S-121: A New Standard for Maritime Limits and Boundaries

The fundamental importance of maritime zones and other marine areas is underscored in the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goal 14, which aims to conserve and sustainably use oceans, seas and marine resources. Maritime Limits and Boundaries (MLB) circumscribe and define these maritime and marine spaces, and incorporate the applicable Rights, Responsibilities and Restrictions (RRR). S-121, the widely anticipated marine data standard, provides a new open access method for providing and exchanging digital representations of MLBs. Maritime Limits and Boundaries and Ocean Governance Efficient and sustainable ocean governance requires, among other things, accessible high-quality data and information to support its decision-making... (read more)
2018-11-27 09:26:09

UKHO Presents Guyana with Marine Geospatial Data

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has officially handed over marine geospatial data to the Guyanese Government after a campaign of hydrographic surveying. Delegates from UKHO presented the data to government officials at a special event to celebrate the completion of the survey. Two workshops were held to brief ministers and provide technical support for applications of the data, which will help Guyana support the development of its marine economy. The data, which was collected over a period of four months between 2016 and 2017, will initially be used to update nautical charts of the Demerara River. This will enable ships... (read more)
2018-11-22 02:34:42

Monitoring Real-time Hydrodynamic Changes from Coastal Platforms

Supporting Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) Research with Live Data from Buoy Networks
The nearshore and offshore regions running from the shallow coastal shelf to the intertidal zone are dramatic, tempestuous and extremely complex environments that offer the potential to reliably provide vast amounts of renewable energy to most coastal countries in one form or another. In order to harness this capability safely and efficiently, it is critical that we continue to expand our knowledge and understanding of the hydrodynamics of these environments. The ocean offers huge possibilities for generating electricity from waves and tides, and the UK is very well placed to exploit this form of electricity generation. Marine renewable energy is... (read more)
2018-11-20 09:25:43

OGC Issues Request for Information on Marine Concept Development Study

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is requesting information to help shape the Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure Concept Development Study (MSDI- CDS), which will assess the current state of data management and exchange technologies used in the marine domain. The marine domain describes all phenomena and activities that occur within, around, or are related to, the space of earth’s inland waters, seas and oceans. Demand for the marine geospatial data collected and managed by organisations supporting, operating within, or researching this domain is increasing, due to a growing user-base with a variety of new applications. The knowledge gained from the Marine... (read more)
2018-11-20 08:37:39

Guyana Benefits from UK Funded Hydrographic Surveying

The Government of Guyana, through an agreement with the United Kingdom, has benefited from a Commonwealth Maritime Economics Programme in Hydrographic Surveying. Guyana was able to access funds for more than US$1.1M for the conducting of Hydrographic Surveys or Sea-Mapping in the Demerara River, and onwards to Grove on the East Bank of Demerara. The UK Surveying company IIC Technologies, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, and the Maritime Administration Department collaborated to complete the first phase of the project which began in October 2017 and ended in February 2018. The second phase of the project is expected to commence in... (read more)
2018-11-06 09:32:15

Leica Geosystems Releases Major Hydrographic Survey Systems Upgrade

Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, has released the Leica Chiroptera 4X and Leica HawkEye 4X. The latest upgrades introduce a new bathymetric Lidar high-resolution technology that increases the bathymetric point density by a factor four. The higher point density allows customers to deliver high-resolution products at reduced operational costs. Flight cost savings of 50% can be achieved for typical bathymetric Lidar end-user specifications. The depth penetration increases up to 10% with the new technology while not affecting the turbid water performance or accuracy. Nova Scotia Community College is validating the Chiroptera 4X bathymetric high-resolution technology in test projects in Canada’s... (read more)
2018-11-06 09:17:00

WorldDEM Now Entirely Edited and Available via Streaming

Airbus Defence and Space has announced that the entire edited WorldDEM database, together with the already available WorldDEM4Ortho dataset, is now available via streaming.This online access to the WorldDEM and WorldDEM4Ortho of the entire Earth’s landmass facilitates a wide range of applications such as line-of-sight analysis, hydrological modelling, satellite imagery orthorectification and much more. Following the comprehensive global acquisition campaign and subsequent processing effort, WorldDEM data is now available for the entire world in an edited version. This dataset corresponds to a hydro-enforced Digital Surface Model with water surfaces of lakes and reservoirs set to a single elevation, rivers and... (read more)
2018-10-31 02:00:17

Fugro Seminar on Role of Geoscience in Coastal and River Development

Fugro’s one-day seminar, ‘Geo-Intelligence for Coastal Infrastructure’, taking place in Wallingford, UK, on 15 November will have a focus on Cutting edge site investigation for nearshore development. A team of Fugro experts will discuss current approaches to data acquisition and interpretation to meet the complex challenges of energy, transport, and other developments at coastal, port, and river sites. Delegates will be updated on the benefits of an integrated approach to environmental, geotechnical and geophysical surveys to build a comprehensive and cost-effective understanding of conditions above and below the surface. Speakers will also explain the benefits of data sharing via dynamic... (read more)
2018-10-26 11:08:51

Streaming Cloud-based ENC Data for a Real-time ECS

A Cloud-based Infrastructure Specifically Designed for Marine Navigation
NaAVIC is a free and downloadable electronic voyage application that goes beyond the traditional Electronic Chart System (ECS) app whereby the data, including the ENC information, does not physically reside within the onboard computer. Instead, all the data is streamed from an up-to-date database that exists in the cloud. The on-demand data delivery model is not confined to conventional chart data. Whilst it includes ENC-derived data as a base layer, it is also designed to take additional data layers. These layers can be user-selected according to their needs to enhance the ECS capabilities. For example, the list can include raster... (read more)
2018-10-16 03:50:11

World Hydrography Day 2018 Celebrated in Jakarta

On 17 September 2018, the Indonesian Hydrographic Office (Pushidrosal) organised an international seminar in Jakarta, Indonesia, to celebrate the 97th anniversary of World Hydrography Day (WHD). The objective of the seminar was to enlighten participants’ perspectives on the need for high-quality bathymetric data for more accurate maritime planning and governance. This objective was aligned with the World Hydrography Day 2018 theme: ‘Bathymetry – the foundation for sustainable seas, oceans, and waterways’. The seminar delivered topics related to the need for high-quality bathymetry data for enhancing the confidence level of the users, the role of the hydrographic office in building a... (read more)
2018-10-09 11:39:52
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