Big Data, Satellites and Artificial Intelligence

Every year, Geomares, the publisher of Hydro International, analyses the user data and behaviour of thousands of members of our global hydrographic and oceanographic communities. According to the latest findings of our survey, the use of big data, and the application of satellites and artificial intelligence will influence the market and operational activities and are expected to leave their mark on hydrographic and oceanographic work in the coming decade. Ocean Data and Mapping As in the last few years, market research and the opinions of our readers show that the USV market will continue to grow. With North America being... (read more)
2020-01-02 03:41:51

Danish Hydrographic Office Turns to GIS For Automated Maritime Charting

A Radical Update Was Needed
Denmark has challenging seascapes to map and chart. It has a rich history of nautical charting that dates back to the seventeenth century, and many of its navigational products for Greenland were created in the 1960s. When GPS started to gain prominence, a radical update was needed. Apart from its 42-mile land border with Germany, the peninsular country of Denmark, with its scores of bays, straits, and fjords,  is surrounded almost entirely by the North and Baltic Seas. Denmark is also composed of more than 400 islands, including the Faroe Islands, located in the Atlantic Ocean between the United Kingdom... (read more)
2019-12-19 02:23:42

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

Jamie McMichael-Phillips Appointed Director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project

Jamie McMichael-Phillips, the new director of The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project, has now taken up his position in leading one of the most challenging projects of the next decade, the mapping of the entire ocean floor by the year 2030. The announcement of his appointment was made at a conference held at the Royal Society in London, in October. Entitled ‘From Vision to Action’, the meeting, which brought together some of the world’s leading scientists and maritime organizations, was convened to mark the progress made in the two years since Seabed 2030 was launched, and to look ahead to... (read more)
2019-12-19 09:05:26

Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes Appointed UK National Hydrographer

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) has announced the appointment of Rear Admiral Peter Sparkes to the position of National Hydrographer and Deputy Chief Executive: a role that helps to improve the sharing, standardisation and collection of marine geospatial data through international collaboration. As National Hydrographer, Peter is the UK government’s representative at the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), where he works with partners to set and maintain standards that protect the safety of mariners around the world. In addition to this, he oversees key international partnerships with foreign navies, hydrographic offices, governments and commercial organizations to support the sharing of global marine... (read more)
2019-12-17 03:19:42

Will New Long-endurance Navigation Capabilities in Loch Ness Discover Its Secrets?

New standards in long-endurance underwater navigation and automated subsea positioning have been set following the successful completion of a joint project led by subsea technology specialist Sonardyne International Ltd., with partners the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and L3Harris. The two-year, £1.4 million Precise Positioning for Persistent Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (P3AUV) project, part-funded by Innovate UK, set out to integrate existing and emerging technologies to deliver a step-change in unmanned platform endurance and navigational precision. In addition, the project also set out to increase the use of autonomy in offshore survey positioning operations using unmanned surface vessels (USVs), and in the... (read more)
2019-12-12 10:30:58

How Ocean Researchers Obtain Critical Measurements at a Lower Cost

Understanding the three-dimensional nature of the ocean is becoming a critical focal point of ocean research, but it can be a costly affair. Paired with Nortek current profilers, Del Mar Oceanographic’s Wirewalker is giving researchers from around the globe a cost-effective way to answer vital questions surrounding the functioning of ocean processes. This information helps improve environmental monitoring and climate forecasting, which in turn assists in developing measures to adapt to our changing climate. Information on the three-dimensional structure of the ocean is proving increasingly vital for multiple research projects. These include characterizing the ocean mixed layers in order to... (read more)
2019-12-12 08:57:15

Sonardyne Supports Future Korean Submarine Rescue Capability

Underwater positioning and tracking technology from Sonardyne International Ltd. is to be used to support search and recovery operations undertaken by the new auxiliary submarine rescue ship (ASR-II), belonging to the navy of the Republic of Korea (RoKN). Through a contract with GE’s Power Conversion business, the ASR-II will be fitted with Sonardyne’s Ranger 2 Ultra-Short BaseLine (USBL) system. This will interface onboard the vessel with GE’s class-leading Seastream™ Dynamic Position (DP) control system providing accurate and fast position reference updates during critical station-keeping activities. Deep Search Rescue Vehicle The Ranger 2 onboard the ASR-II will also be used to simultaneously... (read more)
2019-12-04 09:47:37

‘Hydrography is Both a Science and a Technique’

7 Questions to the New Director General of the French Hydrographic Office
Chief weapons engineer Laurent Kerléguer was appointed director general of Shom, the French hydrographic office, in July 2019. In this interview, Hydro International asks him about the latest developments regarding the world of hydrography, climate change and artificial intelligence. “It’s becoming more urgent than ever to measure the ocean.” Chief weapons engineer Laurent Kerléguer was appointed director-general of Shom, the French hydrographic office, in July 2019. In this interview, Hydro International asks him about the latest developments regarding the world of hydrography, climate change and artificial intelligence. “It’s becoming more urgent than ever to measure the ocean.” Laurent Kerléguer was born in Brest, France, and has always lived by – or close to – the sea. Although he never had a ‘dream job’ as a child, he always had the feeling that his career would be linked to the sea. “For me as an engineer, hydrography is the perfect... (read more)
2019-10-29 11:34:23

The Sun Shines on Nautical Charts in Different Ways

Just recently someone reminded me about the 20th anniversary of the finalization of the first official type-approval of an ECDIS device. Indeed, it was in summer 1999 that all sea trials and technical tests at the labs of the Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany were completed and, being in charge of this process at the time, I signed the official certificate to confirm that the Transas Navisailor device met all applicable IMO and IHO standards. We did our best to confirm software stability and physical robustness of the device based on the very small range of S-57 ENCs... (read more)
2019-10-24 03:57:52
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