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  • October 02, 2018 11:16 AM | Deleted user

    THSOA Supports...

    We're putting the FUN in Fundraising!

    Don't Miss MTS Houston Section's

    Annual Barbecue Social & Fundraiser

    NOVEMBER 1, 2018

    Invite your family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to an event like no other! The Houston Section of the Marine Technology Society welcomes you to its Annual Barbecue Social and Fundraiser taking place on November 1, 2018. This much-anticipated tradition will attract 600 to 800 offshore industry professionals and their guests.

    As the Section’s leading fundraiser of the year, the money raised supports the Section’s vibrant scholarship program. Each year, the Houston Section donates around $160,000 in scholarships and student support. Close to 100 students attend from local universities and a scholarship award program will take place the evening of the BBQ. There is even a section of the Barbeque allocated to local high school robotics clubs where their robotics are on display.


    The Barbecue is open to anyone wishing to attend. 
    The cost is $35.00 for MTS members and non-members who register online by October 30. Walk-ins without reservations paid in advance will pay $50.00 at the door. Exhibit tables are $250 each.

    Registration is now open: http://www.mtshouston.org/bbq.cfm

  • September 27, 2018 1:56 PM | Deleted user

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) is now taking nominations for the 2019 THSOA Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame is a THSOA program that honors individuals who have made significant contributions to hydrographic science and/or to our society. Nominations will close on January 1st, 2019. No further nominations will be accepted after the deadline. THSOA & the Hall of Fame Committee will induct up to three (3) members into the Hall of Fame at the 2019 U.S. Hydrographic Conference (https://thsoa.org/US-Hydro-2019) in Biloxi, Mississippi.

    Who May Be Nominated and By Whom

    Any THSOA member in good standing may nominate any individual for induction into the Hall of Fame so long as the nominee meets one of the following criteria:

    1.       Nominee must have advanced the science of hydrographic surveying.

    2.       Nominee must have a distinguished career as a hydrographic surveyor.

    3.       Nominee must have a history of service to the hydrographic community and/or to THSOA.

    Submitting Nominations

    To submit your nominations, please visit http://goo.gl/forms/PHFJOqnTHl and fill out the THSOA Hall of Fame Nominations Form. Your submissions will be sent to Pat Sanders, Chairman of the THSOA Hall of Fame Committee. All nominations must be received no later than January 1st, 2019.

    Nomination Process

    Once nominations have closed, the Chairman of the Hall of Fame Committee shall gather all nominations received and forward a summary to all Hall of Fame Committee members. The nominations summary will be reviewed by the Hall of Fame Committee members and a short-list will be generated from all nominees submitted to a total of five (5) nominees. The Hall of Fame committee will then cast their vote for the 2019 Hall of Fame nominees.


    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pat Sanders, Chairman of the THSOA Hall of Fame Committee at psanders846@gmail.com.

  • September 14, 2018 3:11 PM | Deleted user

    Oi Americas 2019 Call for Abstracts

    Be a thought leader in the marine science and ocean technology community across Americas. Topics include Hydrography, Unmanned vehicles & Marine Pollution to name a few. Make sure you submit your abstract by the end of September, we would love to hear from you!

    As part of the three-day conference programme, Oi Americas will run a series of technical tracks exploring the latest developments in ocean science and technology and their application in support of safe and sustainable use of the ocean and protection of the marine environment. Scientists, technologists, engineers, government agencies and industry representatives across the ocean community are invited to submit abstracts to the conference.

    Please visit HERE for further details of the confirmed conference topics and full abstract guidelines .

    Should you have any questions about the conference please contact Sarah Clifford who will be able to assist you.

  • September 14, 2018 2:59 PM | Deleted user

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) is awarding three (3) scholarships (not include travel or accommodation) to the 77th Multibeam Sonar Training Course hosted by UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM. http://hydrometrica.com/wp/multibeam-courses


    The 74th UNB-OMG/UNH-CCOM Multibeam Sonar Training Course will be held from January 7th thru the 12th, 2019 at the Bourbon Orleans Hotel. Course information can be found online at http://hydrometrica.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/MBC77_Info_v2_form_distributed.pdf.


