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  • February 26, 2018 3:18 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    This is a request and call for nominations on behalf of NOAA's Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). NOAA and Rear Admiral Shepard Smith, the Designated Federal Officer, and the Director, Office of Coast Survey, and NOAA seek 5 new (and /or renewing) members for a four year term that starts January 1, 2019, and runs through 2022.   


    If you have a very well qualified recommendation for an HSRP nomination for 2019, can you please share this information and encourage their nomination? NOAA is accepting nominations on a rolling basis at any time and no later than May 25, 2018. If selected, the term starts January 1, 2019. There are 2 public meetings each year as well as informational administrative meetings monthly. 


    The Federal Register Notice (FRN) with information and instructions about how to apply, including a list of short answer questions, is attached and at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/02/14/2018-02969/hydrographic-services-review-panel . The nominee should make sure to satisfy the 5 questions and to submit a complete application with a short bio of no more than 350 words. 


    The NOAA Administrator seeks and encourages individuals with expertise in marine navigation and technology, port administration, marine shipping or other intermodal transportation industries, cartography and geographic information systems, geodesy, physical oceanography, coastal resource management, including coastal preparedness and emergency response, and other related fields. 


    To apply for membership on the Panel, nominees are requested to submit the following five items and respond to five questions. The entire package should be a maximum length of eight pages or fewer. NOAA is an equal opportunity employer.  

    1) A cover letter that responds to the five questions listed below and serves as a statement of interest to serve on the panel. Please see “Short Response Questions” below. 

    2) Highlight the nominee’s specific area(s) of expertise relevant to the purpose of the Panel from the list in the Federal Register Notice. 

    3) A current resume. 

    4) A short biography of no more than 350 words. 

    5) The nominee’s full name, title, institutional affiliation, mailing address, email, phone, fax and contact information. 


    Short Response Questions: 

    1) List the area(s) of expertise, as listed above, which you would best represent on this Panel. 

    2) List the geographic region(s) of the country with which you primarily associate your expertise.  

    3) Describe your leadership or professional experiences which you believe will contribute to the effectiveness of this panel. 

    4) Describe your familiarity and experience with NOAA navigation data, products, and services. 

    5) Generally describe the breadth and scope of stakeholders, users, or other groups whose views and input you believe you can share with the panel.


    The nominee will receive an acknowledgement response after submitting the package. I am happy to answer questions or chat with possible candidates on the process, timing, and requirements. The process can take 6 months or more from the closing date of May 25 and applicants can expect to hear back in Fall 2018.  


    Sincerely, Lynne

    Lynne Mersfelder-Lewis

    Program Manager, Hydrographic Services Review Panel, Federal Advisory Committee 

    Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA

  • February 26, 2018 2:37 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    Canadian Hydrographic Service Industry Day - LiDAR and Multi-beam Supply Arrangements for Existing and Prospective Supply Arrangement Holders.


    1. Summary:

    Since fiscal year 2017-2018, the Government of Canada has launched the Oceans Protection Plan (OPP). Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canadian Hydrographic Service (DFO-CHS) seeks to implement an integrated modern multi-platform approach to bathymetric and LiDAR hydrography and charting in keys areas within Canada's navigable waters. This will allow for the delivery of a flexible, affordable and sustainable hydrographic survey program to meet Canada's foreseeable hydrographic requirements. DFO-CHS will undertake near-shore surveying activities through a combination of Light detection and Ranging (LiDAR)  and multi-beam surveys covering priority and high risk areas in Arctic, Pacific, Newfoundland and Labrador, Estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence, Maritimes and Great Lake Basin.

    The scope of the Bathymetric and LiDar surveys includes;

     Fill important gaps in high-resolution coastline and bathymetry in inter-tidal zones and near shore areas to ensure the delivery of improved navigational charts and enhanced electronic navigational chart (ENC) in near-shore areas (e.g., Haida Gwaii), high risk coastal and inland water zones.

    Undertake more extensive efforts to fill, at an accelerated pace, hydrographic data gaps in the Arctic, through the provision of adequate navigational products and services.

    Canada is seeking information on current marketplace capabilities and industry interest to work collaboratively with in order to support bathymetric and LiDAR surveys in Canadas navigable waters.

    This Industry Day is to initiate engagement with industry, to present the areas of interest for LiDAR and multi-beam surveys in the next four years, share plans and obtain industry input on the LiDar and Multibeam Supply Arrangements currently in place. Additionally, current and potential suppliers will participate in an exclusive twenty (20) minute consultation meeting with representatives from DFO-CHS and Public Services and Procurement Canada. 

