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Coastal Surveying of Depths with EGNOS to Enhance Charts

Objective

The objective of the project is to create a system for enhanced surveying of coastal waters through using standard navigation equipment, as an alternative to the standard approach of using specialist Hydrographic surveyors and high precision instruments. Instead, we use a large amount of data logged by vessels carrying out their normal business, and later uploaded to our server for processing. By using a large amount of data, the errors from using less accurate instruments can be remoed. We believe this can be developed to provide a cost effective system that will enable much of the shortfall in surveys to be made up.
The benefits of this are safer navigation to all vessels in coastal waters, in particular to the leisure, fishing and workboat sectors, and also greater information for the GIS community, coastal engineers, port, harbour and waterway authorities, and applications such as tide power or offshore wind farms.
The system will use GPS receivers equipped with EGNOS to provide the required level of positional accuracy, and will use statistical techniques to remove errors from depth measurements from echo sounders that cannot otherwise be resolved.
The data logged will be available both as survey data and as chart data. It will be made available in the IHO S-100 format, which is suited to chart creation by Hydrographic Offices and to the wider GIS community, including use in OGC Web Map Servers and Web Feature Servers.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences/physical geography/cartography/geographic information systems

Call for proposal

FP7-GALILEO-2008-GSA-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

SMARTCOM SOFTWARE LTD
Address
Garden Cottage Garlogs Nether Wallop
SO20 8DP Stockbridge Hants
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 183 441
Administrative Contact
Tim Thornton (Mr.)

Participants (3)

AMBER ROUTE, UAB
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 91 615
Address
Laisvės Pr. 74-5
LT-05263 Vilnius
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vytaute Stankaitiene (Mrs.)
ZAZUNI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 11 157
Address
Killick Cottage, Uploders
DT6 4NS Bridport
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert James Anthony Buttress (Mr.)
Monika Gotsova
Slovakia
EU contribution
€ 70 283
Address
Obrancov Mieru 4684/3
08001 Presov
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monika Danilakova (Mrs.)