Focus: Inland Water Mapping

Every month we will focus on a specific theme, featuring a selection of articles which have previously been published in Hydro International magazine. By including a mix of older and more recent articles, we will present a complete recap of the subject. Furthermore, we will be bringing you a bi-weekly round-up of ‘Focus Stories’ related to the theme through our newsletter (sign up here). The theme for September 2017 is:

Inland Water Mapping

Even when for inland water mapping the hydrographic techniques are familar, there are special requirements and challenges often due to the specific characteristics of inland survey and positioning. Often it's related to the reduced depth, accessibility or working space. This also creates opportunities to use techniques like airborne Lidar bathymetry or USVs. 

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Technology in Focus: Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCP)

Rather than a spinning propeller, the Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) - like dolphins and bats - uses sound to explore its environment. Operating underwater, the method works like hand-held radars used by police to catch speeding motorists. This article explains the... (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 crowdsourcing have given mariners access to near-... (read more)
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Lidar Bathymetry on the Alaskan North Slope

In June 2014, the Bureau of Economic Geology, a research unit at the University of Texas at Austin, was contracted to conduct an airborne bathymetric Lidar survey on the Alaskan North Slope. The purpose of the project was to further determine, understand, and map the local l... (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 importance to support various applications such as safe... (read more)
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Inland Water Mapping

The WTI Field Measurement Programme

Numerical models are used to predict water levels, wave heights and wind fields under extreme storm conditions. This paper aims to give a short overview of the measurements of three field sites in The Netherlands. Validation material for these numerical models is obtained in... (read more)

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)

World Hydrography Day 2017 for HSB: Looking behind the Dikes

Hydrography is important to visualise the water floor. This can be done in various ways, from using a sounding stick to a remotely controlled singlebeam echosounder or a survey vessel manned 24/7. On Tuesday 20 June 2017, the worlds of dredging and hydrography were united at... (read more)

Survey Data Management Critical to Port of Melbourne’s Operations

Survey data management is critical to the operation of the Port of Melbourne (PoM), primarily to support the safety of vessels operating through its channels. The PoM is one of Australia's busiest and largest container ports with 30 commercial berths, 21km of waterfront and... (read more)

ALB Operations, Standards, Specifications and Stuff

In his column in 'Hydro International', Mark Sinclair from Fugro writes that he commends the ‘Technology in Focus: Bathymetric Lidar’ article; it is right on the money. Amongst other things, it describes the crucial factors leading to a successful... (read more)
Inland Water Mapping

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’ to create and maintain wiki pages, or the pr... (read more)

Autonomous Vessel Delivers in Challenging Environment

The hydrographic survey industry is changing and moving away from manned operations in an effort to reduce costs and increase safety. During the Shallow Water Survey 2015 conference this new approach and the associated challenges were assessed by Swath Services during the co... (read more)

Riverbed Surveying

In order to meet the requirements of the European Water Framework Directive (EU-WFD), authorities face the problem of performing area-wide surveys of all kinds of inland waters repeatedly. Especially for mid-sized and small rivers, a traditional survey approach imposes almos... (read more)

Hydrography for Continental Streamflow Modelling

Land surface hydrography now supports the modelling of continental-scale streamflow at high resolution and in near real time. The US National Hydrography Dataset contains about 2.7 million stream segments averaging 2km in length. This database establishes a national topologi... (read more)

Integrating UAS and Multibeam Echosounder Data

Knowing the volume of material present in a gravel quarry can make the difference between profit and loss. A gravel quarry in Hartheim am Rhein, southwest Germany, is partially covered by artificial lakes. To determine the volumes of the above-water gravel dumping grounds an... (read more)
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