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  • November 06, 2018 2:04 AM | Deleted user

    Mark your calendars and plan on attending the 2019 WEDA Midwest Chapter meeting will be held March 6-8, 2019 in Memphis, TN at the Embassy Suites Hotel Memphis. 

    Wednesday March 6th

    Friday March 8th, 2019 
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    Embassy Suites Hotel Memphis

    1022 S Shady Grove Rd.
    Memphis, TN 38120


    Abstracts: For a successful conference, individuals and firms are invited to make presentations in the following areas:

    • Sediment Investigation
    • Environmental Dredging
    • Navigational Dredging
    • Coast/Shoreline protection and restoration
    • Sediment management and re-use
    • Surveying
    • Other topics may be considered

    Please send abstracts to Aaron Wright at awright@iaiwater.com.

    The general schedule will be:

    • Wednesday March 6: WEDA's Dredging 101 Short Course followed by an Ice Breaker Reception at hotel at 6:00 PM
    • Thursday March 7: Presentations in morning, lunch & tour in the afternoon following by Microbrewery networking
    • Friday March 8: Presentations in morning. Conference ends at noon.

    Embassy Suites is located in the Poplar/Germantown area, this all-suite hotel is adjacent to the Regalia Shopping Center and close to restaurants, major businesses and attractions. The hotel is approximately 10 miles from Memphis Int'l Airport (MEM), making it easily accessible by car, taxi or Uber. Travel time is 15 minutes.

    Early sponsorship packages for the 2019 Midwest Meeting are $500 and include the following benefits:

    • One (1) registration for the meeting
    • Your company logo on this webpage, all meeting literature and signage at the meeting.
    • Opportunity to distribute literature or other items at our registration desk (note this benefit is now available only to meeting sponsors).

    Note: After December 31, 2018 the sponsorship package will increase to $600

    If you and your firm are interested in sponsoring the meeting, CLICK HERE to sponsor online with a credit card or contact info@westerndredging.org for payments by check.

    Hotel Reservations:
    Embassy Suites Hotel Memphis
    The group name at hotel is Western Dredging Association - Midwest Chapter and the group rate of $159 per night is available for the nights of March 5, 6 & 7, 2019.

  • October 19, 2018 8:41 AM | Deleted user

    THSOA Partners With...

    THSOA is pleased to announce that we have partnered with Western Dredging Association (WEDA) in an effort to better promote our organizations.

    This partnership will:

    • Promote each other’s events
    • Provide exhibit space at national and regional conferences
    • Provide for the exchange of educational information relating to the hydrographic and dredging industry

      About Western Dredging Association (WEDA)

      WEDA is a non-profit technical professional organization devoted to the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction.

      For more information or to become a member of THSOA or WEDA please contact Mike Nitska THSOA President @ mike_nitska@hydroterratec.com or Thomas P. Cappellino Executive Director (WEDA) @ tcappellino@WesternDredging.org


      Click here to learn more about WEDA or

      Click here for info on the upcoming WEDA Gulf Coast Chapter Annual Meeting.

    • October 16, 2018 1:08 PM | Deleted user


      THSOA Supports the APSG Fall Meeting Being Held at Anadarko


      Founded in November 1998, the Association of Petroleum Surveying and Geomatics (APSG) is an unincorporated association of individuals. Members include experts in geomatics, surveying, positioning, geospatial data management, and mapping sciences from E&P companies, oilfield service companies, survey contractors, consultants, software providers, data vendors and academia. 

      Plan to attend APSG 40, the organization's 2018 Fall Meeting to be held on Friday, November 9 at the Anadarko campus in The Woodlands, TX.

      The Fall Meeting theme will be "Advancements in Offshore Positioning - Evolution and Revolution", exploring Offshore technology that is improving the effectiveness and efficiency of obtaining first oil and sustaining production as well as reducing operational risks and improving safety across the board.

      The meeting will feature a keynote presentation by Ed Saade, president of Fugro USA, as well as talks by APSG members throughout the day.

      Please click on the image below to view the full agenda.




      Free - Members Only. Membership must be current and not lapsed.

      $35 - Guest and Non-Member Rate



      If you and your company are interested in becoming a sponsor for the Fall meeting, please contact Greg Pilgrim at membership@apsg.info. We have several levels of sponsorships available - please ask about these as well as any new ways to highlight your company's capabilities and services!

      Pricing for Sponsorships are as follows:

      Vendor Table (Standard) $250
      Vendor Table (With Presentation) $500
      Bronze Level Sponsor $250
      Silver Level Sponsor $500
      Gold Level Sponsor $750
      Diamond Level Sponsor $1000



    • October 10, 2018 10:47 AM | Deleted user

      Call for Papers, Posters & Workshops

      Authors are invited to submit abstracts for papers and posters for presentation at U.S. Hydro 2019. The deadline to submit your abstract is November 30, 2018.

