Hydrographic survey is a process used to measure and describe the physical features of the navigable earth’s surface such as oceans, lakes and rivers. The equipments used in such surveys are known as hydrographic equipments. Hydrographic technology earlier consisted of hardware setup to connect with the satellites for receiving information. However, modern technology relies more on software. QINSy (Quality Integrated Navigation System) is modern software used for managing operations for a hydrographic complex, even if this complex consists of hydrographic equipments from different manufacturers. QINSy licenses have been issued to more than 700 companies worldwide in 71 countries.
Key factors that may drive this market are product enhancement and advancements, increasing demand for offshore oil exploration, oil and gas. The sector requires precise position systems, high resolution sounds and acoustic equipments in the future. Cost and time inefficiency may act as the main restraint to the progressive growth of the market. The global industry can be segmented on the basis of application into port and harbor management, hydrographic charting, coastal engineering and offshore oil and gas. Hydrographic and nautical charts aid in ensuring safe navigation. This is becoming increasingly essential on account of growth in commercial shipping, recreational boating as well as fishing activities. Ports contain warehouses, ships, cargo and loading docks among others. Port management includes overseeing the various components of the shipping industry for smooth and streamlined operations. Echo sounding is another emerging application of hydrography. It is used to determine the depth of water by sending the sound pulses to the depth. Coastal engineering is the study of the processes ongoing at the coastline and the constructions within the shores. It involves aspects of civil engineering, oceanography, marine geology, often directed at providing navigational access. Offshore oil and gas deals with well drilling at the seabed. This is done to extract petroleum which lies in rock formation beneath the seabed. Offshore oil and gas in the United States is a source of a large portion of the nation’s oil and gas supply. Reservoirs are found under the sea offshore from Louisiana, Texas, California and Alaska.
The market can also be segmented on the basis of region into North America, Asia Pacific, Europe and Rest of the World. Asia Pacific is the market leader, followed by North America and Europe. The major players in this market are Lic Technology, Ohmex, Raytheon Company, Seafloor Systems, Thales, Teledyne Reson A/S, Teledyne Odom Hydrographics, Furgo, and Atlas Elektronik GmbH.
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