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  • IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ: Crowdsourced Bathymetry, ARGUS and SSECN

    The article below by John Hersey of Survice Engineering provides a thorough description of the technology of ARGUS and its application for boaters. SSECN is proud to be a pilot program utilizing ARGUS as part of our full Chart View feature. If you have not begun to use ARGUS, please open one of our Chart View charts, click the ARGUS button in the top menu and the depth indicators appear automatically. The indicators are best viewed zoom in.

    THE GLOBAL MAGAZINE FOR HYDROGRAPHY
    WWW.HYDRO-INTERNATIONAL.COM

    NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2014 | VOLUME 18 NUMBER 8

    Leveraging Technology and Social Media for Intracoastal Waterway Reconnaissance
    Crowdsourcing Enhances Navigation Awareness

    In this internet age, crowdsourcing is fast providing practical contributions to our understanding of the
    world around us. Whether it be software developed in an open-source environment, inputs from ‘those in
    the know’ to create and maintain wiki pages, or the provision of weather and traffic data through the mobile
    devices we use every day, society as a whole benefits from what we each ‘know’ and the ability to
    communicate that information with today’s technology.

    Autonomous crowdsourced bathymetry (CSB) is one of the newest tools in the hydrographer’s toolbox, leveraging the application of 21st century technology and social media, both now an integral part of our everyday lives. While high-end surveying equipment is still unmatched in precision and accuracy in the hands of a professional hydrographer, very capable surveying technology is now low cost, readily available and already distributed
    worldwide in the form of standard-equipment vessel electronic charting systems, or chartplotters. Combined with the wireless and cellular networks that we are all constantly connected to, we have the ready means to aggregate and share this distributed coastal intelligence; and with the application of scientific principles rooted in hydrography and big data, we also have the ready means to compute solutions (along with uncertainty estimates) of this data to meet a variety of needs. And thus, the science of autonomous CSB is emerging as a next-generation tool that mirrors the connected mindset of the next generation of hydrographers.

    One such purpose for which autonomous CSB is being successfully implemented is as a reconnaissance tool for boaters on the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) (see Figure 1). Some sections of the waterway consist of natural inlets, saltwater rivers, bays and sounds, while others are artificial canals. It provides a navigable route along its length without many of the hazards of travel on the open sea. The regional maritime community is taking advantage of CSB as a self-enabling technology through a creative collaboration with industry. Leveraging the public’s availability of modern technology and their natural desire to be well informed as well as to benefit society, mariners are providing data that bestow unprecedented insight into conditions and resources along the ICW.
    fig1

