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

A Meteorologist, Hydrographer and Electronic Chart Specialist

Interview with Mr Horst Hecht
He started his career as a meteorologist, became head of the computer section of the ‘Deutsches Hydrographisches Institut’ (DHI) in 1970 and was responsible for IT affairs, which brought him into close contact with hydrography and digital cartography. In 1988 he was appointed as Director of the Department of Nautical Hydrography, which became in 1990 a department of the German ‘Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie’ (BSH). He participated in many working groups of the International Hydrographic Organisation, where his opinion was always highly valued. For many years he was and still is the Chairman of the ‘Deutsche Hydrographische Gesellschaft’ and... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

The New IHO S-102 Standard

Charting a New Frontier for Bathymetry
Soundings and contours are the only official way data producers can push bathymetric information to the wide hydrographic community. The introduction of the S-102 standard for bathymetry will enable many possibilities within the community of bathymetry users. Liaising with the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) TSMAD working group, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) and the US Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) led the development and practical testing of this revolutionary standard, officially called the Bathymetric Surface Product Specification S 102. In partnership with IIC Technologies, GeoNet Technologies, and CARIS, CHS created one of the first prototypes of S 102 datasets, using the... (read more)
2012-05-02 04:49:07

We Get ENCs… and Now What?

A historic perspective of nautical charts production in Chile over recent years is given here. The experience of the Chilean Navy’s Hydrographic and Oceanographic Service may serve other Offices encountering similar problems and perspectives in facing the new challenges of modern hydrography. In 1994 SHOA celebrated its 120th anniversary and its Director defined as one of the main goals of the organisation the development of electronic charting capabilities (1). Since 1995, the transition from paper to electronic nautical charts production has followed the steps given below: 1995: A financial calendar was approved towards realising the first Chilean S-57 ENC. 1996:... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hands-off ENC Production

Redefining High-density ENC Production
Imagine piloting a 398m container ship into port TODAY using an ENC updated with survey data collected YESTERDAY. Isn’t this order of turnaround time the ultimate dream of any ENC production agency? Modern echo sounders are able to provide a staggering amount of sounding data. Managing, and storing, the ever increasing volume of survey data is becoming a hot item on the agenda of many ENC producing agencies, including port and river authorities who have taken on the responsibility of creating and maintaining their own ENCs. Processing this data into high-quality, high-density ENCs requires a powerful, flexible and easy-to-use ENC... (read more)
2007-03-02 12:00:00


Enhanced ENC Standard for Port Operations
The management of larger vessels within the confined, shallow and/or tidal environments of ports requires precise chart information. However, current ECDIS and Inland ECDIS standards do not meet the more stringent regulations in terms of up-to-dateness, scale, accuracy (especially of the topography) and chart objects and attributes required for such port operations. Port ECDIS is the name of the successful work package of the EU-funded project Effective Operations in Ports which aimed to design, develop and test enhanced Port Electronic Navigation Charts (PENCs). With the carriage of ECDIS becoming mandatory for deep-sea vessels within a couple of years, the adoption... (read more)
2010-09-13 12:10:10

Revival of ECDIS?

Hydro international Interviews Dr Lee Alexander, University of New Hampshire, USA
In 1996, an ECDIS conference titled ‘Five years of Broken Promises’ dealt with the non-availability of ENC data. At the 2nd International ECDIS Conference in 2003, a prominent speaker from the user community stated: "Give me ENCs, not excuses." Despite high expectations, much effort, and many meetings, ECDIS still is not operational. What went wrong? More important, what needs to be done? Was it the misperception that an ENC is equivalent to the paper chart? You were with electronic charting from the beginning. Could you give a brief summary of your ECDIS life? My formative years were as a young... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

A Practical Look at ENC Quality

Implementing modern methods to ensure ENC quality
The term ‘quality of an ENC’ can be defined in a straightforward way as the suitability of the ENC to provide for safe navigation within its geographical extent. This simple definition implies that electronic chart quality is a complex matter beyond the scope of criteria stipulated by S-58. A chart may successfully pass all the recommended checks but still be inadequate for its main purpose. To guarantee the required result a modern ENC production system must be built as a combination of three elements: tools optimised for a particular operation, proven well defined technology and quality management. This article focuses... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Surveying the Scheldt

The Flemish Hydrography is responsible for surveying the river Scheldt on Flemish territory up to the lock of Wintam. On the Dutch Western Scheldt Flemish Hydrography surveys only to check the dredged depths in the fairway. On the Flemish Sea Scheldt overall surveys are done for regular national and international charting purposes, besides surveys for very specific projects, such as the maintenance of dredging works. National and international paper charts and digital products (for example ENC’s) are produced for the common user but also for the dedicated users as pilots, engineers, port authorities, shipping companies and research institutes. The river... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

US Army IENCs and Hydrographic Database Technology

US Army IENCs and Hydrographic Database Technology In 2001, the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) began to produce Inland Electronic Navigational Charts (IENCs) for US waterways. A paper chart was made from IENC data by IIC, working with the Corps; now improved HPD technology has been used to further investigate this concept and its ramifications for multiple product consistency, currency and ease of production. An essential feature of any charting programme is continual maintenance and dissemination of consistent, updated and significant products. With recent advances in Hydrographic Product Database (HPD) technology it is now possible to link and merge... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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