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The CARIS Engineering Analysis Module – Assisting in the Management of Queensland’s Waterways

Mr Owen Cantrill, MSQ Mr Daniel Kruimel, CARIS

Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ – A division of Transport and Main Roads within the Queensland State Government) is responsible for protecting Queensland’s waterways and the people who use them providing safer, cleaner seas. Within MSQ, the Hydrographic Services section carry out hydrographic surveys on behalf of clients. Current clients include North Queensland Bulk Ports (Ports of Hay Point, Weipa, Abbot Point and Mackay), Ports North (Cape Flattery, Thursday Island), Gladstone Ports Corporation and Boating Infrastructure and Waterways Management (recreational boating facilities).
MSQ first incorporated CARIS products into their workflow early in 2009, using HIPS and SIPS for processing their bathymetric data. Later that year, BASE Editor was also brought on board to assist in bathymetric data compilation and QC.
In 2012, MSQ are looking to utilize the new functionality of the Engineering Analysis module to assist them in the management of their ports and waterways throughout Queensland. This includes tools such as sophisticated and fast volume computations and advanced 3D visualization of bathymetry and reference models (see figure).
This paper will look into how BASE Editor and the Engineering Analysis Module are being utilized in the Ports and Waterways environment, with a focussed case study on the application with MSQ. Included in this will be a detailed comparison of techniques for volume computation (such as end area volumes, hyperbolic and TIN volumes), a summary of the results that can be achieved and the associated advantages/disadvantages with each method .