    The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net (SSECN) is an online social media forum focused on the Atlantic ICW, and a treasure trove of useful reports and articles provided and consumed by the ICW community. The SSECN website informs others via familiar chart displays provided by EarthNC, enhanced with access to information such as fuel prices, marina accommodations and navigation hazards like misplaced buoys and shoaling. These reports are also enhanced by the millions of water depth measurements made by cruisers during their routine ICW transits, autonomously delivered and processed through the ARGUS™ CSB innovations of SURVICE Engineering and CARIS USA. This virtual, distributed surveying ‘vessel’ acts as a member of the SSECN cruising community, greatly enhancing condition reports provided through the SSECN website with a continuous flow of physical measurements as portrayed in Figure 2. This model provides the ultimate opportunity to engage the public as it both leverages and supports the public’s recreational and commercial interests in the ICW. What was previously a fleeting number on a chartplotter screen has become useful knowledge thanks to this pioneering partnership.
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    ARGUS Crowdsourced Bathymetry
    Autonomous crowdsourcing for maritime applications has been pioneered by SURVICE Engineering and CARIS USA through the innovations of ARGUS. ARGUS is a patented (US Patent 8,417,451) autonomous CSB system that provides continuous, automated acquisition and processing of CSB data. It universally interfaces with vessels’ existing GPS and depth-finding systems, automatically processes the GPS and depth signals, and leverages wireless technology and social media for both data aggregation and web dissemination of process outputs. Originally demonstrated as part of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Small Business innovation Research (SBIR) grant, ARGUS has processed over 100 million depth soundings from a distributed, international fleet of opportune vessels ranging from 18-foot recreational bass boats to 1,000-foot commercial cruise liners (see Figure 3).
    fig3In the image, vessel traffic is clearly highest in the same coastal zones in which up-to-date reconnaissance is most needed. Studies suggest that ARGUS solutions can meet IHO S-44 Order 2 Standards. ARGUS has demonstrated a powerful and practical approach that inexpensively leverages an unlimited, distributed workforce. Fundamentally, ARGUS processes every GPS position and corresponding water depth measurement that is output from the chartplotter. The system operates autonomously with no operator interaction required other than turning on the chartplotter. Backend processing includes the application of vessel offsets, tide and other environmental corrections, various stages of quality control, and CSB-specific data aggregation methods. Output from the process can be managed through CARIS’ Bathy DataBASE (BDB), which is used to compile survey data with appropriate metadata that can be used for searching. CARIS’ Spatial Fusion Enterprise (SFE) then can be used to serve out the data via the web. CARIS BDB and SFE provide powerful post-processing and visualisation platforms for the web-served ARGUS solution sets, robust and scalable storage and analysis for the ever-expanding volumes of data, high-resolution graphics, industry standard bathymetric processing modules, and simple yet powerful end-user interfaces.

    CSB Application on the ICW
    ARGUS has been in operation since 2010, acquiring over 100 million soundings from a distributed fleet of vessels navigating US and international waters. Over 20 million of those soundings have been processed over the 1,000+ miles from Norfolk to Key West, thanks to long-time contributors like Sea Tow, M/V Altair, M/V Chez Nous, Trawler Beach House, and Reality Check Sailing, and the data solution
    set is continually being refreshed. Figures 4 and 5 show two of the classic ICW trouble spots highlighted for SSECN readers: Georgia’s Jekyll Creek and Little Mud River, respectively.
    fig4fig5These are typical examples of ARGUS data providing a real ‘visual’ of the conditions and of the best route of travel through these trouble spots.
    Clearly evident in the case of the ICW, an especially hard-to-reach area for official survey assets, the swath of CSB data provides the partnership with a great opportunity to update the magenta line, or preferred route of travel, as currently represented on official charts. The magenta line was last comprehensively surveyed in the 1930s and desperately needs updating. Figure 6 shows one of many examples where the swath alone indicates the preferred route of travel, yet without consideration for which is the deepest part of the swath. fig6Endorsed by the
    Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, this project will add a continuously updated magenta line as a layer in the SSECN chart windows. Since the CARIS-led introduction of autonomous CSB to the international hydrographic community in 2010, CSB’s potential value has been noticed and is rapidly moving to leverage its benefits. Among others, the development of CSB has since been endorsed and encouraged by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, the International Hydrographic Organization and the Hydrographic Services Review Panel in the United States. The application of inevitable hardware improvements along with scientific expertise promise to only make CSB solutions better — in fact magnitudes better than the pre-1940s ‘soundings’ that are the basis for the majority of modern charts.

    Who Benefits?
    Crowdsourcing provides an opportunity to apply innovative technologies while engaging partners from academia, the public and commercial entities. It also attracts populations that are currently underrepresented in the hydrographic science workforce. The continuous fl ow of coastal environmental information promotes stewardship and informs decision making by stakeholders, educators, students, and the public who are interested in science. Crowdsourcing is an effective engagement of key stakeholders and the public that can enhance literacy of our coastal environments.

