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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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

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)

Multi-sensor Coastal Mapping

Fugro has 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)

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)

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)

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)
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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)

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)

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 ext... (read more)

Great Potential for SAS in Hydrography

Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS) has been around for over a decade but its primary purpose has been in mine detection rather than hydrographic surveying. To use SAS effectively a stable survey platform is required such as an au... (read more)

Gathering Data Once, for Multiple Purposes

‘Gather once, use many times’ has applied to bathymetric data gathering for many years, particularly in public bodies and organisations. Whilst understandable and desirable to have one infinitely adaptable dataset... (read more)
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