Venterra Group launches new market leading Marine Acoustics services for offshore wind industry

Venterra Group, the global offshore wind services company, has today announced the launch of its expanded marine acoustics offering, underpinned by the expert capabilities of its Engineering companies INSPIRE Environmental, Gavin & Doherty Geosolutions (GDG), and Partrac.

Building on INSPIRE and GDG’s established foundation of providing marine acoustics measurement, modelling and marine mammal exposure assessments to offshore wind clients, Venterra’s new integrated offering delivers one of the most comprehensive marine acoustics services available in the market. This also includes leveraging the metocean and marine expertise of Partrac, which has extensive experience with buoy and sensor deployment and enables the ability for joint acoustic and metocean campaigns.

Across Venterra’s team, key marine acoustics project experience includes co-leadership of the award-winning educational website “Discovery of Sound in the Sea” (, acoustics measurements for offshore surveys, as well as more recently sound source, noise exposure and animal behavior modeling for an offshore wind installation company.

Ensuring the development of offshore wind is delivered in an environmentally friendly way, including maintaining marine mammal health and fisheries sustainability, is a top priority for the industry. With a team of leading marine scientists and offshore wind engineers specializing in acoustics, Venterra’s offering will help developers and tier one contractors to support critical decision-making as well as mitigating and managing noise impacts on underwater ecosystems.

Paul Doherty, Venterra’s Executive Vice President for Engineering said: “With the global drive for more sustainable offshore wind development and enhanced environmental considerations, reducing the amount of noise emitted from construction and installation activities is of paramount importance. Modeling, measuring and understanding this noise is critical to the success of our industry, and this underpins Venterra’s enhanced marine acoustics capabilities. It’s also central to our build and construction offering with CAPE Holland, our market leading vibro-driving company, delivering low noise emission monopile installation through its specialist vibro technology.”

Venterra was formed to create a global services champion supporting the offshore wind industry’s rapid expansion and leading role in the energy transition. It is building a service offering across the wind farm lifecycle, comprising Engineer, Build and Support services. It is expanding by both acquisition and investing for accelerated organic growth.

Venterra’s Marine Acoustics Leadership

Dr. Kathleen Vigness-Raposa, who joined INSPIRE in 2020, is a marine scientist with expertise in bioacoustics, spatial modeling, and impact assessments of anthropogenic activities in the marine environment. Over the course of her career, she has authored numerous reports assessing the impacts of anthropogenic activities on marine mammals, sea turtles, and fishes; predicted marine mammal distributions and abundances; led passive underwater acoustic monitoring teams on research cruises; and taught graduate-level courses at the University of Rhode Island. Dr. Vigness-Raposa participated in the acoustics and electromagnetic studies for the Rhode Island Ocean Special Area Management Plan (Ocean SAMP), as well as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management studies of the underwater sound from construction and operation of the Block Island Wind facility. She uses innovative techniques to model and predict environmental impacts and co-created the “Discovery of Sound in the Sea” website. Dr. Vigness-Raposa has more than twenty years of experience in environmental modeling and fieldwork.

Principal Acoustic Modeler Dr. Andrew Millar joined the GDG Offshore Marine Advisory Team in November 2023. He has over 10 years’ experience working in the energy sector. Prior to joining GDG, Dr. Millar was a Principal Environmental Engineer at a market leading advisory company where he was responsible for managing and conducting underwater noise modeling studies, environmental impact assessments, and permit applications for offshore oil and gas and wind farm projects. He has conducted noise modeling and impact assessments for a variety of activities associated with oil and gas and offshore wind farm developments including seismic surveys, geophysical site surveys, piling, drilling, and unexploded ordnance removal. Since joining GDG, Dr. Millar has developed the GDG proprietary underwater noise modeling software for estimating potential impacts to marine receptors from offshore activities.

Senior Scientist Dr. Cristian Graupe joined INSPIRE in January 2024. Dr. Graupe has extensive knowledge simulating acoustic propagation in complex environments to characterize unique sound sources and environmental influence on the sound field. He also has a comprehensive skill set in signal processing, analyzing acoustic measurements to detect, characterize, and track acoustic source signatures. He has over five years experience deploying stationary and autonomous systems to collect calibrated acoustic measurements for sound field analysis and passive acoustic monitoring. As an adjunct professor at the University of Rhode Island, Dr. Graupe is a motivated educator in underwater acoustics and signal processing. In support of the offshore wind industry, He has performed data collection, analysis, and authored sound field verification reports for acoustics associated with impact hammer piling operations. At INSPIRE, Dr. Graupe joins our team of marine acoustic experts, expanding the scope of acoustic services INSIRE offers our clients. 

