Shift

Shift

We had prepared an extra thick edition of Hydro International for you, full of feature articles, columns, an interview and news from and a preview of Oceanology International 2020....

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Postponed, Not Cancelled

Postponed, Not Cancelled

More than 30 years ago, I had just accepted a new position in the government organization where I worked and I was instructed to organize our participation in a trade show. For me,...

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Inspiration

Inspiration

Ever since I was a young boy, I've always known what I wanted to be: a journalist. It has never been anything else, at least not for longer than a few days. I am not sure if the te...

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Are Multifunctional Robots in Control?

Are Multifunctional Robots in Control?

I recently received a press release from a company that develops robots. Nothing special, I thought, because there are more companies doing that, but this time my attention was dra...

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Opportunities

Opportunities

I prefer to talk about opportunities and chances, rather than problems, difficulties and challenges. Realistically, I know it’s often necessary to identify the problem before...

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Good News

Good News

Welcome to this second edition of the Unmanned Systems special of Hydro International. Our focus is on Autonomous Unmanned Vehicles, Remotely Operated Vehicles and Unmanned Surface...

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Summer

Summer

Summer is here in the Netherlands! After a cold winter and spring we are finally experiencing some nice, warm and sunny weather and it feels good. This is the time of year that peo...

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Africa

Africa

Africa remains a continent of contrasts – and this certainly also applies to the seas surrounding the continent. With booming economies in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Keny...

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Different Destiny

Different Destiny

Hydrography is en route to different destinies in different fields. It’s an exciting journey that originates from less poetic causes. The low oil price, for instance, is havi...

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e-Navigation

e-Navigation

It seems like the concept of e-Navigation is sailing onto the rocks of bureaucracy, unwilling flag states within IMO and the economic crisis. If so, I dare to challenge that there...

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Old and New

Old and New

It’s with great pleasure that I write this first editorial of the new year 2015, although we are still in the last days of the old year. 2015 will again be a year in which Hy...

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Big Data

Big Data

The amount of data that humankind has gathered and stored over the past few decades is mindboggling. So too is the amount that is added every day, every minute even – and the...

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Centre of Gravity

Centre of Gravity

Convincing colleagues in adjacent fields of the importance of hydrographic data is one of the hot topics that comes up every time I talk to policy and decision makers in hydrograph...

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Core Business

Core Business

The buzz is all about those other purposes, apart from safe navigation, for which hydrography is used nowadays. The blue economy is upon us and we’ll have to prepare the fie...

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Outreach

Outreach

Blue Economy is the buzzword of the last year in hydrography and oceanography. It mainly refers to that part of the economy that derives its revenues from the oceans, the seas, por...

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New Challenges

New Challenges

Taking advantage of open data by entrepreneurs in geo-information has always been one of the side effects envisioned by the European Union when designing their Directives on openin...

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Growth

Growth

The growth for companies in hydrography has two sides. On the one hand, there is growth because the industry is penetrating into other fields such as large infrastructural projects...

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A Better Understanding

A Better Understanding

Nautical charts for navigation at sea are the oldest application of hydrography and still one of the most important ones. But navigation at sea is developing at a fast pace. The tr...

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Disaster Management

Disaster Management

Knowledge of bathymetry as factor for saving lives onshore is an interesting, but not much investigated aspect of hydrography. Marine disasters can cause hundreds of thousands of c...

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SDB is Flying High

SDB is Flying High

Hydrography has seen a decrease in capacity, with fewer survey ships available for surveys around the globe. Although there are certain regional differences, which means a decrease...

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Unprecedented Growth

Unprecedented Growth

The offshore - oil & gas and renewables - industry is still very much growing, the outlook is still bearish and will be for the coming years. The fact is that new oil fields ar...

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Positive Light

Positive Light

We have been pondering the necessity of good marketing of the profession of hydrography for years now and in this issue we will do so  again. We carry  interviews with yo...

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Momentum

Momentum

At some point all things come together: this might be what some call momentum. Over the past years, there have already been discussions, in small conference rooms, between professi...

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Spring

Spring

Spring is always an exciting time for many hydrographers. Not just because it is the start of the good season for surveying (at least in the northern hemisphere where everybody is...

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Connecting

Connecting

‘Connecting hydrography’ is a theme that is likely to become significant in the coming years and I would like to briefly explore why it is important to stay abreast. I...

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Look up!

Look up!

The development of all the new and rapidly evolving techniques almost makes you want to predict a little of the future that lies ahead for hydrographic professionals in particular...

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Chinese Hydrography

Chinese Hydrography

The Chinese Dragon rears its head in many fields of the world economy and despite the latest reports of a slowdown of growth, it is interesting to see the development in hydrograph...

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Embracing the Crowd

Embracing the Crowd

Crowdsourcing could be very helpful in surveying the seas and therefore a big help in the gigantic task that lies ahead for the hydrographic community. Immense amounts of the water...

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Tasks in Offshore Energy

Tasks in Offshore Energy

Energy experts have been predicting an end to carbon-based energy for years now. Although it is probably possible to drain our energy out of oil and gas fields for decades to come,...

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