    Through this pilot application, SSECN readers are getting the benefit of a reconnaissance tool that keeps them best informed about the journey that lies ahead. The chart windows and layers allow planning for tomorrow’s journey while in a slip or on the anchor with a look-ahead view of current attractions, alerts and trouble spots. Information is bolstered by local knowledge of the SSECN community as the readers monitor local solution updates, make local chart comparisons and identify areas of interest (e.g., shoaling), which are then reaffirmed by and for the community. Reader testimonials indicate wide approval of these SSECN reports. The general public benefits from a reduced need to tax current observing systems, which are already 100 years behind schedule and with growing requirements. Steadily decreasing resources have reduced the number of hydrographic survey platforms worldwide to about 65% of what it was 15 years ago. This is in the face of commercial maritime trade that has increased three-fold since the 1970s. Especially in hard-to-reach areas such as the ICW, crowdsourcing can be used as a supplement to mission planning for official surveys requiring controlled measurements as shown in Figure 7.
    Resource-challenged hydrographic offices realize that they must rely not only on their own capabilities, but that they must also engage stakeholders and the public at multiple levels in order to build capacity and accomplish their missions. As demonstrated in other application areas such as the Chesapeake Bay, Antarctica, coastal New York and New Jersey, and the ports of Baltimore, New York, and Pittsburgh, one can see additional CSB networks being established to support local interests while complementing the work of hydrographic services and surveyors. Combined with the availability of the internet and wireless connectivity, remote sensing far beyond the capacity of all the world’s hydrographers combined is being realized. With the challenge of reduced resources, the use of CSB and other nontraditional methods for collecting data will grow to support the ever-increasing needs and uses for hydrographic data. The newest members of the hydrographic workforce—the commercial and recreational vessel captains that value the waterways—are bringing the fruit of their efforts to the benefit of the entire ICW community.

    Further Reading
    Van Norden, M., P. Cooper, and J. Hersey. Crowdsourced Bathymetry: One Solution for Addressing
    Nautical Chart Data Deficiencies. US Hydro 2013.
    Sedaghat, L., J. Hersey, and M. McGuire. Detecting Spatio-Temporal Outliers in Crowdsourced
    Bathymetry Data. GEOCrowd 2013.
    SURVICE Engineering ARGUS Website, http://argus.survice.com/.
    The Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net (SSECN) Website, http://cruisersnet.net/.
    The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) website, http://www.atlanticintracoastal.org/.
    John A. Hersey
    John Hersey is the Research and Technology
    Team leader for SURVICE’s Applied Technology
    Operation, focused on the development of
    innovative solutions to meet the requirements of federal
    and commercial customers. He is the lead engineer and
    project manager for ARGUS, coordinating all of the
    contributing vessels and processing methodologies
    employed in the various application areas, such as the ICW.
    john.hersey@survice.com
    Paul R. Cooper
    Paul Cooper is the vice president of CARIS USA
    and the current president of the Hydrographic
    Society of America. He is also vice president of
    the US National Section of the Pan American Institute of
    Geography and History and a board member of the
    Mid-Atlantic Regional Association Coastal Ocean Observing
    System (MARACOOS).
    paul.cooper@caris.us

  • How Lockwoods Folly Got Its Name, AICW Statute Mile 321

    Our thanks to Skipper Boyd for this message and link in response to one of Claiborne’s “tales” – see http://cruisersnet.net/?p=117868. And see “Young’s Yarns” on our Homepage for more of Claiborne’s sagas! Lockwoods Folly Inlet, just east of Holden Beach, is well known to Waterway cruisers, not for the Inlet proper, but because of the perennial shoaling at the intersection of the Inlet and the Waterway.

    There are a number of theories about how Lockwood Folly received its name. They can be read at:
    http://blog.ncmaps.org/index.php/tag/lockwood-folly/
    Pete Boyd

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Lockwoods Folly Inlet

  • More on the Sunken Vessel in Gulfport Mooring Field, Boca Ciega Bay, near GICW Statute Mile 115

    Skipper Burnham has sent a photo of the white buoy marking the sunken vessel and the green trawler moored nearby in the hopes of helping visitors to Gulfport mooring field avoid the hazard. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145996.
    As you can see from the photo, the white buoy (with the cormorant atop) marking the sunken vessel is VERY small and could, as Skipper Burnham has been warning, easily be missed, even in daylight hours!

