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  • March 28, 2019 1:21 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    The NOAA HSRP 2020 Call for Nominations is published in the Federal Register Notice, is attached and nominations are due on May 1, 2019: 

    https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/03/08/2019-04196/hydrographic-services-review-panel 

     

    While nominations are due on May 1 for a start date of January 1, 2020, they will be accepted them anytime as there is a rolling admission and we will keep them on file for future openings. The bios of the current member are attached for background.

    Additional information on the HSRP is at: https://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.htm 

     

    Any Questions, contact :

    Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis

    Program Manager, Hydrographic Services Review Panel, Federal Advisory Committee 

    Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA, N/CS

    1315 East West Hwy., ssmc3 #6413 Silver Spring, MD 20910

    NOTE NEW phone: 240-533-0064; cell 240-691-6106; Fax 301-713-4019 - notify first

    Lynne.Mersfelder@noaa.gov

    HSRP public meetings https://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/hsrp/hsrp.htm

    The Nation's Chartmaker


  • March 13, 2019 3:15 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    Mark your calendars and get registered for the upcoming "Offshore Industry Market Outlook 2019" meeting . To register or for more information for OIMO 2019, go to www.mtshouston.org/ 


  • February 18, 2019 1:08 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    THSOA to Induct Three to Hydrographer Hall of Fame


    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) has selected three prominent hydrographers for induction into its Hydrographer Hall of Fame (HOF).  The HOF was established in 2013 as a way to honor hydrogrpahers who have had distinguished careers, have advanced the science of hydrographer and/or provided service to THSOA.

    Included in the Class of 2019 are:

    ·         Capt. (Ret) Andy Armstrong

    ·         Rear Adm. Kenneth Barbor

    ·         Adam Kerr


    Capt. (Ret.) Andy Armstrong


    Andy Armstrong has had a distinguished career as a hydrographer, first as a NOAA officer, and later as one of the founders and key administrators of the University of New Hampshire’s The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping/Joint Hydrographic Center (UNH-CCOM/JHC).

    As a NOAA officer, Amstrong served on several hydrographic ships, including his service as Commanding Officer and Chief Hydrographer on the Whiting.  He later served as the Chief of NOAA’s Hydrographic Surveys Division.

    He was instrumental in the creation of the UNH-CCOM/JHC and currently serves as co-Director.  The JHC was formed in1999 and is a center for expertise in hydrography. 

    In addition to his distinguished career, Andy Armstrong has served multiple years on THSOA’s Board of Trustees including a stint as President of the Society.

     

    Rear Adm. Kenneth “Ken” Barbor

     

    Rear Admiral Kenneth “Ken” Barbor served with distinction as a hydrographer, a statesman and a teacher.  During a long career in the US Navy, he served as Commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command.  During this time, he pushed to establish the Cat A Hydrographic Science curriculum at the University of Mississippi (USM).

    Ken went on to serve as a Director of the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB).  Over the next five years, he worked to improve hydrographic survey capabilities around the world and to create standards in the rapidly changing field of hydrography.

    Upon his retirement from the US Navy, he joined the faculty at USM. 

    Ken Barbor also was a supporter of THSOA, serving a term as President of THSOA.

    Rear Admiral Kenneth Barbor passed away in July 2018.  He is greatly missed.


    Adam Kerr

     

    Adam Kerr had a distinguished career as a hydrographer.  He served almost 30 years with the Canadian Hydrographic Service, culminating as Director of the Central and Atlantic Regions.  During his career, he was instrumental in the development of digital cartography standards and the development of DOLPHIN, one of the first unmanned semi-submersible survey vehicles.

    Starting in 1998, Adam served as a director of the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB).  During his service, he was heavily involved in developing standards for electronic charting and the expansion of technical assistance to developing nations.

    He later served as a hydrographic consultant and as Editor of The International Hydrographic Review.  Adam was a prolific writer with publications and books on hydrographer, cartography and maritime boundary delineation.

    Adam Kerr passed on in August 2016 as the age of 83.


  • February 13, 2019 2:00 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    Here are the winners of the THSOA National scholarships for 2019 at $2,000 each:  

     

    Mikayla Drost – College of Charleston

    Selina Lambert – Oregon State University

    Kelly Smith – NW Michigan College

    Trenton Holyfield – Ferris State University

    Dannielle Obuckley – Alfred State College

     

    The board and scholarship review committee would like to thank everyone who submitted a scholarship application.


  • February 12, 2019 5:45 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

     

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) is awarding two (2) scholarships (not including travel or accommodation) to the Bathymetric Multibeam Survey Training Course hosted by SEAHORSE GEOMATICS.

