AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 18, 2022–
Terradeep, the global end-to-end ocean data system, has bolstered its leadership team in recent months as it continues to make progress toward virtual mapping of Earth’s oceans.
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Kris Rydberg has joined Terradepth as Chief Operating Officer. (Photo: BusinessWire)
The new leaders are positioning the company to build on the successes of the past year, including the launch of its Ocean Data Cloud, the foundational technology that will enable Terradepth Virtual Ocean, the world’s first comprehensive virtual ocean. It will provide an underwater interactive experience analogous to what Google Earth offers internet users of what the world looks like above sea level. The Ocean Data Cloud is the first platform to merge all known types of ocean data sets: acoustic, seismic, topographic, current, chemical, environmental and others.
Terradepth’s mission is to increase ocean knowledge through autonomous, high-resolution, scalable data collection and a radically improved data experience. The company applies autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the latest software concepts and methodologies to create the world’s first data-as-a-service enterprise on the high seas.
Terradepth last March with success completed its phase one trials at Lake Travis, about 20 miles northwest of downtown Austin. During these trials, the company’s autonomous submersible vehicle demonstrated that it could collect and process underwater data, understand import features, and automatically rearrange itself without human intervention.
“The ocean is a tough place to mine,” said Terradepth co-founder and co-CEO Joe Wolfel. “A lot of people dismissed its significance or assumed it was just a bridge too far away to understand. It’s critically important that we create the ability to collect and use ocean data to take better decisions. We asked the team to accomplish extraordinary goals in a very short time, and they exceeded our expectations. We are honored to continue contributing to the current effort to better understand the Earth’s ocean.
New hires to propel Terradepth into the next phase of growth
Kris Rydberg joined Terradepth in January, becoming the company’s first chief operating officer. Rydberg has approximately three decades of experience in global strategy and operations. His expertise includes leading teams responsible for innovation, startup scaling and growth, and business turnaround. Prior to joining the Terradepth team, Rydberg served as Vice President of Service Operations at Savigent, an industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) company with clients including 3M, Cargill and Seagate. There, he led solution implementation, support and training, delivering 25% year-over-year revenue growth. He holds two US patents in the respective fields of IIoT and edge computing. Rydberg received an MBA from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from Bethel University.
Evan Martzial became Terradepth’s senior vice president of business development responsible for commercial markets in December. He joins the company from QPS, a hydrographic and marine software company, where he spent approximately three years overseeing the Americas region as director of sales and business development. Martzial has approximately a decade of experience in leadership positions for marine-related businesses, where he was responsible for revenue growth, developing strategic partnerships and improving market position. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems from Salem State University.
Andrew Burcham joined Terradepth in October as senior vice president of business development, government and defense. Burcham has approximately two decades of experience developing and monetizing unmanned vehicles and sensor solutions for national security applications. He specializes in bringing disruptive technologies to market within the maritime industry. Prior to joining Terradepth, he spent more than two years as president of Sensor Technology Engineering, a company that supplies the federal government with tactical radiation sensors to detect nuclear weapons. Prior to this role, Burcham worked at Liquid Robotics for approximately 11 years, where he became a business development manager. He also held senior positions in maritime operations and program management. He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Doug Lambert assumed the role of Senior Vice President of Engineering for Terradepth in July. After ten years of work in the field, he is an engineer of extraordinary versatility. Passionate about advanced maritime technologies, Lambert has been an electronic architect for unmanned surface vehicles, headed a systems engineering department, and led several maritime engineering research and development departments. He comes to Terradepth after about eight and a half years at Liquid Robotics, which designs and manufactures unmanned ocean robots powered by waves and solar energy, where he became the company’s chief engineering officer. Lambert earned a master’s degree in engineering management from Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Lehigh University.
“The broader trend in ocean exploration is characterized by a move toward greater autonomy,” said Judson Kauffman, co-founder and co-CEO of Terradepth. “Many talented teams are advancing in the application of advanced robotics, machine learning, and cutting-edge technology to impact this paradigm shift. Terradepth is at the forefront of this movement in the maritime field.
Collecting large-scale, high-resolution ocean data used to be an insurmountable challenge. Equipment and specialized teams could not evolve. The vehicles experienced limited travel range. Research vessels were forced to focus on localized or niche areas. Despite advances in robotics, underwater drones have been limited by battery power, depth tolerance, and other design factors.
Terradepth has overcome these design limitations with its long-range underwater “buddies” drones, which alternate between collecting data and uploading to the cloud. It is the only technology available that can result in an intuitive underwater geospatial cloud experience that is navigable with the ease of Google Earth. Recently, Fast Company appointed Terradepth on its honorable mention list for its 2021 Innovation by Design Awards.
Potential customers include companies in the submarine telecommunications industry and the offshore wind sector.
“These customers are excited about the prospect of having a richer, more immersive, and intuitive experience with their survey data,” Wolfel said. “The Terradepth data collection and interaction platform promises significant cost savings, as well as a reduction in the risk of human exposure at sea.”
Terradepth Inc. enables holistic thinking of the Earth for the first time in human history. By making high-resolution underwater mapping accessible to everyone, Terradepth removes barriers to understanding our ocean. From environmental understanding to new medical treatments, Terradepth’s combination of underwater drones and its virtual ocean are forever changing our relationship with the ocean. Co-CEOs Josef Wolfel and Judson Kauffman co-founded the Austin-based company in 2018. Both are former US Navy SEALs. It employs more than 30 people.
To learn more, visit terradepth.com.
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