Last night I attended the INNOVATE ROBOTICS talks as part of Visit Scotland’s INNOVATE THE NATION initiative. Three excellent speakers Dr Kasim Tersic, Dr Phillip Anderson and Dr Oli Mival gave a very interesting and informative insight to the world of robotics. I learned many interesting facts about robotics and how they are going to change the future. Automation is going to happen and we need to prepare for it. Study of nature will help greatly in robotic technology, for example Bees have poor vision but great navigation, Harris Hawks have amazing navigational skills through forest for short periods when hunting. The robots of my childhood such as Robby The Robot from the Forbidden Planet, G.U.N.T.H.E.R., (General Utility Non Theorizing Environmental Robot) from Lost In Space and of course Data from Star Trek will soon be a reality.
I attended both as I have a professional interest in underwater robotics as a deep-water marine archaeologist and in my role of supporting events in Fife as a Fife Ambassador. The event was very well organized and attended. I look forward to further INNOVATE THE NATION talks
Red Arrows fly past over the Old Course at St Andrews
2017 is the year of History, Heritage and Archaeology. As a Fife Ambassador I encourage you to explore the rich and diverse history and heritage of the Kingdom of Fife. You do not need to go far to discover something interesting. Go to the welcome to Fife website and take part in an exciting competition. http://www.welcometofife.com/highlight/year-of-history-heritage–archaeology-competition
So come on Fifers and visitors…explore!!!!
When I am not out at sea investigating deep water shipwrecks I am very much part of my local community and my local region. Not only am I a trustee of St Andrews Harbour Trust, I am a Fife Ambassador. Made into the local news all over Fife. That’s me holding the letter A for archaeology. I am happy and proud to be a Fife Ambassador and during 2017 I will be blogging and tweeting all sorts of interesting stories and facts about the amazing Kingdom of Fife.
The festive season is also a great opportunity to hire the best…………Maritime professional, highly experienced and multi skilled. Over 15 years experience of working on deep water shipwreck projects. Contact me…..www.rovarch.com
Looking for shipwrecks? Found a shipwreck? Want to salvage cargo? ……….. then you need the services of Rovarch……..15 years of experience researching, locating and working on deep water shipwrecks in the world’s oceans. I have successfully shown that ROVs are capable of archaeological investigations and excavations of deep water shipwrecks.I have worked on many high profile shipwrecks such as: HMS Victory, La Marquise de Tourny, SS Republic, SS Central America, SS Gairsoppa, RMS Lusitania, Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes, various WWI and WWII German U-boats, and ancient Mediterranean wrecks. Recently I have been gaining experience in deep water salvage operations. I have I have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share and would be a great asset to any project. Project design, field-work, research, client rep, lecturing and presentations, plus TV/media experience and much more is on offer. I am STCW 95 and 10 compliant, UK Seaman’s Discharge Book, have US work visa and US crew visa. Check out www.rovarch.com to find out more and get in touch.
I am celebrating 43 years of my marine career. Merchant Navy junior deck officer, stability officer semi-submersible drilling rigs, offshore survival instructor/examiner, commercial diver, and 23 years service as a HM Coastguard Rescue Officer. For the last 16 years I have been a pioneering deep water marine archaeologist. My offshore, diving and archaeological background make me unique.
Fife has a rich and varied maritime heritage. An excellent example can be found in the harbour area of the burgh of Kirkcaldy where one of the best preserved 16th century townhouses is situated. Law’s Close named after a local ship-owning family. A truly remarkable preservation project was carried out to restore the building to its former glory. Of significant maritime interest was the discovery on the second floor of a wall painting of a sailing vessel which may represent the vessel in which Anne of Denmark was brought to Scotland in 1589.
For me as an archaeologist and a Fife Ambassador, the “icing on the cake” of this wonderful building preservation project is that it is possible to rent office space within the building. Wow, what a place to work and to keep the history of business alive in Kirkcaldy.
For more information visit www.shbt.org.uk
Always something interesting happening in St Andrews. Saturday evening I took my youngest son down to the 18th green at the Old Course to see a fly past by one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams…….the Royal Air Force, Red Arrows aerobatic team.
St Andrews is hosting the Links Trophy where the world’s leading amateur golfers compete for the Links Trophy. Some of these amateurs will go on to become household names.
The Red Arrows were conducting a 30 minute display at the Arbroath Festival of Heroes. Flying the distinctive red Hawk jets with the coloured smoke trails the Red Arrows flew low over the Eden estuary, the back nine of the Old Course and passed over the 1st Tee and 18th green.
Sitting on the steps in front of the Royal & Ancient Golf Club, the fly past was over to quick. Flying in formation with coloured smoke trails the Red Arrows flew low over the golf course and head south-east over the town. It was a great spectacle for members of the public and the golfers. I hope the Red Arrows did not put any of the golfers off their shot!