Geomares: Quality is Our Motto

Hydro International Interviews Durk Haarsma and Meine van der Bijl
Geomares Publishing is the new media company behind Hydro international, which in October took over ownership from the magazine’s previous publisher of almost ten years, Reed Business Geo. Publishing director of Geomares Durk Haarsma has strong in-house brands, dynamic publishing concepts for the future and a dedicated team who will keep working to deliver quality in every possible way. Could you outline your reasons for buying Hydro international and establishing Geomares Publishing? I have been in post as publisher of Hydro international now for five years and have a strong belief in Hydro international as a flagship brand. Together with... (read more)
2009-12-29 01:46:53

Unravelling the Ridge and Rift

Missed Opportunities and Triumph
Following Maurice Ewing’s first cruise to the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, two more were made by the end of the 1940s. The first of these was led by Ewing while the second was led by Bruce Heezen. Although Gunter Dietrich’s paper was referred to in the 1949 paper by Ivan Tolstoy and Ewing (see part I in last issue), neither seems to have comprehended its significance as he reported in the November 1949 National Geographic magazine: “Crossing the ridge, we drew a detailed profile of its peaks with our fathometer. Flanking the central highlands, we found deep trenches separating the main Ridge... (read more)
2014-10-15 02:53:21

Measuring Potential Acoustic Impact of Marine Renewables Development

Man-made Sound and Marine Life
Over the past decade the United Kingdom has seen a significant increase in the number of marine-based construction projects - led principally by the offshore-renewables sector. The construction and operation of an offshore development is likely to involve tasks that generate underwater noise. Such tasks may include hammering foundation piles into the subsea sediments, drilling foundation sockets into the basement rock, increased shipping for support activities and, of course, the noise generated by each and all of the turbines. As a result of these activities, there has been an increasing awareness that the man-made noise thus generated has the potential... (read more)
2013-04-02 03:30:35

Use and Exchange of Data

Hydro international interviews Admiral Alexandros Maratos, IHO president and chair S-44 Working Grou
In the early days the discipline of hydrography was meant to contribute to safe shipping. The International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) paid due attention to the quality of hydrographic surveying and nautical charts, resulting in Special Publication Nr. 44, IHO Standards for Hydrographic Surveys (S-44). Over recent decades we have seen an extension of hydrography into other activities and adjacent disciplines such as resource development, coastal zone management, environment monitoring and so on. We have also seen the emergence of new technologies, new equipment and, last but not least, an enormous increase in data-handling capacity and speed. What role is the... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

MESH Maps Come Online

A Framework to Support Seabed Habitat Mapping
An international team of scientists, working over the last four years, has developed a framework for Mapping European Seabed Habitats (MESH). The project achievements far exceeded those originally planned, and the Partners are eager the standards, protocols, tools, techniques and guides produced are adopted by a wider group of marine surveyors. This article describes some of the key outputs of the project including an online meta-database of over 1,000 seabed surveys; a mapping website – the MESH webGIS launched in January this year; and the first unified seabed habitat map of north-west Europe. The work undertaken through MESH makes an... (read more)
2007-07-13 12:00:00

3D Precision Beyond the Horizon

Gemini Offshore Wind Farm
The Gemini Offshore Wind Farm in the North Sea is located 85km north of Groningen, The Netherlands. Van Oord, a leading Dredging and Marine Contractor, started the offshore construction work in January 2015. Gemini consists of two separate areas called ‘ZeeEnergie’ and ‘BuitenGaats’, both with 75 4MW Siemens turbines. Gemini will be the 2nd largest offshore wind farm in the world upon completion in 2016, providing power to 785,000 households, equivalent to 1,500,000 people. Gemini is privately owned by Northland Power (60%), Siemens (20 %), Van Oord (10%) and HVC (10%), and with costs expected to be EUR2.8 billion, Gemini... (read more)
2016-02-01 03:20:40

Assessing the Quality of Soundings

Ensuring that your hydrographic data complies with the latest standards can be difficult, particularly as standards continually change with new advances in technology. Simon Squibb discusses a ‘binning’ technique that may improve data confidence for surveyors and clients. The standards for hydrographic measurements are regularly reviewed to cope with advances in technology and the demand for higher accuracy data, which continually increases. For example, last year the 4th edition of the international standard, IHO S44 (1), was modified by various hydrographic authorities to meet wider application. To aid their surveyors in assessing the quality of data collected, Andrews Survey has... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Starters in Hydrography

Hydro International interviews Lieutenant Matt Templeton, Elise Bergsma, Michelle Weirathmueller and Mohd Zukhairi Abd Latef
There is a global shortage of hydrographic surveyors. Vacancies and demands for personnel at sea mean surveyors are becoming the most wanted specialists in the offshore world. Institutes of hydrographic education around the world are struggling to attract enough students and companies are taking on students before even they have graduated. We found some students at the start of their careers and asked them what they expected from their life in hydrography. HI : Why have you decided to become a hydrographer?Templeton: I like the balance between the hard days in the field and the challenging evenings working through the... (read more)
2007-01-12 12:00:00

Improving Safety at Sea

Hydro international Interviews Pedro Pedreira
Last month we brought you a feature article on the recent progress in the European satellite navigation system, Galileo. We discussed the motivation, the funding problems and the procurement process. Here we discuss this further with engineer Pedro Pedreira, who has been executive director of the European Global Navigation Satellite System Supervisory Authority (GSA) since July 2005, which is charged to manage the development phase of the Galileo programme. Can you please introduce yourself and tell the readers of Hydro international a little about your career and how you came to be posted as the head of the European Global... (read more)
2009-03-27 12:00:00

Looking Far beyond the Horizon

Hydro International Interviews Steven Xu, CEO, Hi-Target
These are exciting times in the geomatics and hydrographic industry. Innovative solutions are being developed, integration is the main keyword and the big players are acquiring smaller companies that add a new dimension to their portfolio. Europe, Japan and North America are traditional strongholds of geomatics, but several very ambitious companies from China are doing their utmost to catch up with the frontrunners. Steven Xu, CEO of Hi-Target, was more than happy to share his thoughts and expectations with Hydro International. Read the interview here. Wim van Wegen and Joost Boers, Geomares Publishing, The Netherlands Hi-Target was established in Guangzhou,... (read more)
2016-02-01 04:20:25
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