An Antipodean Perspective
Survey

An Antipodean Perspective

New Zealand is an island nation isolated in a huge ocean. To place it in context, we have a land mass roughly the size of Italy, a population of four million and the distance from Auckland to Sydney a...

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Fixing the Future
geospatial

Fixing the Future

As the Gulf coast of the USA recovers, and preparation to rebuild progresses in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the nexus between science and management will be crucial to informed coastal decisio...

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New Light on an Old Science
geodesy

New Light on an Old Science

As we seek solutions to the challenges posed by the world's coastal areas, it is important to take advantage of the expanding range of applications brought by new technologies to the venerable practis...

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Hydrography by the State
tide

Hydrography by the State

Legislation varies from country to country, with respect to the definition of the maritime, fluvial and lacustrine spaces administered by the state. In general, the sea floor and the water column are ...

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Offshore

I have just been reading about and studying some of the recent offshore Oil and Gas Exploration licences, not just in the North Sea, but all over the world. It reminds me of two things, one how much t...

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Doubtful Sound
Survey

Doubtful Sound

Some twenty years ago I was involved in a re-survey of Doubtful Sound, in the isolated Fiordland area of New Zealand. The existing chart dated from 1851 but was adequate for the small fishing vessels ...

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Pathways to Professionalism
surveyor

Pathways to Professionalism

Over the last few years it has become apparent to many in our profession that some form of recognised formal career development, above and beyond an initial degree or course of study, is becoming more...

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AUVs: A New Beginning
seafloor

AUVs: A New Beginning

This issue of Hydro international clearly demonstrates the level of effort and anticipation that is presently going into the development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) for offshore marine su...

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Standards in Offshore Survey
Survey

Standards in Offshore Survey

The offshore industry has a range of standards in common use. As survey contractors/subcontractors, how far should we aim for standardisation in the work we do and how much scope should we leave for d...

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The Expanding Role of Hydrography
Multibeam

The Expanding Role of Hydrography

Traditionally the hydrographer, interested primarily in measuring the precise depth for charting purposes, suppressed acoustic ‘noise’ in the water column; now we realise what the ‘noise’ can ...

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Sir, Can I Use My ECDIS Now?
ECDIS

Sir, Can I Use My ECDIS Now?

July 2002 signalled a significant milestone in the long, tortuous life of ECDIS. It was the month that ECDIS was formally recognised (and specifically mentioned) in SOLAS Chapter V. It should have bee...

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Keeping Up With Technology
Training

Keeping Up With Technology

The academic institution I work with recently acquired a multi-beam echo sounder system for the purpose of training undergraduate students. Moreover postgraduate students can also use the system as pa...

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