Hydrography News – February 2021

February 17, 2021

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

  • Roger Garnett, WA

World Hydrography Day Seminar 2021


Hydrographic Excellence Award - Submissions Deadline extended to 28 February

Nominations for the 2020 Hydrographic Excellence Awards have been extended to 28 February.

With the upheaval that Covid-19 has had on the industry, and knowing surveyors, I am sure there are numerous examples of innovation that have kept the industry moving.  Some I imagine will change the way the industry operates and will be picked up by others as innovative and effective ways of working going forward.  If you know of such an example pop in a nomination, or if you are unsure feel free to contact Dave Field (david.field@ixblue.com) as Chair of the HE Committee to discuss the idea.

The HE Awards not just for innovation, rather it aims to recognise hydrographic project and field work that embraces hydrographic surveying activities that reflect hydrographic excellence and which deliver hydrographic best practice, either ashore or afloat. Further details and nomination forms can be found here

Hydrography Commission Mentoring Program

The SSSI Hydrography Commission has launched a new mentoring program!

The aim of this program is to encourage the development of young professional hydrographic surveyors by connecting them with certified Level 1 and Level 2 hydrographic surveyors, with a focus on working towards certification and networking with other professionals. The program will commence on the 1st July 2021.

The broad aim of the mentoring program is to encourage young professional hydrographic surveyors to work towards certification, be involved in the industry and the Hydrography Commission, and network with other professionals who they may not otherwise have the opportunity to connect with.

More specifically, the program will ensure that Mentees working towards certification have identified knowledge gaps prior to the Panel assessing their application. The Mentor will provide guidance on how best to remediate these gaps.


Mentors will have the opportunity to claim CPD points for being involved in the program along with being part of fostering the next generation of hydrographic surveyors. Mentors will be presented an information session on up-to-date information on certification requirements prior to the program starting.


Mentees can find appropriate guidance for their pathway to Hydrographic certification along with networking opportunities with professionals who are already employed in the industry.

You can find more information about this program on the SSSI Hydrography Commission webpage and register your interest in becoming a mentor or a mentee. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the program! 

Hydro-bite News
Saildrone Launches 72-foot Surveyor, Revolutionizing Ocean Seabed Mapping

The new Saildrone Surveyor is the world’s most advanced uncrewed surface vehicle, equipped with an array of acoustic instruments for high-resolution shallow and deep-water mapping. Read more here

Remotely Operated Vehicles

ROV's or Remotely Operated Vehicles are essential to many subsea operations where the expertise of hydrographc surveyors often also required. Since broader use inception in the mid 1970's their capability, functions and power have been steadily evolving.

These are two recent iterations of ROV, the "Isurus" and "Liberty" ROV's. The US offshore company Oceaneering is utilising these with the largest number of commercial ROV's in the world. These diagrammatic renditions of ROV's at work are quite interesting: One is working at seabed depth on an oil and gas production structure. The second is working on the side of a concrete Gravity base Structure.



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


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