E-tech elements
  • Multiple thermal stress events in juveniles of Cassiopea sp.: the effects on morphometry and symbiont concentration and the role of heterotrophy

 

 

MARINEQUIP is our new partner

CREATING VISUAL SOLUTIONS for extreme environments.

Marinequip AS is a Norwegian supplier and manufacturer of ROV, Lighting and monitoring systems for above and below water. Their products are special adopted to the Aquaculture, Wellboat Fishing and process industry.

Marinequip was  established in 2012 and delivers ROV solutions, underwater cameras and underwater lighting based on led technology.

ROV solutions: they offer everything from small and simple, portable drones helpful to the inspection of ships, up to the work class ROV that performs drilling anchor bolts and attachment-retained, among other things.

They  have extensive experience from the oil & gas industry and are interested to be part of our network.

 

Our network is getting stronger with our new partner: Paloma Moreira Cortez, Brazil’s Salles Manager at Nortek AS

She has knowledge on oceanographic equipments,  her goal is to contribute for the growth of the Nortek Brasil and with this to open doors for the environmental research in Brazil.

TRUE INNOVATION MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Nortek is composed of a dedicated team of well-trained technicians, engineers, and oceanographers. The diverse product portfolio spans from navigation to wave measurement systems to single point turbulence sensors to long-range current profilers.

Nortek customers are scientists, research institutions, and consulting engineers, all with demanding applications requiring state-of-the-art instrumentation that is reliable and easy to use.

Their  main office is about 15 km south of Oslo, Norway and this is where we do  development, product assembly and testing. In addition, Nortek has subsidiaries in the US, UK, China, France and the Netherlands, each with technical staff.  They currently ship close to 1000 instruments per year and their instruments are in use in more than 75 countries around the world.

 

 

LabOceano, Laboratory for Ocean and Technology (COPPE/UFRJ): the new partner in DSIC network.

The brazillian Ocean Basin – LabOceano – belongs to the Ocean Engineering Department at COPPE/UFRJ, the Rio de Janeiro Federal University Engineering Post Graduation Program. Since its beginnning, COPPE has done more than 10.000 agreements and contracts with national and international companies, public and private organisations, and governmental and non-governmental institutions. In the offshore oil and gas exploration field, COPPE has carried out more than 2.000 projects that make it one of the world’s reference center for research and development on offshore engineering.

LabOceano has its own staff, formed by professors, full-dedicated researchers and engineers, besides post graduation students and support staff.

With state-of-the-art equipment and facilities only comparable to a few laboratories worldwide, LabOceano can offer services to the industry on model tests, CFD calculations and numerical modeling of ships and offshore structures.

Since 2003, more than 70 model test programs were performed at LabOceano, including tests with semi-submersibles, turret and spread moored FPSOs, jack-ups, mono-columns, barges and other floating structures, and also tests for assessing the installation and operation of subsea equipment. Those projects were done both for brazillian and foreing clients.

Angelo Bernardino, from UFES, is the new partner in our network

Angelo Bernardino is an assistant professor at the Department of Oceanography at Federal University of Espirito Santo, interested in the ecology of benthic marine ecosystems, including conservation and ecosystem functioning of assemblages from estuaries to the deep-sea.

The Research group  in marine ecology of benthic ecosystems are working on:

2013 to present: Ecology and connectivity of organic falls in the deep-sea SW Atlantic and NE Pacific – Funded by FAPESP/NSF – Paulo Sumida (PI USP), Vivian Pellizari, Marcos César (IO-USP), Angelo Bernardino and Hanieh Saeedi (UFES); Cristina Nakayama (UNIFESP), Craig Smith (University of Hawaii) and K. Halanych (Auburn University).

The
 BIOTA/FAPESP
 program
 is
 an
 effort
 that
 has
 been
 mapping
 the
 biological
 diversity
 of
 terrestrial
aand aquatic 
ecosystems 
in 
the 
State 
of 
Sao
 Paulo
 with 
extreme 
success.
In
 marine
 areas,
 this
 effort
 has
 historically
 been
 concentrated
 in
 coastal
 ecosystems,
 leaving
 the
 deep
 ocean
 biota
 habitat
 ‐
 one
 of
 the
 largest
 global
 repositories
 of
 species
 ‐
 largely
 unknown.
 The
 present
 proposal
 aims
 to
 study
 the
 biota
 associated
 with
 organic‐rich
 islands
 in
 the
 deep‐sea
 (whale
 bones
 and
 wood
 parcels)
 in
 the
 SE
 Brazilian
 margin,
 in
 areas
 under
 whale
 migratory
 routes
 and
 historical
 proximity
 to large
 continental
 forests.
In
 order
 to 
address 
these
questions,
we
 will
 use
 an
 advanced
 experimental
 design
 through
 the
 implantation
 of
 whale
 bones
 and
 wood
 parcels
 using
 low‐cost
 autonomous
 vehicles
 (landers)
 at
 depths
 of
 1500
 and
 3000
 m
 along
 the 
Brazilian
continental 
margin, 
allowing 
the
 colonization 
of
 substrates
 by
 especialized
 micro‐
 and
 macroorganisms.
 Ecological,
 molecular
 and
 genetic
 analyses
 of
 whale
 bone
 and
 wood
 associated
 macro‐
 and
 microfauna
 will
 be
 used
 to
 address
 regional
 and
 bathymetric
 patterns
 of
 benthic
 biota,
 the
 connectivity
 between
 populations
 of
 specialists
 in
 the
 Southwest
 Atlantic
 and
 also
 their
 trophic
 and
 ecosystem
 function
 in
 the
 degradation
 of
 organic
 substrates
 in
 the
 deep
 SW
 Atlantic.

2014-2016 – Design of a Marine Protected Area Network in the deep-sea oil fields of the SW Atlantic. Gustavo Almada (IBAMA) and Angelo Bernardino (UFES).

Brazil has one of the most extensive’s oil fields in deep and ultra deep waters (200-2500m) which threatens deep-sea biological communities and their ecological function. This is a pioneer study to identify regions of high biological diversity and interest for protection and aims to identify areas of high biological significance along the Campos Basin.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/311646679_Conservation_of_deep-sea_ecosystems_within_offshore_oil_fields_on_the_Brazilian_margin_SW_Atlantic