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  • January 12, 2022 8:51 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    Dear THSOA Family,

    On behalf of the THSOA Committee it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend, mentor and colleague, Dean Pottle.

    From all of us who worked with him from Century Subsea, Geo Century and DOF Subsea, it was a pleasure to have worked with you, you’ll be sorely missed.

    Remembrances and condolences can be shared on his Tribute wall using the link below.


  • January 06, 2022 2:30 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    On behalf of the THSOA Committee it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend, mentor and colleague, Ron Butcher.

    Remembrances and condolences can be shared on his Tribute Wall using the link below.


  • December 15, 2021 12:10 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    The Houston Chapter of THSOA is accepting nominations for the following positions on the committee for 2022:

    • Vice Chair
    • Social Media Manager
    • Events Coordinator

    If you, or someone you know is interested in running for one of these positions, please contact the committee at houston@thsoa.org before the Annual General Meeting on January 11th. 

    Elections will be held in January at the AGM which will be our first Hybrid event. Open to members in person, and online. See the THSOA Events page for more details.

  • October 26, 2021 6:00 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    The Hydrographic Society of America's Board of Trustees has announced their inductees for the 2021 class of the Hydrographer Hall of Fame. Instituted in 2012, the Hydrographer Hall of Fame is meant to honor hydrographers who have made significant advances in the science of hydrographic surveying, who have had distinguished surveying careers, who have made contributions in the education of hydrographers and who have provided exemplary service to the society. Nominations are considered every other year on the odd numbered years.

    This year's inductees are:

    • Richard Byrd - Odom Hydrographic
    • Professor John Hughes Clarke - University of New Hampshire
    • Pat Sanders - HYPACK
    • Rear Admiral Richard T. Brennan - NOAA

    More information on the 2021 class can be found on the Hall of Fame page.

  • August 23, 2021 9:29 PM | Anonymous

    NOAA HSRP public meeting webinar, September 1-2, 2021

    NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) Federal Advisory Committee

    The meeting will focus on issues related to hydrographic and navigation services, observations and positioning including topics affecting the NOS’ Office of Coast Survey, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, National Geodetic Survey, and the University of New Hampshire’s and NOAA’s Joint Hydrographic Center (JHC) and Center for Coastal Ocean Mapping. The HSRP advises the NOAA Administrator on matters that affect marine transportation, safe navigation, commercial shipping, ocean and coastal stewardship including sea level rise, resilience, flooding and inundation, coastal and marine spatial planning, geospatial and geodetic data, recreational boating, Arctic priorities, the National Spatial Reference System, the PORTS® system, tides and currents, mapping and surveying, and related topics.

    The meeting will have 2 special sessions highlighting: 1) offshore wind energy and data sharing interests; and 2) the technology, operations and systems to support ocean surveying and mapping in less than 40 meters including lidar, satellite derived bathymetry, and multi-beam hydrographic surveys. There will be updates on NOS programs, as well as the ocean and coastal mapping implementation plans for NOMEC, "Establishing a National Strategy for Mapping, Exploring, and Characterizing the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, June 2020", the Alaska Coastal Mapping Strategy (ACMS), coastal resilience and data, and other topics.

    PUBLIC COMMENTS targeted to the HSRP members are encouraged in advance or during the meeting:

    Comments targeted to the HSRP members can be submitted in advance by August 26, 2021, or during the meeting and should address the topics of the meeting and NOS’s navigation, positioning and observations services, data and products. They should be no longer than 2 minutes and not repeat other comments. If comments are submitted in advance they will be shared with the HSRP members, displayed on a slide, and posted to the website. All comments are included in the meeting public record. Please email advance letters and comments to: Melanie.Colantuno@noaa.gov, Virginia.Dentler@noaa.gov and hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov.

    Meeting Information, Webinar, and Times:

    The final meeting agenda, background documents and presentations will be posted to the web prior to the meeting: https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.html

    Webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5627376790601178124

    Advance registration is recommended.

    Time: Meeting times are in EST and time/speakers are subject to change

    Sept 1, 2021, 12:45-5:30pm EST; Sept 2, 2021, 1-5:30pm EST

  • August 02, 2021 10:04 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    NOAA’s Offices of Coast Survey and National Geodetic Survey jointly announce the FY2023 NOAA Admiral Richard T. Brennan Ocean Mapping Matching Fund program, in honor of a leader, colleague and friend who was a supporter of integrated ocean and coastal mapping. Now known as the Brennan Matching Fund, the purpose of the opportunity is to identify and match funds with partners on ocean and coastal hydrographic surveys and mapping. Proposals will be evaluated and prioritized for funding based on submitted justifications. NOAA will select proposals using the review process and criteria evaluation described in section IX of the Federal Register Notice here.

