Cartography at the Source

New Products, New Ideas, Less Work
For two decades, CARIS’ hydrographic production database solution has enabled geospatial data to be managed in a data centric manner, while allowing various types of products to be created and updated from this one data centric source. A large user base of hydrographic offices worldwide has utilized this capability to produce and maintain a large percentage of the world’s paper charts and ENCs. Over time, the advantages of deriving products from one source has led to the introduction of more product types being produced by the system. Expanding from paper charts and digital chart products (such as ENCs and AMLs)... (read more)
2019-04-02 09:57:36

SBG Systems Releases Horizon IMU for Navsight Marine Solution

SBG Systems has released the Horizon IMU, a FOG-based high-performance inertial measurement unit (IMU) designed for large hydrographic vessels surveying harsh environments. Navsight Marine Solution consists in a powerful and ready-to-use IMU dedicated to hydrographers. It is available at different levels of accuracy to meet the various application requirements and can be connected to various external equipment such as Echo-sounders, Lidar, etc. Completing the product range Navsight Marine Solution already offers two levels of performance with the Ekinox and Apogee IMUs. These MEMS-based IMUs address most hydrographic markets whether shallow or deep water. The Horizon IMU allows customers to bring Navsight... (read more)
2019-03-18 03:22:27

Seafloor Based Seismic Cable Permanent Reservoir Monitoring with Sonardyne Sensors

Norwegian energy firm Equinor is to deploy cabled subsea instrumentation from Sonardyne International to help increase the accuracy of time-lapse seismic data at the giant Johan Sverdrup oil field. From the first production of the development, Equinor plans to use seafloor based seismic cable permanent reservoir monitoring (PRM) technology to observe what is happening in the reservoir over time to help maximize recovery rates. While PRM technologies increase the amount and data quality that operators have about their reservoirs, processing it can sometimes be complicated by changing environmental conditions, such as water velocity and tidal height, at the time each survey... (read more)
2019-03-05 08:45:06

TCarta Wins Contract to Map Seafloor around Kiribati

TCarta Marine, a global provider of geospatial products and services, has been contracted by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to provide a baseline dataset of water depths and seafloor classification around the Republic of Kiribati. Located in the Pacific Ocean, the island nation is threatened by rising sea levels. “Most of Kiribati’s islands average less than two metres above sea level at present and the country’s 110,000 inhabitants are among the most vulnerable to the effects of sea level rise and the world’s first potential climate change refugees,” said Kyle Goodrich, TCarta President. “We expect to map 5,000 square... (read more)
2019-03-05 08:35:44

Computer Vision-based Detection of Fish from Acoustic Backscatter Time Series

ASL Environmental Sciences has announced the awarding of a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Engage Grant for the development of new automated or semi-automated analysis tools for Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler (AZFP) data with the University of Victoria and ASL. This collaboration will be led by Dr Alexandra Branzan Albu's research group from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the University of Victoria along with ASL acoustic and remote sensing specialists. Additionally, AZFP data will be provided by Dr Stéphane Gauthier of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, who will also bring expertise in the areas... (read more)
2019-02-19 10:01:51

Web GIS Improves Lidar Collection Response Time

The remarkable capabilities of airborne Lidar continue to improve, with scanners now able to emit more than a million pulses every second. Although it has never been easier to acquire high-quality laser data, storing and managing the huge volume of Lidar data collected can prove to be a challenge. Combined with associated metadata such as survey information, environmental conditions and flight lines, data management has now become a critical priority and focus. An initiative called the Lidar Management and Analytical Processing (LMAP) provides an automated workflow for uploading and storing Lidar and metadata into a Geographic Information System (GIS). Developed... (read more)
2019-02-19 09:37:01

Design to Deployment - ToughBoy Wave Buoy

When using sea-going equipment, the elements are invariably one of your greatest adversaries. Whether a researcher waiting for a weather window, or a technician maintaining a sensor platform, the waves and weather should never be underestimated as sensor equipment must endure these conditions. Wave buoys represent a considerable design challenge from multiple perspectives. Physical durability is clearly of fundamental importance, but that robustness must be extended into the functionality and performance of the wave buoy system. A wave buoy must also maintain operational independence over extended periods of time – measured not in weeks or months, but often years. The... (read more)
2019-02-12 09:01:57

Depth of Burial – Galloper Offshore Wind Farm

Galloper Offshore Wind Farm is a 353MW wind farm project located 30km off the coast of Suffolk, UK. It is now in full operation and each year will generate enough green electricity to power the equivalent of more than 380,000 British homes. The construction of the wind farm created almost 700 UK jobs and its operation has created around 90 direct and indirect long-term jobs in the local area. A 60-strong team will operate and maintain the wind farm day-to-day from a base under construction in Harwich International Port. There are 56 wind turbine generators (WTGs) located in water depths... (read more)
2019-02-11 10:51:47

Real-time Validation of CoVadem Derived Water Depths

By Using Locations with a Fixated Riverbed
CoVadem has created an up-to-date depth chart of inland waterways. The underlying data obtained came from vessels participating in the CoVadem initiative, each sharing their sensor data in the CoVadem cloud-based processing environment. To make sure the underlying data is both accurate and reliable, we need a method that automatically filters out erroneous measurements. This article presents a method in which measurements are compared in real-time at locations with a fixated riverbed (e.g. not eroding or aggrading over time). A growing fleet of roughly fifty vessels participating in the CoVadem initiative continuously measure, log and broadcast data from onboard sensors.... (read more)
2019-02-04 11:13:08

Choosing the Right Sonar Imaging System for Autonomous Underwater Vehicles

Multi Aperture Sonar - a Low-logistics Alternative to SAS
Underwater vehicle operators have to make a choice when deciding on a sonar imaging system to integrate into their systems. The decision could result in a trade-off, with a choice to be made between achieving high levels of range and resolution, and power and weight budgets. The decision made can impact the value of the subsea survey, classifying and mapping operations. But does it always have to be a trade-off?  What is a Multiple Aperture Sonar? In multi-aperture sonar (MAS), the dynamically focused multibeam input from 32 elements is used to extend the focus along the whole swath. Multiple apertures... (read more)
2019-01-29 08:25:14
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