After the long wait, INSPIRE is moving to its permanent home at Innovate Newport on June 1st.
Formerly known as the Sheffield School, Innovate Newport is located at 513 Broadway. As an anchor tenant and Newport “native,” INSPIRE has been committed to the Innovate Newport project since its inception. Innovate Newport offers workspace for professionals and businesses, providing a connection and touchpoint to Newport’s vibrant downtown community. Billed as an incubator and co-workspace, Innovate will provide INSPIRE the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded innovators from synergistic sectors including design, engineering, and Blue Tech. We are excited to take part in this thriving community that Newport, and INSPIRE, are uniquely positioned to support.
Drew Carey is set to present at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) 2019, in Houston, TX, from May 6–9. Dr. Carey’s presentation will take place during the Offshore Renewables: Site Investigation Challenges for Environmental and Engineering Assessment technical session from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm on Thursday, May 9th. He will present a paper co-written with Fugro that discusses new approaches to offshore renewable energy site characterization using Sediment Profile Imaging (SPI) and Multibeam echosounder (MBES). This year marks the 50th year of the OTC, one of the leading conferences in offshore technology and development.
The INSPIRE team participated in the International Partnering Forum (IPF) for offshore wind in New York City last month. Hosted by the Business Network for Offshore Wind and attended by over 1,200 individuals, the conference provides an industry-focused forum for stakeholders representing all facets of offshore wind development. Drew Carey, Jeanine Boyle, Marisa Guarinello, Brian Gervelis, and Dustin Varnell met with developers, engineers, environmental consultants, attorneys, and State and Federal agencies at INSPIRE’s booth and in one-on-one sessions to explain how SPI technology has been used to develop BOEM-compliant benthic assessments and support G&G ground truthing in support of wind farm planning and permitting at multiple U.S. sites.
On Thursday, Drew and Jeanine participated in an international meeting of over 25 Dutch and U.S. leaders in offshore wind to assess best practices and lessons learned from 25 years of development in the Netherlands and the North Sea. Drew presented INSPIRE’s work at the Block Island Wind Farm as an example of U.S. practices for environmental monitoring.