Kongsberg Maritime and the Marine Center @ Northwestern Michigan College are partnering to deliver a series of technical professional development courses and credentials, with a focus on the application of SONAR technologies, data collection, analysis, and processing specific to marine infrastructure.

The program’s objective is to deliver a series of professional technical training classes and credentials specific to marine infrastructure inspection with an emphasis on ports, dams, waterways, locks, and transportation infrastructure. The program is in support of the operators of marine infrastructure, dredging, surveying, engineering services, and the professionals servicing these industry sectors. Outlined below are the currently available credentials and associated technical classes.

Credentialing options
Micro-credentials and industry certifications benefit employers and employees by adding specific skills and competencies in technical areas that support the function of the organization. Technical credentials add value by: 1) being scalable; 2) being on-demand and customized; and 3) aligned with the needs of the business.

Marine Bridge & Infrastructure Inspection credential
Northwestern Michigan College and Kongsberg recently announced at the AAPA Facilities and Engineering Conference in Savannah, Georgia, the Marine Bridge & Infrastructure Inspection certificate. The three-course series is focused on understanding the technologies and applications of sonar systems for use in the inspection of marine infrastructure. The target audience includes professionals supporting the marine infrastructure, dredging, and marine surveying industry sectors:

  • A/E firms — focused on infrastructure design
  • Construction & Inspection firms
  • Governmental (USACE, DOT)
  • Operators — Dams & Hydroelectric facilities
  • Operators — Bridges & Railroads
  • Professional organizations
  • Other — infrastructure-related organizations

The Marine Bridge & Infrastructure Inspection credential includes the following three-course series. Classes can be taken individually or as an aggregate to receive the credential:

Acoustic Principles Fundamental to Operating Sonar Systems:
Delivery Method: Online, Livestream
Prerequisite: None
October 7, 2022 – December 2, 2022
Fridays from 1200 – 1400 EST
Cost: $1,250.00

Marine Inspection Technologies and Applications Course:
Delivery Method:
Online, Livestream
Prerequisite: None
October 17, 2022 – November 7, 2022
Mondays from 1200 – 1400 EST
Cost: $850.00

Underwater Bridge and Infrastructure Inspection Course:
Delivery Method: In-person at Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City Michigan
Prerequisite: Acoustic principles Marine Inspection Technologies
October 17, 2022 – October 21, 2022
Cost: $2,250.00

Why Marine Infrastructure Inspection?
Infrastructure inspection for ports is critical, particularly below the waterline. Kongsberg has a leadership position in sonar imaging for marine civil engineering applications and diver supervision. Underwater acoustics are used during all infrastructure project phases. Acoustic inspections use the American Society of Civil Engineering’s Waterfront Facilities Inspection and Assessment Manual as a guide, the sonar images are captured with Kongsberg Mesotech sonar. Kongsberg has partnered for several years with Northwestern Michigan College to train inspection sonar operators for marine engineering applications.

Kongsberg Maritime
Kongsberg Maritime is a global marine technology company providing innovative and reliable technology solutions for all marine industry sectors including merchant, offshore, subsea, and naval. Headquartered in Kongsberg, Norway, the company has manufacturing, sales, and service facilities in 20 countries and a total of 65 worldwide offices. Kongsberg Maritime is a world leader in marine technology. With an extensive portfolio of innovative and integrated products and solutions, Kongsberg Maritime delivers efficiency, reliability, flexibility, and environmental sustainability to enhance the business of its customers. Our approach to product design maximizes performance by providing the full picture.

Northwestern Michigan College
Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) is a publicly funded college that serves individuals, organizations, and businesses. The college serves more than 50,000 learners annually throughout the northern Michigan region.  NMC offers associate degrees and professional certificates, and bachelor’s degrees through the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and Great Lakes Water Studies Institute. The Great Lakes Water Studies Institute (GLWSI) at Northwestern Michigan College is strategically positioned to engage individuals and organizations, both locally and globally, in advancing skills, knowledge, and understanding of the world’s dynamic water resources. The campus is located at the Great Lakes Campus on Lake Michigan and includes the following programs; academic degrees, professional development offered through the Marine Center, research & technical Services, and international program delivery. The program has the only BS degree in Marine Technology in the US which is ranked 4th in the nation for most focused Ocean Engineering programs.

The Marine Center @ Northwestern Michigan College
The Marine Center @ Northwestern Michigan College provides comprehensive Geospatial Applications training solutions for the marine, surveying, and remote sensing industries. Emphasis is placed on collecting and processing accurate, usable data on the natural and constructed world around us. Expert instructors utilize current industry-standard equipment, including autonomous and remotely operated data collection systems that operate on land, in the air, and the marine environment. Using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, the Marine Center offers both private and custom corporate training solutions for groups or organizations.

The Marine Center @ Northwestern Michigan College and Kongsberg Marine look forward to being active participants in APP and supporting the professional development needs of the organization and its members. For more information or to discuss custom training options contact:
Ed Bailey, Director of Operations
Marine Center @ Northwestern Michigan College

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