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

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

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

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

Hydrographic Surveying: Where Do We Stand

The Ever-increasing Accuracy of Mapping the 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 within 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 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 to... (read more)
2018-12-11 02:51:31

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

The Importance of Hydrography Establishing the Outer Limit of the Continental Shelf

Commander Alexander Tagore Medeiros de Albuquerque (retd) of the Brazilian?Navy is one of the outstanding hydrographers of the Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation (DHN) of the Brazilian Navy. DHN tasks include the delimitation of the national continental shelf in accordance with UNCLOS. Brazil and its hydrographers have contributed to the text of the UNCLOS since its first draft. It therefore seems appropriate that a Brazilian hydrographer now chairs the Commission. Hydro international was able to interview Mr Albuquerque and it is hoped that the readers shall appreciate not only the importance of the task of the Commission but also the... (read more)
2009-01-05 12:00:00

Offshore Windfarm Survey on Gunfleet Sands

In recent years an expansion in the telecommunications cable industry led to an increase in the market for cable route landfall surveys incorporating geophysical surveys at sea and topographic surveys of the landing site. In the last two years, however, the economic conditions in the telecommunications industry have been such that there has been a significant decline in the number of surveys being commissioned. Therefore, it was with great interest that the coastal survey industry in the United Kingdom followed the development of the offshore windfarm market. This was given a considerable boost by the announcement of significant UK government... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hong Kong Harbour

Surveying for port facilities and marine structures
The products produced by advanced multi-beam bathymetry, Universal Reference Station DGPS Correction Technology, digital photogrammetry, 3D visualisation and fly-through videotography are definitely not just pretty pictures or animations but extremely useful for end-users: the designer, engineer, planner and port administrator. Hong Kong (HK) was founded as a port for China some 160 years ago and has flourished as an ‘entreport’ since then. Substantial development of HK Harbour is one indispensable milestone in maintaining the position of HK as the main gateway to China and premier business areas of Asia. Development and reclamation works for HK Harbour can be traced back... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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