    The Bathymetric Multibeam Survey Training Course will be held from April 29th thru May 4th, 2019 at the Kennedy School Hotel in Portland, Oregon. Course information can be found online HERE. The agenda is HERE

    The scholarship is available to our student members or recent graduate members. The scholarship for this training course only covers course materials, continental breakfast and lunch for 6 days. Accommodations & travel are not included.

    Please find the scholarship application HERE. To submit your application to this scholarship, please email your completed application to: Michael.redmayne@teledyne.com. The deadline to submit your application is March 15th, 2019 at 12:00pm with awards by April 1st, 2019.

    To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:

    1.   Be a student or recent graduate (within three years).

    2.   Be a THSOA member in good standing.

    3.   Submit a 200 word essay describing why you should be selected for this training opportunity.

    4.   Selected members are required to arrange through their local Chapter Chair to give a presentation at their local Hydrographic Society Chapter on their experience and what they learned.

    5.  Submit your application via the link above which includes submitting a paragraph answer to THSOA on why you should attend the Bathymetric Multibeam Survey Training Course.

    THSOA would like to express our thanks to the organizers of the Bathymetric Multibeam Survey Training Course for their generous donation. They graciously donated two course registrations to THSOA at half the regular price

    If you have questions regarding the scholarship or scholarship application, please email admin@thsoa.org. If you have questions regarding the Bathymetric Multibeam Survey Training Course, please contact Heidi Seger (heidi@seahorsegeomatics.com) or Mike Mutschler (mike@seahorsegeomatics.com).


  • February 10, 2019 11:38 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    REGISTER NOW TO ATTEND!!

     

     

    2019 U.S. Hydro THEME

    "Our Changing Oceans and Coasts: Driving Innovation in Charting, Intelligence, and Resilience”


    The conference will include technical sessions, workshops 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.You can find the conference schedule HERE

    REGISTER TO ATTEND U.S. HYDRO HERE

    The U.S. HYDRO 2019 conference has sold over 99% of its booth space. We've shuffled spaces around to make room for more exhibitors who didnt want to miss out!!!

    We now have THREE spaces still available!! 

    To sign up to become an exhibitor click here.

    Current exhibitor list click here 


  • January 28, 2019 9:48 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

     

     2019 THSOA Scholarships Recipients attend Multibeam Training Course

     

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) and the organizers of the CCOM-UNH/OMG-UNB Multibeam Course sponsored two graduate students and one recent graduate to attend MBC77 held in New Orleans in January.

    The recipients of the scholarships reflected the broad geographical coverage of THSOA; Mile Saunders from Oregon, Johnson Oguntuase from Mississippi, and Michael Espriella from Florida. They also have different academic background, including GIS and land surveying, remote sensing, GIS and habitat assessment. All three scholarship recipients acknowledged that the course added significantly to their seafloor mapping knowledge and provided a great basis for their ongoing multibeam related work.

    Michael noted that it provided him with invaluable knowledge and experience for since he is at the start of using multibeam for habitat mapping. He was also surprised to learn of the variety of applications of multibeam data both from the lecturers as well as the attendees, as communicating with other students was one of the most beneficial aspects of the course: “Perhaps the best aspect of the course was the opportunity to learn from five different leaders in the field each with their own interests providing a variety of perspectives”.

    Johnson is undertaking his PhD at USM and was pleased that the course strengthened his conceptual understanding of the physics applied in multibeam; especially, bottom detection and seafloor imaging techniques. “One major aspect of the course that is overly interesting to me is the dynamic error recognition and analysis … before attending this course, my skills on troubleshooting artifacts were simply subjective to guesses. I now have a firm grip on artifact diagnosing!”

    Miles has a strong background in geo-spatial analysis and came to the course with deep-water multibeam and sub-bottom mapping experience from his time as a data acquisition technician on E/V Nautilus expeditions. He thought he understood the general principals that controlled these systems, but after the first several lectures, realized how incredibly complicated and intertwined multibeam systems are, and what is needed to properly integrate all the ancillary systems. “… without the THSOA scholarship I would not have been able to attend the MBC77 in New Orleans.  I know that this course will have a direct impact on how I will map and process data in the future.”

     

       Miles G. Saunders

    The Multibeam Training Course scholarship was a fantastic opportunity to expand my  knowledge of principals and theories that govern multibeam sonar systems.  Before the course, I felt I understood the general principals that controlled these systems.  After the first several lectures, I realized how incredibly complicated and intertwined multibeam systems are, and what is needed to properly integrate all the ancillary systems.  The physics behind beam forming, both on transmit and receive arrays that allow sound to be accurately aimed has helped me to better understand how the magic of multibeam works.  The multiple lectures on side-lobe interference with various seafloor bathymetry, why there is side-lobe interference, what those look like in collected data will greatly improve the way I process data.  The structure of the lectures was designed to repeatedly discuss important characteristics of multibeam; each lecturer covered the important information from their area of expertise, overlapping and building on the other lectures.  I cannot recommend this course enough to anyone even tangentially involved with seafloor mapping.  The section on ancillary sensors, and the proper alignment of those sensors is knowledge that every person on board should understand.  So many systems work in tandem to achieve a truly amazing feat of science and engineering; without The Hydrographic Society’s scholarship I would not have been able to attend the MBC77 in New Orleans.  I know that this course will have a direct impact on how I will map and process data in the future.

