Hydrography News – June 2021

June 23, 2021

The SSSI Hydrographic Commission Committee would like to extend a warm welcome to new and reinstated members to SSSI and the Hydrography Commission.

  • Graham Spencer, NSW
  • Jared Willans, ACT
  • Isaac Reeves, NSW
  • Thomas Lennards, NSW
  • David Sowter, QLD
  • Stuart Edwards, TAS
  • Daniel Nash, WA
  • Joseph Sebastian, OS (Student)
  • Elizabeth Perri, SA (Student)
  • Corey Ackerman, SA (Student)
  • Brendan Moore, SA (Student)
  • Samson Williams, TAS (Student)
  • Louise Drury, VIC (Student)

SSSI Hydrography Mentoring Program


The SSSI Hydrography Commission is pleased to announce that the Hydrography Mentoring Program will launch on the 1st July 2021. Approximately 20 young professional hydrographic surveyors have signed up and will be matched with senior hydrographic surveyors in the industry. The program will encourage young professional hydrographic surveyors to work towards certification, be involved in the industry and Hydrography Commission, and network with other professionals who they may not otherwise have the opportunity to connect with. A big thank you to all that have signed up to the program. 

Upcoming Hydrography Events

Hydrospatial 2021 Conference ‘Hydrography of the Future’ 

Organised by the Australasian Hydrographic Society (AHS) this 3 day conference will take place from 27-29th October 2021 and will be held in Cairns QLD at the Pullman Cairns International Hotel.

This theme will focus on how hydrography will develop further into the future noting the development of ‘Digital Twinning’, and the emerging name variants for ‘hydrography’ such as ‘hydrospatial’ or ‘hydrogeomatics’.

Click here for further information

Spatial Information Day and the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards of South Australia (APSEA-SA) Dinner

This is scheduled to take place on Friday 17 September 2021 at the Adelaide Convention Centre. Join us to learn the latest applications, theories and techniques being applied in surveying, remote sensing & photogrammetry, building information modelling (BIM), and geographic information systems (GIS).

Click here for further information 

Hydrography / Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Webinar Series

The Hydrography Commission and the Remote Sensing & Photogrammetry Commission are partnering to present a webinar series on underwater mapping. With the increase demand of the maintenance of underwater structures, the exploration and mapping of seafloors as well as the assessment environmental impacts in the underwater domain, remote sensing technologies are in demand more than ever before. In addition, demand on skilled professionals is increasing, partially driven by HIPP - a partnership between Australia’s hydrographic industry and the Australian Government’s Department of Defence. The aim of this webinar series is to provide continuous development for professionals in these areas and includes talks related to bathymetry (acoustic and LiDAR), remote sensing, photogrammetry and much more.

The series will be split into 5-10 one hour long presentations, with one presenter per webinar, and one webinar held per month. We are currently seeking presenters for this series, so if you would like to volunteer please email Jennifer Brindle

SSSI Continuing Professional Development

A reminder to submit your CPD records before the 30 June 2021 via the SSSI website Member Online service. Short of CPD points? Here are some tips on how to achieve CPD for hydrographic surveyors

  • Attend an upcoming networking social event in your area, refer to this link for a list of upcoming events:
  • Watch a previous SSSI webinar, refer to this link for a list of previous webinars
  • Watch an external webinar, some suggestions are linked below:
  • Prepare and present a presentation and submit the presentation for assessment. Notify the hydrography commission when you would like to present it and we'll work on getting a local event/meeting happening. Please be advised that we would require as much notice as possible to organize and advertise the local event/meeting.
  • Independent study
  • Formal education and training
  • Join one of the hydrography or young professional mentoring programs as a mentor or mentee.
  • Research and development is considered to be professional development if it is a technology, method or design that has not previously been used or researched by yourself.

For more information on CPD points, refer this link or the CPD policy

Shortage of Hydrographic Surveyors

The hydrography commission recognizes the shortage of hydrographic surveyors in the industry and are planning to conduct a webinar presentation on the 17th September to encourage university and high school students to consider hydrographic surveying as a career. This webinar will explain the current pathways to become a hydrographic surveyor in Australia, explain the certification process, and provide some information on job opportunities.

Jennifer Brindle and Sam Houston will be organizing this, and are looking for promotional video material that could entice students into hydrographic surveying. If you have any videos that you think would be suitable, or if you would like to get involved please email Jennifer and Sam.


If you have any comments or queries please email the Hydro Commission secretariat suling.meimaris@sssi.org.au 


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