Geo Message (January 2012)

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New Photos and Bios on website

With the election of new members to the committee in 2011, the Hydrography Commission has updated the Committee web page with photos and biographies of its latest members.  To find out more, please head to the Committee web page.



First Hydrography Commission Day Seminar

In conjunction with the Queensland region of the SSSI, the Hydrography Commission is holding its first full day seminar with the theme: Hydrography - Coping with Nature.  The seminar is based around the role Hydrography plays in understanding and responding to the challenges nature presents. Topics include:


  • Queensland’s summer of floods with talks on the Brisbane River flood
  • Cyclone Yasi
  • Emergency response for storm tide inundation
  • Christchurch Earthquake 
  • The use of Hydrography in understanding the effects of climate change.


The seminar will be held in Brisbane on Wednesday the 14th March and is worth 6 CPD points.  For more information, go to the events page.


Hydrography Commission LinkedIn Group

The Hydrography Commission has recently created a subgroup on LinkedIn within the main group of the SSSI.  The group is intended to provide information and feedback for current news and events in Hydrography for the Australasian region.  All members are encouraged to participate in the group and to extend the invitation to any colleagues or other industry contracts who may be interested.  To view the LinkedIn group, please click here.


Hydrography Industry Pay and Conditions Survey

The SSSI Hydrography Commission has compiled a pay and condition survey to gather baseline information on pay levels and conditions for members and other professionals working in the Australasian Region.  The information in the survey will be used in a Careers in Hydrography initiative that the commission is currently working on, including the production of a DVD promoting the industry.  The survey is anonymous (no name/contact or organization details are asked for or collected) and a summary of the results will be made available to members once collated.  To fill out the survey, please click here.


Grounding of Costa Concordia

Hydro International recently featured a news story on the grounding of the Costa Concordia near the Italian island of Giglio.  The article focussed on the viewpoint from the hydrography perspective, in particular whether or not the rock had been charted correctly.  To read article, please go to the Hydro International website.


Recent Events

Advanced HIPS/SIPS Training

Participants of Advanced HIPS/SIPS Training Course in CairnsCARIS Asia Pacific recently held an advanced HIPS and SIPS training course in Cairns, Australia. The course was held at the Rydges Plaza Hotel and was coordinated and delivered by Daniel Kruimel and Christian Fellinger of CARIS Asia Pacific.

The course attracted attendees from defence, government organizations and private survey companies. Topics covered included a comprehensive overview of the CUBE algorithm, water column imaging, backscatter processing using GeoCoder and tidal zoning. As part of the course, trainees used their new knowledge of CUBE to develop a custom set of parameters to be applied to a multibeam swath survey.

"The advanced HIPS and SIPS course was an enlightening insight into the CUBE algorithm and back scatter processing," commented Owen Cantrill, Manager Hydrographic Services at Maritime Safety Queensland, who participated in the training course.

Attendees braved 30 C temperatures and humidity levels of over 80 per cent during the course. The training also provided a forum for users to discuss their workflows and processing techniques with CARIS staff and other advanced users from various organizations.


Upcoming Events


Shallow Survey 2012 -  (20 - 24 February, 2012)

Wellington, New Zealand    More info


Hydrography Coping with Nature Seminar -  (14 March, 2012)

Brisbane, Queensland    More info


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