Students and Researchers Get Access to OceanWise Marine Mapping via Digimap

OceanWise’ intelligent marine mapping data is now accessible to students in Further and Higher Education across the British Isles via Digimap, the online map and data delivery service provided by EDINA, based at the University of Edinburgh. EDINA works with data partners such as Ordnance Survey, British Geological Survey, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Getmapping and OceanWise, to offer access to a variety of data collections for the purpose and benefit of education and research. Digimap allows students and researchers to create or interrogate mapping online by selecting an appropriate base map, adding annotations and customising the content, using measurement... (read more)
2019-01-18 11:20:45

Final Call for Papers: Monaco International Workshop

On 20 and 21 June 2019, the “International Symposium on Historical Approach for Measuring and Protecting of World Oceans and Waters” which will be held at the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.The Symposium will be jointly organized by the Piri Reis University/Turkey, International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. Covering more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface, world oceans and waters are at the origins of life on earth and makes Earth habitable for people. They also provide us with a vital source of nourishment, especially to people in the world’s developing nations. World oceans provide benefits to economic sectors... (read more)
2019-01-16 11:16:48

5 Questions to… Dr Martin Pfennigbauer and James van Rens, RIEGL

To gain real insight into today’s hydrographic business landscape, Hydro International asked some of the sector’s most influential companies for their opinions. This series of Q&As focuses on the current state of the industry from various perspectives, such as which technological developments will have the most impact on the market, which market segments are the most promising and which areas offer the most growth. Here, Martin Pfennigbauer, director of research, and James van Rens, strategic advisor, from RIEGL share their views and expectations for the business. How do you expect the hydrographic market to evolve over the coming year? Martin: We have... (read more)
2019-01-15 09:20:20

The Study of Mapping the Seafloor

What is the Difference Between a Bathymetry Chart and a Hydrographic Chart?
This article will immerse you into the deep water of Bathymetry. It explains in detail what a bathymetry map is, what it shows, what methods we use to collect the bathymetry data and last but not least, how to create a good quality bathymetry map. It will also cover the difference between a bathymetry chart and a hydrographic chart and the techniques our ancestors used in the past to collect and record depths. What is Bathymetry? Bathymetry is the study of mapping the seafloor. Bathymetric maps represent the ocean (sea) depth as a function of geographical coordinates, just as topographic maps... (read more)
2019-01-15 08:58:54

New Official Recognition for Hydrographers

The IMarEST has launched a new hydrography descriptor for its Chartered Marine Scientist register to allow hydrographers to distinguish themselves by using the letters “CMarSci (Hydrography)” after their name. No such designation has previously existed and the IMarEST is the only organisation that can offer the Chartered Marine Scientist register. The hydrography post-nominal has been introduced to reflect the increasing importance of the discipline in allowing us to manage future challenges. Every human venture in, on or under the sea depends on hydrographic knowledge. That is a knowledge of the nature of the seafloor, its depth and any hazards that... (read more)
2018-12-17 08:43:39

Fugro Receives Award for Efforts to Close Seabed Mapping Data Gap

Fugro has received the Marine Technology Society (MTS) 2018 Compass Industrial Award for outstanding private sector contributions to marine science and technology. In selecting Fugro for the honour, MTS cited the company’s legacy of marine survey innovation and its industry-leading support of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project (Seabed 2030). David Millar, Fugro’s government accounts director for the Americas region, accepted the award. “We are grateful to MTS for recognising our efforts with Seabed 2030. Given that a significant proportion of Fugro’s work is ocean related, supporting this project is a way for us to positively impact global society and... (read more)
2018-12-17 08:24:59

Emerging Trends in Bathymetric Lidar Technology

What is on the Horizon for Airborne Lidar Bathymetry?
A surging interest in remote sensing and analytics has seen technology developments linked to these domains take off as we head into 2019. Airborne Lidar bathymetry (ALB) is no exception to recent innovations, especially with the growing recognition in the importance of high-resolution data to inform management of our oceans, seabed and coastal zones. In our recent discussions with ALB manufacturers and experienced operators, several significant new developments were revealed. The new developments include: Lightweight ALB sensor alternatives driven by the proliferation of Unpiloted Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) Increased point density for ALB across all feasible depths for improved detail and... (read more)
2018-12-13 12:04:35

Unmanned Surface Vehicle Trends and Insights

A Geomares Data Analysis
Advances in unmanned surface vehicle (USV) technology and increased demand are expected to drive the USV market over the coming years. Geomares, the publisher of Hydro International and Geo-matching, has analysed the user data and behaviour of thousands of members of the global hydrographic community. This article presents the findings of the analysis, identifying the latest trends and sharing insights on the outlook for USVs. USVs combine the advantages of small survey vessels with those of unmanned survey platforms, giving them a range of applications varying from maritime security, protection of shallow waters and ports and ocean mapping [1]. Interesting applications... (read more)
2018-12-11 03:03:36

Hydrographic Surveying: Where Do We Stand

The Ever-increasing Accuracy of Mapping the Surface Waters
Hydrographic surveying is highly specific and requires a suite of advanced acquisition and positioning sensors attached to a mobile survey platform as well as sophisticated software to allow the correct combination of all the data. For those within the industry, the advances over the last decade may feel more like an evolution rather than a revolution. If we look back one, two or even three decades, we can see the enormous leap hydrographic surveying has taken. Where do we stand, and what can we expect for the near future? In this article, we will look at the present compared to... (read more)
2018-12-11 02:51:31

iXblue Annual User Conference

The iXblue Annual User Conference will take place in Amsterdam on 22 January 2019. It will bring together key players in the maritime market such as hydrographic offices, universities, institutes, port authorities, survey and dredging companies, as well as offshore construction contractors. This one-day event will be a golden opportunity for participants to share their experience on the latest technologies and gain valuable insight and inspiration on how to address the challenges of their sea operations, with a unique mix of global technology and business.  A full agenda will be disclosed in the coming weeks. REGISTER HERE CALL FOR PAPERS... (read more)
2018-12-04 02:23:02
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