Thank you for visiting The Hydrographic Society of America – Southeast Chapter.

The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) Southeast Chapter serves as the focal point for hydrographic activities in the Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and South Carolina.

The Board would like to invite members and non-members to attend our monthly meetings to learn more about the organization, meet other professionals, and gain further knowledge on the subject of hydrography. With technical presentations given at most monthly meetings, one can learn more about the industry, equipment and application updates, as well as news in the industry.

If you have any questions or would like to get a hold of our chapter board members, please email


The objectives of the Chapter shall be the advancement and promotion of the science of surveying at sea and related sciences, including, but not limited to, offshore surveying, positioning and mapping, and hydrography. To accomplish this objective, the Chapter shall be organized and operated for scientific and educational purposes as follows:

Said corporation is organized exclusively for educational, charitable, and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code or individuals in pursuit of higher education in the offshore sciences and engineering disciplines or other such educational pursuits as the board deem worthy as follows:

a. To enable technologists and others engaged in or interested in hydrography and related sciences to meet, correspond, promote, encourage, and coordinate the study of such sciences in all and any of their aspects by arranging regular meetings for its members and guests;

b. To accumulate, extend, increase, disseminate and publish information and knowledge relating thereto and to facilitate the exchange of information, knowledge and ideas on all subjects and related matters of interest in this field by:

Organizing regular technical presentations, field visits and member networking events;
Representing and communicating information regarding the regional offshore surveying community to The Hydrographic Society of America.

c. To encourage research in hydrography and the practical application of technological knowledge so developed by:

Promoting the offshore survey, positioning and mapping professions to colleges, universities, educational organizations and to industry and government organizations;

Commit a portion of the Chapter’s annual income to the creation and support of student scholarship programs. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles, the corporation shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on

(a.) by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or

(b) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under section 170(c) (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or the corresponding section of any future federal tax code.


Feel free to contact any one of the board members below with inquiries or comments. Alternatively, drop us a line in the general mail box by clicking here. We’ll be sure to answer your email in a timely fashion.

Mailing Address:

THSOA-Southeast Chapter
PO Box 60341
Lafayette, LA 70596


Educational Subcommittee

Points of Contact

Alabama – Donald W. Rowe PE & PLS,

Louisiana – Mike Nitska,

Mississippi – Max Van Norden,

Georgia – Randy L. Tompkins, P.S.M.,

Florida Northeast – Randy L. Tompkins, P.S.M.,

Florida Panhandle – David Ham,

Florida South – Michael Lowiec,

Florida Central



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