International Hydrographic Organization News

Commander Okafor of the Nigerian Navy Hydrographic Office with John Smart, Senior Geomatics Analyst-Teledyne CARIS, (Photo: Teledyne CARIS)

NNHO Expands Bathymetric Capabilities

with CARIS Ping-to-Chart technology, the NNHO is establishing new capabilities for bathymetric analysis, and completion of hydrographic and other geospatial data. These tools will ensure an efficient workflow for the production of electronic charts and paper charts according to both the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and NNHO standards.The first part of the project was completed in late 2018, with delivery of software and training at the NNHO office in Lagos. It will continue into 2019 with professional services from Teledyne CARIS to help ensure a successful launch of their new software

David Millar (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro’s Millar to Serve on IHO-IOC GEBCO Guiding Committee

David Millar, Fugro’s government accounts director for the Americas region, has been appointed by the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) to serve on the Guiding Committee of the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) Project.GEBCO is a nonprofit organization operating under the joint auspices of the IHO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the United Nations Educations, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). It aims to provide the most authoritative portrayal of global ocean depths and the undersea feature names.The 14-member Guiding Committee

Ocean Infinity’s AUVs being prepared to autonomously map the ocean floor, aboard Seabed Constructor (Photo: Ocean Infinity)

Ocean Infinity Donates Data to Seabed Mapping Project

of data not previously included in the global grid – an area larger in size than Nigeria.Recognizing the power of crowdsourced data as a tool to empower all those who use our oceans to contribute to science, Seabed 2030 has been requesting donors to deposit their data with the International Hydrographic Organization’s (IHO) Data Centre for Digital Bathymetry (DCDB), a digital repository in Boulder, Colorado in the U.S. “As the recognized archive for global bathymetry, we’re excited to be a part of this international effort to map our oceans by continuing to provide access to

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Looking to the Future of Satellite-derived Bathymetry

techniques are increasingly used as a cost-efficient and rapid survey method for acquiring high-resolution bathymetric data down to water depths of 30 meters.Presentations at the SDB Day 2018 reflected a great optimism for the SDB technology. Dr. Mathias Jonas, Secretary General of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO), stated, “Satellite-Derived Bathymetry has arrived into practice and it has matured as a regular means for shallow water surveys. The SDB Day was an excellent platform for providers and users. For the global standardization of hydrography, we have understood that we need

Photo courtesy of Nippon Foundation and GEBCO

Mappers Look to Chart World's Ocean Floor by 2030

;For too long now we have treated our own oceans as a forgotten frontier."The project is a collaboration between Japan's philanthropic Nippon Foundation and GEBCO, a non-profit association of experts that is already involved in charting the ocean floor. GEBCO operates under the International Hydrographic Organization and UNESCO, the United Nations cultural agency."We are not driven by profit, we are driven by science," Bindra said."There's unanimity within the scientific and the mapping community that a map is essential."Still, the ocean economy is expected directly to

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Teledyne CARIS Launches S-100 Online Workshop

Teledyne CARIS is offering a new self-paced, online training program, which examines the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) S-100 Standard and the related S-101 Electronic Navigational Chart (ENC) Production Specification.   This informative workshop is intended for anyone interested in learning about the new S-100 Standard, and will help answer commonly asked questions including: What is S-100? What are some of the benefits? What is an S-101 ENC and how does it relate to S-100? What is the current status of S-100 and S-101? What are some other products

Photo: MacArtney Group

French Bathymetric Survey Vessel Renovated and Refurbished

.   MacArtney France is the supplier of the multibeam solution for the bathymetric vessel ‘Ingénieurs Lesbordes’ and is likewise the integrator of the diverse steps of modification which were imperative to the successful adaptation of the vessel to the prevailing International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) survey standards.   The bathymetries produced are essential for navigation (permissible draft, obstacles) and dredging operations (decision support, control) and they are also necessary for the hydro-sedimentary knowledge of the river Adour, the various channels of access

Image: Kongsberg

Tech File: Kongsberg’s Compact Survey Vessel

grids makes it a fast and accurate addition to the surveyor’s portfolio.   The new GeoSwath 4R system offers unsurpassed productivity in shallow waters with at least 12x water depth coverage right up to the waterline complying with the performance standards defined by the International Hydrographic Organization’s performance standards for bathymetric data. The new Dual Ping system provides double the data density along track resolution compared to previous GeoSwath Plus system. As well as significant hardware changes, there has also been a major update to the associated processing

MV Fugro Helmert (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro Begins Survey for Norwegian Hydrographic Service

. It takes place in the Barents Sea with various areas located above the 78th parallel and typical water depths ranging from 80 to 3,500 meters.   The main workscope comprises the collection of high resolution and density multibeam echo sounder data meeting standards set by the International Hydrographic Organization. To help improve the knowledge base of the ecosystem, Fugro will acquire a range of data including bathymetry, backscatter and water column imaging, together with sub-bottom and gravimetry data.   Survey vessel MV Fugro Helmert has been mobilized for the survey, which is scheduled

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

How Deep is the Ocean?