    The scholarship is available to our student members or recent graduate members. The scholarship for this training course only covers course materials and lunch for 6 days. Accommodations & travel are not included.


    Please find the scholarship application here: MBC Application form.docx .To submit your application to this scholarship, please email your completed application to: Michael.redmayne@teledyne.com . The deadline to submit your application is November 15th, 2018 at 12:00pm with awards by December 1st, 2018.


    To be eligible for the scholarship, you must:


    1.   Be a student or recent graduate (within three years).


    2.   Be a THSOA member in good standing.


    3.   Submit a 200 word essay describing why you should be selected for this training opportunity.


    4.   Selected members are required to arrange through their local Chapter Chair to give a presentation at their local Hydrographic Society Chapter on their experience and what they learned.


    5.   Submit your application via the link above which includes submitting a paragraph answer to THSOA on why you should attend the Multibeam Sonar Training Course.


    THSOA would like to express our thanks to the organizers of the Multibeam Sonar Training Course for their generous donation. They graciously donated a course registration to THSOA. THSOA also purchased two additional registrations for the scholarship.


    If you have questions regarding the scholarship or scholarship application, please email admin@thsoa.org. If you have questions regarding the Multibeam Sonar Training Course, please contact Lindsay Gee at mbcinfo@hydrometrica.com.

  • August 30, 2018 4:42 PM | Deleted user

    NSPS/THSOA Hydrographer Certification Board is the designated authority of the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) and The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA) that sets the policy regarding certification and administers the certification process.


    The Board consists of 8 to 12 members from across the United States and meets at least once a year.  Its membership includes representatives from the US. Army Corps of Engineers, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Naval Oceanographic Office, and private industry.  Members serve for a five year term and must have a high degree of technical knowledge and experience in hydrographic surveying, be willing to serve on a voluntary basis, and willing to attend meetings and serve on sub-committees.


    The HCB expects to have several openings over the next several years and if you are interested in serving on the board please submit by January 31, 2019, a brief resume of your hydrographic survey experience along with a paragraph on why you would like to become a board member.  Submittals should include contact information (address, phone number and e-mail address) and addressed to:


    Gary R. Davis

    16 Cronin Avenue

    Pawcatuck, CT 06379


    Electronic submittals (PDF or Word document) can be sent via e-mail to:


  • July 30, 2018 12:50 PM | Deleted user

    Remembering Ken Barbor

    On behalf of the THSOA Board, it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Rear Admiral (Ret) Kenneth "Ken" Barbor. Ken passed away at his home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi (USA) on July 22nd, 2018.

    Ken Barbor was a member of the IHB Directing Committee from 2002 to 2007. He was the founding Director of the Hydrographic Science Research Center at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Marine Science and held the position until he left to serve as an IHB Director, after which he rejoined USM in his previous position..  

    An obituary, produced by Vice Admiral Alexandros Maratos, former President of the IHB Directing Committee, is below and it will also be published in the next issue of the International Hydrographic Review (IHR).


    Our heartfelt prayers go out to Ken's family and friends.

  • July 11, 2018 5:05 PM | Deleted user

    On behalf of the THSOA Board, it is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our Dear Friend and Colleague Gary D. Humphrey. Gary passed away peacefully on Monday July 9th, 2018.

    Gary Spent his entire career in the oil and gas industry with over 23 years at Fugro. Gary joined The Jukes Group in May of last year.  

    The visitation for Gary will be at Klein Funeral Home, located at 16131 Champions Forest Drive, Spring, TX 77379, this Friday, 13 July 2018 from 6:00-8:00 PM.


    The funeral will be held at Spring Baptist Church at 633 East Louetta, Spring, TX 77373 at 10:00 AM Saturday.


    Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Gary's wife Cindy and the rest of his family and friends.

  • July 09, 2018 4:24 PM | Deleted user

    Call for Papers

    Authors are invited to submit abstracts for papers and posters for presentation at U.S. Hydro 2019. The deadline to submit your abstract is October 31, 2018.

