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  • March 15, 2022 12:53 AM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    The votes are in!

    The THSOA National Board Proxy Voting is closed and we are excited to announce the new board members:

    • Trustee: Chris McHugh
    • Trustee: Tiziana Munene
    • Secretary: Vanessa Miller

    We would like to welcome the newly elected board members and wish the outgoing board members the best of luck in their next role within the THSOA membership.

  • March 03, 2022 4:19 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    The THSOA Proxy Voting will open from March 1 at 2:00 CT until 5:00 CT on March 4, 2022. Voting for THSOA Board Members is only open to members in good standing of The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA).

    In order to vote you will need to be an active member of THSOA.

    Vote here: https://thsoa.org/Sys/Poll/32738

    Candidates and Bio's are below. Voting links will be emailed to members, if you have any problems or questions, please contact admin@thsoa.org.

    Secretary nominee: Vanessa Miller

    I am a STEM enthusiast and servant leader who takes pride in helping others achieve success. After graduating from Southern University, A&M College with a bachelor’s degree in Physics, I started my professional career as a Physical Scientist at the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVO) working on in-house and shipboard hydrographic projects. While at NAVO, I was selected for a full-time training program and earned a master’s degree in Hydrographic Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Soon after graduating, I transferred to NAVO’s sister command, the Naval METOC Professional Development center where I served as an Instructor and Curriculum Developer for several hydrographic programs.  I later transferred to NOAA as a Physical Scientist at the Atlantic Hydrographic Branch (AHB) where I served in numerous capacities and roles at AHB and the Office of Coast Survey throughout my 13 years of service. Additionally, had the prestigious honor of serving as a Co-Chair of the Technical Session for two THSOA conferences. I recently received a master's degree in Applied Data Science and accepted a position as a Senior Consultant, Data Scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton. Although my skill set has broadened, hydrography will always be my first scientific passion.

    Trustee nominee: Carl Sonnier

    Carl Sonnier is currently serving as the Innovation Business Partner for Fugro’s Marine Site Characterization business which includes Hydrographic, Geophysical, Geotechnical and Consultancy services. In this role he facilitates communications between users of acquisition, processing and data management technology and the technology developers/providers who build the tools.

    He has been active in Hydrographic related projects and developments for over 40 years. His very first project out of school was a radar altimeter used to estimate sea state from a satellite by NOAA. Along the way he has had the opportunity to help build, support and operate many innovative technologies including: completing the first inland waterways project with a multibeam system for the US Corp of Engineers, working with Optech and US Core of Engineers getting the first Shoals Airborne Lidar Bathymetric (ALB) system into operation, supporting development and operations of Fugro’s LADS ALB system, and in recent years the introduction of Fugro’s newest ALB system the highly portable RAMMS system.

    A key focus of Carl is making collection and analysis of data on our oceans faster and cheaper. This includes satellite derived bathymetry and highly portable ALB systems for coastal areas. It also includes unmanned survey vessels and the data tools to collect and manage data remotely.

    Fugro is leading the private sector in support of the Nippon Foundation-Gebco Seabed 2030 project. In 2017, they devised a method of operating its vessel-based multibeam echosounder systems autonomously while transiting between marine survey projects. To date, Fugro has contributed over 2,000,000 square kilometers of high-resolution crowd sourced bathymetry to Seabed 2030.

    Carl holds a BSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana: Lafayette and a MS in Remote Sensing from the University of Southern California. He currently has three awarded patents, one for characterizing sea ice utilizing an airborne radar, one for an underwater positioning system and one for geoid computations based on airborne measured gravity field.

    And finally, why is Carl volunteering for this role: to help motivate the hydrographers of our future with a drive to better understand our environment along with an interest in reducing the huge volumes of plastic in our oceans.

    Trustee nominee: Chris McHugh

    My 13-year expertise in hydrography and geophysics started with my undergraduate research along the US east coast. I obtained a B.Sc. in Marine Science from Coastal Carolina University where I later worked as a Marine Technician. This research led to a passion for hydrography and marine acoustics, which then led to a Master’s in Hydrographic Science and an IHO CAT A certification from the University of Southern Mississippi. Two years after this, I obtained my NSPS/ACSM Certified Hydrographer certification. I spent the early part of my career doing high resolution, low uncertainty hydrographic and geophysical surveys to support charting, engineering, research, and permitting on both small day craft and large offshore vessels. This included USV/ASV work with multi-sensor payloads and autonomous towfish deployments for the US Offshore Wind Farm industry (OWF). This led to career growth of management and oversight of all technical aspects of several large OWF surveys as well as other large and small vessel surveys around the world. Currently I am supporting Sulmara’s growth as their Global Technical Authority for Geophysics helping to push the possibilities of unmanned vessels and automated processes to allow surveys to focus more on QA/QC and better data products.

