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  • November 14, 2016 8:40 AM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user
    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.
  • July 12, 2016 1:54 PM | Deleted user

    Jack L. Wallace

    July 17, 1942 - June 21, 2016

    It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Jack L. Wallace.

    Jack L. Wallace was selected to the Hydrographer Hall of Fame to honor his outstanding commitment to The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA). Mr. Wallace served as a NOAA officer and worked for many years as the manager of several departments in the Office of Coast Survey. He has been involved with THSOA since its inception and has served multiple terms on the Board of Trustees and as Treasurer of the organization. He has devoted countless hours to serve THSOA as a volunteer and has been the glue that has held the society together through good times and bad.”

    During this time, our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

    A link to his obituary can be found at: http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Jack-Wallace&lc=1725&pid=180436414&mid=6982027

  • June 21, 2016 6:00 AM | Deleted user

           The Hydrographic Society of America
           would like to congratulate
           Hydrographers around the world on

    World Hydrography Day / June 21

    "Hydrography - the key to well-managed seas and waterways"

    The IHO considers that hydrography is a fundamental enabler for all human activities that take place in, on or under the sea. It is therefore an underpinning factor in the proper monitoring, management and governance of the seas and waterways.  For all these reasons, the IHO has chosen as its theme for World Hydrography Day 2016:  Hydrography – the key to well-managed seas and waterways. The theme also highlights the fact that there are significant gaps in our knowledge.

    Join the Conversation

    THSOA would like you to share a bit about what you or your company does in 50 words or less and how you or your company are contributing and raising awareness of the importance of the seas and waterways?

    Post your comments at the following THSOA pages:

  • June 04, 2016 1:39 PM | Deleted user

    We've Moved!

    As of June 4, 2016  our new mailing address is
    P.O. Box 750363
    New Orleans, LA 70175
  • June 02, 2016 8:49 PM | Deleted user

    U.S. HYDRO 2017 Conference, presented by The Hydrographic Society of America, will be held at the Moody Gardens Hotel: Spa, Golf Course and Convention Center in Galveston, Texas USA, on March 20 – 23, 2017.

    U.S. HYDRO is accepting exhibitors and has sold 40% of our booths.

    This is our sixteenth U.S. Hydrographic conference and follows on the U.S. HYDRO 2015 that was held in National Harbor, MD.

    More information about the exhibiting and the conference is online at www.ushydro2017.com.

  • May 25, 2016 10:22 AM | Deleted user

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) is now taking nominations for the 2017 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, 2017. No further nominations will be accepted after the deadline. THSOA & the Hall of Fame Committee will induct three (3) members into the Hall of Fame at the 2017 U.S. Hydrographic Conference (www.ushydro2017.com) in Galveston, Texas.

    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, 2017.

    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 2017 Hall of Fame nominees.


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pat Sanders, Chairman of the THSOA Hall of Fame Committee at hof@ushydro2017.com.

  • May 19, 2016 1:36 PM | Deleted user

    We are proud to announce that the U.S. HYDRO 2017 Conference, presented by The Hydrographic Society of America, will be held at the Moody Gardens Hotel: Spa, Golf Course and Convention Center in Galveston Texas USA, on March 20 – 23, 2017.

    U.S. HYDRO 2017 is a continuation of the series of hydrographic conferences. This is the sixteenth U.S. Hydrographic conference and follows on the U.S. HYDRO 2015, held in National Harbor, MD.

    Check out our website at www.ushydro2017.com or email info@ushydro2017.com for more information.