National Capital Region Chapter News

  • June 20, 2017 10:08 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    World Hydrography Day.  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.

    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.

    Briefing Notes for World Hydrography Day - 2017 HERE.

    Previous World Hydrography Days HERE.

  • May 16, 2017 8:31 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey is pleased to announce its first one-day open house in conjunction with the International Cartographic Conference (held this year in Washington, DC, at Marriott Wardman Park). This one-day event will focus on nautical cartography, highlighting the field of charting and GIS. It will offer nautical cartography-themed posters, presentations, tours, and exhibits.

    Participants will include industry partners, government agencies, and charting offices from around the world. This event is open to the public.

    The four main themes for this year’s open house include: From Hydrography to Cartography, Nautical Products, Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure and Databases, and Innovative Cartography.

    Date: Friday, July 7, 2017
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Location: NOAA’s Science Center (1301 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD 20910)

    Registration: Send your name and organization to nauticalcarto2017@noaa.gov to expedite entry into the NOAA building.

    For further details about the open house, please click here.

  • April 22, 2017 3:05 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    Save-The-Date and plan to attend the 2018  Joint Canadian Hydrographic and National Surveyors’ Conference March 26-29 in Victoria, BC.

    The program includes:

    • Pre-conference workshops
    • Icebreaker reception
    • Sponsor & Exhibitor’s reception 
    • Keynote speakers
    • Technical sessions tailored to both groups
    • Poster displays
    • On the water demonstrations

    Sponsor/Exhibitor registration is now opened.

    Attendee registration will open in Fall 2017.

    Register Here: www.CHC-NSC2018.ca

    For questions or assistance, please contact: Nicole Pelletier at 902-442-7606, nicole.pelletier@planaheadevents.com

  • April 22, 2017 8:30 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.

  • March 15, 2017 5:14 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    To be held from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM EST, Wednesday March 22, 2017 in the Expo Hall A 1/2 of the US HYDRO 2017 conference at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, Galveston, Texas



    1-      Minutes of the previous AGM

    2-      Treasurers Report

    3-      Scholarship report

    4-      Chapter Reports

    a.      Southeast Chapter

    b.      Houston Chapter

    c.       Latin America Chapter

    d.      West Coast Chapter

    e.      Mid West Chapter

    f.        Capítulo de América Latina

    g.       National Capital Chapter

    5-      2017 Conference committee

    6-      Any other new business

    The President of The Hydrographic Society of America, Brian Busey (bbusey@terrasond.com ), invites all members to attend and participate. 

    If you cannot attend the AGM but have issues that you would like to have raised at the meeting please contact the Secretary of THSOA, Doug Lockhart ( dlockhart@teledyne.com ).

  • February 15, 2017 9:53 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.

  • February 09, 2017 3:11 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    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.

    2017 National Scholarship Recipients

    National Scholarship

    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 29, 2016 12:08 PM | Anonymous

    Take the opportunity to socialize with your friends and colleagues from the area at Quarterly Meetings to exchange ideas, listen to expert speakers give great presentations and network with the National Capital Region (NCR) Hydrographic community.

    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), US Army Corps of Engineers, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, US Navy, private industry, sister societies, and many other interests will participate.

    If you are interested in participating in the NCR chapter, would like to attend Quarterly meetings or would be interested in becoming an officer in the newly created chapter, please take our NCR Member survey at http://goo.gl/forms/VGsOUIAcPp.

    If you have colleagues that would be interested in attending THSOA NCR Chapter meetings, please feel free to forward them this email and ask them to also submit their answers to the survey.

    Paul R. Cooper
    E-mail: prcooper10@gmail.com