Law enforcement and fire rescue teams from four different states recently participated in a two-day Humminbird sonar training seminar in Fort. Collins, Colorado. The event was co-sponsored by Dive Rescue International and Black Laser Learning, Inc.
One of the most difficult tasks for Humminbird® sonar operators is being able to identify a drowning victim. While the class attendees had a good understanding of how the Humminbird sonar works, this training helped them hone in on specific areas of knowledge and skills that are necessary to effectively operate the system and correctly interpret bottom imagery.
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Black Laser Learning’s (BLL) Vince Capone has been recognized by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans as a sonar expert. BLL recently supported the esteemed New Orleans law firm of Frilot LLC in a case involving a deepwater sonar survey operation. Capone spent eight days listening to testimony and worked with Frilot attorneys to present expert analysis to the court based on his over 30 years of underwater surveying experience. Black Laser Learning has previously provided expert witness testimony on other hydrographic topics.
A team of 12 U.S. navy sailors looked on as BLL's lead instructor reviewed the fine nuances of analysing complex sea floor image data retrieved from an unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV).
In the summer of 2015, Black Laser Learning travelled to the Stennis Space Centre in Mississippi to provide a two-day sonar analysis training program to members of the U.S. Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center team.
NOMWC uses unmanned underwater vehicles to assist in gathering critical underwater data for oceanographic (creation of navy charts and etc.) and warfare operations.
"Understanding how to analyse UUV sonar imagery provides the Navy with critical mission information," says Black Laser's Vince Capone.
About Black Laser Learning: Black Laser Learning is a marine technology training company specializing in distilling complex technological subject matter into easy-to-understand training segments presented live, by DVD or computer-based interactive training formats. Our clients include the U.S. Navy and Marine Law Enforcement organizations.