     2. Registration Process for Industry Day and One-on-One Meetings:

    The Industry day will be held on:

    Wednesday March 7, 2018,  8:30 to 17:30 at Auditorium Bill Ford, Bedford Institute of Oceanography, 1 Challenger Drive, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia , B2Y 4A2

    Interested suppliers must RSVP/ Register for the Industry Day and one-on-one meetings prior to the registration deadline of March 01, 2018, by contacting the PSPC Contracting Authority identified herein in section 6.

    3. Industry Day and One-on-One Meetings Schedule:

    Registration Deadline: March 01, 2018

    Industry Day: March 07, 2018

    4. Note to Interested Suppliers:

    This is not a bid solicitation and a contract will not result from this request. In case of storm, the Industry Day will be reported on March 8th, 2018 at same location.

    5. Enquiries:

    On behalf of DFO-CHS, Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) employee indicated below has been designated as the point of contact for DFO-CHS. 

    As this Notice is not a bid solicitation, Canada will not necessarily respond to enquiries in writing and may not circulate questions/answers to industry.

     6. Contracting Authority:

    Chukwudi Chinye

    Supply Specialist

    Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)

    Acquisitions Branch

    1713 Bedford Row, Nova Scotia, B

    Telephone: 902-401-7604


  • February 12, 2018 9:58 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    Here are the winners of the THSOA National scholarships for 2017/2018 at $2,5000 each:

    • Taylor Clay -  Alfred State College, Alfred New York
    • Jensen DeGrande – Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi Texas
    • Jack Jamieson – Northwestern Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan
    • Philip Chipley – East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee

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

  • February 09, 2018 10:09 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

  • January 25, 2018 4:02 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

     From left standing - Tom Weber, Jennifer Brizzolara, Mike Redmayne, Larry Mayer, Renato Kane, Daniel Anunciación, Ian Church, Dave Wells, and kneeling John Hughes Clarke.

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) and the organizers of the CCOM-UNH/OMG-UNB Multibeam Course sponsored three recent graduates to attend MBC74 held in New Orleans in January.


    The recipients of the scholarships reflected the broad geographical coverage of THSOA; Daniel Anunciacion from Alaska, Jennifer Brizzolara from Florida and Renato Kane from Delaware.  Like many members they also had different academic background, including land surveying, remote sensing, GIS and habitat assessment.


    The course also gave them the opportunity to interact with over fifty other attendees and learn from their knowledge and experience. Daniel has been surveying just over a year in Alaska and noted that he “was amazed to find that multibeam sonar is not only limited to surveying, but used by so many other professions: geologists, biologists, many government agencies within the United States and all around the world are reaping the benefits of multibeam data.” 


    Jennifer transitioned from being a Research Assistant to Project Scientist for the Continental Shelf Characterization, Assessment and Mapping Project (C-SCAMP), and thought the course provided her a more robust background to better understand the limitations and potential of different sources of MBES data, and methods to diagnose and correct “wobble” artifact in bathymetry data. Also importantly “as C-SCAMP is a small, grant-funded research group, the scholarship for this training from The Hydrographic Society of America is high-impact, and will provide valuable support for hydrographic, geomorphological, seafloor characterization, and fisheries management efforts on the West Florida Shelf.”


    Renato has a strong background in remote sensing and came with a good functional knowledge of deep-water multibeam mapping from his time as a navigator and mapper on E/V Nautilus expeditions. “The course allowed me to acquire the knowledge and tools needed to fully comprehend the larger picture of acoustic data acquisition and processing. I feel better prepared for the role of mapping coordinator on Nautilus acquiring and processing multibeam data for general mapping and specifically mapping to support planning scientific exploration ROV dives.”


    The three scholarship recipients are at the beginning of their careers and all acknowledged that the course added significantly to their seafloor mapping knowledge and provided a great basis for their ongoing multibeam related work. The THSOA views this scholarship as an important way to encourage students and recent graduates to establish a career in hydrography, ocean mapping and related earth sciences.

  • January 01, 2018 9:29 AM | Melissa Wood (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 and Colleague, Phil Garrod.   


    Philip Glynne Hamilton Garrod was born on July 17, 1952 in Benghazi, Libya to David and Gwyneth Glynne Garrod. Philip departed this life peacefully on Friday, December 22, 2017, in Katy, at the age of 65 years after a courageous battle with cancer.


