March 2020 OES Beacon

Chapter News (March 2020)

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Keynote talk by Masahiro Nakade (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology)

Japan Chapter – Workshop on Scientific Use of Submarine Cables & Related Technology

Reported by Harumi Sugimatsu, OES-J Vice chair

The SSC Workshop  

Closing address from the WS chair, Katsuyoshi Kawaguchi (OES-J Chair)

We had the second domestic workshop on SSC (Scientific Use of Submarine Cables & Related Technology) on 22nd November 2019 at the convention hall of the Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo.  Speakers and audiences, more than 160 attendees, were enjoying a variety of talks and discussions about the potential use of the seafloor cable network system and its future vision.   The discussed topics were as follows:

  • N-net: the new seafloor network system for earthquakes and tsunamis along the Nankai Trough *Keynote
  • Submarine cable network system along the Suruga bay
  • Tsunami early warningprediction on the Hamaoka nuclear power plant
  • A new cable laying ship “KDDI Cable Infinity”
  • Development of Ocean Bottom Cable (OBC) for seismic observation
  • Social implementation of the submarine cabled observatory– Joint project with a Scottish company
  • Future prospects of seafloor crustal movement and earthquake observations using the submarine fiber optic cables
  • Seafloor neutrinos detector to measure the deep earth data
  • Effective utilization of the data measured by the Seafloor Observation Network for Earthquakes and Tsunamis along the Japan Trench (S-net) – Detection of Fin Whale songs recorded from the ocean bottom seismometers
  • Submarine cabled observatory networks as “The Ocean Information Station”
  • Panel discussion: How to expand the utilization of the submarine cable network system in future?

The next SSC workshop will be held in the summer of 2020. In addition, the special sessions will be organized at the OES sponsored international symposium on “UT21” in Tokyo.

See you there!


Panel discussion

The Second IEEE OES Japan Chapter Youngster Robocon Support Program Award Ceremony

IEEE OES Japan Chapter has been offering the students travel support program to challenge the SAUVC since 2018.  The second winner’s award ceremony was held just after the workshop.  The winner is the “HIT-Robotics” team from Hiroshima Institute of Technology.  Jonghyun Ahn, a supervisor of the team, received the award from Katuyoshi Kawaguchi (OES-J Chair) on behalf of the team members.  Congratulations to all!

A Sequel

The team has passed the qualifying round for the SAUVC 2020 which is held from 3-6 April, 2020, just before the OCEANS 2020 Singapore (  If you see them at the SAUVC 2020 in Singapore, cheer for them!



Caught it! The small gifts from the sponsor were distributed to the audience.
Jonghyun Ahn (L) and Katsuyoshi Kawaguchi (R)
Caught it! The small gifts from the sponsor were distributed to the audience.
Award speech.

Canadian Atlantic Section (OES – CAS)

Reported by Ferial El-Hawary, IEEE Life Fellow, Chapter Chair, and Dirk Werle, IEEE Senior Member, CAS Section Chair      

Tidal Energy Presentation a Highlight at the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section

Outgoing OES Chapter Chair Ferial El-Hawary (Photo credit: F.& M. El-Hawary)

The IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section held its Annual General Meeting on December 5, 2019, in Halifax. True to our maritime roots, the Chapter opted for a suitable venue by inviting our members to congregate at the well-established meeting facilities of the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron on the Northwest Arm.

We were delighted to welcome as keynote speakers at the AGM two prominent members of the ocean engineering community, John Woods, P. Eng., of Minas Energy and Tony Wright of the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy, FORCE.  The title of their richly illustrated talk was “Perspectives on Tidal Energy Development in Nova Scotia.” In her capacity as outgoing OES Chapter Chair, Ferial El-Hawary was instrumental in inviting the speakers to the meeting.

Tony Wright’s presentation offered a FORCE-ful point-of-view on tidal power development and the challenge of “working in water that moves over 20 kilometers an hour.”  Tony relayed his experience as general manager at FORCE, a public-private partnership studying the performance and interaction of tidal energy turbines in the Bay of Fundy. His professional background combines an MBA degree and an engineering degree. Prior to joining FORCE in 2012 he spent more than two decades as a career officer in the Royal Canadian Navy.