      Topics of particular interest include Hydrographic Sciences and Technology as applied to:

      • Emerging Software & Technology
      • Coastal Management & Restoration
      • Data: Multi-use, Analysis, & Intelligence
      • Hydrographic Education & Development
      • International Hydrographic Collaboration
      • Hydrography for Coastal & Offshore Structures
      • The Future of Nautical Charting & Ocean Mapping
      • Hydrographic Project Management/Maritime Law & Policy

      Abstract Submission Guidelines

      ·  The abstract should contain information and/or data that demonstrates that high quality information will be presented

      ·  Abstracts should not promote a commercial product, process, or service.

      ·  Abstract should be clear and well written.

      ·  Authors should comply with instructions and deadlines provided with the call for abstracts.

      ·  Papers should be 20-25 minutes in length with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A

      ·  Papers and posters will be featured online and in the printed program

      ·  All presenters must register for the meeting, pay applicable registration fees and attend the meeting

      ·  Submissions will be reviewed by the abstract review committee, and you will be notified via email within two weeks of review regarding acceptance

      Any questions regarding Papers contact the Technical Speaker Coordinator - Huw James (huwejames@fastmail.fm)

      Any questions regarding Posters contact the Poster Board/Lightning Rounds Coordinator – Josh Mode, Teledyne CARIS (josh.mode@teledyne.com)


      Call for papers & posters deadline to submit abstracts is November 30, 2018. 

      Call for Vendor and Core Workshops

      Vendor Workshops

      Vendors are invited to hold workshops on Monday, March 18th (before the U.S. Hydro 2019 technical sessions begin on Tuesday). Vendor workshops will initially be allocated a 3 hour time slot for either the morning or afternoon workshop session. Requests for longer or shorter time slots can be made and will be accommodated if possible. The deadline to submit your vendor workshop title and description is November 30, 2018.

      Core Workshops

      Core workshops and the Hydrographer Certification Exam will take place concurrent the technical sessions March 19-21. Core workshops provide a refresher on key topics (e.g. tides, geodesy etc.) covered in the Hydrographer Certification Exam and are an important component of the U.S. Hydro Conference (for both hydrographers seeking certification and others interested in learning). If you have provided a core workshop in the past, please consider doing so again or suggest another person/group who may be able to deliver the information. If you have not provided a core workshop in the past, but are interested in contributing to the community of learning at U.S. Hydro please sign-up. Core workshops will be added to the program on a rolling basis through February 2, 2019, but early sign-up to host a core workshop is encouraged and appreciated. To sign-up for a core workshop please submit the workshop topic, number of hours needed to present the topic, and preferred day/time of workshop.


      Workshop Submissions

      Vendor workshop titles and descriptions, core workshop topics and any workshop related questions should be submitted to the Workshop Coordinator - Samantha Bruce, QPS (bruce@qps.nl).


      Call for vendor workshops deadline to submit title and description is November 30, 2018.

    • October 02, 2018 10:16 AM | Deleted user

      THSOA Supports...

      We're putting the FUN in Fundraising!

      Don't Miss MTS Houston Section's

      Annual Barbecue Social & Fundraiser

      NOVEMBER 1, 2018

      Invite your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to an event like no other! The Houston Section of the Marine Technology Society welcomes you to its Annual Barbecue Social and Fundraiser taking place on November 1, 2018. This much-anticipated tradition will attract 600 to 800 offshore industry professionals and their guests.

      As the Section’s leading fundraiser of the year, the money raised supports the Section’s vibrant scholarship program. Each year, the Houston Section donates around $160,000 in scholarships and student support. Close to 100 students attend from local universities and a scholarship award program will take place the evening of the BBQ. There is even a section of the Barbeque allocated to local high school robotics clubs where their robotics are on display.


      The Barbecue is open to anyone wishing to attend. 
      The cost is $35.00 for MTS members and non-members who register online by October 30. Walk-ins without reservations paid in advance will pay $50.00 at the door. Exhibit tables are $250 each.

      Registration is now open: http://www.mtshouston.org/bbq.cfm

    • September 27, 2018 12:56 PM | Deleted user

      The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) is now taking nominations for the 2019 THSOA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a THSOA program that honors individuals who have made significant contributions to hydrographic science and/or to our society. Nominations will close on January 1st, 2019. No further nominations will be accepted after the deadline. THSOA & the Hall of Fame Committee will induct up to three (3) members into the Hall of Fame at the 2019 U.S. Hydrographic Conference (https://thsoa.org/US-Hydro-2019) in Biloxi, Mississippi.

