OOI Program Update Tim Cowles. Design Elements 4 Global sites 3 Regional cabled sites in the NE Pacific 2 Coastal arrays: Mid-Atlantic Pioneer Array, PNW Endurance Array Each scale incorporates mobile assets
OOI Program UpdateTim Cowles
4 Global sites
3 Regional cabled sites in the NE Pacific
2 Coastal arrays: Mid-Atlantic Pioneer Array, PNW Endurance Array
Each scale incorporates mobile assets
Cyberinfrastructure: enables adaptive sampling, custom observatory view, collaborative analysis
Interfaces for education users
OOI has two fundamental scientific and research mandates that underpin its construction:
We address those mandates by meeting the science requirements during construction, and by building in the most cost-effective approaches to operating the infrastructure.
The most cost-effective approaches include:
Under pressure from NSF and OMB to show improvements in progress within next 6 months
Four areas were the primary focal points for action
External specialists have been guiding a replan of the OOI schedule during the implementation of the Corrective Action Plan
Will be complete late March/early April and will become the new ‘baseline’ for the OOI
Numbers relative to OOI staffing on September 30, 2010
Institutionally-Designed Platforms, Coastal Moorings
Test Deployments to Evaluate Designs
In Shore Test Mooring 2 (ISTM2): March 2011 – July 2011
At the Endurance Array site, surface wave heights that are large fractions of water depth are a large design challenge.
Testing: Mooring and buoy design for 25 m site.
Test Deployments to Evaluate Designs
Example: In Shore Test Mooring 2 (ISTM2): March 2011 – July 2011
Buoy (foreground) and stretch hose (background)
Redesigned universal joint
Institutionally-Designed Platforms, Global Moorings
At Sea Test 2 (AST2): Sept 2011 – April 2012
At the Pioneer Array site
Coastal Surface Mooring (CSM)
Coastal Profiler Mooring (CPM)
will be tested in 500 m of water.
At Sea Test 2 (AST2): September 2011 – April 2012
Seaward of the Pioneer Array site,
a global hybrid profiler mooring
to be tested in 2,500 m of water.
Concerns about global surface profiler and operations with compound mooring deployment/recovery to be addressed.
Hybrid profiler mooring
Sept 22, 2011
AST2 Manufacture and Build
In the Water
(thru April 2012)
Approximately half of the Regional System technical designs are on scheduleare under the Firm Fixed Price (FFP) contract with L3-MariPro. Other items are within the schedule float and should not delay any deployments.
The non-L3 major infrastructure pieces of the cable system have been specified and contracted
Horizontal Directional Drilling at Pacific City, Oregon
Survey to determine cable route in 2010
Black smoker in the ASHES Hydrothermal Field imaged during a detailed bathymetric and video survey of the area as a potential node site for the OOI Regional Cabled Observatory.
An octopus lounges on a basalt flow at a water depth of ~1520 m within the caldera of Axial Volcano.
Test of Secondary Infrastructure support
A half-scale model of a potential frame design is lowered off the R/V Thompson for a one-year deployment at Southern Hydrate Ridge using Medea and Jason. The frame is also being tested to see how different materials react to biofouling during long-duration deployments.
Architecture of Infrastructure and R1
User Interface design
Software Detailed Design/Coding Release 1
Hardware and Network Systems
The specification, Statement of Work, and RFP for the national backbone are undergoing contract review
Organizational changes within OOI Project Office
Organizational changes at Implementing Organizations
Our adjustments as we approach the Year 2 review