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UKHO provides S-100 navigation data for Mayflower Autonomous Ship during at sea testing before departure for US coasthttps://www.admiralty.co.uk/AdmiraltyPressReleasesLibrary/220404_UKHO_Mayflower testing at sea.pdfUKHO provides S-100 navigation data for Mayflower Autonomous Ship during at sea testing before departure for US coast2022-04-03T23:00:00Z
UKHO announces UK-first S-102 Bathymetric Surface data set sea trial project in collaboration with Port of London Authority and SEAiq Pilothttps://www.admiralty.co.uk/AdmiraltyPressReleasesLibrary/220223_UKHO_S-102 Sea Trial_Press Release_FINAL_BLUE.pdfUKHO announces UK-first S-102 Bathymetric Surface data set sea trial project in collaboration with Port of London Authority and SEAiq Pilot2022-02-23T00:00:00Z
Geovation launches environmental challenge to tackle coastal pollutionhttps://www.admiralty.co.uk/AdmiraltyPressReleasesLibrary/220126_UKHO_Geovation_Diffuse Coastal Pollution Challenge.pdfGeovation launches environmental challenge to tackle coastal pollution2022-01-26T00:00:00Z

 

 

S-102 Bathymetric Surface shore trials: higher grid resolution for safer navigation in narrow port passages | News | ADMIRALTYhttps://www.admiralty.co.uk/news/blogs/s-102-bathymetric-surface-shore-trials-higher-grid-resolution-for-safer-navigation-in-narrow-port-passagesS-102 Bathymetric Surface shore trials: higher grid resolution for safer navigation in narrow port passages | News | ADMIRALTY2022-05-09T23:00:00ZS-102 Bathymetric Surface shore trials: higher grid resolution for safer navigation in narrow port passages<p class="admiraltyElement-P">On a recent blog shared on this site in March 2022, we discussed the leading role that the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is playing in steering the development of the IHO’s new S-100 data standards, especially through our exciting work on the S-102 Bathymetric Surface product specification. This will enable us to create S-100 layers with far greater granularity of bathymetric information than the traditional ENC – supporting safer and more efficient navigation, as well as unlocking economic value for ports.</p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><br></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">We illustrated that blog with some details about our S-102 trials in collaboration with Port of London Authority and SEAiq Pilot – including the first real-world S-102 sea trial in the UK, which also marks the first time the UKHO has run an S-100 sea trial. Today, we would like to offer more insights into the shore trial side of the project, and highlight the benefits of these activities for the mariner and wider navigational safety.</p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><br></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">With vessels continually increasing in size, ports are having to operate with ever decreasing safety margins, which makes the job of the pilot even more challenging when navigating in narrow, shallow passages. The key to relieving pressure in this stressful situation is access to enhanced bathymetric data, an imperative to ensure navigational safety.  </p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><br></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">In collaboration with the Port of London Authority (PLA) hydrographic services department, the UKHO recently ran a series of IHO S-102 gridded bathymetry shore-based trials, conducted with Thames pilots using the SEAiq Pilot Portable Pilot Units. The data and information collected by PLA via multibeam survey was processed by UKHO to create a number of S-102 Bathymetric Surface datasets to carry out six testing scenarios. </p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><br></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">The testing focused on different grid resolutions to better understand the optimal user experience in the SEAiq Pilot.  In the morning on the day of the trial, the team focused on understanding the process that Thames pilots folow when planning to bring vessels in and out of berth, following the IMO guidelines on Voyage Planning of appraisal, planning, execution and monitoring. This session was very insightful and helped the UKHO UX team to map the pilots journey to identify the current issues in the process and establish how the display of S-102 data in the SEAiq Pilot can support vessel conflict management and better under keel clearance. The trial proved that with more precise understanding of the bathymetry, pilots are able to plan in greater detail, improving vessel safety and ensuring vessels arrive on berth at the required times. </p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><br></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">The afternoon session centred around stepping through each of the six S-102 testing scenarios and reviewing the display of the data in the SEAiq Pilot. During the process of analysing the data, the group of pilots unanimously agreed that the 100m grid was insufficient for navigating the Thames and that a higher grid resolution was required, and it was established that the most appropriate level of detail was achieved when using a 10m grid in SEAiq. </p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><br></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">For the next phase of the project, the UKHO will create a 10m S-102 Bathymetric Surface data set from the pilot boarding point in the Thames estuary to the vessel berth at Purfleet. In addition, a 2m grid S-102 data set will be produced at the berth to give the pilot a precise view to manage vessel manoeuvrability during the docking phase.  </p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">The final stage of the process will entail a live sea trial with the Thames pilots using the data to navigate a vessel into berth, and the results will be used to feedback into the IHO standards-setting process and support the development of the Portable Pilot Unit software.</p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><br></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">The work that the UKHO is progressing in the S-100 space, both independently and in collaboration with manufacturers, mariners, port authorities and others, is crucial for the evolution, advancement, and user case of the S-100 data standards, which are still in their development cycle. S-100 will be transformative for marine navigational data and will therefore have important ramifications for commercial shipping too. We understand the implications and the responsibility that we hold as part of this journey, and remain excited and optimistic for the future and the opportunities that S-100 will unlock.<br></p><h4 class="admiraltyElement-H4">This blog was written by Thomas Mellor, the Head of OEM Technical Support and Digital Standards at the UKHO​. <br></h4>
