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Old 02-17-2018, 08:59 AM
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Hey guys, I wanted to bring you up to speed on some new imagery that we are now generating at RipCharts. Now we are producing a nightly True Color image. This may sound like its outside the circle of normal imagery offerings, but what it allows us to do is gather "night light" reflections via satellite. Light reflections can be gathered from offshore rig lights/flares, supply boats, shrimp boats, large ships, etc.

This can provide another data point when analyzing potential targets that have the potential to change locations.

We also have some recent updates to the RipCharts mobile app. These updates include:
1. Video tutorials and Howtos embedded into the app
2. More "Tap Feedback" data which includes the altimetry height and current speed at the location of your tap
3. Vessel History Track Line. Now when offshore we overlay a color coded track line that shows where you have traveled. The colored line will display a different color based on when you are static, drifting, trolling, running.

Hope you enjoy the updates, let me know if I can answer any questions,
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Old 02-17-2018, 09:27 AM
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I am a ripcharts member? What is the benefit of the night shot just curious? Will you be able to see water color etc with it? Love my ripcharts wouldn't fish without it !
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Old 02-17-2018, 10:17 AM
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Probably show you if any shrimpboats are nearby.
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What is the bright light due south of Mobile bay?

How does the app know my track?

Considering changing from a different company this year.
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What is the bright light due south of Mobile bay?

How does the app know my track?

Considering changing from a different company this year.
The bright spot south of mobile bay is in the area of Mica, Delta House, and the Maersk Viking drill ship. Obviously a lot going on that night based on the light signature. Last night it wasn’t as bright.

The app displays your history track by showing the previous gps points obtained while you have been using the app offshore. Send us a note if you’d like to run a demo for a few days alongside your current service.

Arczr, the night shot won’t show water color, but rather light reflections on the water. This can serve as an additional reference point when verifying drillships, rigs, shrimp boats, etc. In regards to your account - give us a call or send a message if you need assistance managing or inquiring about your account. We’d be happy to assist..

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But how does the app obtain the GPS points? Wifi?
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But how does the app obtain the GPS points? Wifi?
Nearly all smart phones and tablets have a gps chip* which allows them to acquire positioning using GPS satellites. While WiFi and cell tower technologies also provide positioning capabilities, when using the app offshore, it uses GPS satellites to geolocate your position in the app.

The Ripcharts app has an offline mode built in, which allows you to navigate via GPS positioning on satellite imagery that the user has downloaded prior to leaving the dock. This allows you to be completely off the grid and able to utilize the app without needing terrestrial assets. About the only thing to pay attention to is your device's battery level.

* there is one device that we are aware of that does not have a GPS chip. That is the WiFi only ipad. However iPads with cellular capabilities do have the gps chip.
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Hey guys, I wanted to bring you up to speed on some new imagery that we are now generating at RipCharts. Now we are producing a nightly True Color image. This may sound like its outside the circle of normal imagery offerings, but what it allows us to do is gather "night light" reflections via satellite. Light reflections can be gathered from offshore rig lights/flares, supply boats, shrimp boats, large ships, etc.

This can provide another data point when analyzing potential targets that have the potential to change locations.

We also have some recent updates to the RipCharts mobile app. These updates include:
1. Video tutorials and Howtos embedded into the app
2. More "Tap Feedback" data which includes the altimetry height and current speed at the location of your tap
3. Vessel History Track Line. Now when offshore we overlay a color coded track line that shows where you have traveled. The colored line will display a different color based on when you are static, drifting, trolling, running.

Hope you enjoy the updates, let me know if I can answer any questions,
Chris
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Just want to introduce myself as the newest member of the RipCharts team.I've been around since May of 2018. My name is Haden, if I can be of any assistance to anyone please feel free to email me directly, [email protected] this is the easiest and best way to get a hold of me. I'm here to make sure everyone has a solid experience with the service and help with any questions or troubleshooting issues. Thanks.

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South Bound,
I use to both rip charts and hiltons,

Rip charts mobile app is 100x than hiltons

however hiltons map shots update better and as well as the rig charts are more accurate. i assume you get these from a 3rd party? is this something you are aware of?

For instance Stampede in the Green canyons blocks is still not in rip charts and it has been there over a year
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South Bound,
I use to both rip charts and hiltons,

Rip charts mobile app is 100x than hiltons

however hiltons map shots update better and as well as the rig charts are more accurate. i assume you get these from a 3rd party? is this something you are aware of?

For instance Stampede in the Green canyons blocks is still not in rip charts and it has been there over a year
I have noticed this also, and I dropped my rip charts subscription.... temporarily. I have Hilton’s at the moment but it’s outdated in many aspects, but really accurate when it matters. Pros and cons to both charts. Hopefully ripcharts can correct this as they seem on top of things when trying to improve
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The bright lights on the night imagery can also be from a platform flaring due to a system upset. Hence, bright in one location one night and not the next night.
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Thanks for the feedback. Here are a few comments and updates regarding the questions above.

Stampede TLP - This is a static rig. I've updated our database with its coordinates and it is now available. Users also have the ability to add waypoints to their own account if there is something they'd like to see that isn't included. We include most of the popular waypoints by default.

Mobile Rigs (Semisubs, drillships, etc) - We implemented new updates from a rig scout service that sends us updates twice a day regarding mobile rig positions. At approx 5AM and 5PM we update the rig locations on the map, and also send an email alert when mobile rigs move within an area.

For those who'd like to kick the tires on the RipCharts service, or if its been a while since you've given us a look, we'd be happy to give you a trial and/or personal consultation on the latest features. With 2 full time software developers, we're constantly working on new features and improvements. We've also added a customer support team member, to assist with phone calls, tutorials, web demos, screen shares, etc. We'd welcome your calls or emails.

Attached are a couple of screen shots:
1. Stampede TLP - Shown via our website map with the sea floor layer, and the NOAA chart at 15% opacity (e.g. partially see through)
2. Mobile App Example - Recent chlorophyll + cloud layer in 3D mode, with new tap altimetry and current speed readouts at the bottom. (view is looking south from Mississippi). Currents, altimetry, and mobile rig waypoint layers are turned on.
3. Rig alerts - sample email alerting of rigs that have moved

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Hilton’s is introducing a whole suite of new upgrades not available on competitors' sites in the upcoming weeks - stay tuned! Can't go into great detail due to obvious reasons.
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* there is one device that we are aware of that does not have a GPS chip. That is the WiFi only ipad. However iPads with cellular capabilities do have the gps chip.
I thought my cell used triangulation from the towers. Thanks for clearing that up.

I have an IPad that connects to a Bad Elf via Bluetooth as a back up plotter. That should work?
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Not sure how this got bumped. I have used Hilton for years but may give Rip a shot this year.

I did not bump this thread. I got an email that it was updated.
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Not sure how this got bumped. I have used Hilton for years but may give Rip a shot this year.

I did not bump this thread. I got an email that it was updated.
Gary999, let me know if you want a trial. I'm here to help out with all inquires regarding RipCharts.

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