RIEGL Presents BathyCopter at Intergeo 2015

On the first day of Intergeo, RIEGL, Austria, showcased its latest development in UAS-based laser scanning: the RIEGL BathyCopter. This is a small-UAV-based surveying system capable of measuring through the water surface, ideally suited for generating profiles of rivers or water reservoirs. The robust and reliable platform design integrates the topo-bathymetric green laser depth-meter, an IMU/GNSS unit with antenna, a control unit and a digital camera. Additional news from the airborne side: RIEGL announced the introduction of the VQ-880-G Topo-Bathymetric Airborne Laser Scanning System now equipped with an optional infrared channel to supplement the data acquired by the green laser... (read more)
2015-09-15 02:53:10

Hydrographic Event Management Tool

The USGS, USA, has released a web-based geospatial service known as the Hydrography Event Management (HEM) tool. It allows users to create, edit and display geospatial markers, called Events, that are referenced to the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD). Events can be customised by the user to represent almost any water-related feature. Some examples of Events include streamgages, scenic or impaired stretches of river, fish passage barriers, toxic spills, or put-ins/take-outs for boats. For this initial release, users can customise their own HEM Web edit tool using a sample application and the required web services.  The use of events is a... (read more)
2014-05-02 08:52:54

Managing Bathymetric Data with RDBMS Technology

During the CHC 2010 Conference, Caris is organising workshop on bathymetric data management utilizing relational database management systems (RDBMS). This workshop is free for registrants at the CHC but requires pre-registration on the CHC website as places are limited. It will take place on Tuesday 22nd June 2010, from 1:30pm to 5:00pm. A need is becoming more and more apparent across the hydrographic sector for robust and efficient bathymetric data management utilizing relational database management systems (RDBMS).The solution must enable the storage and management of high-density bathymetric surfaces from Multibeam Sonar and LiDAR surveys alongside Singlebeam data and the sparse... (read more)
2010-04-27 08:33:32

ArcGIS Server 10 Geoportal Extension Speeds Data Discovery

Esri expands the power of geoportals with the release of the ArcGIS Server 10 Geoportal extension. The extension allows organisations to quickly set up websites, called geoportals that help them manage and share their geospatial information externally with the public or internally with employees. Geoportals manage resources by registering (storing and cataloging) the resources' metadata. At version 10, the extension provides tools to simplify registering, managing, using, and integrating these resources by introducing server-side resource synchronization, which replaces the harvesting tool and services from earlier versions. Once a resource is registered with the geoportal, the geoportal will monitor the resources... (read more)
2010-09-13 09:16:21

Navigate Hydrographic – the Nautical SmartChart

What is the core role of a hydrographer? To map the seafloor? Provide a precise position on the water? Some may believe it is to play with lots of expensive toys on boats, while colleagues are stuck in the office. While all those answers may be correct, I am asking about the core role of a hydrographer. I would suggest that it is collecting data to provide information that companies, clients and consultants rely on to make educated and accurate decisions. This is where our value as a professional service is demonstrated. However, here is another question - how do we present that information and, more to the point, could it be better? What is the core role of a hydrographer? To map the seafloor? Provide a precise position on the water? Some may believe it is to play with lots of expensive toys on boats, while colleagues are stuck in the office. While all those answers may be correct, I am asking about the core role of a hydrographer. I would suggest that it is collecting data to provide information that companies, clients and consultants rely on to make educated and accurate decisions. This is where our value as a professional service is demonstrated. However, here is another question - how do... (read more)
2019-12-19 11:20:59

Support for Saudi Hydrographic Data Project

OceanWise, UK, has combined with Caris BV, The Netherlands, to support the General Commission for Survey (GCS), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The support is helping KSA to further develop its capability and capacity as it embarks on a programme to produce electronic navigation charts (ENCs) of its national waters, as well as supporting wider uses of hydrographic data, as part of the Kingdom’s National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). The work involved running two courses on hydrographic and oceanographic data management, database design and Marine SDI. The 5-day practitioner course involved theoretical and practical elements whilst the 2-day shorter briefing... (read more)
2014-01-16 09:20:16

Shom’s Historical Archives Made Available in Digital Form

In 2016, as part of the ARCHIPEL project (ARCHIves Patrimoniales En Ligne), Shom digitised 10,000 cartographic documents from all over the world and from its historical maritime and coastal archives. This unusual extract of 300 years of coastal and ocean history consists of approximately 3,300 marine charts, the oldest of which dates back to the late 18th century, and 6,700 hydrographic survey maps ranging from the beginning of the 19th century to the present day. These documents can be consulted and downloaded free of charge on data.shom.fr and diffusion.shom.fr in the section ARCHIVES MARITIMES. Available as images (JPEG2000 format), they... (read more)
2017-02-02 11:07:35

EMODNet Hydrography Commences in Portugal

The latest phase of the hydrography part of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODNet) has commenced with a meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, hosted by the Portuguese Marine and Atmospheric Institute (IPMA). As well as IPMA, the project involves leading hydrographic offices and marine institutes, agencies and private companies across Europe. OceanWise is heading up the UK effort, with the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) acting as regional centre for Northwest Europe. The project is being led by Maris, The Netherlands. Survey metadata, data and the DEM are all publicly accessible through discovery, view and download services from an easy... (read more)
2013-07-02 11:30:10

Web Access to NOAA Hydro Survey Plans

The NOAA Coast Survey is posting its three-year survey plans and making them publicly available at the Planned NOAA Hydrographic Survey Areas (2015-2017) in ArcGIS Online. In addition to seeing the outlines of planned survey areas for the next three years, users can obtain additional metadata (project name, calendar year, and area in square nautical miles) for each survey by clicking on the outlines. With over 3.4 million square nautical miles of U.S. waters to chart, NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey is constantly evaluating long-term hydrographic survey priorities. The Hydrographic Survey Division is Coast Survey’s primary data acquisition arm. They... (read more)
2014-11-24 02:50:06

Safe Software Extends Raster ETL Capabilities

Safe Software has introduced support for Bathymetric Attributed Grid (BAG), enhancing their raster ETL offerings in the marketplace. FME now enables organisations to translate and convert data between BAG, a widely recognized raster-based bathymetric data exchange format, and over 225 other formats supported by FME. A non-proprietary raster-based bathymetric data exchange format, BAG was created to facilitate the processing and storage of large volume multi-beam sonar data and is commonly used by the hydrographic community.     New support in FME for the BAG format includes translation to and from the format, as well as data conversion capabilities. Users can... (read more)
2009-06-25 02:16:10
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