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  • July 11, 2018 4:05 PM | Deleted user

    On behalf of the THSOA Board, it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Dear Friend and Colleague Gary D. Humphrey. Gary passed away peacefully on Monday July 9th, 2018.

    Gary Spent his entire career in the oil and gas industry with over 23 years at Fugro. Gary joined The Jukes Group in May of last year.  

    The visitation for Gary will be at Klein Funeral Home, located at 16131 Champions Forest Drive, Spring, TX 77379, this Friday, 13 July 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM.


    The funeral will be held at Spring Baptist Church at 633 East Louetta, Spring, TX 77373 at 10:00 AM Saturday.


    Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Gary's wife Cindy and the rest of his family and friends.

  • July 09, 2018 3:24 PM | Deleted user

    Call for Papers

    Authors are invited to submit abstracts for papers and posters for presentation at U.S. Hydro 2019. The deadline to submit your abstract is October 31, 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 contact the Technical Speaker Coordinator - Vanessa Self Miller, NOAA (vanessa.miller@noaa.gov)

    Call for papers deadline to submit abstracts is October 31, 2018. 

    The U.S. HYDRO 2019 conference has sold over 50% of its booth space. Join the action and become an exhibitor.

  • June 27, 2018 2:27 PM | Deleted user

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA)'s National Trustee, Vanessa Miller, represents THSOA at this year's WEDA Summit & Expo taking place this week in Norfolk, Virginia.

    The Hydrographic Society of America Inc., also known as THSOA, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to promoting education in hydrography, inshore surveying, inland waters surveying, offshore surveying, positioning and mapping/charting, including related earth sciences.

    The Dredging Summit & Expo ’18 is a technical conference organized by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) to promote the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction. It will provide a forum for improvement of communications, technology transfer, and cooperation among associations & societies, while emphasizing the importance of understanding and development of solutions for problems related to the protection and enhancement of the marine environment. 

    REGISTER TO ATTEND WEDA HERE: https://dredging-expo.com/registration

  • May 23, 2018 11:08 AM | Deleted user

    On behalf of the THSOA Committee it is with greatsadness that we inform you of the passing of our Dear Friend and Colleague, Jeff Reilly. 

    Jeffrey Christopher Reilly was born in Passaic, New Jersey on July 14, 1961 to James and Faith Reilly. Jeff passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 2018 at the age of 56 while on a survey project in Luanda, Angola.

    Jeff is survived by his wife, Susan Reilly, and daughters, Shannon and Clare Reilly of Cypress, Texas; his father, James Reilly of Las Cruces, New Mexico; his brothers, Mike Reilly of Beltsville, Maryland and Sean Reilly of Stafford, Texas; his sister-in-law, Mylac Reilly; and his two nephews Liam and Keven Reilly and niece Erin Reilly of Cypress, TX. He is preceded in death by his mother, Faith Reilly and brother, James Reilly Jr.

    Jeff graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering and from the University of Florida in 1993 with a Master of Science in Geomatics. After college, Jeff moved to Houston, Texas where he met his wife and raised his family. He was an employee with NCS International, Racal NCS, and Thales Geosolutions. In 2002, he entered the contracting world, which led to the origin of Reilly Geomatics, Inc. and eventually a partnership in 2004 with Ben Couturier creating Houston Petroleum Surveyors Group, LLC (HPSG), a personnel and services company in the oil and gas industry. In 2016, HPSG merged with Offshore Analysis & Research Solutions (OARS), where Jeff remained as a Director and Survey Specialist.

    Jeff was also an avid homebrewer and member of the Foam Ranger Homebrew Club. He won many awards for his beers and meads over the past two decades.

    Information regarding Memorial services for Jeff will be forthcoming.

  • May 17, 2018 12:18 PM | Deleted user

    World Hydrography Day to be celebrated annually on 21 June, with the aim of giving suitable publicity to its work at all levels and of increasing the coverage of hydrographic information on a global basis, and urges all States to work with that organization to promote safe navigation, especially in the areas of international navigation, ports and where there are vulnerable or protected marine areas.

    21 June, was adopted by the International Hydrographic Organization as an annual celebration to publicize the work of hydrographers and the importance of hydrography, particularly in the promotion of safe navigation in international waters and ports, and the protection of marine reserves.


    Purpose of World Hydrography Day 

    In 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) adopted Resolution A/60/30 on oceans and law of the sea, which in particular welcomed the adoption by the IHO of the World Hydrography Day, with the aim of giving suitable publicity to its work at all levels and of increasing the coverage of hydrographic information on a global basis.  The Resolution urged all States to work with the IHO to promote safe navigation, especially in the areas of international navigation, ports and where there are vulnerable or protected marine areas.  As a result, on the 21st of June each year the IHO celebrates World Hydrography Day.  World Hydrography Day is an opportunity to increase public awareness of the vital role that hydrography plays in everyone’s lives.  
    Theme for 2018  The IHO has chosen as its theme for World Hydrography Day 2018:  “Bathymetry - the foundation for sustainable seas, oceans and waterways”.  

