IENCs in Flanders

Inland Electronic Navigational Charts Produced by Flemish Hydrography
Safety of navigation on inland waterways is as important as in maritime waters. To guarantee this, Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) have now been produced for several years. As inland waterways have specific features and regulations different from the maritime area, the use of ENCs is not sufficient. International standards have been developed specifically for Inland ENCs, which contain chart information required for safe navigation on inland waterways and in mixed traffic zones. These navigational charts are extremely important as they cover not only the maritime navigation zone, but also the adjacent inland waterways in Flanders which have not been mapped... (read more)
2013-04-02 03:06:00

It’s All About Location, Location, Location

Hydro international Interviews Steve Hagan
The rate of data growth is climbing exponentially, thanks to new sensors, new social networks and new ways to create and capture data. In response, Oracle is tackling four issues on behalf of its customers: supporting big data, simplifying IT, providing deep analytics and enabling implementations either on the cloud or on-premise. Hydro International speaks to Steve Hagan, vice president of development for server technologies at Oracle Corporation about the organisation’s relationships with key geospatial software and data suppliers, its special concentration on very large databases, and its focus on addressing ‘spatial intelligence’ and the mainstreaming of location into business... (read more)
2012-10-05 04:34:51

Wreck Monitoring in Dredging Operations

Multiple survey and positioning techniques for MV <i>Assi Eurolink</i>
The problems posed by the wrecked vessel Assi Eurolink called for unique solutions that have set a new benchmark in the way that similar wrecks are made safe. On 25th January 2003 a collision occurred between the Swedish vessel Seawheel Rhine and a Dutch freighter, the Assi Eurolink. The collision was within the shipping lane ‘Friesland Junction’, about 77 kilometres (48 miles) off the coast of the Dutch island of Terschelling. The Swedish ship Seawheel Rhine sustained visual damage to her bow above water line, but the ship was able to continue to Hamburg. However, the Assi Eurolink sank almost... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Multi-purpose ENCs for Ports

How to Create and Maintain Them
Ports require access to a wide range of data and information to function safely and efficiently. Some of that data is acquired from external stakeholders but most is generated internally within the port. It is very often managed and held within a single software application, department or business function. Streamlining how a port manages its data, by adopting a more data-centric approach, can bring major benefits. OceanWise has been working with ports for over five years and has pioneered the concept of a port, when considered more widely, as being a maritime information infrastructure. The Maritime Infrastructure There is nothing... (read more)
2017-02-13 03:38:08

Data Integration for Coastal Surveying

Combining Laser Scanner and Bathymetric Sensor
When surveying the coastline, the integration of bathymetric (below sea level) and laser scanning (above sea level) data causes problems due to the different imaging properties. However, by ensuring that the different data sets have been accurately georeferenced and oriented, a complete and accurate model of the terrain above and below sea level can be obtained. This technique was employed to survey the area of Portovenere in Italy, including the San Pietro church located on a steeply sloping rocky promontory, with positional accuracies in the order of 5cm.<P> View Larger Map One of the biggest issues incoastline survey is the... (read more)
2009-06-04 12:00:00

The Art of Bathymetry

Using 3D Printer Technology to Represent Survey Information
Great advancements have been made in three dimensional printing over the last few years and have made an impressionable impact across a variety of industries. 3D printings’ versatility can be incorporated into any industry that has some form of three dimensional design. An exciting application is to model point clouds from survey techniques to create three dimensional scaled models for visualisation and communication. In this article we will explore a new medium using 3D printed technology.  Over the last few years great advancements have been made to all forms of surveying in three dimensional data capture, whether it be multibeam... (read more)
2016-05-19 11:44:56

Low Cost or Cost Effective?

Managing cost through the fit for purpose principle
When asked to do an article on low cost hydrography within the offshore construction industry the first word that sprang to mind was 'cheap'. However 'cheap' might not be 'cost effective' which is, or at least is supposed to be, the decision driver. For a private Company to remain in business it is essential that any external service hired, provides value for money. Hence all survey services within the private sector can be considered 'lowest cost'. There is however another critical factor that shall be considered. If a service impacts on installation spread efficiency, it might be worthwhile to spend... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Choosing the Right Sonar Imaging System for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Multi Aperture Sonar - a Low-logistics Alternative to SAS
Underwater vehicle operators have to make a choice when deciding on a sonar imaging system to integrate on their systems. The decision could result in a trade-off, with a choice to be made between achieving high levels of range and resolution, and power and weight budgets. The decision made can impact the value of the subsea survey, classifying and mapping operations. But does it always have to be a trade-off?  What is a Multiple Aperture Sonar? In multi-aperture sonar (MAS), the dynamically focused multibeam input from 32 elements is used to extend the focus along the whole swath. Multiple apertures... (read more)
2019-01-29 08:25:14

Ocean Business 2011 Preview

The third edition of Ocean Business will take place in Southampton, UK, from 5 – 7 April. The organisation anticipates more than 4000 visitors at the event, with 309 exhibitors from 19 countries. Ocean Business 2011 will be bigger than the previous editions, but will retain the cosy element, with exhibitors all taking relatively small stands. This time the organisation will have more vessels coming in, and there will be a full training and demonstration programme again. The organisation also found new locations for the offsite social events and the gala dinner venue is twice as big as last time.... (read more)
2011-03-16 04:15:56

T-Kartor Sweden AB

Database-driven (hydrographic) map production
T-Kartor was founded in 1985 in the southern Swedish town of Kristianstad. The company was started by a group of highly qualified people with wide experience and engagement in geography and, specifically, in cartography. Most of these are still with the company now, almost twenty years later. Due to its progressive attitude over the years, T-Kartor has managed to attract a number of key people from different parts of the world, all specialists in the field of database-driven cartography. Besides mapmaking experience the employees had a strong interest in computers and modern information technology. This made it quite natural for... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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