Additions to FSI 'Plus' Acoustic Current Meter Series

Falmouth Scientific (FSI, USA) has extended its PLUS FAMILY of measurement instruments by two devices: the ACM-WAVE-PLUS and WAVE-TIDE-PLUS. They join the ACM-PLUS acoustic current meter that has set a new standard for cost-effective single-point current measurement. The new ACM-WAVE-PLUS provides current speed & direction, wave direction, wave height, and other wave statistics by combining FSI’s enhanced ACM-PLUS technology with a high-accuracy, micro-machined silicon pressure sensor. And the new WAVE-TIDE-PLUS provides an economical solution for applications that only need non-directional wave height and tide characteristics. All of the members of FSI’s PLUS FAMILY offer features, functionality and benefits that will... (read more)
2013-09-20 11:00:06

A-SeNS enables Port-Log Data to be Captured by Satellites

Funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), the A-SeNS project aims to demonstrate the capture of environmental data by satellite. The project extends UK-established OceanWise’s environmental data sharing and publishing capability by enabling data captured by monitoring stations and managed in Port-Log to be transmitted via an AIS transceiver. The satellites are operated by exactEarth Europe, which is also leading the project. The project involves adding new software code to OceanWise’s Smart Telemetry Unit, thus saving space and power in a fully integrated system.  The code packages the data according the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) TideMet specification and allows the data to... (read more)
2016-01-05 01:59:34

Joining Up Land and Sea

UKHO/UCL Vertical Offshore Reference Frame
Development of a vertical surface separation model will allow easier assimilation of land and maritime data sources, resulting in seamless vertical data. The future possibilities of having data that can be easily output on different vertical datums cannot be overstated. The imminent arrival of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office Vertical Offshore Reference Frame (VORF) may meet this challenge. For over 150 years traditional bathymetric and topographic measurements have been collected independently to serve different purposes. Today depth and height data tend to be referred to different vertical datums, creating inconsistency across the land-sea interface. Depth datums in particular are usually... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Fate of Titanic Linked to Lunar Event

The sinking of the ocean liner Titanic in the night of 14 April 1912 is perhaps the most famous – and most studied – disaster of the 20th century. Astronomers from Texas State University-San Marcos, USA, have applied their celestial sleuthing skills to the disaster to examine how a rare lunar event stacked the deck against the Titanic. Their results shed new light on the hazardous sea ice conditions the ship boldly steamed into on that fateful night. Inspired by the visionary work of the late oceanographer Fergus J. Wood of San Diego, who suggested that an unusually close approach... (read more)
2013-07-15 04:21:14

Mini Sensors and Probes

Valeport has presented a range of Mini Sensors and Probes. The mini products are easy to deploy or fit to any vessel, ROV, AUV or underwater platform. The mini products include sensors for Sound Velocity with the miniSVS, or Sound Velocity Temperature and Pressure from the miniSVP. Instruments to measure Conductivity, Temperature and Depth include the miniCTD, or the miniIPS for Depth and miniTIDE for Tide, while the miniCT is available for Conductivity and Temperature.   The products are available in both direct reading and logging variants, with shallow water (500m) and deep water (6000m) housings to select from.  Communications... (read more)
2007-12-04 11:29:42

Tides Database Upgrade for SHOM

A major upgrade of CherSoft’s TdB (Tides Database) has been completed by the Service hydrographique et océanographique de la marine (SHOM), France. The upgrade to TdB version 2.5 provides a complete workflow for managing all of SHOM’s tidal stream data in addition to the existing tide height data that has been managed using TdB since 2010. The new tidal stream facilities in TdB include •   Management of multi depth Eulerian tidal stream data and meta data and reference ports •   Data import from point and profiling stream gauges •   Quality assurance for tidal stream data •   Numerous types of graphical... (read more)
2014-12-16 08:14:38

MSDI Solution for France

CARIS has been awarded a contract by the Service Hydrographique et Océanographique de la Marine (SHOM) to deliver a Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) to access its hydrographic information. CherSoft as a subcontractor will supply a tide database as part of the solution.   The Launch of the project occurred in mid-February for a week, with focused meetings on project strategy and benefits. Through this contract, referred to as INFRAGEOS-H (Infrastructure Géospatiale du SHOM for Hydrographic data), CARIS will deliver a technological infrastructure built on CARIS bathymetric and hydrographic data management software, Bathy DataBASE, CARIS Hydrographic Production Database, and Web-mapping... (read more)
2008-04-01 12:00:00

Green Masterplan for Tianjin Expansion of Into the Sea

Tianjin is China’s main import harbour. The population of the area surrounding the port, the Tianjin Economic Development Area (TEDA), is expected to increase by more than 200,000 over the next 10 years. The Dutch consultancy DHV has won, together with de Architekten Cie., the international competition for the reclamation of 43 km2 of land from the Bohai sea through an innovative masterplan in which the city, nature and water are held in equilibrium. The project has been presented during Aquaterra, last week in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The plan is based on the delta concept and contains typical elements such... (read more)
2007-02-16 09:22:16

New Valeport Software Includes Bonus Utilities

Valeport’s latest operating software, Datalog X2, has been released and is now available for online download at no cost. This software is designed to interface, configure and download data from both legacy and new products and also includes bonus utilities. Datalog X2 ensures Valeport products will work across new software platforms, and an embedded Terminal X2 programme offers wider functionality to those not able to use other Terminal packages such as Hyperterminal. Terminal X2 will work with any Valeport instrument that communicates via serial RS232, although functionality maybe limited with some older instruments. Datalog X2 and Terminal X2 have been... (read more)
2015-02-04 11:54:29

Lessons to be Learnt for Hydrography After Earthquake

The news on 27 February of the earthquake in Chile measuring 8.8 on the Richter scale went all around the world and was discussed in detail everywhere. I remember, when visiting OI 2010 in London, a few days after the event, being asked by everyone I met about the earthquake effects. That is the way news about natural disasters travels around the globe in a few minutes. However, what is not known quite as quickly and usually only known by a small group of scientists and local officials in charge of getting things back to normal, are details on the... (read more)
2010-07-16 04:01:50
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