• December 11, 2012 9:45 AM | Anonymous

    The U.S. Hydro 2013 Conference, presented by The Hydrographic Society of America, will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, LA, on March 25-28, 2013. U.S. Hydro 2013 is a continuation of the series of hydrographic conferences that alternate between the United States and Canada. This is the fourteenth U.S. Hydrographic conference and follows on the very successful U.S. Hydro 2011, held in Tampa, Florida.

    In addition to the technical papers, the conference will feature an extensive series of Workshops, social program, Exhibition Hall, and a Student Outreach program.

    The conference will include technical sessions and a poster session on the latest developments and applications in hydrographic surveying, multibeam and side scan sonar, data management, electronic charting, marine archaeology, and related topics.

    For more information, please visit the U.S. HYDRO 2013 Website.

  • December 05, 2012 9:47 AM | Anonymous

    In accordance with the Society's by-laws, THSOA will be holding an online vote for two Trustee positions. The Proxy voting will be open from December 3, 2012 until noon December 14, 2012.

    The candidates for the two Trustee positions are Chris Andreasen, Lou Nash, and John Oswald.

    If you are an active member of THSOA you should have received an email with instructions on how to vote. If you have not received this email, please contact the THSOA Membership Committee.

    In the first run of voting, there have been a lot rejected emails. If your name is on the list below, that means we have an invalid email address for you in our database. Please contact us with a new email address.

        Mr. Maxim F. van Norden
        Mr. Jon L. Dasler, PE, PLS
        Mr. Donald Jagoe
        Mr. Robert M. Kennedy, L.S.
        Ms. Kim T. Fairweather
        Mr. John A. Brader
        CDR Donald W. Haines
        Mr. Spencer Collins
        Mr. Jason Creech
        Mr. Mike Nitska
        Ms. Kathleen Schacht
        Mr. Keith Pope
        Mr. Azing Vondeling
        Mr. Michael Meehan
        Ms. Tiffany Green
        Mr. Wesley Sessoms
        Mr. Michael J. Caldwell
        Mr. Eli Zatezalo
        Mr. Donald Lance, PLS

  • December 05, 2012 9:46 AM | Anonymous

    The Hydrographic Society of America is pleased to announce a new program to honor individuals who have made significant contributions to hydrographic science and/or to our society.

  • October 16, 2012 9:48 AM | Anonymous

    The 2012 AGM will be held this Thursday, 18 October 2012, at 4PM EST in the conference room of HYPACK. The address is 56 Bradley St., Middletown, CT 06457. All members are welcome to attend.

    For members who would like to view the meeting and participate remotely, there will be a live web feed available at http://www.thsoa.org/new/?page id=383. Comments and questions may be e-mailed during the meeting to admin@thsoa.org or via Skype chat to “nuzziHypack”.

  • September 26, 2012 9:50 AM | Anonymous

    THSOA encourages college/university students to consider a career in hydrographic surveying. Several student scholarships are offered to assist students with academic costs. The National THSOA scholarships are available to for full time students seeking a 2 year, 4 year or graduate degree in Hydrographic Surveying, Ocean Mapping, Geomatics, Ocean Sciences, Geographic Info Systems(GIS), Ocean Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other related fields. The national scholarship program started in 2011. There have been 12 awards for a total of $35,000.

  • September 13, 2012 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    The organizers of the UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course donated a scholarship to their 61st Training Course to THSOA. Forty two members of THSOA expressed an interest in the scholarship and were entered into the drawing. On 12 Sept, 2012, a blind drawing was held and the scholarship was awarded to Matthew Gardner. THSOA would like to express our thanks to the organizers of the Multibeam Sonar Training Course for their generous donation.

    The 61st UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course will be held from 7 Jan 2013 thru 12 Jan 2013 at The Westin New Orleans Canal Palace Hotel in New Orleans, LA. Details concerning the course and an application can be found at http://www.omg.unb.ca/mbc/MBC61Info_v6_form_distributed.pdf

  • September 04, 2012 9:51 AM | Anonymous

    Please download the following document for details of the NSPS/THSOA Hydrographer Certification Program.

