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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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 mentioned in the previous articles, GNSS augmented... (read more)
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Multi-sensor Coastal Mapping

Fugro recently tested a multi-sensor approach to balance growing data needs with limited agency budgets. Coastal mapping programmes are quickly becoming a priority for government agencies across the globe. The desire to better define and understand the land/sea interface is... (read more)
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Data Quality

Coastal Risk Assessment

SHOM contributes routinely to the preparedness against coastal risks along French coastlines. For this purpose, regional to coastal digital elevation models are built for implementation in forecast systems against rapid flood... (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)

Quality Control of Survey Data

Quality control of survey data is an integral part of any hydrographic survey or inspection operation, but the focus is too often concentrated on the wrong sensors, the carrying out of unnecessary comparisons and ultimately b... (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)

High-resolution Structural Inspection of a Flooded Tunnel

Acquiring accurate data on the structural integrity of submerged tunnels, as well as shafts and underwater caverns, has long been a challenging and costly problem for water companies, hydroelectric schemes and mine operators... (read more)
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Changes to Data Sourcing in Modern Times

Seaports, waterways and climate are inextricably linked. Weather anomalies change bottom contours and destroy aids to navigation, compromising safety. In the past decade maritime applications, maturing marine technologies and... (read more)

Improving Satellite-derived Bathymetry

Bathymetry is traditionally acquired using singlebeam or multibeam echosounders. This method produces accurate depth measurements along transects but is constrained by operating cost and an inability to survey in very shallow... (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)

Opportunistic Multibeam Surveying

Currently only ten to fifteen percent of the ocean floor has been mapped at resolutions of 100-metre pixel size or better and the vast majority of this mapped area is within territorial waters. One way to significantly increa... (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)
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