Market Prospects for AUVs

This article is based on the results of a new studyThe AUV Gamechanger Report 2008-2017published by Douglas-Westwood Ltd. This report aims to consider the prospects for this game-changing technology and value the future markets for AUV manufacturers to 2017.<P> Un-tethered Autonomous Under­water Vehicles (AUVs) have the potential to change the game in many areas of underwater oper­ations. Long an area of research, AUVs are beginning to show their abilities as cost-effect­ive tools in applications ranging from deep-water survey for the offshore oil and gas industry to military oper­ations. The growing need for many facets of ocean observation also offers great... (read more)
2007-10-27 12:00:00

Supply Hydrographic Personnel

Hydro INTERNATIONAL Interviews Johan Stam, Business Development Manager, Atlas Services Group
There is a global shortage of hydrographic surveyors. The industry is faced with an interesting challenge and looks to specialised education facilities and personnel suppliers to assist in solving this problem. Even in times of high unemployment it can be difficult to find sufficient skilled personnel to carry out hydrographic survey work in the offshore environment. Hydrographic educational institutions around the world are struggling to attract enough students, resulting in noticeable shortages of trainees within the survey departments of large and small survey contracting companies. Although working conditions have improved considerably over recent decades, the environment in which hydrographic surveyors... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

2D/3D Web-mapping

Web Visualisation Coastal Orthophotos
This paper describes the development of a web spatial image server used for sharing huge sets of georeferenced coastal orthophotos on the web via an easy visualisation interface. Traditional cartography was considered a highly sophisticated methodology for the production of high-quality maps, using the sales-business model of the non-internet economy and dedicated to specialists. The recent arrival on the scene of three internet leaders whose general mission is to map everything, and the release of their popular online earth browsers has had a huge impact in the geomatics arena. All are by now familiar with the success enjoyed by Google... (read more)
2007-03-02 12:00:00

Study the Basics and Ask for Support

Hydro International Interviews Antti Castrén
Hydrographic mapping is all about collecting and processing data that leads  to products such as nautical charts and other products contributing to safe navigation, a better environment and secure constructions offshore. The quality of the data is important  and this is where the IHO steps in and facilitates standards for acquisition and presentation. Hydro International interviews Antti Castrén, project manager at the Finnish Transport Agency and chairman of the IHO Data Quality Working Group (DQWG). He touches international aspects of data quality in general, opportunities available for many Hydrographic Offices as well as hydrographic challenges in the Baltic.  Why did... (read more)
2016-05-19 01:30:35

“How to Sustainably Use and Protect Oceans and Coasts”

Hydro International Interviews Dr Walter Cruickshank, Acting Director, BOEM
During the recent Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas, USA, the Executive Order on Implementing an America-First Offshore Energy Strategy was signed to support offshore science development. In the context of the highly dynamic offshore energy sector, 'Hydro International' interviewed Dr Walter Cruickshank, acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), about accelerating authorisations for seismic surveying, marine geospatial data, environmental monitoring and the potential of marine renewable energy. What is the role of maritime geospatial data for BOEM? BOEM uses maritime geospatial data for a variety of needs. For example, by identifying ocean areas used for various... (read more)
2017-05-16 03:40:14

Quality ENC Production for HOs

The challenges facing the contractor
Hydrographic Offices (HOs) all over the world are going digital in their production environment. New shipboard equipment and improved display techniques embrace all the latest technologies in the interests of ensuring the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). HOs increasingly seek to produce and distribute ENCs to standards specified in IHO Special Publication S57 (edition 3.1). The production and validation of ENC datasets to achieve these stringent quality requirements are outlined here. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has amended SOLAS articles relating to carriage requirements for the use of ECDIS in certain types of vessels. When production is outsourced manufacturers... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

From the National Societies

East Australia Region Commander (CMDR) John Maschke of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and chair of the East Australia Region of the Australasian Hydrographic Society was recently elected to the position of fellow within the Spatial Sciences Institute (SSI). John has had a long and varied career in the RAN, predominantly within the Australian Hydrographic Service. After receiving his education in Sydney, he briefly entered the Australian Public Service in 1973 before joining the RAN on 2nd April 1974. After completing Adult Recruit Training in 1974, John was employed as a survey recorder in the RAN Hydrographic Service until 1977,... (read more)
2007-10-27 12:00:00

Decimetre-level Positioning System for Hydrographic Applications

Fugro has introduced a new service called Fugro High Performance (HP) with design goal of 0.2m 95 per cent horizontal and 0.3m 95 per cent vertical. Both monitoring data and field results are presented showing a performance well within these criteria. This new high accuracy service has expanded the applications for real-time DGNSS in both static and mobile environments. One such application is real-time tidal measurements through accurate height determination of an offshore survey vessel. In recent years various applications have emerged in offshore and land environments requiring decimetre accuracy real-time positioning. This level of accuracy has been either impossible... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Ice Navigation and the ­Electronic Age

Still No Perfect Electronic Solution to the Challenges of Ice Navigation
Ice navigation is more of an art than a science, and like most arts, does not fit neatly into any scheme for enhancement by electronic means. It is an art learned in theory at navigation school, and perfected by many years of practical experience in forcing ships though ice. The successful ice-navigator is living proof that the human brain processes data faster, and with more accurate results for correct decision-making, than any computer currently in service. Thus, it becomes clear that electronic assistance to the process will consist mainly of the provision of tools, which will not only make the... (read more)
2013-01-18 02:19:55

Arctic Mapping

Mapping the American and Canadian Continental Margins Around the North Pole
For the third consecutive summer, the United States and Canada teamed up with their icebreakers in August to tackle the technical aspects of mapping their continental margins in the Arctic Ocean. However this time they included in their survey a zone of dispute that was much closer to shore. The teams reported that the two previous joint expeditions with the U.S. coast guard cutter Healy and Canada's Louis S. St-Laurent icebreaker have tripled the amount of bathymetry and seismic data collected from the western Arctic. "Last year's survey was extremely successful, and the ice conditions permitted the ships to collect... (read more)
2010-09-13 01:12:25
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