    Larry,
    I sailed out to the sunken power boat today and took a picture of the light green steel hulled trawler and the small white buoy that marks the hazard.
    Today the wind was blowing from the west and I was surprised to see the sunken hulk was north of the white buoy or just to the right of the buoy in the photo.
    The buoy had been on the east end of the wreck and today it is sitting on the south side of it.
    The light green trawler is seldom off its mooring so it probably makes a better hazard marker than the tiny white buoy until this starts showing up on the chart plotter updates.
    Attached is a photo of the buoy and the trawler…

    gulfport

    Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers’ Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Gulfport Anchorage/Mooring Field

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  • More on ARGUS Update!!

    This notice of an update of ARGUS by John Hersey is definitely GOOD NEWS for Waterway cruisers. If you are not now a user of ARGUS, give it a try by clicking the ARGUS box at the top of any of our Chartview windows – it is an amazing technology! Keep your fingers crossed that NOAA will wake up and begin to use ARGUS in place of the infamous magenta line. The proposal to use ARGUS as the magenta line has been endorsed by the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association.

    John Hersey is the Research and Technology Team leader for SURVICE’s Applied Technology Operation, focused on the development of innovative solutions to meet the requirements of federal and commercial customers. He is the lead engineer and project manager for ARGUS, coordinating all of the contributing vessels and processing methodologies employed in the various application areas, such as the ICW.

    Hi Larry,
    Just a note to let you know we just updated the AICW solution set this morning, thanks to about 7 million new soundings since March from a bunch of boats including long time contributors M/V Altair, M/V Chez Nous, Trawler Beach House, Reality Check Sailing, M/V Jackets II, S/V Makai, and M/V Elixir. The update reflects several additional transits between Norfolk and the Keys, new Bahamas cruise ship data, St. John’s River updates from Jacksonville to Sanford, and previously uncharted waters on the west coast of Florida thanks to the adventurous expeditions of Trawler Beach House! The total AICW soundings count that makes up the SSECN ARGUS layer is now up to about 30 million.
    Also FYI, our magenta line proposal is back in NOAA’s hands. We appreciate your continued encouragement and support as we move forward in applying ARGUS data to help update the magenta line!
    Just let me know if you have any questions.
    Thanks,
    John

  • Advocacy for Anchoring Rights in Florida

    Seven Seas Cruising Association has long been a strong advocate for boaters’ rights. Below are invitations to a Webinar and to Membership in the Association. Please remember that the struggle for anchoring rights is not exclusive to Florida; restrictions in one state will eventually affect other states.

    Hi Larry,
    Seven Seas Cruising Association has been very involved in protecting anchoring rights for all boaters, especially those in Florida. I thought your readers might be interested in the information below.

    Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) has been representing both their members and boaters everywhere at recent Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hearings about anchoring rights, laws, and regulations in Florida. After several years of even-handed work with landowners and boaters the approach of FWC in the latest hearings is of some concern.

    The “devil is in the details” of course. FWC seems to be under a great deal of pressure to allow local regulation of anchoring in Florida. In particular, stand-off distances from mooring fields, from marine infrastructure (ramps, marinas, and other publicly accessible facilities), and private waterfront property were discussed. In addition, time limits on anchoring were proposed.

    Phil Johnson is chair of SSCA’s Concerned Cruisers Committee. He was named SSCA’s 2014 Member of the Year for his efforts on lobbying on behalf of Cruisers’ Rights. As Chair of the Concerned Cruisers’ Committee, Phil’s tireless advocacy of cruisers’ rights from New England to Florida and beyond has been of great benefit to all boaters. SSCA salutes his thoughtful, professional and successful approach, whether the issue is anchoring rights, over-aggressive marine policing, or mooring field management.

