5 Questions to Rafael Ponce Urbina

First IHO Assembly to Elect Secretary-General and Directors
During the first IHO Assembly taking place from 24 to 28 April 2017 in Monaco, the represented Member States will elect the new Secretary-General and Directors. The nominees present themselves by answering the same 5 questions. This multi-interview is available at www.hydro-international.com/iho-2017. Captain (ret) Rafael Ponce Urbina (Mexico), nominated for Director, answers 5 questions. Some coastal states are not yet members of the IHO. How do you envisage improving the number of the IHO Member States? Some coastal states don’t see the advantages of being part of the IHO, because they are not well informed. In some cases the national... (read more)
2017-03-13 01:21:46

Candidates Presenting for IHO Office

First IHO Assembly to Elect Secretary-General and Directors
During the first IHO Assembly taking place from 24 to 28 April 2017 in Monaco, the represented Member States will elect the new Secretary-General and directors. There are currently nine candidates. 'Hydro International' posed the same 5 questions to all of them. Read on for a multi-interview in which they present themselves. The full interviews are available at www.hydro-international.com/iho-2017 . Giuseppe Angrisano and Joost Boers, Hydro International Some coastal states are not yet members of the IHO. How do you envisage improving the number of the IHO Member States? Bessero I would continue to focus on raising awareness of governments and other decision-makers... (read more)
2017-03-13 11:22:59

NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Draft of National Charting Plan

NOAA invites public comment on the recently released National Charting Plan. Comments are due by midnight on 1 June 2017. The National Charting Plan is a strategy to improve NOAA nautical chart coverage, products and distribution. It describes the evolving state of marine navigation and nautical chart production and outlines actions that will provide the customer with a suite of products that are more useful, up-to-date and safer to navigate with. It is not a plan for the maintenance of individual charts, but a strategy to improve all charts. Since the introduction of electronic navigational charts (ENCs) thirty years ago,... (read more)
2017-03-02 11:18:36

New Versions of Bathy DataBASE, HIPS and SIPS Released

With HIPS and SIPS and the Bathy DataBASE (BDB) suites of products being closely aligned, the BDB 4.3 release follows hot on the heels of HIPS and SIPS 10.2. These product lines now share a common core promoting tighter data interoperability. The 4.3 release of BDB now includes import and export for the generic Lidar format LAS 1.4. This is an important step in facilitating Lidar and laser scanning workflows and downstream data analysis. BDB 4.3 also supports the creation and management of Variable Resolution (VR) Surfaces. This capability allows for continuous model creation, which can be contoured in a... (read more)
2017-03-01 04:18:07

Changes to Data Sourcing in Modern Times

The New Data Paradigm
Seaports, waterways and climate are inextricably linked. Weather anomalies change bottom contours and destroy aids to navigation, compromising safety. In the past decade maritime applications, maturing marine technologies and crowdsourcing have given mariners access to near-real-time hydrographic data. The 3D Forward-looking Sonar is one example of the technology navigators are using to create their own 3D local chart database. Thousands of vessel operators are now contributing to online navigation safety databases. This article provides examples of how traditional hydrographic data sourcing continues to change in the wake of apps, intra-vessel communication and 3D sonar hardware/software technology. Crowdsourcing Apps In the... (read more)
2017-02-14 01:47:22

5 Questions to Martin Jakobsson

Martin Jakobsson is the vice chairman of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Guiding Committee and Chairman of the International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean (IBCAO). He is a Professor of Marine Geology and Geophysics at the Department of Geological Sciences, Stockholm University. He has been head of Department since 2012 and he has served as the first vice president of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences since 2016. Hydro International asked him (and other leaders of organisations) 5 questions. How would you describe your organisation? GEBCO is the world’s only international organisation mandated to map the... (read more)
2017-01-10 10:25:26

The Finnish Transport Agency Chooses Teledyne CARIS

The Finnish Transport Agency Liikennevirasto (FTA), which is responsible for hydrography in Finland, has selected Teledyne CARIS to provide a bathymetric data management system. This will be a fundamental part of FTA’s infrastructure to manage existing bathymetry, as well as managing and validating incoming bathymetric surveys provided by external contractors. The MERTA project, which has a seven figure contract value, will include the deployment of software, migration of existing bathymetric datasets, and will provide optimised workflows at FTA. A 13-year support agreement is also part of the contract highlighting the long term nature of the relationship. The CARIS software will... (read more)
2016-12-28 08:53:32

Float Network Adds Ocean Biogeochemistry Data Acquisition

There are just over 3,900 floats scattered in the oceans of the globe, to continuously measure the physical characteristics of the oceans. They integrate that information into a global database: ARGO. For over 15 years the scientific community has been collecting temperature and salinity data. In 2010, a new generation of floats, with new sensors, was set up: PROVOR CTS4. PROVOR CTS4 floats, also named PROVBIO, are equipped with biogeochemical sensors opening up new opportunities. For the floats, the sea state is not a limiting factor. At sea, as soon as the wind reaches the strength 4 or 5, measurement... (read more)
2016-12-05 10:16:31

Call for Papers for CARIS 2017

CARIS 2017 will feature an in-depth technical programme, which will include high-calibre presentations from industry leaders and fellow CARIS users. Teledyne CARIS users are encouraged to submit an abstract for presentation highlighting accomplishments and challenges. Deadline for abstract submission is 3 February 2017. Abstracts should focus on case studies, accomplishments and solutions relevant to CARIS users with emphasis on the evolution of hydrography and geomatics, the changing technology, and approaches required for future relevance and growth. Suggested topics include, but are not limited to: Real-Time Processing and Automation – Trends in near real-time data processing including use cases of CARIS... (read more)
2016-11-17 02:20:41

Local History Mapping for FarSounder 3D Forward-looking Navigation Sonar

FarSounder has announced its Local History Mapping (LHM) feature, which offers users the ability to build a 3D map of the seafloor over which they have recently sailed. This map is updated with every ping and is displayed as an overlay on top of the system’s nautical chart display. This new overlay is displayed in conjunction with the real-time sonar overlay. This combination enables users to quickly see what lies ahead and what they have recently passed over. LHM capabilities will be included as part of FarSounder's standard navigation sonar software starting with SonaSoft 3.3. Since FarSounder 3D forward-looking sonar has... (read more)
2016-11-14 10:35:14
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