Avoid the worst and put safety first
Activities conducted in, on, or under the sea are made safer knowing the depth and nature of the seafloor; by identifying any dangers to navigation, as well as understanding tides and currents. Hydrographic surveyors obtain this knowledge and use it to maintain safety of our waterways and contribute to the maritime economy.
Hydrographic surveyors look for features such as wreckages, debris, pipelines and other hazards to navigation. A feature is defined as any item on the seafloor which is distinctly different from the surrounding area. It can be anything from an isolated rock on a flat sand seafloor to a wreck or an obstruction.
Detection of small objects and debris are very important when conducting surveys in support of Dynamic Under Keel Clearance (DUKC™) and harbour safety where every centimetre counts. Objects not only have the risk of puncturing hulls but also blocking intakes and fouling propellers causing significant damage and/or possible delays. Often small objects can represent the controlling depth of an area. Therefore, by removing the object an increased depth can be achieved.
Read the full article here. This article was featured in Australian Ports Newspaper July 2015 edition.
"Trust in God and an Admiralty chart"
"Trust in God and an Admiralty chart" has been familiar to generations of sailors ever since the very first chart was published in 1801, and it still has resonance today - though things have, clearly, changed somewhat since the nineteenth century. Each year the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO) celebrates World Hydrography Day (WHD), an opportunity to increase public awareness of the vital role that hydrography plays in everyday life. This year marked its 94th anniversary, and PHS was pleased to host an Adelaide event at the Arkaba Hotel on Friday 19 June to celebrate the occasion.
Above: Students enjoy an opportunity to network with industry representatives.
Above: Greg Pearce, HydroSurvey, Dylan Colson and Mathieu Bestille, PHS and Peter Hanson, HydroSurvey.
We hope to make the day an annual inclusion on the South Australian event calendar! Thanks to our supporting partners - HydroSurvey, FugroLADS and SSSI, as without their support the event would not be possible. Read more and view all WHD photos here.
Pioneer your future
Promoting a career in hydrography is important to PHS and why our staff make time to visit students studying surveying with the aim of inspiring them to consider a career in hydrography. Last month Neville Benson returned to Curtin University and Mathieu Bestille visited TafeSA Regency Park to speak with students. Ross Ritchie, Tafe SA Educator said, “Thank you very much for your hydrographic survey presentation at Tafe SA. It was a positive and valuable experience for our students to hear directly from an industry representative. It is great to see industry showing an interest in and supporting our students... you were able to confirm the importance of hydrographic surveying and the exciting career path it has to offer. Thanks again.”
View pathways to a career in hydrography.