SSSI Hydrography Commission News - August 2018

July 31, 2018

Please find below information on what is happening at the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute Engineering & Mining Surveying Commission as of August 2018.


Introduction to Hydrography UNISA


The university of South Australia (UNISA) is offering a post graduate course in Surveying Applications the aim of this course is to explore specialist survey applications and techniques associated with road engineering, construction, mining and hydrographic surveying. This course is offered in the Graduate Diploma in Surveying and Master of Surveying courses at (UNISA).

The course will cover an Introduction to hydrographic surveying in the following areas:

  • Tide analysis

  • Nautical charts and datums

  • International hydrographic surveying standards

  • Sonar systems

  • depth measurement and sea floor mapping techniques

  • Hydrographic survey planning

  • Law of the sea

The first offering of this course in 2018 will be conducted over a 3-week period with a 3-hour lecture and 2-hour practical session once each week. UNISA will be assisted by industry to provide lecturing and equipment for theory and practical sessions.

Depending on interest UNISA may be looking to expand course content and possibly aligning the syllabus with Australian Industry Standards or International Hydrographic Organisation S5 Syllabus for Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors.




All Commissions should consider attending this international conference in Sydney 30 Oct – 01 Nov 18.  Don’t just think that this is surveying the depths, hydrography covers remote sensing (photogrammetry, satellite imagery acoustics etc), GIS, BIG DATA and more.  Register early or sponsor to the international community



important news 

Hydrographic Surveying Diploma – the second round of public comment is open.  Feedback required by 10 Aug.  Yes, we know that it is under the National Water Training Package, but it was the only way that we could get this up and running in Australia.  It doesn’t change the fact that the training is coming and we need industry and individual support to make it a success during the training phases.  The Hydrography Commission encourage the membership to engage with your local TAFE, RTO or University and make them aware that we have a pathway of training and need them to take up the package

Industry Skills Forums – Is one happening near you?  Your chance to influence the skill growth in Australia for your industry.  Participate and grow our professions


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