U.S. Hydro 2013 Conference Approaches

U.S. Hydro 2013 Conference Approaches

The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) will be hosting the 2013 US HYDRO event at the New Orleans Sheraton from 25 to 28 March, 2013.

The event is the largest event of its kind, hosted by a non-profit organization. THSOA has strived to make this event affordable for its membership, breaking a trend of hydrographic conferences hosted by for-profit agencies.

US HYDRO 2013 will feature hydrographic workshops focused on preparing hydrographers for the ACSM/NSPS Hydrographer Certification program, along with company-based training. The hydrographic faculty from the U. of Southern Mississippi will be presenting sessions on Geodesy, Vertical Daums, Positioning and Uncertainty. Additional sessions on USACE/IHO standards and sonar theory will also be available for attendees. In addition, company-based training from hydrographic software and equipment manufacturers will also be taking place. The workshop program will begin on Monday, 25 March and run through Wedneday, 27 March. The workshop program is being overseen by John Mraz, USACE-NY.

This year’s Opening Ceremony will feature the first class of inductees in THSOA’s Hydrographer Hall of Fame (HOF). The HOF was recently created to honor hydrographers who have made significant contributions to hydrographic science, hydrographic equipment and to THSOA. Nominations for induction have been made and are now under consideration by the HOF Committee, chaired by Chic Ransone of International Industries. In addition to the HOF Induction, the Opening Ceremony will feature three keynote speakers. Col. Fleming, Commander of the New Orleans District USACE, RDML Gerd Glang, RDML Gerd Glang is the National Hydrographer, and Director of the Office of Coast Survey, NOAA, and RDML Brown, Commander CNMOC will address the assembly.

One of the main focuses of US HYDRO 2013 is the technical program. This year’s technical program will feature the presentation of over 50 papers focusing on the latest trends and technology in hydrographic surveying. In addition to the technical papers, a poster session will feature hydrographic-related work by university students and hydrographic researchers. Al Rougeau of C&C Technologies is the technical session chairman for US HYDRO 2013 and Paul Cooper of CARIS has been managing the Poster Session. The technical presentations will begin on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 and run through Thursday, 28 March 2013.

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Dredging Today Staff, February 4, 2013