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  • July 17, 2017 5:40 PM | Anonymous

    NOAA Corps 100th Anniversary celebration featuring the Wild Seafood Night to Remember on Saturday, August 12, 2017 in Newport, Oregon.  The event will take place on the NOAA Corps Marine Operations Pacific property.

    Tickets are $25 (everything included... the craft beer and wine tasting plus the amazing wild seafood dishes, sides dishes and the awesome 100th anniversary cake).  The event runs from 4:00pm to 7:00pm with the ceremony (and cake!) at 6:00pm (21 + over).  Limited ticket sales...only 500!


    Proceeds benefit the NOAA Officers Family Association + Morale Welfare & Recreation programs plus the local Newport Food Pantry/Operation Snackpacks emergency food programs for the city and local schools.

    Tickets can be purchased through the website:  www.wildseafoodnight.com. The website tickets come with a $3.50 service fee but can be printed up at home.  

  • April 11, 2017 1:12 PM | Anonymous

    The Hydrographic Society of America - West Coast Chapter would like to invite you to join us for our May Meeting. On 25th May (Thursday) beginning at 6:30pm, the THSOA-WCC invites you to an informal gathering of Hydrographers in Portland, Oregon at the Kennedy School.

    McMenamins, Kennedy School

    5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.

    Portland, OR 97211

    As always, all THSOA members and interested Hydrographers / Oceanographers / Surveyors are welcome. Non-members are welcome and encouraged to join. If you need to renew or would like to gain membership then please go online at www.thsoa.org/join-us.

    Thanks to our sponsors, there will be libations and light buffet style fare.




    Sponsorship Opportunities:
    If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Mike Mutschler.

    We ask our sponsors to please bring your marketing information and roll-up banners. It may also be shipped directly to the Admiral's House. Address will be provided via email.

    Your company's financial support will help THSOA-WCC provide University scholarships to several bright students interested in careers in our industry.

    To register for this event online or contact Mike Mutschler. Registration closes May 15th at noon (Pacific Time).

    Registration is important so that sufficient food and beverages may be ordered in advance.

    Please do let Mike Mutschler know if you plan to join.


    Upcoming trends in Data processing, Kevin Tomanka/OARS

    This will be an expanded version of one of the 5-minute "Lightning Talks" from the U.S. Hydro show. It will be an overview of what we are seeing as the prevailing trends in hydrographic software, and showing how EIVA is tailoring the NaviSuite line to meet these needs. The talk will include topics on 3D Dredging, Oceanography, and Big Data applications.

    Seamless bathymetry with topography, Harold Orlinsky/HYPACK

    Creating a near seamless survey using a Norbit multibeam and Velodyne Lidar in the port of Malta.  Techniques to show the best method for data collection and processing

    Cooperative Cleaning – Qimera v1.5, Mo Doucet/QPS

    We've talked to clients about their experiences with multi-user workflows in other software applications.  What we've found generally is that existing solutions are overly complex, unstable, unwieldy and fail to bring value to the end client.  The dream of multi-user has yet to materialize.

    Qimera Cooperative Cleaning and Production Line Processing address these issues in multi-user workflows by providing a set of simple tools that separate workflows to respect the natural progression of data refinement.  It also leverages the skill sets required of users at various stages of processing, data validation and product generation

    Bathy/Topo Lidar Surveys to Monitor the Replenishment of the Elwha River Estuary and Coastline, Carol Lockhart, Ben Hocker/GDS

    Brief overview of airborne bathy/topo lidar surveys conducted by Geomatics Data Solutions for the USGS on the Elwha River near Port Angeles, WA.

    Dylan Bedortha: SonTek                                        TBD

    Andrew Ziegwied: ASV Global                              TBD

    Interesting presentations (project photo essay style) are being organized and will be updated on the next meeting reminder notice. Interested in presenting a 10-15 minute topic then please contact mike@seahorsegeomatics.com.

    Thursday, May 25th, 2017

    Free -  To register CLICK HERE

    06:30pm -  08:00pm

    Event Location:

    McMenamins, Kennedy School

    5736 N.E. 33rd Ave.,

    Portland, OR 97211


  • January 23, 2016 4:46 PM | Anonymous
    The THSOA-West Coast Chapter is pleased to announce the first official meeting in the San Francisco area was held on the 15th of October, 2015. The meeting was held across the Golden Gate bridge at the USACE – San Francisco District office in Sausalito. Early attendees were able to take a short cruise on the SF Bay Marine’s 51ft Eaglet and given a guided tour of the US Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco Bay Model. Afterwards, everyone celebrated with margaritas at the local USACE watering hole and then proceeded down town San Francisco to watch Blues Traveler at the famous Fillmore. Sponsors for this even were CARIS, Seahorse Geomatics, eTrac, Triton Imaging, Terrasond, Norbit, Hypack, and Bay Marine Services.

    Presentation included:
    1. CARIS, Josh Mode – “Reducing Ping-to-Chart Time through Onboard Data Processing”
    2. SF Bay Marine, Kevin Tweed – “Acoustic Imaging Using ROV and 3D Sonar”
    3. Triton, Tony Ramirez – “Object Detection from Repeat High Resolution Multibeam Surveys”
    4. Terrasond, Chris Kemp – “Greenland Survey Operations & Satellite Based Vessel Tracking System”
    5. Group discussion lead by Mike Mutschler: Should Hydrographers be required to have a RPLS?

    As of the meeting, Heidi informed everyone that the chapter account balance was $2,661.03. These are funds collected by the local chapter from the generous support of sponsors over the last couple years. During the meeting we talked briefly about the plan to use that money, which is to target students who wish to pursue the hydrographic route in school and provide them scholarships.

    This was the first THSOA-West Coast Chapter meeting in San Francisco area, but it won’t be the last! Before the presentations started, both Josh Mode from CARIS and David Neff from eTrac volunteered to assist with coordinating THSOA events in the surrounding area.

    Other THSOA-WCC meetings currently getting marked in calendar for 2016 are in Portland (location TBD), Seattle at Global Seas’ Admiral House (28th January) and San Diego (location TBD). For these events we seek hosts – if your organization is interested then please contact me.

    Happy Fall!

    Mike Mutschler (written by Josh Mode – thanks Josh!) mike@seahorsegeomatics.com
    THSOA-WCC Chair.

    Seahorse Geomatics Inc
    2533 NE Clackamas Street
    Portland Oregon 97232 USA
    Telephone: +1.503.241-7360
    Fax: +1.503.213.4652

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