Technology for Hydrographic Purposes

Interview with Erik Hammerstad, Kongsberg Maritime AS
Hardware (and to a lesser extent software) for the hydrographic survey industry is mostly developed by technical experts not educated as hydrographic surveyors. Nevertheless, manufacturers have come up with equipment that has broadened and hugely opened up the possibilities for hydrographic and oceanographic investigations. What is the link between hydrography, which still very much depends on field experience, and technological developments? Or how is technology directed towards the invention of usable and workable equipment for hydrography? Hydro international interviewed Erik Hammerstad, Senior Principal Engineer /Hydrography Subsea of Kongsberg Maritime AS Norway. Please tell our readers something of your professional education... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Infrastructure Status and Developments
The concept of GNSS was first introduced by the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Commission (EC) and Eurocontrol in the early nineties. They defined requirements for a European GPS augmentation system, GNSS-1, and a full European satellite navigation system, GNSS-2, later together renamed EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System) and Galileo. Satellite navigation infrastructure status and developments are described here. Nowadays the term GNSS is used for the system of systems comprising GPS and GLONASS, with the later addition of Galileo. Satellite-based and ground-based augmentation systems (SBAS and GBAS) were introduced to augment GPS and GLONASS. Hydrographers were early... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Proliferation SeaSonde Coastal Current-Mapping Radars

HF interference to improve coverage performance
For several decades while coastal HF current-mapping radars were under development, they radiated rarely and only for a few weeks at a time. Now 120 commercial SeaSonde units have been sold and seventy operate continuously in permanent locations. Their numbers are presently increasing at a rate of about 35 per year and they are used for a variety of maritime purposes. Although emitting only 50 watts of power they can map currents to 200km on the lower frequencies; these signals may also travel half way around the world, thanks to overhead reflecting ionospheric layers. After all, these same layers have... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Improving Overall Resolution of Bathymetric Survey

Integrated Use of Multi-beam Echo Sounder and Towed Interferometric Sonar
Designing offshore engineering facilities requires large amounts of information. To acquire it, suites of engineering and geophysical surveys are run, which as a rule include such techniques of seabed and sub-bottom investigation as seismic profiling, acoustic, magnetic and bathymetric surveys. Obtaining accurate and detailed seabed bathymetry is extremely important because the quality of other surveys depends on the quality of the bathymetry. One of the most accurate and cost-effective ways to acquire high-resolution bathymetric data is the use of shipborne bathymetric systems such as multi-beam echo sounders (MBES) or interferometers. The drawback of this method is that the resolution of... (read more)
2012-04-19 03:50:13

The Advancing Technology of AUVs

A View of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Market
Since the last autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) review in 2016, the market has continued to grow. The biggest market for AUV systems remains the military. The world’s most advanced Navies own and operate low-logistic AUV systems for mine countermeasures (MCM) in very shallow waters. These systems can operate in confined areas where MCM vessels cannot. The same systems can also be used in search and recovery operations, hydrography and salvage. This market used to be dominated by a handful of AUV providers. However, the number of manufacturers is increasing. Defence primes are also investing in these technologies through internal development... (read more)
2018-12-04 09:23:07

Hydrography Will Be Big Contributor Filling the Digital Aquarium

Hydro International Interviews Mathias Jonas, Secretary-General of the International Hydrographic Organisation
The new secretary-general of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO), Mathias Jonas, has had a long career, now culminating in the highest rank within the world’s leading organisation for hydrography. He took office this autumn, succeeding Robert Ward, after he was elected in spring this year by the Member States. 'Hydro International' of course wants to know what Dr Jonas envisions for hydrography and the wider world it influences. Mathias Jonas starts off by sharing how he was already in touch with IMO and IHO in the nineties. ‘Arriving at the German maritime administration as a young professional mariner and as one... (read more)
2017-12-05 01:50:23

Refloating the Pasha Bulker

Hydrographic Survey Work to Assist the Salvage Operation
On Friday 8 June 2007, the bulk carrierPasha Bulkerran aground in heavy storm conditions on one of Newcastle’s most famous surfing beaches, Nobbys, near the entrance to Newcastle Harbour in New South Wales, Australia. As part of the large-scale salvage operation, the Survey Section of Newcastle Port Corporation and the Coastal Unit of the Department of Environment and Climate Change were called on to use their high-tech survey systems to provide bathymetry, navigation support and other services to the salvors. In the end, both departments made significant contributions to the success of the salvage operation. This article looks at the... (read more)
2007-11-27 12:00:00

The Dutch Sector of the North Sea

A geological introduction
The North Sea directorate of the Ministry of Public Works and the department of Geo-Marine & Coast of The Netherlands Institute of Applied Geoscience-TNO jointly carried out a geological mapping programme and the assessment of industrial sand deposits in the Dutch sector of the North Sea. A brief outline of the methods used and the knowledge obtained is given. The Dutch part of the North Sea (NCP) occupies an area of 57,000 km2 which is larger than the mainland of The Netherlands (Figure 1). In addition to traditional activities, like fishery and shipping, since the 1960s there have been new... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

PPVRS Rushes in a New Era for Hydrographic Surveying

This paper describes a technique for centimetric positioning in hydrographic surveying using a network of GPS base stations to determine ephemeris, clock and atmospheric errors at the rover location. This technique uses the GPS observations from a Virtual Reference Station to compute a tightly integrated GPS/Inertial solution, with minimum baselines of over 100km.<P> Today’s primary positioningtechnique for near-shore (within 100km) marine hydrography is based on the integration of GPS and inertial navigation systems (INS). The inertial measurement unit (IMU) aids in reducing GPS noise as well as providing high-bandwidth uninterrupted solutions during GPS outages. For high-precision surveys (5cm or better... (read more)
2008-10-15 12:00:00

‘Killer’ AUV Sonar System

In January 2001, C&C Technologies (C&C), a company based in Lafayette (Louisiana, USA), introduced the first commercially successful autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) to the offshore industry. The AUV’s survey sensor suite, which included an EdgeTech side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiler, performed well in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazilian offshore environments. However, West Africa proved more challenging – particularly for the sub-bottom profiler. C&C soon began searching for alternative technologies to provide better sub-bottom profiler penetration and higher resolution side-scan sonar imaging.Jim Chance, C&C Technologies (USA) Art Kleiner, EdgeTech (USA)<P> Narrator: Fast forward to the early autumn of 2004… C&C... (read more)
2008-04-02 12:00:00
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