Excited by Automation Driven by Autonomous Vehicles

Hydro International Interviews Capt. Shep Smith
NOAA is one of the bigger organisations in the world that has surveying and charting in its portfolio. It’s an immense task as the USA has about 95,000 miles of coastline, important ports and a wide range of users – from recreational boaters to the biggest container vessels and tankers. The country also has to deal with environmental disasters like hurricanes and oil spills. NOAA is undergoing changes as the chart portfolio is ‘going digital’ and new initiatives such as using Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) for surveys. Hydro International interviews Capt Shep Smith, who generously gave an insight behind the scenes. NOAA is one of the bigger organisations in the world that has surveying and charting in its portfolio. It’s an immense task as the USA has about 95,000 miles of coastline, important ports and a wide range of users – from recreational boaters to the biggest container vessels and tankers. The country also has to deal with environmental disasters like hurricanes and oil spills. NOAA is undergoing changes as the chart portfolio is ‘going digital’ and new initiatives such as using Maritime Autonomous Systems (MAS) for surveys. Hydro International has interviewed Capt Shep Smith, who generously gave an insight behind... (read more)
2015-12-01 09:18:32

Remarkable Achievements

International Oceanographic Commission Celebrates 50th Anniversary
The International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) turns 50 this year. Since the UNESCO Commission was established in 1960 the IOC has made some remarkable achievements with relatively small resources. IOC is successful in finding effective ways of co-operation with sister organisations, says Wendy Watson-Wright, executive secretary since last January. Ms. Watson-Wright, you took over as IOC Executive Secretary on 4 January 2010. Can you tell us a little bit about your background and why you decided to apply for this prestigious post?I spent 21 years in the federal public service of Canada, 19 of which were spent in Fisheries and Oceans... (read more)
2010-05-31 10:26:44

ENC Life Cycle

From the quality perspective, an electronic navigational chart (ENC) as a product is more demanding than its paper predecessor. Quality control and quality assurance of an ENC is a complex matter. The task of ensuring ENC quality during practical chart production is much broader than the direct implementation of standards. Obviously, to meet the ENC challenge, different life-cycle steps must be taken.<P> Electronic navigational charts (ENCs) consist of digitised data conforming to the International Hydrographic Organization's (IHOs) S-57 ENC Product Specification that records all relevant charted features necessary for safe navigation, such as coastlines, bathymetry, buoys, lights, etc. An electronic... (read more)
2009-03-27 12:00:00

The New IHO S-102 Standard

Charting a New Frontier for Bathymetry
Soundings and contours are the only official way data producers can push bathymetric information to the wide hydrographic community. The introduction of the S-102 standard for bathymetry will enable many possibilities within the community of bathymetry users. Liaising with the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) TSMAD working group, the Canadian Hydrographic Service (CHS) and the US Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) led the development and practical testing of this revolutionary standard, officially called the Bathymetric Surface Product Specification S 102. In partnership with IIC Technologies, GeoNet Technologies, and CARIS, CHS created one of the first prototypes of S 102 datasets, using the... (read more)
2012-05-02 04:49:07

OpenSeaMap – the Free Nautical Chart

The biggest worldwide geodatabase, made by the crowd
Nautical charts are expensive, and in many countries data are not always up to date. OpenSeaMap is an alternative solution which is free for anybody to use worldwide. Following the example of Wikipedia, the data are collected by volunteers and are visible on the chart within just a few minutes. OpenSeaMap involves experienced mariners, programmers and thousands of data collectors, all of whom are working to produce a nautical chart with comprehensive, relevant and up-to-date data for water sports which is open to everyone and free of charge. OpenSeaMap – the free nautical chart – covers oceans and inland waterways... (read more)
2013-03-26 01:57:05

New Generation Hydrographic Databases

Enhancing data availability
The importance of data availability is increasingly being recognised, not just as an important topic for an exclusive section of the geospatial community but all over the geospatial spectrum, including the hydrographic community. If data is not available it’s no use! Traditionally, hydrographic production systems have data spread over multiple (chart) files and might be set up to include (relational) databases e.g. to store point features such as navigational aids. This has, for instance, been done for more than a decade with CARIS GIS, a widely used tool for chart production at Hydrographic Offices (HOs) and in combination with other... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Improving Hydrographic Information

Zones of Confidence for New Zealand
In July 2004 HSA Systems Ltd (HSA) commenced an 18-month project for Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) to assess and assign Zones of Confidence (ZOCs) to all hydrographic surveys incorporated in 138 hydrographic charts of New Zealand. This article provides an overview of the process to create a detailed picture of the quality and extent of New Zealand’s hydrographic survey resource. The ZOC project required each hydrographic survey to be assessed in relation to the data quality aspects of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) S-57 Standard. The project team assessed in excess of 1,792 hydrographic survey fair sheets and allocated... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Chart Management and Production for Sweden’s Coastline

Streamlining Chart Production and Promoting Safer Sea
Sweden is a unique archipelago with thousands of islands, and hydrographic survey data is critical to managing its rocky coastal waterways. The Swedish Maritime Administration (SMA) is responsible for the accessibility, navigability and safe passage for vessels along the country’s 3,218 kilometres (2,000 miles) of coastline. The area of responsibility also includes Sweden’s four largest lakes, as well as rivers and canals with international traffic. This article has been brought to you by Teledyne CARIS. The SMA provides and develops environmentally friendly and efficient sea routes through a 24-hour service, and supports a range of activities including pilotage, fairway maintenance, ice-breaking,... (read more)
2017-11-13 01:04:14

Space-borne Technologies for the O&G Sector

From Operational Environmental Monitoring to Rapid Bathymetry Mapping
This article describes the methods, applications, services and validation of such projects, showcasing the possibilities of these technologies. Satellite-derived mapping and monitoring technologies can provide important support for a range of applications in the oil and gas industry. Satellite-derived mapping and monitoring technologies can provide important support for a range of applications in the oil and gas industry. Prior to tasks such as pipeline routing and other infrastructure engineering activities, these technologies can be efficiently deployed over large, remote and/or in-accessible areas for bathymetry charting, mapping seafloor habitats and monitoring the health of near coastal ecosystems. During dredging activities, satellite-derived... (read more)
2013-09-06 04:32:53

A World-class ECDIS Laboratory

In September 2001, the University of Southern Mississippi, in conjunction with the US Navy, established an Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) Laboratory to conduct Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) on the capabilities and limitations of electronic charting systems, data, display and updating services required for US Navy and allied operations. To assist the Navy’s goal of fleet-wide implementation of an ECDIS-N capability by 2004, the ECDIS Lab is used to conduct quality control and testing of electronic chart products produced by the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) and other government agencies. Additionally, the lab is helping the Navy... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00
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