Character Spotlight “Seafloor Systems Inc”

Introducing our sponsors “Seafloor Systems Inc” answered by their CEO John Tamplin.


Company name: Seafloor Systems, Inc.


Location: Shingle Springs, CA


Why did you get involved in Get Kids into Survey? Seafloor is very aware of the challenges the Survey Community faces in regard to recruiting future talent to the field.  By engaging kids at an early age, we hope to spur interest in the industry that will carry over into their studies and future careers.


What do you do? Seafloor Systems is a small California-based business specializing in providing turnkey Hydrographic Survey System solutions, both on manned vessels  (small, large, new builds) and on our own Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV’s).  We have over 20 years experience with Multibeam sonar equipment; for two decades, we have grown and evolved with this emerging cutting-edge hydrographic technology.  


How long have you been in the Survey Industry? Our CEO John Tamplin founded Seafloor in 1999.


How did you get into the Industry? Following a US Navy Career as a specialized hydrographer with Explosive Ordnance Disposal teams, I joined Reson, Inc., now Teledyne Reson, and have been in the field ever since.


Funny fact about you: I’m an avid Mountain biker, but not a very good one apparently since I tend to show up at the office on Monday with various bruises, scrapes, broken bones, and blackened eyes.


Favourite piece of kit and why? The multibeam echosounder. Multibeam sonars have made hydrographic surveying more efficient and more precise, and at sea navigation much safer. 


Favourite Survey technique and why? Acoustic surveying is by far my favorite technique for the reasons stated above but also due to the cool technical advances we continue to see at an ever increasing rate.


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How did you choose the character and what does he/she/it represent? Mean to you? What’s his/her name? We chose the Hydro Cat to represent not just the name of our USV pictured in the image but to also represent what a cool field hydrography is.