Steering the development of the S-102 Bathymetric Surface standard with the mariner in mind | News | ADMIRALTYhttps://www.admiralty.co.uk/news/blogs/steering-the-development-of-the-s-102-bathymetric-surface-standard-with-the-mariner-in-mindSteering the development of the S-102 Bathymetric Surface standard with the mariner in mind | News | ADMIRALTY2022-03-28T23:00:00ZSteering the development of the S-102 Bathymetric Surface standard with the mariner in mind<p>​</p><p style="text-align:justify;">There is widespread excitement across the international hydrographic and navigation communities when it comes to the International Hydrographic Organization's new S-100 standards, which will unlock a new era in marine data capability and enhanced maritime decision making. </p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><br></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">One of the central elements of this is the new S-102 Bathymetric Surface product specification. This data set, created using S-100,  will enable us to create S-100 layers with a far greater granularity of bathymetric information than the traditional ENC (Electronic Navigational Chart). This will not only support safer and more efficient navigation, but can also help to unlock economic value for ports.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Here at the UKHO we are playing a leading role in the development of S-102 Bathymetric Surface and wider S-100 data standards by testing the product specifications, supporting the safety case for them, improving the user case and finding answers to the extensive list of unanswered questions that still surround the implementation. </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">This is crucial work, as S-102 is in its development cycle and as with the wider S-100 standards, is still evolving. Working in collaboration with manufacturers and data users helps to ensure that it is fit for purpose and achieves our goal of creating a standard that delivers the most value for the industry and fulfils its primary purpose of safety of navigation.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">In driving towards a standard and an S-102 data set that works for everyone, our priority is to test the technology, test the interaction with equipment and understand the real-life user needs. This is where trials come in to answer the many questions that still remain unanswered about S-102:</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> <br></p><p></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">› What does the product and service look like for mariners? </p><p></p><p></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">› What is the right data resolution and volumes we should be aiming for to ensure safe navigation?</p><p></p><p></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">› What is the right data source that should appear in the product display?</p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><span style="font-size:1.3em;"><br></span></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">Trials are a crucial step in the development of S-102 by helping us to answer these questions. They are also a great opportunity for the UKHO to contribute towards what S-102 will become, fill in the gaps in S-102 knowledge and design, and lead in the creation of a high-quality service that really works for mariners. These trials also allow us to look at the portrayal of the standards for the mariner. Data has to be accessible and interpretable for users. For that, we are leading the work to find the optimal ways in which data can be visually presented displayed on screens.</p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><span style="font-size:1.3em;"><br></span></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">The first, of a number of trials, is the S-102 project that we recently announced in collaboration with Port of London Authority (PLA) and SEAiq Pilot. This is the first real-world S-102 sea trial in the UK and also marks the first time the UKHO has run an S-100 sea trial. Working in collaboration with the PLA and SEAiq Pilot, the UKHO will test S-102 Bathymetric Surface product specifications in real-life scenarios with the PLA pilots to understand user requirements and collect their feedback. This feedback will help to influence the S-100 data standard development process, in turn improving product specifications, data coverage and the user experience. </p><p class="admiraltyElement-P"><br> It is envisaged the sea trial will commence in April/May 2022, when the UKHO, PLA and SEAiq Pilot will carry out a piloted passage on a commercial vessel. The outcomes of the trial will be monitored from pilot boarding point to berth, using SEAiq Pilot's Portable Piloting Unit and the UKHO's S-102 data to monitor the passage. The results will then be assessed to understand the need for potential extensions to S-102 and to feedback into the IHO testbed development process. The project will also set out to build the safety case for the S-102 data set and provide a real-life case study for how S-102 can improve situational awareness and navigational safety for pilots.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="font-size:1.3em;"><br></span></p><p class="admiraltyElement-P">S-102 is, however, part of a bigger picture. The value and full potential of S-100 will be realised when the different data sets come together and interact with each other, and we have plans to carry out a sequence of trials for S-100 over time. In the near future, we will continue our engagement with manufacturers and users, running more trials that will provide crucial evidence to support the development of other S-100 products. For example, S-102 can be combined in an S-100 ECDIS, along with S-101 Electronic Navigational Charts and S-104 Water Level data sets, to provide mariners with a substantially improved operational overview of the physical environment by dynamically adjusting a vessel's safety contour, and therefore its navigable water. We will be exploring these and other interactions as part of our plans to further support the development of S-100.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;">S-100 data standards will be transformative for anyone who uses marine navigational data. By conducting trials and building the safety case for S-102, we are supporting the greater commercial, economic, environmental and safety of life at sea outcomes in the UK's Exclusive Economic Zone. We are keen to bring a user perspective to the future of navigation and we will continue to collaborate with manufacturers and mariners to steer the direction of this technological revolution in marine navigation.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><br></p><h4 class="admiraltyElement-H4">By Paul Marks, Product Manager<br></h4><p><br></p>

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