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  • April 22, 2017 11:13 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)


    The NSPS/THSOA Hydrographer Certification  Board is responsible for certifying hydrographers in the United States.  The Board occasionally has openings and is seeking certified hydrographers willing to volunteer to sit on the Board. Board terms are for 5 years with the ability to extend for additional years.  Primary responsibilities are to review applications for certification, proctor certification exams, participate in yearly meetings, to promote the certification process, and to work with other board members in additional tasks undertaken by the board.

    If interested, please send your resume or questions to Gary R. Davis at gdavis5461@sbcglobal.net, NSPS/THSOA Hydrographer Certification Board Chair.

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) encourages college/university students to consider a career in hydrographic surveying. THSOA and its chapters provide several student scholarships in order to assist students with academic costs. At least five scholarships are awarded each year.


  • March 15, 2017 11:12 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    The National THSOA scholarships are available to full-time student seeking a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate degree in Hydrographic Surveying, Ocean Mapping, Geomatics, Ocean Sciences, Geographic Information System (GIS), Ocean Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other related field.

     

    Without the help of our officers, volunteers, members and event sponsors we would not be able to provide these scholarships and we thank you for your generosity.


  • February 15, 2017 11:09 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    In 2013, THSOA established the Hydrographer Hall of Fame.  The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor hydrographers who have had distinguished careers, who have contributed to the advancement of hydrographic science and/or have provided exemplary service to THSOA.

    The first “class” inducted in 2013 included Jack Wallace, Doug Moore and Dr. Lloyd Huff.  The second class, inducted in 2015 included Karl Kieninger, RADM Chris Andreasen, and Bill Bergen.

     

    The Hall of Fame Committee of THSOA received multiple nominations to consider for possible induction into the Hall in 2017.  We are pleased to announce the following three nominees have been selected for induction in 2017.  The ceremony will take place as a part of the opening ceremony of HYDRO 2017 in Galveston, TX  (21 - 23 March 2017).  We are pleased to announce the induction of Dr. David Wells, Jerry Mills and Dr. Larry Mayer into the THSOA Hydrographer Hall of Fame.

     

     

    Dr. David Wells

    David Wells has had an outstanding career, highlighted by his work with GPS and work to streamline the processing of multibeam sonar data.  In addition, he has been an educator and advisor to a generation of hydrographers.

     

     fter his early training in nuclear physics, David went on to obtain a PhD in Geodesy from the University of New Brunswick.  After returning to UNB in 1980, he was instrumental in the preparation of the “Guide to GPS Positioning”.   He played a key role in the creation of the Ocean Mapping Group at UNB and helped to establish the Geodetic Research Laboratory.  David has served on the faculties of UNB, UNH and USM.  He now teaches graduate courses in hydrography at USM.

     

    Dr. David Wells has published over 250 technical papers and reports on precise positioning, marine positioning and ocean mapping.

     

      

    Jerry Mills

    Jerry Mills recently retired from a 42-year career as a hydrographer.  He served 22 years as a NOAA-Corps officer, serving multiple tours of Alaska.  His shore-based duties including serving as Chief of the Ocean Mapping Section which produced NOAA’s first multibeam bathymetric maps.

     

    Jerry retired from the NOAA Corps in 1993, but continued to serve in the Hydrographic Surveys Division of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey.  He was the US representative on numerous working groups of the International Hydrographic Organization and was the US delegate to the Federation of International Surveyors (FIG) Commission 4 for 12 years.

     

    In addition, Jerry has been a member of THSOA since 1982 and acted as Secretary from 1996 to 2005.

     

     

    Dr. Larry Mayer

    Dr. Larry Mayer has been at the forefront of advances in deep-water sonar, 3D and 4D visualization and the usage of hydrography as applied to the Law of the Sea.  He has also been an educator of a generation of hydrographers.

     

    Larry received his PhD in Marine Geophysics from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1979.  He later did Post-Doctorate work at URI where he worked on the development of Chirp Sonar.

     

    In 1982, he began his career as an educator in the Dept. of Oceanography at Dalhousie University.  In 1991, he joined the University of New Brunswick as the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Ocean Mapping.

     

    He is the founding director of the Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping at the University of New Hampshire and the co-director of the NOAA/UNH Joint Hydrographic Center.

     

    He has served on numerous committees, including the President’s Panel on Ocean Exploration, the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Geoscience, and NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Advisory Working Group.  Dr. Mayer is currently the chair of the National Academies of Science’s Ocean Studies Board.

     

    With his work at Dalhousie, UNB and UNH, Larry Mayer has influenced the careers of hydrographers around the world.

  • December 12, 2016 10:32 AM | Anonymous

    We are proud to announce the three scholarship winners for the 72nd Multibeam Sonar Training Course hosted by UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM in New Orleans.

