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S-44 and the systematic error

S-44 and the systematic error

IHO standard S-44 is often used (or misused) to specify the quality of a hydrographic survey. While it is a useful tool, it is easy to misinterpret. One ‘misuse’ is to apply the IHO orders directl...

AI set to improve job security in the marine survey sector

AI set to improve job security in the marine survey sector

In a March 2023 blog, Microsoft founder, billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist Bill Gates said: “The development of AI is as fundamental as the creation of the microprocessor, the personal com...

The renewal of a research vessel fleet

The renewal of a research vessel fleet

When contemplating the replacement of a research and survey fleet, a collective effort is required to meticulously curate an optimal new fleet, considering factors such as ship type, size, capabilitie...

Trends and perspectives in the hydrographic sector

Trends and perspectives in the hydrographic sector

How do you perceive prospects in the hydrographic surveying industry in 2024, compared to the past couple of years? When contemplating the hydrographic sector holistically, which areas of investment d...

Remote hydrography and regulation: mission impossible?

Remote hydrography and regulation: mission impossible?

The development of unmanned and autonomous surface vehicles in recent years has triggered a new era in civilian and military maritime operations. One of the applications that is likely to benefit from...

Steering shipping towards a sustainable future

Steering shipping towards a sustainable future

Ocean data has a vital but underappreciated role to play as an enabler in shipping’s energy transition. In particular, it can help to unlock the short-term carbon savings that will be essential betw...

On the key role of the hydrographer of tomorrow

On the key role of the hydrographer of tomorrow

Hydro 2023 took place from 7 to 9 November in the beautiful port city of Genoa in Italy. Organizers of this year’s edition of the hydrographic conference were the International Federation of Hydrogr...

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