John Woods focused his talk on two of the FORCE berths from a developer’s perspective. They include a total of 21 x 420 MW units, connected in two arrays. He also highlighted issues of interconnectivity. John presented his talk based on more than three decades of experience as an entrepreneurial engineer, as alderman of the City of Dartmouth, and as a manager to realize important energy opportunities. His professional competence and skill of a community leader have advanced innovative engineering designs and creative solutions to business and political issues related to energy development. John was very pleased to see the younger and aspiring members of the engineering profession in the audience since he has also mentored many Dalhousie engineering students as a lecturer on “Engineers in Society” over the past two decades.

In 2019, OES-CAS Chapter’s Secretary, Christopher Whitt, co-organized two additional lectures. Both events were very well attended and deemed a success also for networking and highlighting OEC activities in the region. Here is a summary of the events.

On April 15, 2019, Dr. Martin Siderius, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Portland State University delivered a Distinguished Lecture on the topic of “Underwater Communications: Challenges of the Acoustic Propagation Channel.” The event was hosted in cooperation with Dalhousie Engineering at the Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship, COVE, in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

On October 15, Christopher Whitt delivered a lecture on “Passive Acoustics for Ocean Observations.” Christopher is a project scientist at JASCO Applied Sciences and currently a member of the OES AdCom. His talk was the first in the Dalhousie Oceanography-Engineering Research Seminar (DOERS) series. It was a co-presentation between iMERIT, IEEE and the Department of Oceanography.

Keynote speakers and organizers at the IEEE-CAS Annual General Meeting on the Northwest Arm in December 2019. (Photo credit: Caleb MacDonald)
Members of the ocean engineering community during the networking and distinguished lecture event at the COVE in April 2019. (Photo credit: Christopher Whitt)

Malaysia Chapter

The 11th National Technical Seminar on Unmanned System Technology 2019 (NUSYS’19)

Reported by Zainah Md. Zain & Khalid Isa

On 2-3rd December 2019, the IEEE Ocean Engineering Society (OES) Malaysia Chapter organized The 11th National Technical Seminar on Unmanned System Technology 2019 (NUSYS’19) aimed at presenting current research being carried out in the listed area. The idea of the seminar is for the scientists, scholars, engineers, and students from Universities in Malaysia and the industry to present ongoing research activities, and hence to foster research relations between the Universities and industries. The seminar provides opportunities for the delegates to exchange new ideas and application experiences face to face, to establish business or research relations and to find global partners for future collaboration. The seminar offers a number of invited lectures from renowned speakers all over the country. NUSYS’19 is the premier interdisciplinary platform for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of Unmanned System Technology. The seminar brings together leading scientists, researchers, engineers, scholars, and students in the domain of interest from around the world.

Photo during NUSYS’19 parallel Session
Photo Session with the participants during (NUSYS’19)
Talk by Mr. Mohd Fairuz, Fugro’s Project Manager

IEEE OES Malaysia Chapter Industrial Talk on Underwater Survey Operation

Reported by Khalid Isa & Herdawatie Abdul Kadir

Mr. Mohd Fairuz is currently Fugro’s Project Manager, overseeing and responsible for the company’s geophysics survey project in the Asia Pacific. Before joining Fugro, Mr. Fairuz had worked as Business Development Manager with a Malaysian survey company, where he was responsible for spearheading the effort in developing the Geophysical business line in line with technical expertise. Prior to this, he has previously worked as an Engineer, Senior Engineer & AUV Supervisor since 2007, with a career in the offshore geophysical survey spanning 11 years throughout the globe with several local and international companies. Mr. Mohd Fairuz is notably involved as one of Fugro’s Lead Engineer for the largest underwater survey operation in the world, the MH370 search.

Photo Session with Ms Emily Chiew, Assistant Sales Manager, Conventions & Conferences, KLCC

Collaboration Meeting with Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Reported by Herdawatie Abdul Kadir

On Tuesday, Feb 11th, 2020, a collaboration meeting with Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) was held to bid for the 7th IEEE OES International Symposium on Underwater Technology (UT) 2023 and 11th Oceans’ Asia Pacific 2026. The meeting was held to explore collaboration opportunities. Early discussions identified possible ideas/benefits of the collaboration. There are many opportunities given by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and KLCC. The KL Convention Centre works very closely with their strategic partner, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), to provide financial and non-financial support to the national / international associations to bring their regional / international conferences to Malaysia.