     

       Michael C. Espriella

    As a graduate student looking to establish myself in the field, the MBC training provided me with invaluable knowledge and resources. I was surprised to learn of the variety of applications of multibeam data both from the lecturers as well as the attendees, as communicating with other students was one of the most beneficial aspects of the course. As somebody who has spent more time interpreting multibeam data rather than setting systems up, the training allowed me to understand the whole process from system set up to the final product. 

    From a habitat mapping perspective, I learned of sophisticated ways to visualize data and understand causes behind artefacts in the data. It was also beneficial to learn about future directions as work continues to improve the technology and find novel ways to best represent findings. Perhaps the best aspect of the course was the opportunity to learn from five different leaders in the field each with their own interests providing a variety of perspectives. 

     

       Johnson Oguntuase

    It was a privilege to have been selected to attend the 77th Multibeam Sonar Training Course. I am indeed grateful to the leadership of THSOA for the scholarship award. Overall, the course has strengthened my conceptual understanding of the physics applied in multibeam; especially, button detection and seafloor imaging techniques. One major aspect of the course that is overly interesting to me is the dynamic error recognition and analysis. I learned the techniques for troubleshooting multibeam-data artifacts induced by system integration, refraction, and internal waves. Before attending this course, my skills on troubleshooting artifacts were simply subjective to guesses. I now have a firm grip on artifact diagnosing! The lessons learned are already being shared with some of my colleagues, working on multibeam projects at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM). Besides, the current CAT-A students will also benefit from the lessons learned as I assist two of our Professors during their bathymetry and kinematic lab classes. Finally, my effort to create an interactive educational tool, for a priori uncertainty estimations of various multibeam systems, will largely depend on the knowledge acquired during this course. Once, again, thanks to THSOA scholarship award.



    The 77th UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course was held from January 7th thru the 12th, 2019 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. 

    If you have questions regarding the Multibeam Sonar Training Course, please contact Lindsay Gee at mbcinfo@hydrometrica.com.

     

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  • December 13, 2018 10:15 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    THSOA are pleased to have awarded a scholarship for the Multibeam Course 77, the UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course to be held from January 7th thru the 12th, 2019 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.

    Miles G. Saunders


    Michael C. Espriella


    Johnson Oguntuase


    The 74th UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course will be held from January 7th thru the 12th, 2019 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Course information can be found online at http://hydrometrica.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/MBC77_Info_v2_form_distributed.pdf

    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.

    If you have questions regarding the Multibeam Sonar Training Course, please contact Lindsay Gee at mbcinfo@hydrometrica.com.


  • December 13, 2018 10:12 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)



    2019 Graduate Student Research Awards

    The North Pacific Research Board is pleased announce the 2019 Graduate Student Research Awards. These student awards support scientific and scholarly research that informs effective management and sustainable use of marine resources in North Pacific waters.

     

    Awards will be $25,000 each, with a minimum of six students to be selected in May 2019. Funds may be used for graduate student stipend and standard benefits, tuition or required university fees, research-related travel, supplies and laboratory analyses. Students must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited university or college by the time of submission in order to be eligible. We will begin accepting proposals now through February 8, 2019.

    For more details on eligibility, proposal requirements, and important dates please visit our website

  • November 30, 2018 1:27 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)



    You are invited to participate at WEDA's Dredging Summit & Expo '19 set to be held at the Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago, Illinois from June 4-7, 2019.  

    WAVES OF CHANGE: OCEANS OF OPPORTUNITY
    The theme for this year's conference is "Waves of Change: Oceans of Opportunity", which will focus on dredging presentations with an emphasis on planning for new regulations, adjusting to new technologies, and developing a new competitive edge is standard business for the WEDA members. Add to that major political changes that are now impacting funding opportunities, global trade routes, and coastal protection priorities. WEDA's Dredging Summit & Expo brings together the world leaders in the dredging industry and provides a platform for both vendors and practitioners to share their experiences and tools while developing relationships and building upon the science of dredging. This year's conference location in Chicago will also provide an opportunity to highlight some of the local projects and developments around the Great Lakes region. For early sponsorship opportunities, click here or contact Tom Cappellino at 949-422-8231.

