5 Questions to… Jonathan Beaudoin, QPS

To gain real insight into today’s hydrographic business landscape, Hydro International asked some of the sector’s most influential companies for their opinions. This series of Q&As focuses on the current state of the industry from various perspectives, such as which technological developments will have the most impact on the market, which market segments are the most promising and which areas offer the most growth. Here, Dr Jonathan Beaudoin, co-director of QPS, shares his views of and expectations for the business. How do you expect the hydrographic market to evolve over the coming year? As AUV and ASV platforms become more effective force... (read more)
2018-12-11 02:59:16

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

iXblue Annual User Conference

The iXblue Annual User Conference will take place in Amsterdam on 22 January 2019. It will bring together key players in the maritime market such as hydrographic offices, universities, institutes, port authorities, survey and dredging companies, as well as offshore construction contractors. This one-day event will be a golden opportunity for participants to share their experience on the latest technologies and gain valuable insight and inspiration on how to address the challenges of their sea operations, with a unique mix of global technology and business.  A full agenda will be disclosed in the coming weeks. REGISTER HERE CALL FOR PAPERS... (read more)
2018-12-04 02:23:02

Sonardyne Initiates Ocean Autonomous Systems Collaboration Project

Underwater positioning and communications technology company Sonardyne International has started a collaborative project to drive a major change in ocean system autonomy for long-endurance autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). The ambition of the innovate UK-supported Precise Positioning for Persistent AUVs (P3AUV) project is to enable AUVs to operate at high levels of navigation performance with less surface support and for longer periods. With partners L3 ASV and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Sonardyne will focus on longer-term navigational accuracy for AUVs in deep water, while reducing power requirements and increasing autonomy in marine operations. The P3AUV project will involve trials using... (read more)
2018-11-27 08:52:42

Offshore Survey 2019 Calls for Abstracts

The sixth Offshore Survey conference is taking place alongside Ocean Business at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, UK, on 10-11 April 2019. The deadline to submit papers for the event is 14 December - don't miss out! Offshore Survey is one of the year’s industry and professional conferences. It’s always a popular event and has gained a reputation for attracting the best papers, with a unique mix of global technology and business. The conference offers a golden opportunity to share cutting-edge information and the committee welcomes submissions for sessions on: Subsea Positioning; Hydrographic and Seabed Systems; Survey Operations; Data... (read more)
2018-11-19 11:15:56

WorldDEM Now Entirely Edited and Available via Streaming

Airbus Defence and Space has announced that the entire edited WorldDEM database, together with the already available WorldDEM4Ortho dataset, is now available via streaming.This online access to the WorldDEM and WorldDEM4Ortho of the entire Earth’s landmass facilitates a wide range of applications such as line-of-sight analysis, hydrological modelling, satellite imagery orthorectification and much more. Following the comprehensive global acquisition campaign and subsequent processing effort, WorldDEM data is now available for the entire world in an edited version. This dataset corresponds to a hydro-enforced Digital Surface Model with water surfaces of lakes and reservoirs set to a single elevation, rivers and... (read more)
2018-10-31 02:00:17

Staring at Waves – Knowing What’s Below

Optimisation of a Bathymetry Module within a Rip Current Prediction System
The dynamic appearance of offshore directed currents, mainly rip currents, during the summer season has led to several fatal incidents at the beach of Egmond aan Zee (The Netherlands) in the past. A rip current prediction system has been set up in order to avoid such incidents in the future. The occurrence and characteristics of rip currents depend strongly on subtidal bathymetries, hence detailed survey data is required for accurate predictions. ARGUS, the video monitoring system, was considered to provide the prediction system with precise, regularly updated bathymetry data. This is why the applicability and reliability of the ARGUS system... (read more)
2018-10-30 10:14:09

L3 ASV to Conduct Autonomous Navigation Study for UK Government

L3 ASV has received UK government funding for a pioneering project on autonomous navigation of maritime vessels. The company will conduct a study with its partners in the Maritime & Coastguard Agency (MCA) and United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), focusing on the future of marine navigational data and charts. The project is funded by the Department for Transport’s Transport Technology Research Innovation Grant (T-TRIG) and aims to promote early-stage science, engineering or technology innovations with the potential to advance the UK’s transport system. The project will begin by exploring the characteristics of navigational data and charts in terms of what they comprise,... (read more)
2018-10-30 09:05:57

Seabed Geosolutions Wins Red Sea Ocean Bottom Node Contract

Seabed Geosolutions and its partner have been awarded a 3D ocean bottom node survey in the Red Sea. The S-79 project will require the acquisition and processing of high-quality 3D data over a large area in various water depths. Seabed’s highly efficient 4C Manta ocean bottom nodes will be used, in combination with its best-in-class ROV deployment system in deep waters and node-on-a-wire system in shallower areas. The surveys are scheduled to commence early 2019. Stephan Midenet, CEO of Seabed, said “We are very pleased to partner with ARGAS in order to provide services to Saudi Aramco on this high... (read more)
2018-10-23 08:12:46

Automated Depth Area Generation for Updating NOAA Nautical Charts

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Marine Chart Division (MCD) is currently revising production efforts using an ‘ENC-first’ approach to provide seamless and tiled geographic coverage. Currently, ENC production workflows within MCD require cartographers to manually manipulate data in the Nautical Information System (NIS) to update navigation products. This MCD addressed this production bottleneck by developing a tool to derive depth area, contour and sounding vector data directly from gridded raster bathymetry surface data. Production of Electronic Navigational Charts (ENCs) Over the past decade, automation of data compilation procedures within NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS) and MCD (responsible for... (read more)
2018-10-16 02:21:21
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