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A Career in Hydrography

Watch this brilliant video made by various representatives from Australia and New Zealand to promote the career as a hydrographer:


Commission 4 Newsletter June 2014

Commission 4 annual meeting 2014

Commission 4 will be having its annual meeting at the FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 17 June 2014 at 8:00 - 9:00. Commission 4 hopes to see many at the meeting.


Commission 4 at the FIG Working Week 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria 6-10 May 2013

Angela Kesiena Etuonovbe, Chair elect of Commission 4 making her report to the General Assembly.

Commission 4 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria, 6-10 May 2013. 

  • Blue Economy Seminar, 09 April 2013 and The Ocean Business Exhibition Week, 09-11 April 2013, Southampton, United Kingdom

    FIG and IHO bring their one-off exclusive seminar to Ocean Business. The President of the IHO and The National Hydrographer for the UK will be in attendance at the ?Blue Economy? Seminar. Organised in partnership with FIG (International Federation of Surveyors) and IHO (International Hydrographic Organisation) alongside Ocean Business, this one off seminar is setting a forward looking strategy for the ?Blue Economy? and looking at the combined views of both governmental and non-governmental organisations.

  • Hydro 2012, 13-15 November, Rotterdam, the Netherlands

  • New publications
The Electronic Chart: Functions, Potential and Limitations

A Textbook for ECDIS Use and Training
By Horst Hecht et al.
Published by Geomares Publishing
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  • David Neale of Trinidad and Tobago passed away on 7 June 2011
David Neale was a former Commission 4 Vice-Chair Administration (2007-2010). Until his passing, he was an active member the FIG/IHO/ICA International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC), and as well the Chairman of RICS Caribbean (2009-2011). He was also a part-time lecturer on Hydrography in the Department of Geomatics Engineering and Land Management, Faculty of Engineering, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Commission 4 at the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia, 11-16 April 2010

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Michael Sutherlan

Commission 4 had its Annual Meeting during the FIG Congress 2010 in Sydney, Australia, 11-16 April 2010. The General Assembly appointed Dr. Michael Sutherland from Canada as the Chair of Commission 4 for 2011-2014.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Geomatics group and FIG (Comm 4 -Hydrography) have launched a guide on Developing a Vertical Reference Surface for Hydrography. It is a useful document on what a vertical reference surface is and how it can benefit stakeholders.

This guide is directly related to the more complex and in-depth FIG publication # 37 - FIG Guide on the Development of a Vertical Reference Surface for Hydrography.

Over the last few years it has become apparent to many in our profession that some form of recognised formal career development, above and beyond an initial degree or course of study, is becoming more and more desirable – if not necessary. Read the whole article from Adam Greenland, Chair of Commission 4.

The FIG Article of the Month in November 2005 is written by Adam J. Kerr, United Kingdom. His paper "Hydrography and Disaster Management" has been for the first time presented at the FIG Forum at the Intergeo 2005 in Düsseldorf, Germany, 4 October 2005.

Click for bigger image The South East Asian Survey Congress (SEASC) occurs every four years. This report covers the Congress in Hong Kong in November 2003. The Congress involved over 250 delegates from 25 countries. Commission 4 Technical Programme, Wednesday 5 November, 2003. All technical papers are available free of charge.

Full report by Adam Greenland on the Hydrography related papers and technical tour. FIG Commission 4 enjoyed a highly successful congress, which included 8 papers and a full day technical tour to the Hong Kong Civil Engineering Department (CED) and Hydrographic Office (HKHO). Lik-shan LAM, CED Surveyor and Kwok-chu NG, Hydrographer HKHO organised and hosted the tour, which was attended by approx. 70 persons attended the technical sessions which included papers on Chart datum & Tidal datum from GPS, GPS buoys for monitoring sea state, Current IHO activities and Marine Cadastre.

  • FIG Commission 4 ‘Hydrography’ visit to IHB, Monaco, Friday 14 November, 2003
Click picture for bigger size Adam Greenland, Chair of FIG Commission 4 visited the IHB office on Friday 14 November 2003, and met with Capt. Hugo Gorziglia, Director 2, responsible for FIG and IHB liaison. This was the first opportunity to meet since the IHB and FIG elections last year in 2002. The discussions centred on areas of future co-operation such as education, training, capacity building and generally building closer links and lines of communication. The meeting proved a great success and I would like to thank all at the IHB for their kind hospitality. The framework for future co-operation is outlined in the new IHO/FIG MoU, which will be signed at the FIG WW in Athens next year, May 2004 (
  • Report as a .pdf-file with pictures.
  • Hydro2002 - Sounding the Future - 13th Hydrographic Society Biennial International Symposium - 8-10 October, 2002, Kiel, Germany
  • Commission 4 Meeting at the Canadian Hydrographic Conference in Toronto 30 May 2002

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