Streaming Cloud-based ENC Data for a Real-time ECS

A Cloud-based Infrastructure Specifically Designed for Marine Navigation
NaAVIC is a free and downloadable electronic voyage application that goes beyond the traditional Electronic Chart System (ECS) app whereby the data, including the ENC information, does not physically reside within the onboard computer. Instead, all the data is streamed from an up-to-date database that exists in the cloud. The on-demand data delivery model is not confined to conventional chart data. Whilst it includes ENC-derived data as a base layer, it is also designed to take additional data layers. These layers can be user-selected according to their needs to enhance the ECS capabilities. For example, the list can include raster... (read more)
2018-10-16 03:50:11

Automated Depth Area Generation for Updating NOAA Nautical Charts

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Marine Chart Division (MCD) is currently revising production efforts using an ‘ENC-first’ approach to provide seamless and tiled geographic coverage. Currently, ENC production workflows within MCD require cartographers to manually manipulate data in the Nautical Information System (NIS) to update navigation products. This MCD addressed this production bottleneck by developing a tool to derive depth area, contour and sounding vector data directly from gridded raster bathymetry surface data. Production of Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) Over the past decade, automation of data compilation procedures within NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS) and MCD (responsible for... (read more)
2018-10-16 02:21:21

‘Unofficial Charts’ on the Horizon?

In the article entitled 'How Blockchain Will Have an Impact on Navigation', published in the March/April 2018 issue of Hydro International, Gert Büttgenbach explains how the new blockchain technology could be potentially beneficial for the production and distribution of nautical charts. One of the conclusions of the article indicates that the new technological environment calls for reconsidering the ’exclusive domain of national Hydrographic Offices’ (HOs) and suggests that the private sector could in future produce ‘unofficial charts’ that would be superior to ’official’ charts produced by the HOs. But these views reflect a misunderstanding of the situation, according to Gilles... (read more)
2018-06-12 11:39:10

Seabed 2030 Needs Your Data

On 20 February this year, the Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 project became operational. Its task: to finish mapping the 84% of our oceans still unmapped. Simultaneously an 18-page concept paper was published laying out the morphological statistics, technological realities and data assembly structure that can ensure success. Bathymetric input from HOs is urgently requested. In the two years since F-FOFM basically formulated Seabed 2030, amazing progress has been made. Companies like Fugro are making swath mapping transit tracks through unmapped areas available (viz. GEBCO's slogan 'Map the Gaps'), and encouraging clients to contribute decimated grids from their proprietary datasets. Others like... (read more)
2018-05-15 10:51:24

Award for EGNOS GNSS Augmentation System

The multi-agency team behind the ESA-designed EGNOS augmentation system – making it possible for European aircraft to safely rely on satnav signals – has received a prestigious award from France’s national aerospace academy. Didier Flament, head of ESA’s EGNOS and SBAS Division, joined Mariluz de Mateo of Spain’s ENAIRE air traffic management agency, working on Europe’s Single European Sky Traffic Management Research (SESAR), and Jean-Marc Pieplu, who oversees EGNOS exploitation at the European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA), in receiving Vermeil Medals from France’s Académie de l’Air et de l’Espace in Toulouse. The medals were awarded to the trio... (read more)
2016-12-02 11:55:25

Specialist Survey Software Saves Time during Gas Field Infrastructure Installation

A major metrology campaign conducted off the coast of Western Australia has been completed in just 26 hours thanks to the time-saving features offered by specialist survey software supplied by British subsea technology company Sonardyne International. The project was led by global offshore construction company, EMAS CHIYODA Subsea (ECS), who was contracted by Apache Energy to install infrastructure at the Julimar natural gas field. The scope of work included installation of two manifolds, connected by five 30-metre vertical spools and five 80-metre horizontal spools.  Underwater metrology requires accurate, precise and robust measurements which are critical for successful fabrication and installation... (read more)
2016-11-08 11:41:08

Oceanology International 2016 Provides Update on Ocean Technology

Promising Event for Oceanographic and Hydrographic Community
Hydro International traditionally prepares a preview of Oceanology International to help you prepare for the highlights of what businesses on the show floor will be presenting. The Hydro International preview offers you a selection of the more than 350 companies from 32 countries that will be present at the trade show. The total surface is over 8,000 square metres so consider wearing your walking boots!  Joost Boers, editorial manager, Hydro International There will also be is a conference during Oceanology focusing on streams like Trade & Innovation; Marine Technology and Services Sector Role in the Blue Economy; Marine Renewables; Positioning & Metrology; Green Shipping;... (read more)
2016-03-01 11:47:03

What About the Other 88%?

Despite the last decade’s flurry of UNCLOS ECS mapping, the amount of the oceans surveyed remains around 12%. The continuing search for the MH370 wreckage emphasises our scant knowledge of the actual deep ocean seafloor despite the apparently detailed overall picture derived from satellite altimetry’s synthetic bathymetry.  Dr. John K. Hall (retd), Geological Survey of Israel, Israel Just eight years ago, from this ‘bully pulpit’, I wrote about GOMaP, a 1999 proposal to devote USD8-16 billion over 20-30 years to swath map all the oceans deeper than 500m. I concluded ‘Unfortunately GOMaP lacked the sex appeal of placing humans on... (read more)
2016-02-01 04:30:07

IC-ENC Supports Training with ChartWorld ECDIS

The International Centre for ENCs (IC-ENC) has selected the ChartWorld eGlobe G2 ECDIS as a tool to provide their 37 member nations to supplement ENC production and validation processes. This will give each member Hydrographic Office the opportunity to load their ENCs into an ECDIS in order that the maritime user’s perspective can be considered and to check its interoperability with adjacent data. The SevenCs display engine inside the ChartWorld eGlobe G2 ECDIS is used by 30% of all ECDIS and ECS users within the SOLAS market, allowing IC-ENC and its members to make a representative data assessment on a... (read more)
2015-10-16 11:34:41

Software Assists Updates to Paper Charts

Global Navigation Software, USA, has added features to NavPak Professional Edition - NavPak Graphic NTM and NavPak Graphic Light List, making it easy to update paper charts. These functions will read and plot Notices to Mariners (NTMs, NMs and LNMs) and Light Lists (LLs), providing worldwide chart updates. The LLs and NTMs have information that is not shown on the charts. For any given area, NTMs and LLs can be combined on the same NavPak Overlay. The detailed symbols show what is in the NTM or LL at a glance. The symbols start with a structure which can be a... (read more)
2015-10-12 11:05:47
Search Filter