“Blue technology industries will help the expansion of the hydrographic market”

A view of hydrographic technology and the market for 2020
In the last decade, there has been a steady march towards the automation of hydrographic data collection. Jim Gardiner, a Research Scientist at Valeport, views the technical and commercial challenges in hydrographic operations. In the last decade, there has been a steady march towards the automation of hydrographic data collection. Jim Gardiner, a Research Scientist at Valeport, views the technical and commercial challenges in hydrographic operations. In terms of multibeam technology, we’ve seen continual advancements from the main players such as Teledyne Reson, Kongsberg, R2Sonic and the emergence of Norbit. Alongside this, there has been a steady improvement of GPS, inertial positioning systems and acquisition/processing software. As the capability of these systems has improved, it has placed a focus on the importance of accurate and reliable sound velocity data. To achieve accurate bathymetry,... (read more)
2020-01-14 12:09:38

Teledyne Marine Announces 2020 Academic Product Grant

Six months free product usage and technical consultations
Teledyne Marine offers the next generation of technologists and explorers the opportunity to utilize the organization’s leading-edge technology for planned 2020 programmes free of charge via their 2020 Academic Product Grant. The company delivers the widest range of technology in the industry and will share a full suite of these technologies with the academic community to address an array of potential global research programmes.  This grant is open to all students from accredited universities or institutions pursuing oceanographic or hydrographic studies and provides up to 6 months' free product usage and technical consultations to help ensure their success. Products in this year’s grant... (read more)
2020-01-14 11:49:06

This Is How Mapping in Paradise is Done

Insights From the First Commercial Use of Fugro RAMMS
The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. In July 2018, Fugro embarked on a large-scale project to map the Turks and Caicos Islands for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). This landmark effort called for integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and orthoimage datasets to support nautical chart updates and coastal zone management activities. To achieve the sizeable bathymetric portion of the... (read more)
2020-01-13 02:23:12

Danish Hydrographic Office Turns to GIS For Automated Maritime Charting

A Radical Update Was Needed
Denmark has challenging seascapes to map and chart. It has a rich history of nautical charting that dates back to the seventeenth century, and many of its navigational products for Greenland were created in the 1960s. When GPS started to gain prominence, a radical update was needed. Apart from its 42-mile land border with Germany, the peninsular country of Denmark, with its scores of bays, straits, and fjords,  is surrounded almost entirely by the North and Baltic Seas. Denmark is also composed of more than 400 islands, including the Faroe Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean between the United Kingdom... (read more)
2019-12-19 02:23:42

This Is How Airborne Multibeam Lidar Coastal Mapping in Paradise is Done

Insights from the first commercial use of Fugro RAMMS
The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. The Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System, RAMMS, was developed over a period of three years before it was officially launched in the summer of 2018. Senior hydrographer Richard Goosen describes how Fugro used the system for coastal and nearshore mapping at the paradise Turks and Caicos Islands. In July 2018, Fugro embarked on a large-scale project to map the Turks and Caicos Islands for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO). This landmark effort called for integrated, high-resolution bathymetric, topographic and orthoimage datasets to support nautical chart updates and coastal zone management activities. To achieve the sizeable bathymetric portion of the... (read more)
2019-12-19 01:51:28

Business Guide 2020 and November/December Issue Are Out

In our new yearly Business Guide, we focus on innovations in 2020 and developments in the hydrographic and oceanographic arena. One of the other topics is the accelerating rise of sea levels. With millions of people around the world at risk from rising seas, it is essential to continue measuring the changing height of the sea surface to ensure that decision-makers are equipped to take appropriate mitigating action.  Also featuring in Hydro International's Business Guide 2020 -  the hydrographer's final search for an effective SDB-system and the NOAA's plan for deep ocean mapping of US waters. Jim Gardiner, a research scientist... (read more)
2019-12-17 02:00:10

'Check and double check your data before getting somebody else to check it for you’

7 Questions to Phil Payne, Survey Delivery Manager, UK Hydrographic Office
Phil Payne, survey delivery manager of the UK Hydrographic Office talks about hydrographic programmes to support blue economic growth, intentional projects and the use of lidar for charting purposes. "There will be a continued drive towards autonomy and automated processing.” Phil Payne, survey delivery manager of the UK Hydrographic Office talks about hydrographic programmes to support blue economic growth, intentional projects and the use of lidar for charting purposes. ”There will be a continued drive towards autonomy and automated processing.” Prior to his work with the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO), Phil Payne spent 25 years in the Royal Navy as a hydrographic and meteorology specialist. Since joining the UKHO in 2016, he has worked in a number of different roles, most recently as its Survey Delivery Manager - a role he has held since 2017. Surveys Around the World As... (read more)
2019-12-17 11:40:56

Scientists Map Huge Blocks on the Seabed from the Recent Eruption of the Anak Krakatau Volcano

An international team of scientists has mapped huge blocks on the seabed from the recent eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano, Fox News reports. The Indonesian island volcano erupted in December 2018. The eruption caused part of the island in the Sunda Strait to collapse into the sea, triggering a tsunami that killed at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java. Located within the caldera of the devastating 1883 Krakatau volcano, Anak Krakatau’s collapse left massive chunks of rock lying on the seafloor, according to scientists. Earlier this year experts mapped the seabed using bathymetric technology, which analyzes underwater terrain.... (read more)
2019-12-17 09:51:00

Icebreaker's Science Tender Sea Trials Underway

Final sea trials for the science tender of Australia’s new icebreaker, RSV Nuyina, are underway in Norway this week. Australian Antarctic Division Icebreaker Project Manager, Nick Browne, said the 10.3 metre-long vessel was uniquely designed to support scientific research in the Southern Ocean and Antarctica. "The science tender will enable scientists to undertake marine and geoscience work in open water and ice, independently or in parallel with the Nuyina’s scientific systems. The vessel is fitted with state-of-the-art equipment, including a multibeam bathymetric echo sounder to map the seafloor, a sound velocity profiler for oceanographic work, and a moon pool for... (read more)
2019-11-19 08:21:18

Fugro RAMMS Technology Benefits US Navy Mapping System

Fugro’s collaboration with Areté to develop the Rapid Airborne Multibeam Mapping System (RAMMS) has resulted in improved maritime domain awareness for the US Navy. The accomplishment, which was showcased last week during a Naval Oceanography event held at Southern Mississippi’s Marine Research Center, demonstrates the value of federal investments in private-sector research, development and commercialisation efforts. US Navy Small Business Innovation Research RAMMS is based on Areté’s Pushbroom Imaging Littoral Lidar System (PILLS), an airborne seabed mapping capability developed through a US Navy Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programme. One of the primary yet challenging goals of SBIR programmes is... (read more)
2019-11-14 08:32:03
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