In a recent study, it was found that 75% of the USA’s GDP comes from coastal states. Almost half of the US economy comes from coastal watershed counties. The near shore area, which is 4% of the USA’s land, produces more than 11% of the nation’s economic output. Around the world, developed and developing countries find similar figures. For example, with a coastline of 8500 navigable kilometers, Brazil’s port sector has an annual turnover of approximately 700 million tons of various goods, responsible for more than 90% of the country’s exports.
WEST WAREHAM, Massachusetts, USA. – March 1, 2017 – EdgeTech, a leader in underwater technology solutions including shallow water swathe bathymetric sonars, announces a cooperative engagement with Esri, the global market leader in GIS. Utilizing ESRI’s ArcGIS for Maritime platform, the world’s most powerful mapping and analytics software, in combination with the EdgeTech 6205 sonar, customers now have unprecedented access to real-time, high resolution, three dimensional (3D) maps of the seafloor and electronic navigation charts stored and easily accessible in the cloud, anywhere, anytime and in any device.
To meet the emerging requirement of creating hydrographic products, including charts, more efficiently and accurately, the two companies have collaborated and streamlined the process of bathymetric data collection, management and production. Customers can quickly produce and access IHO S-57 compatible data which can be published and used directly from the ArcGIS Cloud or easily downloaded to be used locally, either as an Electronic Navigational Charts (“ENCs”) or any other hydrographic product your organization may need.
Near shore surveys are typically inefficient and costly due to the design of legacy instruments. EdgeTech’s Multi Phase technology allows a user to collect wide swathe, wide angle, high resolution bathymetry data that’s compliant to IHO Special Order S-44 in up to 9 times water depth. This can be done at coverage rate that is at least twice that of a conventional multi-beam echo sounder and is an order of magnitude faster than using a single beam echo sounder. The result is an effective shallow water hydrographic survey tool that is simple to use and cost effective. Once the bathymetric data is acquired, it can be processed on site and then in near real time transmitted to the Esri’s GIS platform.
Esri’s innovative ArcGIS platform provides the system of records for your hydrographic data, enabling all interested parties access to this information wherever and whenever they need it, locally in their desktop computers and through cutting edge Web GIS technology in any device.
With this streamlined workflow “from the Sensor to the Cloud” concept of operation, users can expect to significantly cut the time from data acquisition to published information, including bathymetric surfaces, dangers and wrecks, charts and any combination with other GIS data.
“From the Sensor to the Cloud”, a new, time efficient way to keep hydrographic information and nautical charts current and ready to use.
For more information: www.edgetech.com & http://go.esri.com/maritimeplatform
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