    Whether you reside in Florida, pass through Florida on your boat or are just concerned about boaters rights in general, you’ll be interested in the upcoming Seven Seas U webinar, “A Florida Anchoring Update” presented by Phil Johnson on January 6. Phil will update you on the very latest attempts for local Florida communities to restrict your ability to drop the hook in a safe anchorage. Everyone needs to be informed and involved to ensure our anchoring rights are preserved.

    The webinar will help you understand why this issue is important to all boaters and will let you know just what the Florida FWC plans. You’ll also hear the results of the August-September Anchoring Survey and their implications.
    The webinar is free to SSCA members and just $10 for non-members. Go to www.SevenSeasU.com for more informaiton and to register.

    If you are a Florida resident please let your legislators know how you feel about freedom to anchor. If you are a cruiser, sail or power, your membership in SSCA supports defense of your anchoring rights (among many other things) in Florida and elsewhere. Go to www.ssca.org to find out more.

    Thank you,
    Barbara Theisen
    Editor
    Seven Seas Cruising Association

  • Editorial: Our Heroes!

    Twice in recent weeks, two of our faithful readers have reported unsafe navigation conditions PRIOR to USCG Marine Safety Broadcasts or Local Notices to Mariners. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145996 and http://cruisersnet.net/?p=145983 as reported by David Burnham and Sue Ward, respectively.
    The selfless actions of these two skippers clearly defines the purpose of Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net: “Cruisers Helping Cruisers!” Taking the time to write to us and to follow up on the unsafe conditions may not be the heroics of an emergency rescue, but one cannot underestimate the value of giving our fellow boaters that peace of mind when entering a new port or anchorage that comes from “local knowledge.” These skippers have demonstrated the very best of navigation traditions to come to the aid of their fellow boaters.
    So, David and Sue, on behalf of all cruisers, we thank you for your efforts and for being ideal role models! We salute you as “Our Heroes!”

    Larry

  • New Docks Open at Fort Pierce City Marina, AICW Statute Mile 966.5

    The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188.

    Subj: The First Set of New Docks Are Now Open!
    12/17/2014 09:43 AM
    1600 Linear Feet of new dockage is now available!!!!!

     

     

     

     

     

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    Anne Maurer
    Fort Pierce City Marina
    772-464-1245
    FPCM@city-ftpierce.com

    Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For Fort Pierce City Marina

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  • A Good Visit to Darien, GA, off AICW Statute Mile 651.5

    Darien City Docks lie along the northern banks of the Darien River, hard by the charted 31-foot fixed bridge, in the heart of downtown Darien, which is 7 nautical miles off the AICW via the fully marked Darien River Channel, featuring minimum 14 foot depths. Recent repairs to the docks add to the attractiveness of this lovely river port.

    We just spent a couple days on the town dock in Darien GA. We were greeted by the most friendly dock master David. Darien had been on our list of places to visit for quite some time. We highly recommend this side trip – about 6 miles off the ICW. This town is very boater friendly and the people were welcoming. They have a great coffee shop Blondies, one block from the marina. We also received a complimentary glass of wine one night while visiting the Waterfront Wine & Gourmet, who also had live entertainment and a great wine selection. We are some if the best shrimp we’ve tasted at B&J Seafood. We visited King George Fort and the Rice Plantation. Well worth a visit. A must do!
    Ron & Tina Main
    Sea Gypsy

    Click Here To View the Georgia Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For Darien City Docks

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  • Updated Phone Number for Camp Lejeune Firing Range

    The number provided by Skipper Walters has been confirmed as the number for all the firing ranges at Camp Lejeune. See http://cruisersnet.net/?p=16763.  Thank you Skipper Walters!

    Kayaking from Maine to Guatemala. Tomorrow I will pass by Camp Lejeune on the ICW. Called the number listed in the above post. It was wrong, but they gave me the current correct number to call: 910 451 3064. Safe Passage for me for tomorrow!
    Deb Walters

  • Christmas Greetings from Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, AICW Alternate Route

    A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center is located on the east shore of the Canal at Statute Mile 28.

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    Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers’ Net Marina Directory Listing For the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

    Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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