    The three scholarship winners are:

    1. Gilbert Alviola, The University of Southern Mississippi
    2. Kristopher Jason Enfinger, Florida Institute of Technology
    3. Abdul Halim Ahmad Nordin, The University of Southern Mississippi

    If any of the candidates are unable to attend the course, the following are the standby alternates:

    1. Michael Arturo Linthon Alvarez, Instituto Oceanográfico de la Armada
    2. Marc Stern, University of Wisconsin - Platteville
    3. Grant Cain, University of Alaska Fairbanks

    We received 42 scholarship applications. The drawing was held at the Houston Chapter's 2016 Holiday Dinner & Scholarship Presentation on December 8th, 2016 at Omni Houston Hotel.

    THSOA would like to express our thanks to the organizers of the Multibeam Sonar Training Course for their generous donation. They graciously donated a course registration to THSOA. THSOA also purchased two additional registrations for the scholarship.

    The 72nd UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course will be held from January 9th, 2017 thru January 14th 2017 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, LA. Course information can be found online at www.hydrometrica.com/wp/multibeam-courses.

    If you have questions regarding the scholarship or scholarship application, please email admin@thsoa.org. If you have questions regarding the Multibeam Sonar Training Course, please email mbcinfo@hydrometrica.com.

  • December 02, 2016 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    We are proud to announce that for the 72nd Multibeam Sonar Training Course hosted by UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM in New Orleans, we received 42 scholarship applications. A drawing will be held for the scholarship at the Houston Chapter's 2016 Holiday Dinner & Scholarship Presentation on December 8th, 2016 at Omni Houston Hotel. Winners will be notified by December 12th.

    THSOA is awarding three (3) scholarships to the 72nd Multibeam Sonar Training Course hosted by UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM.

  • November 15, 2016 12:35 PM | Anonymous

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) is offering a special opportunity for Hydropreneurs at U.S. HYDRO 2017.

    Hydrography

    The branch of applied sciences which deals with the measurement and description of the physical features of oceans, seas, coastal areas, lakes and rivers, for the primary purpose of safety of navigation and in support of all other marine activities, including economic development, security and defense, scientific research, and environmental protection.

    + Entrepreneur

    An individual who, rather than working as an employee, runs a small business and assumes all the risk and reward of a given business venture, idea, or good or service offered for sale. The entrepreneur is commonly seen as a business leader and innovator of new ideas and business processes.

    = Hydropreneur

    We’re looking for Hydropreneurs with viable hydrographic related ideas, research information or products that have never been introduced to the hydrographic society before. If this definition fits, you are invited to showcase your skills, new ideas and technology at a special designated area just for our Hydropreneurs. For this special registration of $800 you will be provided one full registration, a table and chairs, and a name card in the Hydropreneur section on the exhibit floor. We also urge you to submit an abstract for presentation in the Technical Program as another way to showcase your ideas.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to demonstrate, introduce and share these innovative ideas with the delegates and participants at the largest hydrographic event of its kind…U.S. HYDRO 2017. If you are interested in being a Hydropreneur, please contact info@ushydro2017.com for registration information. The deadline to register is December 15th.

  • November 14, 2016 8:40 AM | Anonymous

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) is awarding three (3) scholarships to the 72nd Multibeam Sonar Training Course hosted by UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM.

    The scholarship is available to our student members or recent graduate members. The scholarship for this training course only covers course materials and lunch for 6 days. Accommodations and travel is not included.

    To submit your application to this scholarship, please visit the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/Dt6qmjoqOVtxKQdy2. The deadline to submit your application is November 30th.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

    • Be a student or recent graduate (within three years).
    • Be a THSOA member in good standing.
    • Submit your application via the link above which includes submitting a paragraph answer to THSOA on why you should attend the Multibeam Sonar Training Course.

    THSOA would like to express our thanks to the organizers of the Multibeam Sonar Training Course for their generous donation. They graciously donated a course registration to THSOA. THSOA also purchased two additional registrations for the scholarship.

    The 72nd UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course will be held from January 9th, 2017 thru January 14th 2017 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, LA. Course information can be found online at www.hydrometrica.com/wp/multibeam-courses.

    If you have questions regarding the scholarship or scholarship application, please email admin@thsoa.org. If you have questions regarding the Multibeam Sonar Training Course, please email mbcinfo@hydrometrica.com.

  • November 10, 2016 2:15 PM | Anonymous

    Scholarship Program

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) would like to remind you that the deadline to submit a scholarship application to the National program is November 15, 2016.

    The National THSOA scholarships are available to full-time student seeking a 2-year, 4-year, or graduate degree in Hydrographic Surveying, Ocean Mapping, Geomatics, Ocean Sciences, Geographic Information System (GIS), Ocean Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other related field. At least five (5) scholarship will be awarded this year. To download the THSOA National Scholarship criteria and application click here.

