Winners Announced in XPRIZE for Advancements in Autonomous Ocean Exploration

XPRIZE, a global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, has announced winners in the US$7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. The results were revealed at an awards ceremony hosted at the world-renowned Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, part of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation. The grand prize winner, receiving a total of US$4M, was GEBCO-NF Alumni, an international team based in the United States, while KUROSHIO from Japan claimed US$1M as the runner-up: GEBCO-NF (International) – Led by... (read more)
2019-06-03 09:25:26

Eco-engineers Strive to Save Endangered Marine Species

The team at ARC Marine believe a new type of patented marine technology could be used to preserve some of the planet’s most valuable commercial species of fish, while also helping to rebuild damaged reef systems. In the following interview, co-founders Tom Birbeck and James Doddrell explain their innovative solution to one of the world’s most urgent marine challenges. Inspiration for an Artificial Reef System? “As highly experienced divers, we had seen first-hand the damage being done to aquatic ecosystems around the world, from Europe to Australia and Fiji. Once these fragile systems are undermined, they can reach a ‘tipping point’... (read more)
2019-05-28 09:37:55

Acceleration Development of Innovative Artificial Reef System

ARC Marine, the company that invented a pioneering system for building artificial reefs, has received a Rapid Innovation Grant from Marine-i to enable it to progress to the next stage of the project. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, UK, grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation. ARC Marine’s unique system for building artificial reefs is called Reef Cubes. This patented invention is a robust and simple interlocking modular system that is ideal for restoring complex marine environments. It has... (read more)
2019-05-10 11:17:41

Danish Geodata Agency Partners with Esri to Chart the Waters of Denmark and Greenland

Esri, a location intelligence company, has announced that it has partnered with the Danish Geodata Agency (GST) to implement a modern workflow to more efficiently create and maintain nautical charts of Danish and Greenlandic waters. Esri will assist with the installation of, and training for, the new enterprise production system. Because maritime traffic is increasing significantly and new routes are opening due to melting ice, it is crucial to have accurate charts in support of safe navigation and environmental protection. GST turned to Esri for a solution when the organization needed to convert the production of navigational charts from a... (read more)
2019-02-25 10:33:52

Hydrographic Surveyor

The Port of London Authority is a self-financing statutory authority with responsibility for administering one of the UK’s largest ports, maintaining the safety of navigation throughout its limits and for the conservancy of 95 miles of the tidal River Thames and Thames Estuary.  Job Summary This interesting and varied post offers considerable potential for someone seeking to join a highly respected, motivated and friendly team that is seeking to develop and expand its capabilities This is a permanent post is based within our Hydrographic Department one of the strongest in the UK. Our primary focus is the provision of Safety... (read more)
2019-02-21 09:18:06

Web GIS Improves Lidar Collection Response Time

The remarkable capabilities of airborne Lidar continue to improve, with scanners now able to emit more than a million pulses every second. Although it has never been easier to acquire high-quality laser data, storing and managing the huge volume of Lidar data collected can prove to be a challenge. Combined with associated metadata such as survey information, environmental conditions and flight lines, data management has now become a critical priority and focus. An initiative called the Lidar Management and Analytical Processing (LMAP) provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into a Geographic Information System (GIS). Developed... (read more)
2019-02-19 09:37:01

Students and Researchers Get Access to OceanWise Marine Mapping via Digimap

OceanWise’ intelligent marine mapping data is now accessible to students in Further and Higher Education across the British Isles via Digimap, the online map and data delivery service provided by EDINA, based at the University of Edinburgh. EDINA works with data partners such as Ordnance Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Getmapping and OceanWise, to offer access to a variety of data collections for the purpose and benefit of education and research. Digimap allows students and researchers to create or interrogate mapping online by selecting an appropriate base map, adding annotations and customising the content, using measurement... (read more)
2019-01-18 11:20:45

Hydrography Course in Colombia Receives IBSC Recognition

During the XIX meeting of the Meso American - Caribbean Sea Hydrographic Commission (MACHC) the IHO Director, Admiral Mustafa Iptes, officially handed over to the Naval School of Cadets 'Almirante Padilla' and the Naval School of Sub-Officers 'ARC Barranquilla', the FIG/IHO/ICA International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC) Certificates of Recognition of their hydrography courses programs, with categories A and B respectively. With this recognition, Colombia is the third country in the world and the first in the region with a course of hydrography recognised internationally in Spanish with the Category A. These courses, which... (read more)
2018-12-18 08:31:06

Jessica Keysers

Jessica Keyers works at FrontierSI in the role of project manager and technical support. She has a broad range of skills and experience, focusing on topographic and bathymetric Lidar, the management of software development and research projects, and providing technical GIS support. She graduated from Melbourne University in 2006 with Honours in Geomatic Engineering and Geography. Over the past seven years Jessica has quality assured numerous topographic and bathymetric Lidar projects, including being involved in the development of the QA4LiDAR software for the automated quality assurance of Lidar projects. (read more)
2018-12-14 08:25:44

Hydrographic Surveying: Where Do We Stand?

The Ever-increasing Accuracy of Mapping Surface Waters
Hydrographic surveying is highly specific and requires a suite of advanced acquisition and positioning sensors attached to a mobile survey platform as well as sophisticated software to allow the correct combination of all the data. For those in the industry, the advances over the last decade may feel more like an evolution rather than a revolution. If we look back one, two or even three decades, we can see the enormous leap that hydrographic surveying has taken. Where do we stand, and what can we expect for the near future? In this article, we will look at the present compared... (read more)
2018-12-11 02:51:31
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