World Hydrography Day 19 June 2015
Each year the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) celebrates World Hydrography Day, an opportunity to increase public awareness of the vital role that hydrography plays in everyday life. This year marks its 94th anniversary, and Precision Hydrographic Services (PHS) was pleased to host an Adelaide event at the Arkaba Hotel on Friday 19 June to celebrate the occasion.
This year’s theme ‘Our seas and waterways yet to be fully charted and explored’ concentrates on the fact that much of the world’s seas, oceans and navigable waters remain unsurveyed. Many people do not know that less than 10% of the world’s oceans have been systematically surveyed and that coastal waters are far from being fully charted. Figures specific to Australia include 35% of Australian coastal waters have been adequately surveyed; 20% need to be re-surveyed to modern standards, and 45% have never been surveyed at all.
The event attracted over fifty people representing hydrographic surveying service companies, equipment/software suppliers, and university/tafe students, who are studying towards their surveying diploma/degree. Delegates heard presentations from CARIS, Pilbara Ports Authority, Coda Octopus Products, Bureau of Meteorology (Tidal Unit), Fugro LADS, Surveying and Spatial Science Institute (SSSI) and Precision Hydrographic Services (PHS). The event also proved an opportunity for delegates to network in an informal environment.
Thank you to our supporting partners HydroSurvey, FugroLADS and SSSI, who without their support the event would not be possible.