    If you have any questions or do not receive a confirmation note regarding your application, please contact the THSOA Scholarship Committee at thsoascholarship@gmail.com.

    If you are unable to make the National scholarship deadline, the Southeast Chapter scholarship deadline is November 30th, 2016. They will award at least 4 scholarships to students who are current residents of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, or Florida or plan on attending a college in those states. To download the scholarship application to the Southeast Chapter click here.


    Student Outreach Program

    The Student Outreach Program Application is available online at the U.S. HYDRO 2017 Conference website. THSOA developed the Student Outreach Program to introduce the field of hydrography and associated education and employment opportunities to undergraduate students. The deadline to submit your application is January 15, 2017. For more information or to submit your application, click here.

    If you have any questions or do not receive a confirmation note regarding your application, please contact Jana DaSilva Lage at sop@ushydro2017.com or call +1 (907) 980-9368.

  • October 06, 2016 12:07 PM | Anonymous

    Chris Andreasen, THSOA Trustee and member of the THSOA Hall of Fame, was inducted into the Department of Defense, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Hall of Fame on 4 October 2016 for his legacy of leadership and invaluable contributions to technological and analytical innovations to NGA and the international hydrographic community.

    The citation read: “The leadership that you have provided both afloat and ashore at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) and NGA are widely recognized and revered by all members of the international hydrographic community. Your work with gravity and bathymetric surveying, electronic navigation, and international standards led to significant national and international advances in marine navigation, nautical charting, and marine intelligence.”

  • September 29, 2016 1:34 PM | Anonymous
    Written by: Chris Andreasen

    The IHO has just announced that 2/3 of Member States have now ratified the proposed amendments to the IHO Convention placing into effect a restructuring of the IHO.

    In 2002, the IHO established a Strategic Planning Working Group (SPWG) which had as one of its tasks the review of the IHO Convention and to provide any recommended changes by December 2003. The SPWG concluded that, in this era of electronic data and products, decision making was too slow and ineffective. SPWG further concluded that the 5-year gap between Conferences was too long to monitor and hasten decision making.

    At the 3rd Extraordinary I.H. Conference in 2005, it was recommended to the Member States that the IHO Convention be amended to shift from a Conference every 5-years to an Assembly of all Member States every 3-years with a Council of 30 Member States (or 25% of Member States if greater) to meet annually during the intervening years. The Council is to be made up of the 10 nations or 1/3 of Member States with the greatest “hydrographic interest” plus the remainder, 20 Member States or 2/3 of Member States) from the Regional Hydrographic Commissions so as to give worldwide representation of the hydrographic offices. “Hydrographic interest” was initially decided to be those 10 Member States with the largest tonnage of shipping (which is the basis for assessment of fees), but this definition is to be reconsidered during the second Assembly after having achieved the required 2/3 of Member States ratification of the Protocol of Amendments of the IHO Convention. The U.S.A. is about 6th in tonnage and will automatically be a member of Council.

    It was further recommended that the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB) be transitioned to become the Secretariat of IHO. IHB was really a hold-over from the name of the office prior to the adoption of an IHO Convention, which formed the IHO. IHB will no longer exist. There now will be a Secretary General of the IHO with broader powers than the former President along with 2 Directors who are to support the two subsidiary Committees. Due to the 3-year period of Assembly meetings, the election/terms of the Secretary General and Directors had to be modified. Currently one can serve 10-years (two 5-year terms) but under the new structure one can only serve 9-years.  They now will be elected for an initial term of 6-years followed by a possible second term of 3-years. For the Directors who have just served 5-year terms, they may be elected for an additional 3-year term.

    It was also recommended that the work be consolidated under two Committees: Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee (HSSC) and Inter-Regional Coordination Committee (IRCC).

    A major positive change is that if a nation is a member of the United Nations when they apply for IHO membership, they can become a Member State without having to obtain the approval by IHO Member States, which often has taken two years under the existing Convention.

    Finally, amongst several other changes, it is noteworthy that representation of industry is formalized.

    Of course, since Member States often have onerous procedures for national ratification of an international convention (often requiring Senate approval, which is the case of the U.S.A.), it was recognized that Ratification of the Protocol of Amendments to the IHO Convention would take quite some time.

    The U.S. Ratified the Protocol of Amendments in 2009, the first international agreement signed by President Obama.

    Over the intervening years, IHO has implemented those recommendations that were not dependent upon ratification such as the restructuring into the two Committees, HSSC and IRCC. Now that ratification has been achieved, final restructuring is being implemented.

    The first International Hydrographic Assembly will be held at Monaco from 24 to 28 April 2017 where a Secretary General and two Directors will be elected. The Hydrographic Society of America has Observer status at this Assembly.