    I am very passionate about giving back to the academic world and helping the next generation of hydrographers. I currently do this through an adjunct professorship teaching hydrography with Texas A&M Corpus Christi University; I have previously taught a USM Cat A program course as well. Also being a member of the GEOHAB Backscatter Working Group and the Society of Underwater Technology OSIGs committee gives me more avenues to help new hydrographers and surveyors and aid in the betterment of the hydrographic field. THSOA is another avenue that I believe is the best place for academia and the commercial industry to come together, shape recruitment, learn new pathways, and explore new technologies.

    Trustee nominee: Tiziana Munene

    Hydrographer at Fugro, Tiziana Munene holds a B.Sc. in Geomatics from the University of Florida and a Master of Science in Earth Science/Ocean Mapping from the University of New Hampshire. Tiziana has over 5 years of experience in hydrography and volunteers with the THSOA - Houston Chapter. She advocates for women in Hydrography and hopes to attract more women into the industry as the fight goes on to make it a safer and more appealing environment for other women hydrographers. One of her passions since college has been The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO, Seabed 2030 Project and she has been helping with that from the private company end of things. As a member of the National THSOA team, she hopes to continue growing as a hydrographer and advocating for all the other young girls who one day end up in this industry.

    Trustee nominee: Stacey D. Lyle

    Stacey D. Lyle, PhD, RPLS has a background in both industry and academics with Fugro Chance as Hydrographer in Marine Construction (1991), Leica Geosystems as Directory of Machine Automation for North America (1999), Texas A&M University Corpus Christi’s Conrad Blucher Institute for Surveying Sciences as an Associate Professor (2012), BP North America as the Surveying Team Lead (2017), and at Texas A&M University in the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering and Department of Geography as a Professor of Practice (current).   He has conducted hydrographic/geodetic surveying, mapping, and research with NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (1994; 2005-2012), US Army Corps of Engineers (2010), and Schmidt Ocean Institute (2012).  He is a former NASA Faculty Fellow (2002 and 2003) and Kiki De La Garza Faculty Fellow (2008), and the Energy Delegate to the United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (2013-2015).  Currently, Dr. Lyle is an Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET) Commissioner (2022-2024) and is joining on the Board of Directors of Research, Applied Technology, Education, and Service a 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit company to develop standards for coastal shallow water hydrographic hydrology models for micro and macro flooding.

  • February 15, 2022 2:11 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    Are you looking for an opportunity to further your career in the hydrographic community? THSOA can help!

    We are looking for volunteers for multiple positions on the THSOA National board.

    If interested, please email admin@thsoa.org your nomination or your interest in volunteering.

    Elected Position Nominations

    THSOA is seeking nominations and volunteers for the following positions by February 21.


    The role of the Secretary is to support the Chair in ensuring the smooth functioning of the THSOA Board. In summary, the Secretary is responsible for: Ensuring meetings are effectively organized and accurate minutes of those meetings maintained. Maintaining effective records and administration.


    Trustees at Large (two positions)

    The management and control of the Society shall be vested in the Board of Trustees. The commitment over the year is two meetings a month with additional time put toward duties as subcommittees and projects require. As events such as US Hydro approach the meetings are increased as needed.

    As always, this is our professional organization... If someone has the interest to take the lead on an action, proposal, or an event, contact us at admin@thsoa.org THSOA is a great opportunity for someone to grow their career while giving back to the community. Nominees and volunteers must be members in good standing in order to accept the position.

    Please spread the word and thank you,

    The Hydrographic Society of America Board

  • February 09, 2022 12:04 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    Dear THSOA Family,

    On behalf of the THSOA Committee it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Peter Lewit, retired Chief Hydrographic Survey Technician of NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson.

    Remembrances and condolences can be shared on his kudoboard using the link below.


  • January 12, 2022 9:51 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    Dear THSOA Family,

    On behalf of the THSOA Committee it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend, mentor and colleague, Dean Pottle.

    From all of us who worked with him from Century Subsea, Geo Century and DOF Subsea, it was a pleasure to have worked with you, you’ll be sorely missed.

    Remembrances and condolences can be shared on his Tribute wall using the link below.


