Demonstrator for deep-sea pump system “Seafeather” – developed by FIELAX and AWI – successful first deployment in the Kermadec Trench

FIELAX and the Alfred Wegener Institute work together in the joint project "SeaFeather 10k" funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (FKZ 03SX480C). The goal is to develop a new, innovative deep-sea pumping system up to water depths of 10000m. The new system should enable various control options via measured values of additional sensors (e.g. pressure, conductivity, temperature), have modern battery technology and be intuitive to operate.

After test runs in a pressure tank and in the North Sea, the system was used for the first time under real conditions during the cruise SO289 of research vessel ‚FS Sonne‘. In the Kermadec Trench, approx. 500 liters could be successfully pumped through at almost 6000m within 1 hour. Pumping performance, filter pattern, battery performance, manageability and operation of the system as well as the data sets obtained met all set requirements. In the remaining term of the project, work is to be done on the development towards a prototype.

Feasibility study: Knowledge database

The digitization of facts and figures is nothing new these days. "Soft knowledge" such as customer preferences or general experience values, on the other hand, is often only in the heads of individual people.

In the "Knowledge Database" project, a modular framework was created whose module scope is constantly growing due to increasing customer requirements and automates a large part of the backend programming. This enables FIELAX to offer a product with which small and medium-sized companies can securely archive "soft" data and make it usable.

This project was financially supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Software Development

With our IT-team of experienced analysts and programmers FIELAX offers customized software solutions designed specifically for scientific datasets and devices.

  • Software for managing and processing temperature dataWeb applications using database access
  • Web mapping applications and OGC web services (WMS, WFS)
  • Data interfaces
  • GIS tools, add-ins and tool boxes for ESRI ArcGIS
  • Desktop application e. g. for Windows
  • Scriptbased processes and tools
  • Microprocessor applications and embedded systems
  • 3D temperature evolution models
  • Software for managing and processing temperature data

Data collection framework for Research & Science

The Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) is a pioneer in digitalisation of research data acquisition processes. They use a FIELAX data collection framework to automatically collect data from various research platforms worldwide such as drift buoys in the Arctic, satellite base stations or moving vessels. The framework continuously collects so called "near real time" (NRT) data via protocols like FTP, SMB or IMAP. Regular expressions and filters help to specify only a subset of data files / emails to be downloaded. Post-processing scripts can be automatically triggered after a successful download. Read more

Map viewer for sea floor images

The brand new "OFOS-Viewer" (Ocean Floor Observation System) combines map and seabed image gallery in a user-friendly web tool. Images, geo positions and meta information from several stations and campaigns can be aggregated and visualized. The tool is currently available at Select a station and go!