    PDF of NOAA Announcement: Download Here

    Full Federal Register Notice here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/27/2021-15970/notice-of-matching-fund-opportunity-for-ocean-and-coastal-mapping-and-request-for-partnership

    Informational Webinar on September 9, 2PM ET, registration here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7914808480326041357

  • July 29, 2021 1:13 PM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    NOAA/NOS Office of Coast Survey and its academic partners teamed up to host a session entitled: “Understanding and Predicting Coastal Zone Processes to Support Resilience, Navigation, and the Blue Economy” at the 20th Symposium on the Coastal Environment within the 102nd American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting (@AMS2022).  

    The main goal is to explore how the ocean modeling community would be able to support coastal resilience, marine navigation and the Blue Economy.

    We specifically encourage oral and poster presentations on:

    ·  Coastal ocean modeling products supporting marine navigation 

    ·  Coastal ocean modeling for disaster mitigation and its benefit for coastal economy and communities

    ·  Coastal modeling for water quality and pollution transport and its impacts on downstream industries ( e.g. tourism and fisheries)

    Abstract submission deadline: Sep 1, 2021.

    Link to submit abstract: http://ams.confex.com/ams/102ANNUAL/20coastal/papers/index.cgi 

  • July 06, 2021 10:16 AM | Anonymous

    The votes are in!

    The THSOA Latin American Chapter Chair and Vice-Chair Proxy Voting is closed and we are excited to announce the new chapter leadership:

    • THSOA Latin American President: Alberto Pedrassani Costa Neves
    • THSOA Latin American Vice-President: Bismarck Jigena Antelo


    We would like to welcome the newly elected Chapter leadership and wish the outgoing Chair the best of luck in his next role within the THSOA membership.


    ¡Los votos se han contado!

    La votación para Presidente y Vice-Presidente del Capitulo Latino América de THSOA ha terminado y nos complace anunciar a los nuevos lideres:

    • Presidente del Capitulo Latino América de THSOA: Alberto Pedrassani Costa Neves
    • Vice-Presidente del Capitulo Latino America de THSOA: Bismarck Jigena Antelo
    Nos gustaría dar la bienvenida al liderazgo del Capítulo recién elegido y desearle al Presidente saliente la mejor de las suertes en su próximo rol dentro de la membresía de THSOA.

  • June 22, 2021 11:00 AM | Kevin Tomanka (Administrator)

    THSOA is proud to promote two upcoming events from our partner organizations. 

    First up is tomorrow, Wednesday 23, 2021, 13:00 CDT

    There will be three guest speakers and the topic will be on North Sea Decommissioning. No sign up is required, join them online: the link to attend is here.

    And then this Thursday, June 24, 2021. 9:00AM CDT

    Quantifying Ground Conditions from Marine Seismic Reflection Data: Applications for Offshore Renewables Projects

    Presented by: Dr. Mark E. Vardy, Geophysicist, SAND Geophysics

    The link to event information and registration is here.

  • June 17, 2021 10:46 AM | Anonymous

    Earlier this year, Rafael Ponce was elected President-Elect with the expectation that he would take over as President on January 1, 2022. With Rick's passing last month, Rafael was voted by the board to start his duties early and has graciously stepped into the role of President effective June 1, 2021.

    Good luck in your new role, Rafael!

    Rafael's bio:

    Graduated from the Mexican Naval Academy as Naval Sciences Engineer; spent 8 years on board Mexican Navy ships (Oceanic Patrol Ships, Destroyers, Dredging Ship and  a Hydrographic Ship) at different positions (Operations Officer, Navigation Officer, Weapons Officer, ASW Officer, Chief Engineering, and Commanding Officer). I became a Category B and later Category A Hydrographer with a Master of Science in Hydrography at the University of Southern Mississippi. I was commissioned at the Mexican Hydrographic Office where I spent the last 15 years of my naval career until my voluntary retirement in 2007. Since then, I work at Esri the GIS company, currently as Principal Maritime Consultant.

    As a professional mariner and hydrographer, I’m passionate about the oceans and progress of our world through hydrography. Supporting people and new colleagues in the field, as well as learning from all, are my motivations to keep vibrant our hydrographic society.

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