      Who May Be Nominated and By Whom

      Any THSOA member in good standing may nominate any individual for induction into the Hall of Fame so long as the nominee meets one of the following criteria:

      1.       Nominee must have advanced the science of hydrographic surveying.

      2.       Nominee must have a distinguished career as a hydrographic surveyor.

      3.       Nominee must have a history of service to the hydrographic community and/or to THSOA.

      Submitting Nominations

      To submit your nominations, please visit http://goo.gl/forms/PHFJOqnTHl and fill out the THSOA Hall of Fame Nominations Form. Your submissions will be sent to Pat Sanders, Chairman of the THSOA Hall of Fame Committee. All nominations must be received no later than January 1st, 2019.

      Nomination Process

      Once nominations have closed, the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee shall gather all nominations received and forward a summary to all Hall of Fame Committee members. The nominations summary will be reviewed by the Hall of Fame Committee members and a short-list will be generated from all nominees submitted to a total of five (5) nominees. The Hall of Fame committee will then cast their vote for the 2019 Hall of Fame nominees.


      If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pat Sanders, Chairman of the THSOA Hall of Fame Committee at psanders846@gmail.com.

    • September 14, 2018 2:11 PM | Deleted user

      Oi Americas 2019 Call for Abstracts

      Be a thought leader in the marine science and ocean technology community across Americas. Topics include Hydrography, Unmanned vehicles & Marine Pollution to name a few. Make sure you submit your abstract by the end of September, we would love to hear from you!

      As part of the three-day conference programme, Oi Americas will run a series of technical tracks exploring the latest developments in ocean science and technology and their application in support of safe and sustainable use of the ocean and protection of the marine environment. Scientists, technologists, engineers, government agencies and industry representatives across the ocean community are invited to submit abstracts to the conference.

      Please visit HERE for further details of the confirmed conference topics and full abstract guidelines .

      Should you have any questions about the conference please contact Sarah Clifford who will be able to assist you.

    • September 14, 2018 1:59 PM | Deleted user

      The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) is awarding three (3) scholarships (not include travel or accommodation) to the 77th Multibeam Sonar Training Course hosted by UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM. http://hydrometrica.com/wp/multibeam-courses


      The 74th UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course will be held from January 7th thru the 12th, 2019 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Course information can be found online at http://hydrometrica.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/MBC77_Info_v2_form_distributed.pdf.


      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 & travel are not included.


      Please find the scholarship application here: MBC Application form.docx .To submit your application to this scholarship, please email your completed application to: Michael.redmayne@teledyne.com . The deadline to submit your application is November 15th, 2018 at 12:00pm with awards by December 1st, 2018.


      To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:


      1.   Be a student or recent graduate (within three years).


      2.   Be a THSOA member in good standing.


      3.   Submit a 200 word essay describing why you should be selected for this training opportunity.


      4.   Selected members are required to arrange through their local Chapter Chair to give a presentation at their local Hydrographic Society Chapter on their experience and what they learned.


      5.   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.


      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 contact Lindsay Gee at mbcinfo@hydrometrica.com.

    • August 30, 2018 3:42 PM | Deleted user

      NSPS/THSOA Hydrographer Certification Board is the designated authority of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) that sets the policy regarding certification and administers the certification process.


      The Board consists of 8 to 12 members from across the United States and meets at least once a year.  Its membership includes representatives from the US. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Naval Oceanographic Office, and private industry.  Members serve for a five year term and must have a high degree of technical knowledge and experience in hydrographic surveying, be willing to serve on a voluntary basis, and willing to attend meetings and serve on sub-committees.


      The HCB expects to have several openings over the next several years and if you are interested in serving on the board please submit by January 31, 2019, a brief resume of your hydrographic survey experience along with a paragraph on why you would like to become a board member.  Submittals should include contact information (address, phone number and e-mail address) and addressed to:


      Gary R. Davis

      16 Cronin Avenue

      Pawcatuck, CT 06379


      Electronic submittals (PDF or Word document) can be sent via e-mail to:


    • July 30, 2018 11:50 AM | Deleted user

      Remembering Ken Barbor

      On behalf of the THSOA Board, it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Rear Admiral (Ret) Kenneth "Ken" Barbor. Ken passed away at his home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi (USA) on July 22nd, 2018.

      Ken Barbor was a member of the IHB Directing Committee from 2002 to 2007. He was the founding Director of the Hydrographic Science Research Center at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Marine Science and held the position until he left to serve as an IHB Director, after which he rejoined USM in his previous position..  

      An obituary, produced by Vice Admiral Alexandros Maratos, former President of the IHB Directing Committee, is below and it will also be published in the next issue of the International Hydrographic Review (IHR).


      Our heartfelt prayers go out to Ken's family and friends.

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