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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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 highlight trends and movements as indicated by  t... (read more)
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Multi-purpose ENCs for Ports

Ports require access to a wide range of data and information to function safely and efficiently. Some of that data is acquired from external stakeholders but most is generated internally within the port. It is very often managed and held within a single software application,... (read more)
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Data Quality

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)

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)

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 opera... (read more)

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)

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)
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Robust Data in Sensitive Environments

There are settings where an unmanned survey represents more than a safe, cost-effective alternative; it may be the only option. Capitol Lake in Olympia, WA, USA, is such a location. In this article, we report on a recent surv... (read more)

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 bette... (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)

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)

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)
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