Media Enquiries:

Anntonette Zembrzuska, Vice President of Strategic Growth, INSPIRE Environmental

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Stiofáin MacDáibhéad, Head of Venterra Engineering Communications

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Leading Offshore Firms Integrate Marine Archaeology with Benthic, Fisheries, and Data Visualization Services

INSPIRE Environmental (INSPIRE), Full Fathom Five Marine (FF5), and RECON Offshore (RECON) have formed a team to add marine archaeology and cultural resources services to INSPIRE’s benthic, marine ecosystem, fisheries, and acoustic service offerings. All services lines are supported by INSPIRE’s robust, interactive data visualization tools. FF5 and RECON bring deep experience in enhanced archaeological services to support cultural resource assessments, agency review, and tribal engagement and support. These services are geared toward the development of offshore wind and other marine renewables, integrated sediment management, and other offshore infrastructure projects. 

INSPIRE, FF5, and RECON are natural partners to provide comprehensive multidisciplinary siting and permitting services to marine infrastructure projects, as well as monitoring and adaptive management during construction and operations. Our combined team allows for increased efficiency and rigor across multiple specialties, leading to the seamless articulation of both environmental and cultural resource evaluations. 

INSPIRE, a Venterra Group Company, is a marine science consultancy based in Newport, RI. INSPIRE is known for providing credible, defensible science in support of offshore infrastructure development, with a particular focus on offshore wind and integrated sediment management. We are experts at making seafloor health visible. We offer agency consultation, resource surveys, assessment, impact analysis, reporting, mitigation and monitoring plans, and implementation of such plans for benthic resources and fisheries. We also offer marine acoustic modeling, assessment, impact analysis and mitigation and monitoring planning. INSPIRE has a diverse global portfolio and has worked on over one third of all US offshore wind projects. INSPIRE’s expertise and experience complements the other ‘Engineering’ phase companies within Venterra Group, which is a strategic partner to wind energy developers and contractors, providing services across the full lifecycle of offshore wind assets.  

Venterra Group was formed in 2021 as a dedicated offshore wind services platform, supporting the industry’s rapid expansion and leading role in the clean energy transition. Comprised of nine sector-leading service providers with expertise and experience across engineer, build and support phases of the offshore wind farm lifecycle, Venterra Group and its 600+ global workforce is helping developers and tier one contractors to bring wind power capacity online more quickly, competitively and sustainably. For further information please visit

FF5 was founded in 2022 by Jessica Cook Hale, RPA, PhD, to offer critical services for cultural resource management needs in submerged contexts. FF5’s capabilities include Section 106 cultural resource consultation, historical research, report production to specific agency standards, and data analysis. FF5 focuses primarily on pre-contact archaeology and Quaternary geology, to ensure that these components of environmental impact assessments for undertakings conform to the highest scientific standards.  

RECON, is a U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) certified Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) that specializes in all aspects of Submerged Cultural Resource Management (SCRM) and Maritime Archaeology.  RECON’s mission is to provide clients with the most reliable and accurate results utilizing cutting-edge technologies.  The staff bring over two decades of expertise providing professional services worldwide ranging from diver investigations, Section 106 compliance, remote sensing surveys, to predictive site modeling and risk assessment (utilizing GIS). 

To arrange a consultation, please email [email protected].  

INSPIRE Environmental at Oceanology International North America 2017

INSPIRE Environmental at Oceanology International North America 2017

On February 14, 2017, we attended Oceanology International North America.  Our team had a great time showing off our Sediment Profile Imaging technology to the conference attendees.

Managing Partner Drew Carey presented a talk on the future of data visualization in marine environments, showing off some of the innovative displays that we have been developing over the past year.

Our booth was designed by our in-house creative team and constructed by Lone Star Exhibits of Houston Texas.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to all who participated in this wonderful conference and a special appreciation to Jennifer Jensen and her team at Lone Star.

INSPIRE at the Battelle Sediments Conference 2017

INSPIRE at the Battelle Sediments Conference 2017

The INSPIRE team is gearing up for a week of presenting our research and connecting with our clients, colleagues, and friends in New Orleans. We’ll be at the Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments, presented by Battelle from Tuesday through Friday, January 10-13.

Dr. S. Kersey Sturdivant will be presenting findings of research undertaken following the Deepwater Horizon accident in the Gulf of Mexico.  His talk will take place on Tuesday at 1:50 pm in Grand Ballroom E.

Animal-Sediment Response to and Recovery from the Deepwater Horizon Accident: A Worm’s Eye View.

J.D. Germano, D.G. Browning, S.K. Sturdivant, and D.A. Carey. (INSPIRE Environmental/USA)

John Hardin will be presenting in poster group 2 at the Long-Term Monitoring Strategies poster session (A11 #33).  John’s poster will be displayed from Wednesday 7:00 a.m. through Thursday 1:00 p.m.  Presentations/Reception will take place Wednesday, 5:45 p.m.–7:00 p.m.