    CALL FOR PAPERS  |  View/Print PDF online
    The technical sessions at our annual Dredging Summit and Expo are the premiere venue to discuss the science and practice of dredging. Interested authors and presenters are invited to submit abstracts online through WEDA's dedicated conference website www.Dredging-Expo.com.

    PAPERS AND EXTENDED ABSTRACTS
    WEDA gives precedence to presentations that are based on a technical paper that is peer-reviewed and published in our proceedings. WEDA publishes the meeting's proceedings for the membership to share and to further knowledge exchange in our industry. However, recognizing that providing a full paper is a barrier for some, we will be providing additional flexibility this year by accepting a limited number of presentations for which a full paper will not be mandatory. For these sessions, presenters may submit an extended abstract (2 pages) and their PowerPoint presentation. Both will be peer-reviewed and authors required to respond to reviewer recommendations to obtain approval for the presentation. Extended abstracts and PowerPoint presentations will have the same submission and review schedule as full papers. Final extended abstracts will be published as part of the 2019 Dredging Summit & Expo proceedings.

    The Technical Papers Committee will review all abstracts and notify authors of acceptance and provide final manuscript instructions for production of the Dredging Summit & Expo '19 proceedings. Submission and acceptance of an abstract means that one or more of the authors MUST register, pay registration fees, attend the 2019 Dredging Summit & Expo, and give the presentation in English.

    CONFERENCE TOPICS:
    Abstracts presenting both practical applications as well as applied research are encouraged.

    Improving Dredge Safety

    Treatment of Dredged Sediments

    Innovative Equipment and Techniques

    Land Reclamation

    Dredging Research & Education

    Surveying & Mapping

    Budgeting & Cost Estimating

    Dredging for Beach Nourishment

    New Dredging Equipment

    Environmental Dredging & Capping

    Dredging for Flood Control

    Deep Sea Mining/Dredging

    Geotechnical Aspects of Dredging

    Beneficial Reuse of Dredged Sediments

    Navigation Channel Design

    Sediment Management

    Shoreline Protection

    Sea Level Rise Planning and Construction

    Emerging Environmental Regulations

    Other topics will be considered

     

     

    IMPORTANT DEADLINES:

     

    Abstracts Deadline

    December 15, 2018

    Notification of Acceptance / Author Instructions

    January 8, 2019

    Draft Manuscripts to be submitted

    February 8, 2019 

    Reviewer Comments to Authors

    March 15, 2019

    Final Manuscripts to be submitted

    April 19, 2019

     

     

    ABSTRACT SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS   |  View/Print New User Registration Instructions

    1. All abstracts are to be submitted online at www.dredging-expo.com.
    2. All users MUST first register as a "New Users" on the Dredging Summit & Expo website.
    3. The registration confirmation email to establish a password will be delivered immediately so please make sure to check your spam/junk mail folder.
    4. After receiving the email, click on the link to establish a password.
      • Note: A random generated password will automatically populate the password field. You may use this password, but it's recommended that you establish an easier password to remember.
    5. After you have established a password, you will need to log into the Dredging Summit & Expo website.
    6. Once logged into the site, you will automatically be redirected to the Author Dashboard where you can upload new abstracts or manage any previously uploaded files and information. The Abstract Dashboard can be accessed from the "Dashboard" menu tab on the Dredging Summit & Expo website.
    7. If you have any issues either registering on the site or submitting your abstract, please contact us at Info@WesternDredging.org.

    WEDA's TECHNICAL PAPERS COMMITTEE

    CHAIR

    Robert Ramsdell
    Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company
    RCRamsdell@gldd.com

    MEMBERS

    Donald Hayes, Ph. D., P.E.
    Engineering Research & Development Center
    Don.F.Hayes@usace.mil 

    Walter Dinicola, P.E.
    Anchor QEA, LLC
    wdinicola@anchorqea.com

    Lori Brownell, P.E.
    Taylor Engineering, Inc.
    lbrownell@taylorengineering.com

     

     

     

     

     

    Paul Fuglevand, P.E.
    Dalton, Olmsted & Fuglevand, Inc.
    pfuglevand@dofnw.com

    Shelly Anghera. Ph. D.
    Latitude Environmental, Inc.
    shelly@latitudeenv.com

     

     

    Additional information for WEDA's Dredging Summit & Expo '18 can be found on www.Dredging-Expo.com.

    If you have any questions regarding the "Call for Papers", please contact any of the members of the Technical Papers Committee. All other Dredging Summit & Expo inquiries, please email us at info@westerndredging.org or call (949) 422-8231.

     

     

    Sincerely,

    Tom Cappellino
    Executive Director
    Western Dredging Association
    tcappellino@westerndredging.org   |  (949) 422-8231

     


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