New 3D vessel traffic management system enhances safety at Poole Harbour

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Malcolm Bradshaw Harbour Control Coordinator at the port of Poole with C Vu 3D VTS system

Cardiff-based 3D software and systems firm GeoVS has completed the latest delivery of its unique C-Vu 3D Vessel Traffic System (VTS) which has been installed at the port of Poole on the south coast of the UK.  

GeoVS, formed in 2010, specialises in 3D data visualisation systems that deliver increased safety, efficiency and security in a number of major global marine markets including ports, shipping and offshore oil and gas installations.

C-Vu provides a unique real-time 3D solution for increased navigational safety in ports and harbours, their approaches and also around restricted areas in the offshore oil and gas market. It uses GeoVS proprietary IPR and unique algorithms that build on more than 12 years of academic research in complex GIS (geographical information systems), geospatial science and 3D graphics at major international academic institutions. It draws on information from international standard S57 hydrographic charts and existing radar systems and supplements this with inputs from tide gauges, bathymetry, meteorological and oceanographic stations and radio based automatic identification systems.

C-Vu automatically records all tracked vessel movements and logged data in a chosen area, which can be stored for up to 10 years and played back in full detail at any time.  This enables forensic analysis in the investigation and analysis of marine incidents, adding value in claims investigations, training and operational efficiency.

Commenting on the company’s latest C-Vu installation, GeoVS CEO Alastair MacDonald said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen by Poole Harbour Commissioners to install a C-Vu 3D VTS system in their vessel traffic management centre. The highly positive feedback following the commissioning of the C-Vu system in Poole on time and on budget has confirmed our ability to deliver innovative technology that enhances operational safety, productivity and efficiency”.

Captain Brian Murphy, Harbour Master, said: “The Commissioners conducted a critical review of available systems to upgrade our VTS. Initial scepticism of the value of 3D display of critical vessel movement data has rapidly been overcome by the benefits of being able to understand in amazing detail, clarity and flexibility, the reality of what is actually happening on and below the water. We now have a great improvement to situational awareness with reduced operator fatigue and so we are able to deliver an even higher level of navigational safety. It is already clear that the user-friendly C-Vu is setting the future standard for VTS, and we at Poole are pleased to be an early adopter of this change to vessel monitoring technology”.

Ann Casey from Finance Wales’ technology ventures investment team welcomed news of the Poole installation: “Finance Wales is pleased to be an investor in GeoVS.  The C-Vu system offers customers a range of potential benefits and we congratulate the company on winning this significant new contract.  GeoVS is part of Finance Wales’ growing portfolio of IP-rich, technology-based businesses which are bringing new, disruptive technologies to market.  Its high-calibre management team has the technical skills and commercial focus to succeed and we look forward to seeing further gains in market share.”

GeoVS, headed by Dr Rafal Goralski, has a team of 8 internationally experienced business, research and software development professionals and is headquartered in Cardiff, Wales.