Athena has just completed a new research vessel to our flotilla of sampling platforms. This 30 x 10 foot platform gives us plenty of deck space for vibracore collection and equipment deployment while being able to handle rougher conditions than our 24 foot platform.
Philadelphia Navy Yard
Athena collected vibracore samples from the Philadelphia Navy Yard to determine sediment characteristics at the berthing areas at the inactive base.
Folly Beach Vibracore Sampling
Athena completed collection and reporting for 140 vibracores within three borrows areas offshore of Folly Beach, SC. Athena collected all cores and provided geotechnical reporting services to aid the government in determining the suitability of sediments for beach placement.
Marco Island Vibracoring
Athena completed collection and reporting for 8 vibracores within Caxambas Pass, Florida. Athena collected all cores and provided geotechnical reporting services to aid the government in determining the suitability of sediments for beach placement prior to dredging of the navigation channel.
Geotechnical Projects at Mexico Beach/SJP
Athena has completed projects in support of Hurricane Michael recovery efforts at Mexico Beach and Saint Joseph Peninsula in Florida. This included the collection of 20 vibracores offshore of Mexico Beach to determine borrow area suitability for beach renourishment projects in the area. A geotechnical evaluation of sediments adjacent to a breach of the Saint Joseph Peninsula was also performed in order to assist in recovery efforts there.
Bogue Banks Borrow Area Evaluations Completed
Athena completed collection and reporting for 190 vibracores within three borrows areas offshore of Carteret County, NC. Athena collected all cores and provided geotechnical reporting services to aid the government in determining the suitability of sediments for beach placement.
Modern Clastic Depositional Environments
Athena resumed teaching Modern Clastic Depositional Environments courses in April, hosting 21 geoscientists looking to gain knowledge of modern geological systems and applying that information to ancient sedimentary structures to improve hydrocarbon exploration outcomes.
Florida Gulf Coast Geotechnical Investigations
Athena travelled to the Florida Gulf Coast to collect vibracores at two project areas:
1) Athena collected 15 vibracores at East Pass is Okaloosa County. Cores were collected to depths in excess of 20 feet below sediment surface. The cores were collected for navigation dredging and determining material suitability for beach placement.
2) Athena collected 11 vibracores at a breach in the St. Joseph Peninsula at Eagle Harbor caused by Hurricane Michael in late 2018. Athena collected vibracores and provided geotechnical reporting services.
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 Business 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.