    Philip leaves behind a loving and inspiring memory and is survived by his devoted wife of thirty-six years, Juliet "Jay" Garrod of Katy, Texas; sons, Paul Garrod and his partner Maranda Lampe of Austin, and Richard Garrod of San Antonio, Texas; grandson, Alexander Garrod of Austin, Texas.


    Throughout his life, Philip's career in the oil and gas industry has taken him to parts all over the world, after which he moved to Aberdeen, Scotland where he and his wife began raising their family. He then settled down in Katy, Texas in 1992 where he continued to raise his family and enjoyed a fulfilling life. He was devoted father and grandfather, a dedicated colleague to his profession, an avid tournament bass fisherman, and a faithful member of the Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church in Katy, Texas. Although he will be dearly missed, his commitment to always helping others around him will continue to live on through the people he shared his life with.

    A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church, with Rev. Martins Emeh.


    In the spirit of Philip's passion to helping others, the family encourages those wishing to make memorial gifts to make donations to Kids Unlimited at www.kidsunlimited.org


    Cheers to you Phil...you will certainly be missed buddy.

  • December 21, 2017 2:37 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) awarded three (3) scholarships (not include travel or accommodation) to the 74th Multibeam Sonar Training Course hosted by UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM.


    • Daniel Anunciacion
    • Renato Kane
    • Jennifer Brizzolara

    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.

    The 74th UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course will be held from January 8th thru the 13th, 2018 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. http://hydrometrica.com/wp/multibeam-courses

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

  • November 14, 2017 12:46 PM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)
    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) is awarding three (3) scholarships (not include travel or accommodation) to the 74th Multibeam Sonar Training Course hosted by UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM. http://hydrometrica.com/wp/multibeam-courses


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


    Please find the scholarship application HERE: MBC Application form.docx . To submit your application to this scholarship, please email your completed application to:  Michael.redmayne@teledyne.com. The deadline to submit your application is December 15th at 12:00pm. 


    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.


    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.


    The 74th UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course will be held from January 8th thru the 13th, 2018 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Course information can be found online at MBC74_Info_v1_form_distributed.pdf.


    If you have questions regarding the scholarship or scholarship application, please email admin@thsoa.org. If you have questions regarding the Multibeam Sonar Training Course, please contact Lindsay Gee at mbcinfo@hydrometrica.com



  • November 06, 2017 8:30 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    You are invited to support the Canadian Hydrographic Conference (CHC) and the National Surveyors Conference (NHC) for their joint 2018 conference.  Renowned for a high quality program and top notch speakers, they are expecting to host over 300 delegates in beautiful and vibrant downtown Victoria, British Columbia! 

    Their past keynote speakers have left lasting impressions over the years!  Over 60 exhibits will showcase their latest products, services and expertise.  There will be opportunities to learn from experts and network with peers.  

    • Pre-conference workshops 
    • Icebreaker reception 
    • Sponsor & Exhibitor’s reception 
    • Keynote speakers 
    • Technical sessions tailored to both groups 
    • Poster displays 
    • On the water demonstrations
    Members of THSOA receive a discount.  Exhibit spaces still available.

    Visit the website for more information:  www.chc-nsc2018.ca

  • October 30, 2017 11:46 AM | Melissa Wood (Administrator)

    At its 8th Meeting in November 2016, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee (HSSC) established a new Project Team on Standards for Hydrographic Surveys (HSPT).  The HSPT’s main task would be to update the IHO Special Publication No. 44, Standards for Hydrographic Surveys (S-44) and to make a recommendation toward the creation of a hydrographic surveys working group.

    The first meeting of the Project Team took place 20th-22nd June 2017, at Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France with Representatives from thirteen member states (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France , Germany, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, UK, USA), Observers (International Federation of Hydrographic Societies) and Expert Contributors from iXBlue, University of Southern Mississippi, IIC Technologies, ARGANS and Fugro. 

    During the meeting, a questionnaire was devised.  Its purpose is to gauge the views of users and stakeholders of S-44 on a range of topics that will help to inform the decision-making processes of the Project Team. The current (5th) edition of S-44 was adopted in February 2008, a copy can be downloaded free-of-charge from the IHO website at https://www.iho.int/iho_pubs/standard/S-44_5E.pdf

    This is where we need your help. The IHO greatly values the opinions of the members of all the IHO-member hydrographic societies and hopes that you will find 10 minutes to complete the online questionnaire.

    All completed questionnaires will be treated in the strictest confidence and processed anonymously. The closing date for responses is Friday 17th November 2017.

    The results of the questionnaire will be published on the IHO website and other relevant publications.

    Thank you for your cooperation. 

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