    Briefing Notes for World Hydrography Day - 2018 HERE

    Previous World Hydrography Days HERE.

  • April 20, 2018 11:42 AM | Deleted user

    The Australasian Hydrographic Society is hosting the international HYDRO18 Conference at Jones Bay Wharf, Pyrmont, Sydney, Australia during 29 October – 2 November 2018.

    HYDRO18 provides an opportunity to promote Hydrography and its role in society and the preservation of the marine environment HYDRO18’s theme, ‘The Climate for Change – Hydrography in the 21st Century’ focuses on the need for change due to both the World’s climate change with its many varying aspects and within the hydrographic industry itself. 

    Click HERE for more information.

  • April 06, 2018 12:35 PM | Deleted user

    The inaugural gathering of Women in Hydrography, hosted by Jessica Heke and Starla Robinson, was held during the Canadian Hydrographic Conference and National Surveyors Conference (CHC-NSC) in Victoria, BC in March 2018. It was jointly sponsored the Canadian Hydrographic Association (CHA) and the Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA), represented by board members Melissa Wood and Starla Robinson.
    At this gathering, 40 women came together to establish a network of support and mentoring. Many women present have been part of the hydrographic industry for over 30 years; their vast knowledge and expertise should prove invaluable in guiding and supporting the next generation of women joining the industry. Throughout the event, these women spoke about their shared experiences and imparted advice. Amongst the participants were students attending an international hydrographic conference for the first time, with support from COMREN, QPS's Women in Hydrography program, and various other academic institutions. These students gained valuable insight about their future career and forged new connections with each other and with industry representatives.
    “Forty women attended... approximately 10% of conference attendees. Women in the room spanned all ages, hydrography sectors, and multiple positions from students to veterans, and every one of them had a story. They shared stories of first experiences, of awkward situations, and of blowing everyone's expectations of them out of the water. “I heard stories from my colleagues of adventure and strength I never knew about,” said Starla Robinson.
    Participants heard stories from their colleagues; they discussed the particular challenges faced by members of the LGBTQIA communities and the shared stress related to work-life balance. Many talked about experiencing situations where being female was treated like an affliction.
    To that point, Jessica Heke recalled: “We asked te room who had, in their career, been the only woman in the room, on the ship, or in the field crew. Every single woman raised her hand.”
    They also shared advice about finding strength and confidence in their own knowledge and skills, including brief tips like ‘sitting at the table’ and taking a ‘power pose’.
    “It was more than stories. We shared support. We shared a commitment to the future. We built relationships and strengthened bonds. I think this group… is the seed for a stronger community,” shared Starla Robinson.
    This inaugural event raised awareness of the unique challenges women face in the hydrography industry and the power of mentoring to further women's careers in hydrography. Future events hosted by CHA and THSOA are currently being planned, including events at U.S. Hydro 2019, in Biloxi, Mississippi, and at CHC 2020, in Quebec, Canada.
    For more information about Women in Hydrography or to express an interest in participating in upcoming events, please join the LinkedIn group “Women In Hydrography” or womeninhydrography@gmail.com

  • February 26, 2018 3:18 PM | Deleted user

    This is a request and call for nominations on behalf of NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). NOAA and Rear Admiral Shepard Smith, the Designated Federal Officer, and the Director, Office of Coast Survey, and NOAA seek 5 new (and /or renewing) members for a four year term that starts January 1, 2019, and runs through 2022.   


    If you have a very well qualified recommendation for an HSRP nomination for 2019, can you please share this information and encourage their nomination? NOAA is accepting nominations on a rolling basis at any time and no later than May 25, 2018. If selected, the term starts January 1, 2019. There are 2 public meetings each year as well as informational administrative meetings monthly. 


    The Federal Register Notice (FRN) with information and instructions about how to apply, including a list of short answer questions, is attached and at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/14/2018-02969/hydrographic-services-review-panel . The nominee should make sure to satisfy the 5 questions and to submit a complete application with a short bio of no more than 350 words. 


    The NOAA Administrator seeks and encourages individuals with expertise in marine navigation and technology, port administration, marine shipping or other intermodal transportation industries, cartography and geographic information systems, geodesy, physical oceanography, coastal resource management, including coastal preparedness and emergency response, and other related fields. 


    To apply for membership on the Panel, nominees are requested to submit the following five items and respond to five questions. The entire package should be a maximum length of eight pages or fewer. NOAA is an equal opportunity employer.  

