Port of Melbourne Selects Bathymetrical Database

CARIS has recently completed a successful project for the provision of a bathymetrical database system for the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC, Australia). PoMC conducts regular bathymetric surveys as part of its statutory obligation to provide safe and effective transit of vessels through the harbour. The project involved the integration of CARIS Bathy DataBASE and the Engineering Analysis Module into existing PoMC workflows. CARIS Bathy DataBASE is a management system for bathymetry data, with successful installations in over twenty countries. Bathymetry assets from a multitude of sources can be brought together, regardless of file size or data source and managed... (read more)
2012-10-01 11:35:12

Hands-off ENC Production

Redefining High-density ENC Production
Imagine piloting a 398m container ship into port TODAY using an ENC updated with survey data collected YESTERDAY. Isn’t this order of turnaround time the ultimate dream of any ENC production agency? Modern echo sounders are able to provide a staggering amount of sounding data. Managing, and storing, the ever increasing volume of survey data is becoming a hot item on the agenda of many ENC producing agencies, including port and river authorities who have taken on the responsibility of creating and maintaining their own ENCs. Processing this data into high-quality, high-density ENCs requires a powerful, flexible and easy-to-use ENC... (read more)
2007-03-02 12:00:00

Source Data Management

The potential for hydrographic information in the holdings of today’s Hydrographic Offices (HOs) extends far beyond its classical use: the production of charts and nautical publications to ensure safety of navigation. Historically, HOs have collected far more data and information than has ever been published in charts and nautical publications. Since the establishment of the first Hydrographic Offices more than three centuries ago, a sensible archiving system has been sufficient for the management of source data. However, the move into the digital era and extension of the mission and objectives of HOs are changing the requirements for and possibilities of... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

Marine SDI

Introducing Spatial Data Infrastructures
Global warming, climate change, rising sea levels and increased commercial exploitation of the seabed and sea space are important global indicators of a changing world environment. A crucial role is played by hydrographic and oceanographic spatial data in supporting response. Accurate and timely base reference information minimally comprises seabed topography and characterisation to which temporal information such as wave, tide and current can be referenced. In order to provide a complete picture, information held by HOs, National Mapping Agencies (NMAs), geologists, biologists and oceanographers can be brought together to provide solutions through enabling frameworks known as Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDIs).... (read more)
2007-07-13 12:00:00

Geospatial Data Updating at Sea

The Network Centric Mapping Database (NCMD) Web Service Design
A growing problem exists with forward-deployed electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS) in obtaining and updating geospatial data(electronic nautical charts). This problem is commonly referred to as distributing geospatial data over the “last tactical mile”. As a solution to this problem, the US Navy has developed software called “Network Centric Mapping Database (NCMD)”. NCMD is a software capability that automates data distribution, with a focus on geospatial data (vector map data, raster map data or imagery). NCMD has been developed as a web service and multi-tiered software application that allows deployed C4ISR system to autonomously obtain and update geospatial... (read more)
2007-07-13 12:00:00


News A combined AHS Annual General Meeting and General Meeting of the East Australia Region was held on Tuesday 27th September 2005 in The Wardroom, HMAS Kuttabul, Sydney. We had the pleasure of reuniting with our more distant members from New Zealand and Western Australia, namely Kevin Smith, chairman of the NZR, AHS honorary secretary, Mal Jones, and WAR chairman, Bill Russell Cargill. The incumbent president, Paul Hornsby, honorary secretary, Mal Jones and honorary treasurer Ron Furness were re-elected as the AHS executive officers. The AHS had never before declared for Society purposes its definition of hydrography. But a proposal... (read more)
2008-01-01 01:00:00

MSDI Working Group Hosted in UK for First Time

UK-based OceanWise and the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) hosted an Open Forum on Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) followed by the 6th International Hydrographic Organisation’s MSDI Working Group (IHO MSDIWG) meeting at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel, Terminal 5 near Heathrow Airport, London, from 3-6 March. The theme of the Open Forum was ‘Building a Maritime Spatial Data Infrastructure – are the principles at odds with strategies for delivery?’ This annual event, held in the UK for the first time, brought together practitioners and decision-makers from all over the world, including Canada and Japan, all with a common interest... (read more)
2015-03-11 08:30:00

Managing and Monitoring Dynamic Environments

TCarta Marine has made dynamic environments easier to monitor and manage with the introduction of its multi-scale Shoreline products. Offered in GIS-ready vector format, the Shoreline datasets are derived from satellite imagery and accurately delineate mean sea level for the land-water interface in coastal areas around the world. TCarta Marine is creating the Vector Shoreline Products at global, national and local scales for mapping applications like environmental protection, coastal infrastructure development and flood insurance rate calculations. Many of the Vector Shoreline Products are available off-the-shelf, while others are custom derived from archived or newly collected satellite imagery. Global and Regional... (read more)
2017-08-09 09:19:13

Hydrography and Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure

The Autumn Symposium organised and hosted by the Southern Region of the Hydrographic Society UK was held on 27 October 2009 at Bradfield College, near Reading, and attracted an attendance of 80 professional surveyors, GIS specialists, academics and others drawn from industry and the government sectors. INfrastructure for SPatial InfoRmation in Europe (INSPIRE) derives from EU Directive 2007/2/EC, which sets out a general framework for a spatial data infrastructure (SDI). It was the marine component (MSDI) that provided a background to the day's papers and discussions. The keynote introduction came from UK national hydrographer, rear admiral Ian Moncrieff, who set... (read more)
2009-12-29 02:03:46

East Asia Hydrographic Community Receives MSDI Course

Marine data management and GIS specialist OceanWise has recently delivered its third course on Data Management, Database Design and Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI) Capacity Building to the East Asia Hydrographic Commission (EAHC). The course was facilitated and hosted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and supported by Esri, which undertook the practical elements of the course using Esri’s range of hydrographic production and MSDI software. Students from Japan, China, Vietnam, South Korea, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei and Singapore gathered to learn more about the four ‘pillars’ of MSDI, namely policy and governance (people), technical standards,... (read more)
2013-10-22 10:22:27
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