The UKHO in March held their conference at the Amba Hotel, Marble Arch and had a fully packed programe for the day. The conference morning session was a blast of information including guest speakers with question and answer sessions at specified intervals.
UKHO are a government body who are responsible for the development and operations of the worlds ship navigation systems. The days of paper charts still exist but modern technology has now placed this into a stage further.
The morning sessions broke for lunch and a large group photograph of the whole force of UKHO took place within the conference room on thier return. Although the room was a little small for the amount of people who attended of around one hundred and forty, experienced photographer Peter Austin of Alternative Images did a fantastic job of arranging all on stage where they could be placed. Unfortunately the stage length was a bit smaller than one would have liked for such a large group so the last remaining people who arrived had to stand on the lower carpet area. Not an ideal situation but sometimes trying to achieve something in an area that doesn’t quite suit does have to have a compromise.
The afternoon was made up of interactive sessions within various rooms in groups and then later all gathered for a closing session in the main area. Then we were all informed that the group would be taken to a secret venue for the evening via old London Routemaster buses that ended up a drinks an nibbles event on board HMS Belfast that is moored as a museum on the river thames in London
Alternative Images corporate photography was asked to cover the 2014 conference at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington again this year for The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office. The conference was about the ever increasing database of digital information to be used alongside the traditional use of paper maps in navigating ships around the world and the many ports they have to visit.
The conference was attended by approximately ninety people who have a great interest in the information discussed by UKHO during the day. Alternative Images covered all the morning presenters’ shots and organised before the afternoon session a group photograph on stage of the attendees where they will each receive a print copy.
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Peter Austin of Alternative Images Photography has worked with this client over many years being an established business in conference photography and video production.
UKHO Commercial Conference 2014 London
UKHO Workshop London
Alternative Images, corporate photographers in London were asked to record the workshop event held in London on 11th Septmber by UKHO organised by CT-Live event management. This workshop was explaining the importance of regular updates and best procedure practice for ship navigation systems. At the event there was time to ask the professionals after a light lunch on the systems they offer. The main presenter for the morning was Captain Paul Hailwood who spoke in two one hour sessions on the ECDIS system.
The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is committed to the safe and efficient adoption of ECDIS in accordance with SOLAS requirements. It is apparent the shipping industry requires clear unambiguous guidance for the transition from traditional to digital navigation. The UKHO will be providing a workshop to provide guidance for the development of ECDIS operating procedures into the on board safety management system as required by international regulations and the International Safety Management (ISM) code. The workshop will benefit any person involved with the shipping industry including, managers, owners, ship personnel, regulators and auditors.