News from IHO
Dear friends and colleagues a Happy New Year from Commission
Please find a
circular letter from IHO relating to the creation of a
technical Project Team to develop new and updated Standards for
As FIG has observer status with IHO it
may be possible for FIG to have a representative (or two) who
would be the points of contact for the technical standards
development and relay, disseminate and provide updates, on the
work of the Project Team, to FIG Commission 4 members.
is short and nominations need to be with IHO by 15th February
is suggested that, if you are interested in representing FIG,
you email the undersigned with an expression of interest and a
brief outline of current work/Standards experience. This is a
non-funded activity that will involve numerous meetings at
several international locations so any applicant is advised to
identify appropriate financial support.
It would be helpful if
you are planning submitting a nomination directly with your own
organization to let us know in order to get an idea of the scope
of the FIG interests.
FIG Commission 4
News from IHO
OGC Marine DWG Meeting - Vancouver, Canada, January 30, 2017
The next OGC Marine Domain Working Group meeting is scheduled
for January 30th, 2017, 0900-1600.
Location: Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, 645 Howe Street,
Vancouver, BC, Canada
OGC meeting page with Agenda:
Sponsored by: IIC Technologies
You are invited to attend a meeting of the OGC Marine Domain
Working Group (DWG) in Vancouver, Canada, January 30th 2017. The
Marine DWG was established to address the gap in the OGC
baseline with regards to marine geospatial data and to ensure
knowledge is exchanged effectively between the relevant
standards organizations, the OGC membership and the broader
geospatial community. Although this group will not be the
platform for creating new standards, it will be the platform to
discuss and understand any issues, concerns, or barriers to
interoperability to ensure that marine data can be effectively
shared by the wider community.
With the recently finalized IHO/OGC Memorandum, this is a great
opportunity to bring the community together. The Marine DWG
meeting will be held the day before the IHO MSDI working group
meeting, which will be held at the same location, from January
31st to February 2nd, 2017. This meeting will introduce the
Marine DWG to the representatives of the MSDIWG, discuss areas
of focus for the Marine DWG, develop a Work Plan, and collect
feedback from MSDIWG Representatives and Marine DWG Members.
The high level activities of the DWG are expected to include;
- Discuss the content of a conceptual model for a MSDI.
- Discuss the types of OGC services that might be useful in
providing hydrographic and seafloor survey data e.g. chart
features, high resolution bathymetric coverages through
- Define any areas for standardization and create necessary
Standards Working Groups to address the gaps in the OGC, IHO and
IOGP standards baseline.
- Explore the potential for an interoperability pilots and
testbeds that help define the workflows for ensuring that marine
geospatial data can be used for purposes other than navigation.
This will include identifying potential sponsors.
- Determine the Big Data potential for marine data and identify
relevant standardized interfaces and experiment with testbeds.
- Promote the development of OGC best practices and standards to
meet the technical needs of MSDI
This Marine Domain Working Group is open for all and we
encourage any interested organizations to register and attend.
We hope to see you there!
Marine DWG Chairs
Andy Hoggarth: Andy.Hoggarth@Teledyne.com Sebastian Carisio:
Sebastian.P.Carisio@nga.mil Jonathan Pritchard:
Commission 4 at the FIG Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand
Commission 4 had five technical, inspirational and
thought provoking sessions. The Blue Economy Session as well as
the other technical sessions was very interesting, well attended
and great contributions were made. Of notes were -
- The Hydrographic Surveyors role and contributions to the
sustained management of our Sea's and Oceans.
- Harnessing the data collected for science and the data
collected for Hydrography.
As a follow up on promoting the importance of the Blue
Economy for sustainable development, FIG commission 4 will be
having a one day workshop on Blue Economy during the Ocean
Business conference in April 2017.
The Blue Economy Conference
14 April 2015 in Southhampton, United Kingdom
Blue Economy event was organised by FIG Commission 4 and IHO,
and took place during the conference Ocean Business 2015.
23-25 November 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
|FIG Commission 4, IHO and ICA
are the organisers of the IBSC Stakeholder Seminar on
Training and Education in Hydrography and Nautical
Commission 4 at the FIG Working Week 2015 in Sofia,
Bulgaria 17-21 May 2015
Commission 4 Newsletters in Hydro International
A Career in Hydrography
Watch this brilliant video made by various
representatives from Australia and New Zealand to promote the career as
Commission 4 Newsletter June 2014
Commission 4 annual meeting 2014
Commission 4 will be having its annual
meeting at the FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 17 June
2014 at 8:00 - 9:00. Commission 4 hopes to see many at the meeting.