Vibracore Sediment Sampling

Advanced Geological Training

Geological Consulting


Here's what's happening at Athena Technologies, Inc.



Sea Island, Georgia Geotechnical Vibracoring

Athena collected vibracore samples at 18 locations offshore of Sea Island, Georgia to provide geotechnical data to assist in delineating an offshore borrow area.  The cores had to be collected and processed within two weeks of proposal submittal and dredging operations commencing in order to provide further delineation of sediments in the borrow area.  Athena collected the vibracores, provided geological logs, and created vibracore photomosaics.



Puerto Rico Section 103 Sampling

Athena mobilized our highly portable 24-foot sampling vessel, along with equipment and personnel to Puerto Rico to collect sediment samples for Section 103 studies in San Juan, Arecibo, and Mayaguez. The data were collected to allow for future dredging operations in each of the study areas. Maintaining navigable harbors and waterways will be critical to support the ongoing Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.



Athena Receives HUBZone Certification!

Athena has been certified as a HUBZone Small Busines by the Small Business Administration.  




Vibracore Sampling in Support of Navy Facilities

Athena has been busy providing sediment & water sampling and vessel support services at facilities in the Norfolk area.  This includes two projects providing vessel support for shallow water well installation and sediment sampling at NWS Yorktown and the Norfolk Naval Shipyard.  Athena also collected 143 vibracores at Naval Station Norfolk to provide sediment data prior to dredging operations.



Tampa Harbor & Entrance Channel Vibracores

Athena collected 20 vibracores in Tampa Harbor and Entrance Channel for a geotechnical study prior to maintenance dredging in the area.  Athena was able to rapidly mobilize to the study area within one week of initial contact with the client.  This enabled Athena to help meet a tight deadline to have the geotechnical data in-hand for planning a summer 2018 dredging event.



Carteret County Sediment Quality Study

Athena has collected vibracore samples throughout Carteret County, North Carolina in support of pre-dredge studies at several navigation channels. The cores have been sampled for environmental and geotechnical analysis and the data will be used for determining beneficial uses of the dredged material, such as beach nourishment.

OCT 2017

Savannah Harbor Sediment Data Collection

Athena provided vessel support services using RV Artemis to collect sediment and water quality data to be used in creating a Sediment Model for use by USACE in planning.  Athena collected surface grabs and shallow cores in water depths up to 45 feet.

JUL-AUG 2017

Hudson River, New York Sediment Sampling

Athena has completed a two month effort to collect sediment samples at over 500 locations along the Hudson River in upstate New York between Fort Edward and Troy.  These samples were collected as part of a monitoring effort after a clean-up of sediments completed in 2016.  Athena's 24 foot, portable sampling platform was an ideal vessel for this work, which required the ability to launch easily into landlocked waters and work in water depths from 2-25 feet. 

JUN-AUG 2017

Northeastern South Carolina Beach Renourishment Sampling

Athena was tasked with multiple vibracore projects supporting efforts to locate viable sand sources along the northeastern coast of South Carolina.  This included projects for Debidue, Pawley's Island, and Myrtle Beach.  Athena also provided geological reporting services for all of these projects including core logging, photographing, and laboratory oversight.

MAY-JUL 2017

Geotechnical Projects in North Carolina

Athena has had a busy Spring/Summer providing geotechnical vibracore services for navigation and beach nourishment projects along the coast of North Carolina at locations from the Atlantic Harbor of Refuge near the town of Sealevel, Morehead City, Topsail Beach, Snow's Cut near Carolina Beach, and Bald Head Island.  All of these projects had short lead times and tight project schedules that required careful coordination to expedite field operations and laboratory coordination.   


Modern Clastic Depositional Environments

Athena is pleased to announce that several Modern Clastic Depositional Environments field seminars are planned for the Spring and Fall of 2017.  These seminars are ideal for petroleum exploration geoscientists looking to improve their knowledge of sedimentary systems as related to ancient sediments.  Please contact us to learn more about dates.

NOV 2016

Vibracore Support for the US Navy

Athena collected vibracore, surface sediment grab, and water samples for the US Navy at Naval Weapons Station, Yorktown, Virginia and Norfolk Naval Shipyard to assist in environmental assessments of sediments prior to dredging.  This included gathering sediment and water samples for elutriate testing and benthic observations.  Athena worked closely with Navy personnel to facilitate sediment sampling operations around busy port schedules at both facilities.