  • August 08, 2012 9:53 AM | Anonymous

    The U.S. HYDRO 2013 Conference, sponsored by The Hydrographic Society of America and hosted by the Louisiana Chapter, will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans · New Orleans, Louisiana on March 25-28, 2013. U.S. Hydro 2013 will be the 13th in a series of hydrographic conferences which alternate each year between the United States and Canada.

    Authors are invited to submit abstracts for papers and/or posters for presentations at U.S. Hydro 2013.  Also included are workshops on current hydrographic surveying methods, a commercial exhibition, and a full schedule of technical sessions on the latest developments and applications in hydrography.  These topics are listed at http://www.hypack.com/ushydro/2013/program.aspx  .  The deadline for abstracts is October 28th, 2012.  For additional information, please visit the conference website at www.ushydro2013.com.

    Submit abstracts to the Technical Program Chairman, Al Rougeau -- ARDD, Inc. (papers@ushydro2013.com).

  • June 27, 2012 9:54 AM | Anonymous

    The following broad based goals are submitted by the THSOA Education Committee for further review, discussion, amendment and prioritization:

    • Improve and increase the knowledge level and skills of American hydrographers.
    • Encourage and support the development of formal education and training programs at all levels: pre-collegiate, undergraduate, graduate and continuing education for working professionals.
    • Increase national awareness of hydrography as a profession and its relevancy to science, engineering, commerce (port development and maintenance, resource assessment and management, export and import shipping, recreation, etc.) and national defense.
    • Increase the number of students in academic and vocational hydrographic training programs within the United States.

    We have assessed that renewed and invigorated focus of educational efforts should address the following triad: Within The Membership, Outside The Membership (with specific focus on those individuals that should be recruited into the membership) and the General Public. Each of these groups is addressed below with “sub-goals” established specific to each group.


    • Survey current THSOA membership about what they perceive are the current educational / skill set gaps within the industry.
    • Provide a well laid out study guide, to include references and practice exams, to support certification efforts for members working within the industry.
    • Create online course content in support of certification efforts and general cross training. Content should be presented by noted subject matter experts and peer reviewed prior to posting.
    • Consider reinstitution of a newsletter with real world “lessons learned”, project applications, “members on the move”, etc.
    • Create a number of “member profiles”, membership “breakdown / demographics” and a “salary survey” for distribution as per below in support of recruiting efforts.
    • Create a means of liaison with other professional organizations – for example PLS/PE/PG (state chapters), AUVSI, MTS.
    • Created a recommended reading list for members.
    • Create workshops (similar to USACE “Prospect” courses) in support of certification preps – held in conjunction with national conferences.
    • Channel Corporate Member (specifically manufacturers) support to proper university “feeder” programs on a regional basis.
    • Identify and examine successful foreign hydrographic training programs and incorporate their best practices into THSOA’s education program(s).


    • Identify university programs whose curriculums serve well as a “feeder” to careers within our industry and assign “Hydro Heroes” for liaison.
    • Identify volunteers on a regional basis to conduct “career day” presentations (Richard Byrd’s PPT as an example) at “feeder” university programs.
    • Identify volunteers on a regional basis to liaison with high school science fairs, ROV competitions (STEM, Sea Perch, etc.), “Robot Wars” to present “career day” presentations
    • Create a summer co-op / internship listing available to Corporate Members
    • Publicize and promote THSOA scholarship opportunities – prioritize efforts with university programs actively engaged in any of the above.


    • Create a page on the THSOA website that would draw www hits on key words such as “career”. The page would be designed to “showcase” careers within our industry
    • Explore the possibilities of a “documentary” on career opportunities within our industry – Discovery Channel, History Channel, etc.
  • May 15, 2012 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    THSOA would like to inform its members that Rear Admiral Steve Ritchie (UK) passed away on Tuesday, 8 May 2012. He was a lion in the hydrographic industry and a driving force in the founding of The Hydrographic Society. Our condolences to his family and friends. Link