, the science of surveying and charting bodies of water, is essential to the safe, sustainable and cost-effective use of the world’s oceans.    This was International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Kitack Lim’s message at the 1st Assembly of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) in Monaco (24 April).   Around 90% of the world’s oceans and 50% of coastal waters have never had their depth measured. And there are higher resolution maps of the Moon, Mars and Venus than for most of the world’s maritime areas.   In this context

OSI Maritime Systems’ ECPINS Earns MED Type Approval

OSI Maritime Systems has received Marine Equipment Directive (MED) Type Approval certification from DNV GL for ECPINS Submarine (ECPINS) against new International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards for Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS).   The new IHO standards include new editions of IHO S-52 and S-64 which cover chart content, display aspects, and testing of data respectively.  In addition, ECPINS also meets the new ECDIS performance standard set out by IEC 61174.     “OSI remains at the

Image: Teledyne Optech

Teledyne Optech to Present CZMIL Capabilities at Oceans 16

Optech said Chief Scientist Dr. Viktor Feygels will attend the Oceans 16 MTS/IEEE conference in Monterey, Calif. on September 22 to present the object-detection capability of the Optech CZMIL Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar.   The presentation is titled “Meeting the International Hydrographic Organization Requirements for Bottom Feature Detection Using the Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL)” and was co-written with Teledyne Optech’s Vinod Ramnath and Brant Smith, and with Yuri Kopilevich of ITMO University, St. Petersburg, Russia.   In his presentation

Rear Admiral (select) Shepard Smith (Photo: NOAA)

Smith Named Director of NOAA Coast Survey

and Restoration, on the staff of the U.S. Coast Guard LANTAREA headquarters, and as a senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Environmental Observation and Prediction. He was the NOAA representative to the Allied Maritime Sub Group, and was part of the U.S. delegation to the International Hydrographic Organization's (IHO) Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee.  He served as the chairman of the IHO Data Quality Working Group.   Smith attended Deep Springs College and Cornell University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1993. He

Mahon Bay (Photo: Fugro)

Fugro to Conduct Airborne Lidar Bathymetry Suveys in Canada

the acquisition of similar information by traditional vessel-based acoustic methods is inefficient, expensive and unsafe. The data will fill gaps in shallow water and junction with existing deeper water data that have been acquired previously by CHS vessels. All data will be acquired to International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Order 1B, an international standard for conducting hydrographic surveys, and will ultimately be used to update CHS’ nautical charts.   Fugro provides ALB products and services worldwide to public and private sector clients as a rapid and cost-effective solution

Blue Economy Seminar to Be Held at Ocean Business

The Federation of Surveyors (FIG) and International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) will host a seminar for the Blue Economy at this year’s Ocean Business event on April 14 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, U.K.   Gordon Johnston, Vice Chair of FIG Commission 4 – Hydrography said, “We’ve just launched an unmissable program for those interested in reaping the benefits of the Blue Economy. From government to commercial organizations and coastal communities, the seminar ‘Blue Economy - Bridging the Gap’ helps us understan

The WMM is a large-scale representation of Earth’s magnetic field. The blue and red lines indicate the positive and negative difference between where a compass points the compass direction and geographic North. Green lines indicate zero degrees of declination. (Credit: NOAA)

World Magnetic Model Updated

various apps can use the magnetic field to help determine the direction you are facing. All of these examples need the WMM to provide your proper orientation."   The WMM is the standard navigation model for the U.S. Department of Defense, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, International Hydrographic Organization and consumer electronics. For the last 10 years, NOAA’s National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) in Boulder, Colorado, working with the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, Scotland, has co-developed the WMM on behalf of the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and

IMarEST Becomes an Observer Organization at the IHO

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) has obtained observer status at the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO). As an accredited Non Governmental International Organization (NGIO), IMarEST will gain access to all IHO events, from hydrographic conferences to working group meetings with observer status allowing IMarEST members to contribute to the Monaco-based organization’s global work and activities. The IHO, a hydrographic authority, works to advance maritime safety and efficiency, as well as support and protect the marine environment. Established in

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