Deadly Ghosts of the Past

Aqua Survey has worked for over a decade to locate UXO ghosts of the past, so they can fulfill their explosive destiny in a humane manner.Watch the video below: There are many types of ghosts that haunt. There are the ghosts that haunt us for things we did or didn’t do.  Sometimes, ghosts are derived from unfulfilled destinies.  Unexploded bombs and other UXO never fulfilled their intended destinies – exploding.  Aqua Survey has worked for over a decade to locate

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An Unforgettable Friendship: Honoring Stan Waterman and His Underwater Realm

My wife has accused me of collecting interesting friends as a hobby.  I plead guilty as charged.  In 2000, I was tasked to find a keynote speaker for the Hudson Delaware Regional Chapter of SETAC (The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry) annual meeting.  I decided to invite longtime Princeton resident, Stan Waterman to speak.  I gave him a call.  He immediately said yes, with one caveat, he wanted me to come over to his home and have lunch with

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New Coring Vessels Ready to Go

Aqua Survey is excited to reveal that we have officially added three new sediment sampling vessels to our fleet. Each one was designed by a marine architect to vibracore efficiently and be robust enough to handle the rigors of electro vibracoring. Introducing: The Manasquan, The Sandusky, and The Packanack. The Manasquan was recently deployed on its inaugural job; collecting vibracore samples along the Schuylkill River.  Watch our reveal video below. If you need sampling or survey assistance on your

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Royal Princess vs. Puritans

Native American Princess turned Wealthy Puritan It probably can be said for most that lived in the 1600’s, but for sure, Jane Sandusky did not live an easy life. A Native-American believed by the Hayes family to be of Sandusky heritage, Jane was born near modern-day York, Maine in about the year 1622. Sometime before 1646, she married a Puritan named Stephen Flanders. At the time, when a white settler married a native it was common to claim that the

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Bomb Hunting in Remote Jungle

Mission Success – ASI / Geonics collaboration results in safer future for Lao children Another UXO clearance mission was just successfully completed with a Geonics EM61-LX2 and the ASI Pointer in Khammouan Province, Laos along a proposed transmission line. Laos is per-capita, the most heavily bombed country in the world. They’d like to become “the battery” of Southeast Asia via hydroelectric dams. In a mountainous, monsoonal, sparsely populated country with (electric) power-hungry neighbors, it is an obvious direction for the Lao

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Aqua Survey Expands Coring Fleet

Aqua Survey is expanding its fleet of dedicated sediment vibracoring vessels from 6 to 9. Currently under construction are three, 24-foot long, pontoon vessels. All three are scheduled to come online in early 2022.  The vessels have been engineered specifically to collect sediment electro-vibracores inshore and to easily be trailered to your near or distant work site. Coupled with Aqua Survey’s eleven electro-vibarcore systems, they are capable of handling several major sediment sampling projects simultaneously. As each new vessel comes

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The Great Gold Heist – Part Two

1865 Crime Scene Meets 21st Century Technology One can imagine what 156 years of gossip, folklore and hearsay can do to the veracity of facts, especially when those facts concern what some called the “Great Heist of the 19th Century”. Aqua Survey was brought in by Civil War historian and author, Bob Young (pictured bottom right). Delving deep into the century and a half long mystery, Mr. Young sifted through historical documents, compiling a wealth of firsthand accounts. He believes

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Some Called it the Heist of the Century

“About twelve o’clock the tramp of cavalry was heard coming down upon our train at full speed, and in ten seconds after the alarm was given, they were upon us … with pistols and carbines in almost immediate contact with our persons, demanded the instantaneous surrender of our party and train upon pain of death.”  -Banker recounts moment of ambush The Confederacy was falling. The loss of its capitol, Richmond, Virginia was inevitable. The gold and silver of the Confederate

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Bridging the Gap between Land and Water

Seamless Land and Water Surveys The area between land and water is one that has been difficult to survey with traditional methods. One of Aqua Survey’s specialties is creating engineering-quality 3D models of this transitional zone through the application of recent technological advancements. Seawalls, headwalls, wharfs, piers, bulkheads, sheet pile, utilities and other waterside structures are often difficult to measure and assess.  Urban waterways present unique challenges to engineers due, to the density and complexity of objects near the waterline.

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Lighthouse Preservation: A Case Study in Reality Modeling

Combining multiple survey methodologies, Aqua Survey is able to create engineering-grade 3D point cloud models that seamlessly transition between above and below water. This was a crucial support tool to the engineers assessing the structural integrity of the historic Hudson-Athens Lighthouse in Hudson, New York. Seen in this video:  Survey Model Life on a Lighthouse The life of a lightkeeper was difficult and unusual.  A Historian, Riverboat Captain, and Lighthouse Keepers describe life in the heyday of the

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Gettysburg – An Archeological Investigation

Aqua Survey recently performed a survey on private land near Gettysburg National Military Park. Fought on July 1-3, 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg was a decisive Union victory, many considering it to be the turning point of the war. With an estimated 51,000 casualties, it is the bloodiest battle ever fought in North America. About two miles behind what would have been the Confederate lines on the second and third days of the battle, the area surveyed is believed to

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Aqua Survey in the News

Aqua Survey was featured in articles that appeared in New Jersey’s Star-Ledger, the Hunterdon County Democrat and online at The article covered many topics, from our recent treasure find in Florida and our work in Laos mapping unexploded bombs and building schools to the geophysical surveying and sediment sampling we do back here in the states. The online version of the article can be read here.

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In the Wake of the Argonauts

Dr. Dominique Gorlitz begins construction of the Abora IV, which will in part retrace the mythical voyage of Jason and the Argonauts. Late last week the Abora team arrived in Bulgaria to set up base camp in the small industrial town of Belova. Their mission: begin construction of the Abora IV. Dr. Dominique Gorlitz has a different journey in mind for the new vessel, which will resemble a scaled down version of the Abora III. Commencing in Sochi, the Abora

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Case Study 92: Core Sampling in UXO Contaminated Waterways

Real-time metal detection eliminates need for pre-coring survey. Client Needs: The client needed vibracore samples in an area known to contain UXO (unexploded ordnance). They were concerned about our electro-vibracore making contact with UXO. An EM survey could have been performed to provide markout pre-coring, however this approach has several drawbacks: • Increased time on the water for surveying and in the office for for post-processing the EM data; both leading to increased cost. • Variability in GPS accuracy during

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