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UHD Faculty, Students to Explore Bayou April 28


On Friday April 28, University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Natural Science Lecturer Alex Barnard will host “Marine Geology and Geophysics Investigation of Allen’s Landing, Buffalo Bayou.”

“As part of the research work, I will have advanced marine technology—a remotely operated vehicle and autonomous surface vehicle—operating on site,” said Barnard. “The Xbox-like controls make these multi-million dollar tools accessible to many of our students, who if they could attend, would have opportunities to gain hands-on experiences flying them.”

Activities at Allen’s Landing is slated, from noon to 5 p.m., with a series of talks and tech demos scheduled from 2 to 3 p.m., which will include:

  • Welcome:  Alex Barnard, UHD Lecturer
  • History of the Bayou: Andrew Groocock, Professional Tour Guide Association of Houston
  • Geophysics & Sonar: William W. Sager, Professor of Geophysics, University of Houston
  • Remotely Operated Vehicle Demo:  Euan Mackay, Seatronics
  • Autonomous Surface Vehicles:  Gary Sayers, Survey Equipment Services
  • Careers in Marine Geology: Jeff Morin, The Hydrographic Society of America
  • Closing Remarks: Alex Barnard, UHD

Refreshments will be provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the Marine Technology Society in the Commerce Street Building (adjacent to the operations on Allen’s Landing).

This event is free for UH-System students and industry professionals. At the event, students will have the opportunity to network with industry professionals.

Industry partners for this event include Seatronics, and Survey Equipment Services. The research work is funded by the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and is being conducted with the support of The Hydrographic Society of America; the Marine Technology Society; The Professional Tour Guide Association of Houston; Buffalo Bayou Partnership; and the University of Houston.

For the full agenda, click here.

Photo: Thomas B. Shea