    1) A cover letter that responds to the five questions listed below and serves as a statement of interest to serve on the panel. Please see “Short Response Questions” below. 

    2) Highlight the nominee’s specific area(s) of expertise relevant to the purpose of the Panel from the list in the Federal Register Notice. 

    3) A current resume. 

    4) A short biography of no more than 350 words. 

    5) The nominee’s full name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, email, phone, fax and contact information. 


    Short Response Questions: 

    1) List the area(s) of expertise, as listed above, which you would best represent on this Panel. 

    2) List the geographic region(s) of the country with which you primarily associate your expertise.  

    3) Describe your leadership or professional experiences which you believe will contribute to the effectiveness of this panel. 

    4) Describe your familiarity and experience with NOAA navigation data, products, and services. 

    5) Generally describe the breadth and scope of stakeholders, users, or other groups whose views and input you believe you can share with the panel.


    The nominee will receive an acknowledgement response after submitting the package. I am happy to answer questions or chat with possible candidates on the process, timing, and requirements. The process can take 6 months or more from the closing date of May 25 and applicants can expect to hear back in Fall 2018.  


    Sincerely, Lynne

    Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis

    Program Manager, Hydrographic Services Review Panel, Federal Advisory Committee 

    Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA

  • February 26, 2018 2:37 PM | Deleted user

    Canadian Hydrographic Service Industry Day - LiDAR and Multi-beam Supply Arrangements for Existing and Prospective Supply Arrangement Holders.


    1. Summary:

    Since fiscal year 2017-2018, the Government of Canada has launched the Oceans Protection Plan (OPP). Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canadian Hydrographic Service (DFO-CHS) seeks to implement an integrated modern multi-platform approach to bathymetric and LiDAR hydrography and charting in keys areas within Canada's navigable waters. This will allow for the delivery of a flexible, affordable and sustainable hydrographic survey program to meet Canada's foreseeable hydrographic requirements. DFO-CHS will undertake near-shore surveying activities through a combination of Light detection and Ranging (LiDAR)  and multi-beam surveys covering priority and high risk areas in Arctic, Pacific, Newfoundland and Labrador, Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, Maritimes and Great Lake Basin.

    The scope of the Bathymetric and LiDar surveys includes;

     Fill important gaps in high-resolution coastline and bathymetry in inter-tidal zones and near shore areas to ensure the delivery of improved navigational charts and enhanced electronic navigational chart (ENC) in near-shore areas (e.g., Haida Gwaii), high risk coastal and inland water zones.

    Undertake more extensive efforts to fill, at an accelerated pace, hydrographic data gaps in the Arctic, through the provision of adequate navigational products and services.

    Canada is seeking information on current marketplace capabilities and industry interest to work collaboratively with in order to support bathymetric and LiDAR surveys in Canadas navigable waters.

    This Industry Day is to initiate engagement with industry, to present the areas of interest for LiDAR and multi-beam surveys in the next four years, share plans and obtain industry input on the LiDar and Multibeam Supply Arrangements currently in place. Additionally, current and potential suppliers will participate in an exclusive twenty (20) minute consultation meeting with representatives from DFO-CHS and Public Services and Procurement Canada. 

     2. Registration Process for Industry Day and One-on-One Meetings:

    The Industry day will be held on:

    Wednesday March 7, 2018,  8:30 to 17:30 at Auditorium Bill Ford, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, 1 Challenger Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia , B2Y 4A2

    Interested suppliers must RSVP/ Register for the Industry Day and one-on-one meetings prior to the registration deadline of March 01, 2018, by contacting the PSPC Contracting Authority identified herein in section 6.

    3. Industry Day and One-on-One Meetings Schedule:

    Registration Deadline: March 01, 2018

    Industry Day: March 07, 2018

    4. Note to Interested Suppliers:

    This is not a bid solicitation and a contract will not result from this request. In case of storm, the Industry Day will be reported on March 8th, 2018 at same location.

    5. Enquiries:

    On behalf of DFO-CHS, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) employee indicated below has been designated as the point of contact for DFO-CHS. 

    As this Notice is not a bid solicitation, Canada will not necessarily respond to enquiries in writing and may not circulate questions/answers to industry.

     6. Contracting Authority:

    Chukwudi Chinye

    Supply Specialist

    Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)

    Acquisitions Branch

    1713 Bedford Row, Nova Scotia, B

    Telephone: 902-401-7604


  • February 12, 2018 9:58 AM | Deleted user

    Here are the winners of the THSOA National scholarships for 2017/2018 at $2,5000 each:

    • Taylor Clay -  Alfred State College, Alfred New York
    • Jensen DeGrande – Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Texas
    • Jack Jamieson – Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan
    • Philip Chipley – East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

    The board and scholarship review committee would like to thank everyone who submitted a scholarship application.

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