  • January 06, 2022 3:30 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    On behalf of the THSOA Committee it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend, mentor and colleague, Ron Butcher.

    Remembrances and condolences can be shared on his Tribute Wall using the link below.


  • December 15, 2021 1:10 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    The Houston Chapter of THSOA is accepting nominations for the following positions on the committee for 2022:

    • Vice Chair
    • Social Media Manager
    • Events Coordinator

    If you, or someone you know is interested in running for one of these positions, please contact the committee at houston@thsoa.org before the Annual General Meeting on January 11th. 

    Elections will be held in January at the AGM which will be our first Hybrid event. Open to members in person, and online. See the THSOA Events page for more details.

  • October 26, 2021 7:00 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    The Hydrographic Society of America's Board of Trustees has announced their inductees for the 2021 class of the Hydrographer Hall of Fame. Instituted in 2012, the Hydrographer Hall of Fame is meant to honor hydrographers who have made significant advances in the science of hydrographic surveying, who have had distinguished surveying careers, who have made contributions in the education of hydrographers and who have provided exemplary service to the society. Nominations are considered every other year on the odd numbered years.

    This year's inductees are:

    • Richard Byrd - Odom Hydrographic
    • Professor John Hughes Clarke - University of New Hampshire
    • Pat Sanders - HYPACK
    • Rear Admiral Richard T. Brennan - NOAA

    More information on the 2021 class can be found on the Hall of Fame page.

  • August 23, 2021 10:29 PM | Haley Hollis (Administrator)

    NOAA HSRP public meeting webinar, September 1-2, 2021

    NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) Federal Advisory Committee

    The meeting will focus on issues related to hydrographic and navigation services, observations and positioning including topics affecting the NOS’ Office of Coast Survey, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, National Geodetic Survey, and the University of New Hampshire’s and NOAA’s Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) and Center for Coastal Ocean Mapping. The HSRP advises the NOAA Administrator on matters that affect marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial shipping, ocean and coastal stewardship including sea level rise, resilience, flooding and inundation, coastal and marine spatial planning, geospatial and geodetic data, recreational boating, Arctic priorities, the National Spatial Reference System, the PORTS® system, tides and currents, mapping and surveying, and related topics.

    The meeting will have 2 special sessions highlighting: 1) offshore wind energy and data sharing interests; and 2) the technology, operations and systems to support ocean surveying and mapping in less than 40 meters including lidar, satellite derived bathymetry, and multi-beam hydrographic surveys. There will be updates on NOS programs, as well as the ocean and coastal mapping implementation plans for NOMEC, "Establishing a National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, June 2020", the Alaska Coastal Mapping Strategy (ACMS), coastal resilience and data, and other topics.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS targeted to the HSRP members are encouraged in advance or during the meeting:

    Comments targeted to the HSRP members can be submitted in advance by August 26, 2021, or during the meeting and should address the topics of the meeting and NOS’s navigation, positioning and observations services, data and products. They should be no longer than 2 minutes and not repeat other comments. If comments are submitted in advance they will be shared with the HSRP members, displayed on a slide, and posted to the website. All comments are included in the meeting public record. Please email advance letters and comments to: Melanie.Colantuno@noaa.gov, Virginia.Dentler@noaa.gov and hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov.

    Meeting Information, Webinar, and Times:

    The final meeting agenda, background documents and presentations will be posted to the web prior to the meeting: https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.html

    Webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5627376790601178124

    Advance registration is recommended.

    Time: Meeting times are in EST and time/speakers are subject to change

    Sept 1, 2021, 12:45-5:30pm EST; Sept 2, 2021, 1-5:30pm EST

  • August 02, 2021 11:04 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    NOAA’s Offices of Coast Survey and National Geodetic Survey jointly announce the FY2023 NOAA Admiral Richard T. Brennan Ocean Mapping Matching Fund program, in honor of a leader, colleague and friend who was a supporter of integrated ocean and coastal mapping. Now known as the Brennan Matching Fund, the purpose of the opportunity is to identify and match funds with partners on ocean and coastal hydrographic surveys and mapping. Proposals will be evaluated and prioritized for funding based on submitted justifications. NOAA will select proposals using the review process and criteria evaluation described in section IX of the Federal Register Notice here.

    PDF of NOAA Announcement: Download Here

    Full Federal Register Notice here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/27/2021-15970/notice-of-matching-fund-opportunity-for-ocean-and-coastal-mapping-and-request-for-partnership

    Informational Webinar on September 9, 2PM ET, registration here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7914808480326041357

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