    Topics of particular interest include Hydrographic Sciences and Technology as applied to:

    • Emerging Software & Technology
    • Coastal Management & Restoration
    • Data: Multi-use, Analysis, & Intelligence
    • Hydrographic Education & Development
    • International Hydrographic Collaboration
    • Hydrography for Coastal & Offshore Structures
    • The Future of Nautical Charting & Ocean Mapping
    • Hydrographic Project Management/Maritime Law & Policy
    • Abstract Submission Guidelines
    • The abstract should contain information and/or data that demonstrates that high quality information will be presented
    • Abstracts should not promote a commercial product, process, or service.
    • Abstract should be clear and well written.
    • Authors should comply with instructions and deadlines provided with the call for abstracts.
    • Papers should be 20-25 minutes in length with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A
    • Papers and posters will be featured online and in the printed program
    • All presenters must register for the meeting, pay applicable registration fees and attend the meeting
    • Submissions will be reviewed by the abstract review committee, and you will be notified via email within two weeks of review regarding acceptance

    Any questions contact the Technical Speaker Coordinator - Vanessa Self Miller, NOAA (vanessa.miller@noaa.gov)

    Call for papers deadline to submit abstracts is October 31, 2018. 

    The U.S. HYDRO 2019 conference has sold over 50% of its booth space. Join the action and become an exhibitor.

  • June 27, 2018 3:27 PM | Deleted user

    The Hydrographic Society of America (THSOA)'s National Trustee, Vanessa Miller, represents THSOA at this year's WEDA Summit & Expo taking place this week in Norfolk, Virginia.

    The Hydrographic Society of America Inc., also known as THSOA, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to promoting education in hydrography, inshore surveying, inland waters surveying, offshore surveying, positioning and mapping/charting, including related earth sciences.

    The Dredging Summit & Expo ’18 is a technical conference organized by the Western Dredging Association (WEDA) to promote the exchange of knowledge in fields related to dredging, navigation, marine engineering and construction. It will provide a forum for improvement of communications, technology transfer, and cooperation among associations & societies, while emphasizing the importance of understanding and development of solutions for problems related to the protection and enhancement of the marine environment. 

    REGISTER TO ATTEND WEDA HERE: https://dredging-expo.com/registration

  • May 23, 2018 12:08 PM | Deleted user

    On behalf of the THSOA Committee it is with greatsadness that we inform you of the passing of our Dear Friend and Colleague, Jeff Reilly. 

    Jeffrey Christopher Reilly was born in Passaic, New Jersey on July 14, 1961 to James and Faith Reilly. Jeff passed away unexpectedly on May 15, 2018 at the age of 56 while on a survey project in Luanda, Angola.

    Jeff is survived by his wife, Susan Reilly, and daughters, Shannon and Clare Reilly of Cypress, Texas; his father, James Reilly of Las Cruces, New Mexico; his brothers, Mike Reilly of Beltsville, Maryland and Sean Reilly of Stafford, Texas; his sister-in-law, Mylac Reilly; and his two nephews Liam and Keven Reilly and niece Erin Reilly of Cypress, TX. He is preceded in death by his mother, Faith Reilly and brother, James Reilly Jr.

    Jeff graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 1986 with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum Engineering and from the University of Florida in 1993 with a Master of Science in Geomatics. After college, Jeff moved to Houston, Texas where he met his wife and raised his family. He was an employee with NCS International, Racal NCS, and Thales Geosolutions. In 2002, he entered the contracting world, which led to the origin of Reilly Geomatics, Inc. and eventually a partnership in 2004 with Ben Couturier creating Houston Petroleum Surveyors Group, LLC (HPSG), a personnel and services company in the oil and gas industry. In 2016, HPSG merged with Offshore Analysis & Research Solutions (OARS), where Jeff remained as a Director and Survey Specialist.

    Jeff was also an avid homebrewer and member of the Foam Ranger Homebrew Club. He won many awards for his beers and meads over the past two decades.

    Information regarding Memorial services for Jeff will be forthcoming.