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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Editorial

Editorial

  Maps can make the invisible visible – particularly relevant for hydrographic surveyors and geophysicists, who cannot see what they are surveying with the naked eye....

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ECDIS Process

ECDIS Process

The Safety of Navigation subcommittee of the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) arrived at a consensus at their meeting last July (NAV’54) on a mandatory carriage f...

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Habitat Mapping - Increasing Importance

Habitat Mapping - Increasing Importance

Two decades ago as CO of a survey ship, I interpreted the SSS-registrations (still on wet paper) twice. Once was for nautical charting purposes and the second, in my own time, was...

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Smarter AUVs

Smarter AUVs

The UUV family has two separate branches: the ROV and AUV. Each branch has its pros and cons, and specific tasks. However, the application of AUV technology to ROVs – turnin...

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History is Back

History is Back

When Admiral Steve Ritchie asked if he could retire (at the age of 92) on the 10th anniversary of Hydrointernational (February 2007), we stopped the column ‘As it Was’...

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Certification - a Sales Driver?

Certification - a Sales Driver?

In my editorial in the March issue of Hydro International, I mentioned the inconsistency in certification of ship equipment in particular for ECDIS, where both the hardware and s...

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Streams of Data

Streams of Data

The acronym ECDIS (Electronic Chart Display and Information System) has been in use for a good 15 years. The chart display part is getting more and more content (i.e. ENC coverag...

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Editorial

Editorial

On behalf of the entire Hydrointernationalteam, I wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year. And to those readers who celebrate the start of a new year on a date other than 1st...

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This issue is an OI-special; i.e. it pays special attention to Oceanology International Americas. The Oceanology International exhibition series are well known and well visited. Th...

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Hydrographic surveyors collect data for various purposes, e.g. for producing nautical charts. Most data are properly archived for future reference, while other data are just repres...

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The forces of nature are familiar enough to us field surveyors, but only when they occur in the extreme do they come to the attention of the news media and bring home to everyone t...

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Editorial

Editorial

At the mention of low-budget hydrography, your first thoughts are likely to be of examples of using cheaper equipment or creative and simple methods such as marked coconuts (which...

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Surveying in the near-shore or surf zone is, without doubt, a technical and operational challenge. And this remains true despite the fact that GNSS-positioning and the drastic redu...

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This is an OI-special issue, in that it pays special attention to the Oceanology International London 2004 conference and exhibition. This latest in a well-known and well-visited s...

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As we all know, hydrography means different things to different people, even amongst our readership. For example, physical oceanographers see it as measuring and describing the phy...

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This issue’s theme is ‘Special Surveys’. It was chosen to draw attention to surveys that may deviate from normal, routine surveys. In the daily working practice however, classifyin...

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Tides and currents are giving hydrography an extra (some say challenging) aspect, which has to be accounted for. If you are measuring ‘absolute’ water depths, as do surveyors for n...

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Inspection survey has a wide range of application, from preventive inspection to retrospective investigation of why or what happened. During the chain of events preceding an accide...

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The theme of this issue is Hydrography for Exploration. I would like to draw your attention to the interview with Roger Lott, Head of Survey for BP Exploration. In this interview,...

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Until recently, each survey organisation or hydrographic service had its own system for numbering surveys and the fair sheets, bottom samples and other records that comprised a sur...

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For years there has been a growing concern - at least in Western Europe and the United States - about the waning interest shown by their youth in technical studies - particularly a...

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My first experience in the navy with data collecting for oceanography was taking part in a MILOC-survey (military oceanography), near the Azores in the 1960s. It took us 24 hours t...

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Hosting a party on a ship’s maiden visit to Malta in 2002, I mentioned in my welcome the initiative of the Maltese ambassador to the United Nations, Dr Arvid Pardo. In a historical...

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Editorial

Editorial

Improvements in sensor sensitivity, reliability and detection capabilities, and improved modelling techniques have all contributed to increased capability enhancements and new appl...

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