Data Quality

In hydrography, there are many aspects influencing the quality of your data during acquisition, processing and managing the data. This theme gives an overview of articles reflecting on this subject.

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Raw Data as Information Source

For hydro- and topographic surveying companies it is common to gather data in the field and process it into formats for presentation. Nowadays, technology  provides more and more solutions that enable analysis of the extensive amounts of measured data points directly, i... (read more)
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Rapidly Identifying Patterns and Problems in Multibeam Datasets

The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) utilises a diverse suite of survey assets to collect high-resolution oceanographic and hydrographic data in shallow-water areas all over the globe. These assets maintain a high operation tempo, resulting in extremely large data volu... (read more)
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Data Quality

Environmental Data ­Sharing and Publishing

The Port of London Authority (PLA) has had an extensive tide gauge network for many years. However, the existing system, installed in the 1990s was becoming increasingly unreliable providing inconsistent information due to a... (read more)

Improving Uncertainty Visualisation in ENCs

The visualisation of bathymetric data and associated uncertainty in electronic nautical charts (ENCs) is important when it comes to planning and monitoring a ship’s route safely. However, a study confirmed that the curr... (read more)

Introducing GIS to Support Maritime Accessibility

With over 500 line connections to and from more than 1,000 ports around the globe, the Port of Rotterdam in The Netherlands is the cornerstone of international freight transport. It is the perfect base for import an... (read more)

Very Shallow Water Survey - A New Approach

Hydrographic surveys in very shallow waters can have several applications such as nautical chart updating, performing environmental monitoring and characterisation, determination of dredged volumes, establishing navigational... (read more)

Crowdsourced Bathymetry

There is definite appeal to the concept of crowdsourced bathymetric data. But from where I sit as a National Hydrographer and nautical chart producer, the issues around using crowdsourced data are complex. Data quality, data... (read more)
Data Quality

First NOAA Chart Adequacy Workshop

The key objective of the NOAA Chart Adequacy Workshop was to demonstrate techniques to evaluate the suitability of nautical chart products using chart quality information and publicly-available information. The three-day work... (read more)

Effective Surveying Tool for Shallow-water Zones

A recent article provides an overview of satellite-derived bathymetry methods and how data can be integrated into survey campaigns, and showcases three use cases. Bathymetric data in shallow-water zones is of increasing impor... (read more)

Crowdsourcing Enhances Navigation Awareness

In this internet age, crowdsourcing is fast providing practical contributions to our understanding of the world around us. Whether it be software developed in an open-source environment, inputs from ‘those in the know&r... (read more)

Error in GNSS Augmented Heading Systems: Influence of Attitude

My earlier articles on the alignment of motion reference units (MRU) with the ships reference frame (SRF) did not cover the calibration of GNSS augmented heading systems. Although the alignment can be done in the same way as... (read more)

Technology in Focus: Hydrographic Processing Software

Discussing and comparing software has often been tricky in Hydro International as it is difficult to put the packages together and see clear differences. In this overview of hydrographic processing software, we will high... (read more)
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