Ocean Business Ready for Business

Hands-on Update on Ocean Technology – Science and Business
The bi-annual event Ocean Business is coming to the NOC, Southampton from 4-6 April 2017. Three days of ocean technology engineering and science, knowledge sharing, hands-on training and demos as well as networking. The exhibition space is completely sold out, including more than 340 exhibitors. A selection of the businesses represented give a taster of their innovations in this preview. Better still, of course, is to come and see and experience for yourself! Ocean Business is more than just a trade show. There will also be seminars, workshops by suppliers, a general conference as well as a conference organised by... (read more)
2017-03-13 02:39:32

Resuming New-Zealand Charting After World War II

By an Old Hydrographer
After World War II, ship owners pressured the New Zealand Government to resume charting of coastal waters by the Royal Navy. Ships were now larger and most charts were a hundred years old. The Government approached Britain, which declined but kindly offered assistance to set up a new hydrographic service. The New Zealand Government and the Navy Board agreed that surveys must be resumed and that the Navy should undertake them. Here there were competent officers to train as hydrographic surveyors, a disciplined organisation and a large enough crew to be able to handle the ship, six boats and two... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

The Importance of Continuous Education

How Fugro Academy Advances the Company’s Business
It is now well over ten years since Fugro Academy opened its doors within Fugro as a focal point for learning and development for the company’s 10,000-plus employees, who specialise in providing geoinformation and asset integrity services to a global client base. So, what is Fugro Academy and how does it contribute to the ongoing education and professional development of the largely technical workforce? Andrew McNeill, global talent development manager at Fugro, explains more. Fugro Academy was established in late 2006. Around that time, Fugro was working in a very buoyant market, particularly for services related to oil and gas,... (read more)
2018-02-14 10:27:53

Assessing the Quality of Soundings

Ensuring that your hydrographic data complies with the latest standards can be difficult, particularly as standards continually change with new advances in technology. Simon Squibb discusses a ‘binning’ technique that may improve data confidence for surveyors and clients. The standards for hydrographic measurements are regularly reviewed to cope with advances in technology and the demand for higher accuracy data, which continually increases. For example, last year the 4th edition of the international standard, IHO S44 (1), was modified by various hydrographic authorities to meet wider application. To aid their surveyors in assessing the quality of data collected, Andrews Survey has... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Ocean Survey - The World Market

Over the past thirteen years Douglas-Westwood Limited has produced a series of occasional techno-economic studies of the Ocean Survey industry. This latest, The World Ocean Survey Report 2004-2008 aims to review the most significant recent developments, value markets and provide a forecast for the period 2004 to 2008. In practice, it is very difficult to precisely define the boundaries of the subject of ocean survey as for example some definitions may include survey of the major navigable waterways. Furthermore, commercial survey & positioning (S&P) contractors’ activities range into other areas, including the operation of assets in non-survey tasks, such as... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Bathymetry From Space

Global grids of synthetic bathymetry make it a simple matter to portray generalised ocean depths in all parts of the world, except the central Arctic Ocean. Derived from measurements of satellite height above the sea surface, synthetic bathymetry lacks the resolution and accuracy of acoustic soundings, plus it contains flaws that arise from measurement and computational processes. Users must therefore exercise care in the analysis and presentation of such information. In Part II of his satirical account Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, Jonathan Swift described his protagonist’s thoughts after a close-up observation of the flawed complexions... (read more)
2008-01-19 12:00:00

Integrated Mapping of Seabed Features

Dual use Hydrographic Surveys for Seabed Nature and Morphological Research
The Italian Navy, using survey vessel Ammiraglio Magnaghi and personnel from the “Istituto Idrografico della Marina” (IIM), in cooperation with ENEA Marine Environment Research Centre, surveyed the Levante Canyon system, located in the offshore area of “Cinque Terre”, eastern Ligurian Sea, NW Mediterranean. The purpose of the operation in the area depicted in figure 1 was on the one hand to collect the data necessary for the updating of nautical documentation and on the other hand to carry out scientific research on the seabed nature and specifically on deep coral banks. Italian Navy Ships are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and... (read more)
2014-10-06 02:21:18

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

Visited for You

  Ocean Business   From 31 March to 2 April, Ocean Business and Ocean Careers took centre stage at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton (UK), followed by Offshore Survey from 1 April.   However, on 30 March there was already much ongoing activity; stands were set up, delegates arrived. Hydro international was invited to join RESON, before the opening of the show, to see the RESON sonars in action. Surveying the harbour of Southampton on board of Southampton's Port Management Protector, a few remarkable features were discovered that even the regular harbour surveyors had not discovered before! In a... (read more)
2009-05-12 12:00:00

Acoustic Seabed Classification

Integration into hydrographic survey programmes
Acoustic seabed classification is rapidly gaining acceptance as a useful tool amongst the world's ocean community. Commercial classification products can measure acoustic diversity in the surficial seafloor zone and produce thematic maps of the resulting acoustic classes. Hydrographic services throughout the world routinely conduct bathymetric surveys using single beam sounders and multibeam sonar. These operations are ideal candidates to serve as 'surveys of opportunity' for acquisition of acoustic classification information. The hydrographic office itself gains significantly better seafloor information for charting purposes, with the added benefit that the ocean community outside hydrography gains a new capability to manage the delicate... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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