Human Resources in Hydrography

Nowadays challenges are enforced by advanced technology
Certainly, all of us belonging to the hydrographic community have heard, read or even written, dozens and maybe hundreds of times about the importance of human resources when referring to the performance of reliable hydrographic surveys. That is a fact that upon which we have remarked and seen with some nostalgia, mainly because of the human tendency to consider that ‘Everything was better in the past…’ Nevertheless, whether we like it or not, things have somehow changed. The advancements of technology are marking tracks in the way our professionals are facing the challenge of extracting from nature the precise data... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Satellite Positioning

Within the last twenty years Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers have revolutionised navigation. Integrated devices are capable of providing time, position, height, direction, heave and attitude to accuracies of a few nanoseconds time, 1cm position or 0.01 degree heading. All potentially displayed on a digital chart background with radar and auto-identification system overlays. In this first of two articles we look at current Satellite Positioning systems, how they work and how we can make them better. In a second article, to appear next month, we explore the future development of Satellite Positioning and the implications for navigation. How does Satellite... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

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

Self-installing Wind Turbines

A Different Approach
The Dutch company SPT developed a new foundation concept for offshore wind turbines in order to reduce the costs and environmental impact: a Self Installing Wind Turbine. The concept is based on a tripod with suction piles. As these foundations do not penetrate as deep as single pile structures, a different approach for survey and soil investigation techniques can be applied. Prior to the design of a wind farm, information on the seabed properties, its behaviour and the underlying geology are required. Insight into the morphology of the seabed by multi-beam (Figure 1), and side-scan sonar surveys (Figure 2) can... (read more)
2012-10-05 04:41:29

A Meteorologist, Hydrographer and Electronic Chart Specialist

Interview with Mr Horst Hecht
He started his career as a meteorologist, became head of the computer section of the ‘Deutsches Hydrographisches Institut’ (DHI) in 1970 and was responsible for IT affairs, which brought him into close contact with hydrography and digital cartography. In 1988 he was appointed as Director of the Department of Nautical Hydrography, which became in 1990 a department of the German ‘Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie’ (BSH). He participated in many working groups of the International Hydrographic Organisation, where his opinion was always highly valued. For many years he was and still is the Chairman of the ‘Deutsche Hydrographische Gesellschaft’ and... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

The Winners Are…

Six Candidates So Far
Every five years an International Hydrographic Conference (IHC) of all Member States (at present 77) of the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO), represented by their Hydrographers, convenes in Monaco to elect a new Directing Committee, a president and two directors for its International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB). The IHC will this year be held from 7th to 11th May 2007 at the Auditor–ium ‘Rainier III’ in Monaco, together with Hydrographic Industry and IHO Chart exhibitions. As of early March, six names had been put forward for the canditature. Nomination by the governments of their respective countries is such an honour that all... (read more)
2007-04-04 12:00:00

Surveying and Charting

Hydro International Interviews Rear Admiral (R) Andres Roque Di Vincenzo
Surveying, charting and monitoring a complex and vast area which includes features from rivers, waterways, a long Atlantic coast to the Antarctic Peninsula environment, is a very challenging task. Only a well-equipped Governmental Hydrographic Institution can cope with it. The Servicio de Hidrografia Naval (SHN) of the Republic of Argentina, continuously produces the nautical information needed by sailors and the scientific world. In doing this, SHN benefits from its membership of the International Hydrographic Organization and of the Organisation of the Antarctic Treaty. Rear Admiral Di Vincenzo, who has headed the SHN for the past four years, explains how they... (read more)
2011-12-19 03:33:53

The Importance of Continuous Education

How Fugro Academy Advances the Company’s Business
It is now well over ten years since Fugro Academy opened its doors within Fugro as a focal point for learning and development for the company’s 10,000-plus employees, who specialise in providing geoinformation and asset integrity services to a global client base. So, what is Fugro Academy and how does it contribute to the ongoing education and professional development of the largely technical workforce? Andrew McNeill, global talent development manager at Fugro, explains more. Fugro Academy was established in late 2006. Around that time, Fugro was working in a very buoyant market, particularly for services related to oil and gas,... (read more)
2018-02-14 10:27:53

Market Prospects for AUVs

This article is based on the results of a new studyThe AUV Gamechanger Report 2008-2017published by Douglas-Westwood Ltd. This report aims to consider the prospects for this game-changing technology and value the future markets for AUV manufacturers to 2017.<P> Un-tethered Autonomous Under­water Vehicles (AUVs) have the potential to change the game in many areas of underwater oper­ations. Long an area of research, AUVs are beginning to show their abilities as cost-effect­ive tools in applications ranging from deep-water survey for the offshore oil and gas industry to military oper­ations. The growing need for many facets of ocean observation also offers great... (read more)
2007-10-27 12:00:00

OpenSeaMap – the Free Nautical Chart

The biggest worldwide geodatabase, made by the crowd
Nautical charts are expensive, and in many countries data are not always up to date. OpenSeaMap is an alternative solution which is free for anybody to use worldwide. Following the example of Wikipedia, the data are collected by volunteers and are visible on the chart within just a few minutes. OpenSeaMap involves experienced mariners, programmers and thousands of data collectors, all of whom are working to produce a nautical chart with comprehensive, relevant and up-to-date data for water sports which is open to everyone and free of charge. OpenSeaMap – the free nautical chart – covers oceans and inland waterways... (read more)
2013-03-26 01:57:05
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