About IALA

ENG (Aids to Navigation Engineering and Sustainability)

Committee Chair: Simon Millyard (Trinity House), Vice Chair: Michel Cousquer (CEREMA)

Download here the introduction to the ENG Committee for new participants

The Committee work is organised according to 4 Technical Domains, as follows.

Technical domain No. 1 – AtoN Design and Delivery
Work domains:

  • Visual signaling
  • Range and performance
  • Design, Implementation & Maintenance
  • Power systems
  • Floating AtoN
  • Environment, Sustainability & Legacy

Technical domain No. 2 – Radionavigation Services
Work domains:

  • Stellite positioning and timing
  • Terrestrial positioning and timing (including e-Loran, eChayka, R-mode)
  • Racon & Radar positioning
  • Augmentation services (DGNSS)

Technical domain No. 3 – Training and Certification
Work domains:

  • Training and Certification

Technical domain No. 4 – Heritage Forum
Work domains:

  • Activate and manage Heritage Forum as necessary

 

ENG WORKING GROUPS TERMS OF REFERENCE

1.        Introduction

Clause 1.3 in the Policy and Procedures section of the IALA Basic Documents states that a Committee should carry out its work in accordance with the following Terms of Reference.

  1. The purpose of a Committee is to create draft Documents, for example draft standards, recommendations, guidelines, and manuals.
  2. These documents should be directed to meeting the Goals of the Strategic Vision, with effort concentrated on documents required by the content of the Priorities for the period 2014-2018 in the Strategic Vision.
  3. The Committee should work to a Work Programme which has been agreed by the PAP (Policy Advisory Panel), and this Work Programme should clearly show the deliverables as the draft documents indicated in (1) and (2) above.
  4. The Committee’s progress with its work and achievement of its deliverables should be reported to PAP and Council at regular intervals.

The following sets out the particular terms of reference for the ENG Committee for the work period 2018-2022.

2.        Committee Structure

The AtoN Engineering & Sustainability Committee (ENG) is structured into three Working Groups to deliver the 2018 – 2022 work plan. They are:

  • WG1 – Light & Vision Physics;
  • WG2 – Technical Knowledge and Sustainability;
  • WG3 – Radionavigation Services.

ENG also supervises the Heritage Forum and recognises that some delegates will have an interest and input in more than one of the above areas.

3.        Terms of Reference for the ENG Visual & Physical AtoN Working Group (WG1)

Introduction

Visual AtoN are an essential element of safe and efficient maritime navigation. While the range of visual AtoN has reduced with the increasing use of electronic navigation systems, the need for short range AtoN, good spatial awareness, efficiency and cost effectiveness of visual AtoN service provision has increased.

Scope

The review, update and development of IALA documents and knowledge transfer that supports the ENG Committee Work Programme 2018 – 2022 and IALA strategy. The support of technical workshops.

Topics and activities

  • Visual perception & marine signalling;
  • Range and Colour;
  • Light and Vision Physics;
  • Buoys visual aspects;
  • Beacons & day marks;
  • S-100 registry support
  • Document review & production;
  • IALA Wiki development and use;
  • Identification and delivery of potential Standards;
  • Navguide updates;
  • Technical updates.

Deliverables

  • Appropriate draft Standards, Recommendations, Guidelines, Model Courses and Manuals, etc., to fulfil the tasks assigned to the Working Group in the Committee Work Programme;
  • Information and relevant subtasks requested from other Working Groups within the Committee for them to fulfil their tasks;
  • Draft liaison notes etc. as appropriate;
  • Support for the technical workshops.

4.        Terms of Reference for the ENG Knowledge and Sustainability Working Group (WG2))

Introduction

Effective technical management with attention to standards, quality control, information sharing and training are essential elements of AtoN service provision to support efficient and environmentally friendly marine navigation.

Scope

The review, update and development of IALA documents and knowledge transfer that support the ENG Committee Work Programme 2018 – 2022 and IALA strategy. The support and delivery of technical workshops. Provide a forum for knowledge sharing on asset management of heritage lighthouses & estates.

Topics and activities

  • Sustainability and Environmental responsibility;
  • World Wide Academy;
  • Technical workshops;
  • Buoys and beacons structural aspects and moorings;
  • Civil Engineering & structural maintenance;
  • Maintenance and commissioning;
  • Work in extreme environments;
  • Power systems;
  • Remote control, monitoring and telematics;
  • Audible signals;
  • Document review & production;
  • IALA Wiki development and use.
  • Identification and delivery of potential Standards;
  • Commissioning & audit;
  • e-Navigation implementation;
  • Health & Safety;
  • Technical updates;
  • Cyber security;
  • Asset management of heritage buildings.

Deliverables

  • Appropriate draft Standards, Recommendations, Guidelines, Manuals, Model Courses and Product Specifications, etc., to fulfil the tasks assigned to the Working Group in the Committee work programme;
  • Information and relevant subtasks requested from other Working Groups within the Committee for them to fulfil their tasks;
  • Draft liaison notes etc. as appropriate.
  • Technical workshop(s) as detailed in the Committee work programme.

5.        Terms of Reference for the ENG Radionavigation Services Working Group (WG3)

Introduction

Reliable position-fixing (with redundancy) is a fundamental requirement for navigation and e-navigation. This requirement has since expanded to cover all aspects of Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) inputs required by both ship and shore to enable e-Navigation.

Scope

All aspects of Positioning, Navigation and Timing systems including resilience, reliability and integrity.

Topics and activities

  • World-Wide Radionavigation Plan (WWRNP);
  • PNT Requirements for e-Navigation;
  • Radar technology, and associated aids to navigation;
  • Terrestrial positioning systems;
  • GNSS and its augmentation;
  • The requirement for terrestrial backup systems for GNSS;
  • Systems using Signals of Opportunity;
  • Visual & optical positioning/navigation techniques;
  • Inertial navigation techniques;
  • Effective fusion and integration of available PNT data;
  • PNT Performance Monitoring;
  • Development of the IALA Marine Beacon DGNSS concept;
  • Liaison with IMO, IEC, ITU, CIRM, RTCM and other bodies on PNT matters.

Deliverables

  • Appropriate draft Standards, Recommendations, Guidelines, Model Courses, Manuals, Product Specifications, etc., to fulfil the tasks assigned to the Working Group in the Committee Work Programme;
  • Information and relevant subtasks requested from other Working Groups within the Committee for them to fulfil their tasks;
  • Draft liaison notes etc. as appropriate;
  • Support for Technical Workshops.