Why is this book different from the wide range of books on hydrography? As an oceanographer I have spent a lot of time reading books on the general knowledge of hydrography. Most of them are self-explanatory. However, they hardly ever cover half the range of topics that are the building stones of hydrography. The authors of this book have set out to and succeeded in presenting an introduction to and overview of the broad field of hydrography. It is impossible to cover all these topics in great detail, as such a book would be far from enjoyable to read. However,... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hydrography: Teamwork

Our profession is one that carries with it lots of wonderful things. Travelling to remote places, exploring new territories, fighting the elements, providing new routes as well as improving existing ones for mariners, all belong to the uniqueness of being hydrographer. But these tasks and conditions also demand that hydrographers work very closely together, both in the field and between field parties and the office, to achieve the aims of a survey. Facing adversity as teams of professionals and technicians, along with the hydrographic vessel crew, nurtures very bonded human relations. Relations based upon the shared sacrifice of being away... (read more)
2007-02-02 12:00:00

Chinese Hydrography

The Chinese Dragon rears its head in many fields of the world economy and despite the latest reports of a slowdown of growth, it is interesting to see the development in hydrographic surveying and chart production. The Chinese hydrographic sector is certainly increasing. Let’s take a look at a few figures from the Chinese Maritime Safety Authority, under which the Hydrographic Office falls, laid down in the annual report of 2010. The Chinese surveyed 26,814.89km2 in 2010, compared to 15,722.42km2 in 2006. Of this total, 6,209.5km2 was surveyed in the North Sea area, 10,830.94km2 in het East Sea Area and... (read more)
2012-11-20 04:52:19

Hydrography 2.0

This month's theme is hydrography and living resources. However, you won't find any articles on the subject in this magazine. A bit strange coming from me, who for years worked in nature conservation. Like a doctor not seeing his own kid is ill, or a contractor not working on his own house in his spare time. But I haven't developed a blind spot for living resources, just sometimes a theme comes up that's too interesting too ignore. In promising to make it up to you over living resources, I would like to introduce Hydrography 2.0!   Invite you into a... (read more)
2009-10-05 10:09:27

World Hydrography Day: Hydrography For Maritime Trade

The International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) celebrates World Hydrography Day (WHD) on 21st of June, this year carrying the theme Hydrographic Services - the essential element for maritime trade. This is the anniversary date on which the IHO was created in 1921. The theme for each year's celebration highlights aspects of the work and the contribution that the IHO makes to the world community. For 2010 the IHO has chosen the theme, ‘Hydrographic Services - the essential element for maritime trade'. Maritime trade is extremely important to most countries in the world, and hydrography and the provision of nautical charts are... (read more)
2010-05-06 09:16:46

Starters in Hydrography

Hydro International interviews Lieutenant Matt Templeton, Elise Bergsma, Michelle Weirathmueller and Mohd Zukhairi Abd Latef
There is a global shortage of hydrographic surveyors. Vacancies and demands for personnel at sea mean surveyors are becoming the most wanted specialists in the offshore world. Institutes of hydrographic education around the world are struggling to attract enough students and companies are taking on students before even they have graduated. We found some students at the start of their careers and asked them what they expected from their life in hydrography. HI : Why have you decided to become a hydrographer?Templeton: I like the balance between the hard days in the field and the challenging evenings working through the... (read more)
2007-01-12 12:00:00

Belgian Postgraduate Hydrography Programme

The Antwerp Maritime Academy (AMA) will be starting Belgium’s first postgraduate hydrography programme on 17 September 2012. The programme was established by the AMA in collaboration with Ghent University and the maritime industry. Currently, Belgium has over 300 hydrographic surveyors, and the sector is booming. Captain Marc Dauwe, lecturer at the AMA and creator of the hydrography programmes, says that there is an increasing demand for new hydrographers, some 35 annually in Belgium and even more abroad. To respond to this need, the AMA and Ghent University are starting elementary courses in hydrography (cat. B) in September 2012, and advanced... (read more)
2012-03-20 12:00:00

Human Resources in Hydrography

Nowadays challenges are enforced by advanced technology
Certainly, all of us belonging to the hydrographic community have heard, read or even written, dozens and maybe hundreds of times about the importance of human resources when referring to the performance of reliable hydrographic surveys. That is a fact that upon which we have remarked and seen with some nostalgia, mainly because of the human tendency to consider that ‘Everything was better in the past…’ Nevertheless, whether we like it or not, things have somehow changed. The advancements of technology are marking tracks in the way our professionals are facing the challenge of extracting from nature the precise data... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

GNSS and Hydrography

Multi-interview (1)
None of us can anymore imagine hydrographic work without satellite positioning. Improvements in performance since the first launch at the end of the70s have made it suitable for more and more applications and developments are ongoing. A GPS modernisation programme is upgrading both satellite performance and ground infrastructure, the Russian Glonass modernisation programme will upgrade performance to GPS level, Galileo test satellites GIOVE A and B are performing well and due to become available in a few years, and there is increasing augmentation system coverage. Time for Hydro International to question some experts on these developments in relation to our... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Hydrography for Exploration

Interview with Roger Lott, Head of Survey for BP Exploration, London, UK
In the last half century Hydrography has grown from a Government commitment, solely for the purpose of producing nautical charts and information for safe navigation, into a science indispensable to all sorts of offshore industrial activities. One such activity is offshore Oil and Gas exploration and exploitation. It is well known that this offshore industry has given birth to many fascinating technical developments in hydrography. Roger Lott, Head of Survey for BP Exploration based in London, agreed to be interviewed by Hydro international to inform the readers concerning specific items in offshore surveying for this industry. Can you give the... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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