Hydrography News – September 2020

September 17, 2020


Standards, Standards, Standards… 

The International Hydrographic Organisation have now adopted the latest edition of S-44 IHO Standards for Hydrographic Surveys (Ed 6.0.0).  For those conducting charting surveys or evening surveying for clients in navigationally significant locations, the standard can be downloaded from https://iho.int/en/standards-and-specifications .  It is worthy of all Certified Hydrographic Surveyors to be aware of the details in the latest edition as it explains requirements for many surveying methodologies which you may wish to adopt or educate your junior surveyors.  Go mentoring…

HydroScheme Industry Partnership Program (HIPP)

It would appear that within the realms of hydrographic surveying, there has been very little slow down in activity.  The HIPP has been a driver of large quantities of administration and governance oversight creating those typical time and cost overheads associated with tender processes.  These are always challenging activities but the upshot is that our junior hydrographic surveyors will be directly involved in the complex research and evaluation processes necessary to compile responses to suit the Statement of Requirements and budgets.  Very essential skillsets when progressing from Level 2 to Level 1.

Drones – Accreditation and Registration

Yes, drones are in hydrography too for a range of activities such as seagrass mapping, photogrammetry, area reconnaissance pre-survey and if you are unlucky, they can become a submarine.  CASA has some changes coming for commercial operators even if your drone is under 2kg.  Access the changes here https://www.casa.gov.au/news-article/get-ready-drone-registration-and-operator-accreditation

Richard Cullen

We would like to warmly welcome the following new members to SSSI and the Hydrography Commission!  
Lino Filho NSW
Ezekiel David Overseas
Akintunde Kuye Overseas
Jose Cordero Overseas
Thomas Rue QLD
Andrew Sheils QLD
Chris Bell QLD
Daniel Warner QLD
Huw Thomas SA


Hydro-bite News

Here is an article regarding a dredger in a US waterway, that killed 2 crewman onboard. This is an extreme but not rare occurrence of dredgers coming into contact with obstructions on the sea or riverbed. Well planned and executed hydrographic survey would eliminate or reduce the risk of work in these areas allowing safe operations.


Thanks to Peter Barr for sharing the article.

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


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