Hydrographic Information Driving Marine Knowledge

Today, as every year on June 21st, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) celebrates World Hydrography Day. This is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the vital role that hydrography plays in everyone's lives. This year's theme is: 'Hydrographic information, the engine of knowledge of the marine environment’. Wide Range of Activities The Hydrographic Offices of the IHO Member States use a wide range of activities to publicize hydrographic work and services, including: The reminders of the first Hydrographic Conference held in London in 1919 when representatives of 26 countries met at Trinity House in London to discuss and agree... (read more)
2019-06-20 10:21:40

Will Hydrographic Geospatial Data Pass the Fit-for-purpose Test?

Build a Forward-thinking Marine Community
In 2017, OceanWise outlined the work of the UN-GGIM. The Committee of Experts endorsed the terms of reference for establishing a Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information. Here, Dr Mike Osborne and John Pepper provide a timely update on what has been happening since then. In 2017, OceanWise outlined the work of the UN-GGIM. The Committee of Experts endorsed the terms of reference for establishing a Working Group on Marine Geospatial Information. Here, Dr Mike Osborne and John Pepper provide a timely update on what has been happening since then. The United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) aims to address global challenges relating to how geospatial information is created, managed and utilized. The UN seeks to overcome these challenges by improving access to fit-for-purpose geospatial information and for it to be an essential enabler on meeting the global community’s Sustainable... (read more)
2019-06-18 02:00:08

HIPS and SIPS Can Easily Integrate into any Workflow

Teledyne CARIS are hosting a stand (Booth number 110) at the Oceans 2019 conference in Marseille where delegates can learn more about their HIPS and SIPS suite of products. HIPS and SIPS offer professional grade tools for hydrographic data processing. Supporting over 40 industry standard data formats, the software can easily integrate into any workflow. It enables the user to simultaneously process multibeam, backscatter, side scan sonar, single beam, and Lidar data. It incorporates the latest in 3D visualization technology for the purpose of hydrography, oceanography and marine science. As part of the Ping-to-Chart workflow, HIPS and SIPS can be easily... (read more)
2019-06-13 10:49:17

Winners Announced in XPRIZE for Advancements in Autonomous Ocean Exploration

XPRIZE, a global leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges, has announced winners in the US$7M Shell Ocean Discovery XPRIZE, a global competition to advance ocean technologies for rapid, unmanned and high-resolution ocean exploration and discovery. The results were revealed at an awards ceremony hosted at the world-renowned Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, part of the Oceanographic Institute, Prince Albert I of Monaco Foundation. The grand prize winner, receiving a total of US$4M, was GEBCO-NF Alumni, an international team based in the United States, while KUROSHIO from Japan claimed US$1M as the runner-up: GEBCO-NF (International) – Led by... (read more)
2019-06-03 09:25:26

Scientists Identify Almost 2 Million Previously 'Hidden' Earthquakes

Seismologists from Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the USA's University of California San Diego and colleagues have searched through 10 years' worth of Southern California seismic data with the scientific equivalent of a fine-toothed comb. As a result, they have identified hundreds of thousands of previously unidentified tiny earthquakes that occurred between 2008 and 2017. The study, published last month online in the journal Science, expands the earthquake catalogue for that region and period of time by a factor of 10—growing it from about 180,000 recorded earthquakes to more than 1.8 million. The new data reveals that there are about 495... (read more)
2019-05-20 10:27:54

CSA Completes Field Surveys Offshore Puerto Rico

CSA Ocean Sciences (CSA), under a subcontract to Jacobs, has announced the completion of a comprehensive environmental monitoring survey. The survey included physical, biological and chemical field sampling and data collection for 301(h) waiver demonstrations at the Aguadilla, Arecibo and Ponce Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant (RWWTP) outfalls offshore Puerto Rico for the Puerto Rico Aqueduct Authority (PRASA). Since 1999, CSA has been helping to evaluate compliance with receiving water quality standards and describe environmental conditions. Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers During this recent survey, CSA deployed and retrieved acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs), a conductivity-temperature-depth (CTD) water profiler with ancillary sensors... (read more)
2019-05-13 11:17:58

Optimizing a Low-cost Multi Sensor System for Hydrographic Depth Determination

Surveying devices with lower costs are being welcomed by hobbyists eager to determine water depth. The Department of Geodesy and Geomatics at HafenCity University (HCU) in Hamburg has been working on cost-efficient solutions in recent years. With shallow water surveys not required to be performed with the accuracy and precision of industrial projects, surveying devices with lower costs are being welcomed by hobbyists eager to determine water depth. With this low-cost demand rising, the investigative development of these products has become a scientific research issue. The Department of Geodesy and Geomatics at HafenCity University (HCU) in Hamburg has been working on cost-efficient solutions in recent years.  The Old Openseamap Project During a project with openseamap.org, a Multi Sensor System (MSS) including an Echo sounder, GPS and inertial measurement unit (IMU) was built up and tested. Despite... (read more)
2019-04-08 01:44:05

A18D in Business for AUV Survey Services

ECA Group demonstrates the high-performance of its mid-size AUV during deep survey missions
As announced in early 2018, ECA Group signed a cooperation agreement for subsea robotic services to Oil & Gas companies with a leasing offer on its latest generation A18D AUV creating a new dimension for its AUV services activity. Throughout 2018, ECA Group conducted several successful deep survey missions. The next generation AUV demonstrated its capabilities to perform multi-sensor surveys during deep sea operations (around 2,500m water depth) in the Mediterranean Sea.   A Comprehensive Survey Solution The A18D is the most compact multi-sensor AUV on the market for long-endurance deep water surveys (up to 3,000m). The AUV can capture... (read more)
2019-04-05 01:31:24

Fusion 2 – An Evolution in Offshore Survey Operations

Complex set-up operations, multiple topside systems and interfaces, and arduous workflows; these are all now in the past. Sonardyne’s Fusion 2 survey software combines intuitive workflows with faster, more flexible INS, LBL and Sparse LBL aided INS operations - all from a single system. Since surveyors and subsea construction operatives took their first steps into the US Gulf of Mexico, followed by the harsh waters of the North Sea and beyond, the industry has been on a learning curve. From taut wire through to today’s digital signalling architectures, systems and methodologies, the industry has evolved. Developments in signalling technology have... (read more)
2019-04-05 12:59:12

Advances in High-speed Underwater Remote Vehicles for Subsea Pipeline Inspection

The Benefits and Challenges of the Technological Revolution in the Pipeline Survey Industry
The pipeline survey industry has undergone a technological revolution in the past couple of years, and the consequential benefits and challenges are only just beginning to be fully realized. The cost efficiency of subsea operations has been one of the key focus areas of the offshore energy industry in recent years. This focus, combined with increased growth in the amount of subsea infrastructure now in-situ on the seafloor, has seen a rising need for innovative approaches to subsea asset inspection. These solutions need to be cost-efficient, maintain data quality, and be able to provide a platform that supports future technologies.... (read more)
2019-04-02 10:25:26
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