Short- and Long-Term Recovery of Benthic Communities Following Dredge Material Disposal: A Case Study of the LA-3 Dredged Disposal Site.

S.K. Sturdivant, J.D. Germano, D.A. Carey, J. Hardin, and A. Ota. (INSPIRE Environmental/USA)

If you are in New Orleans this week, please get in touch. We’d love to see you!

Click here for more information about the Ninth International Conference on Remediation and Management of Contaminated Sediments

Those who are interested in learning more about INSPIRE Environmental have another chance to meet our scientists at the Oceanology International Conference 2017, from February 14 – 16 in San Diego, CA.  INSPIRE will be exhibiting a booth, and Dr. Drew A. Carey will present a talk on the importance data visualization.

Learn more about this event by clicking here.

INSPIRE Featured on Rhode Island Public Radio – Assessing Environmental Impacts of the Block Island Wind Farm

INSPIRE Featured on Rhode Island Public Radio – Assessing Environmental Impacts of the Block Island Wind Farm

INSPIRE is in the news again this week with another great piece by Ambar Espinoza and Elizabeth Harrison of Rhode Island Public Radio, telling the story of early environmental results from the construction of Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm. Features Professors Jim Miller and Bob Kenney of URI Graduate School of Oceanography and INSPIRE’s very own Jeanine Boyle.  This marks the second time this week that our company has been featured in reports by Rhode Island Public Radio.

Deepwater Wind contracted Rhode Island-based INSPIRE Environmental to conduct a range of environmental assessments that helped secure permits to build the Block Island Wind Farm and its underwater cable. Much of this work continues as the Block Island Wind Farm moves into its next phase of electricity production.

Link to full article: Assessing Environmental Impacts of the Block Island Wind Farm

INSPIRE Featured on Rhode Island Public Radio – RI Fishermen, Scientists Study Impact Of Offshore Wind Farm On Fisheries

INSPIRE Featured on Rhode Island Public Radio – RI Fishermen, Scientists Study Impact Of Offshore Wind Farm On Fisheries

Rhode Island Public Radio reporter Ambar Espinoza recently joined INSPIRE scientists on one of our monthly fish-trawl surveys in the vicinity of Block Island Wind Farm. Read all about the great work that INSPIRE is performing for the nation’s first offshore wind turbine array.

The nation’s first offshore wind farm off the coast of Block Island will start producing electricity any day now. It’s a pilot project that will change the way the people on this small island power their homes and businesses. They’ve relied on importing diesel fuel up to this point.Today we bring you a story about another group that has a stake in this project: fishermen. A small crew of fishermen has been working with scientists to gather data and learn how fishing will or won’t change around the wind turbines.

The full article can be found here: RI Fishermen, Scientists Study Impact Of Offshore Wind Farm On Fisheries

INSPIRE to Present at Oceanology International 2017

INSPIRE to Present at Oceanology International 2017

We’re getting excited for Oceanology International North America.  INSPIRE will be exhibiting a booth, and Dr. Drew A. Carey will present a talk at this great event. Drew will be speaking at Oceanology International from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm on Feb. 14, 2017.

Voyage to See What’s on the Bottom: Transforming Ocean Data into Accessible Information

Drew is Managing Partner at Inspire Environmental, in Newport RI.  He is a recognized expert in the fields of benthic ecology, sedimentology, and environmental monitoring. Throughout his 35-plus year career in applied science, he has advanced technologies and procedures to better visualize and communicate the health of the seafloor. With the goal to “make marine science understandable,” INSPIRE’s team of scientists and technical specialists conduct seafloor surveys worldwide, using technology that allows for less disruptive sampling, more accurate interpretation, and more accessible presentation. The team has developed immersive displays that guide viewers through a data-rich, virtual journey of the seafloor.

Find more information about Dr. Carey’s talk here:

Big Data, Visualization & Modeling – Data Visualization

We will be exhibiting at stand A60, come visit us!

Oceanology International 2017 Floorplan

INSPIRE Scientists to Speak at TEDx Newport

INSPIRE Scientists to Speak at TEDx Newport

INSPIRE Environmental is onstage today at TEDx Newport! We’ll be sharing a worm’s eye view of the seafloor and the innovative camera technology Inspire’s scientists invented.  The talk will provide a brief introduction to Sediment Profile Imaging (SPI) and then discuss novel ways that our scientists have worked to visualize the seafloor.

2016 marks the inaugural TEDx Newport event.  INSPIRE would like to thank the whole TEDx team who worked so hard to make this event a success.  We are proud to be showcasing our work to the community of Newport, RI during this event.