Hydrographic Surveyor

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Hydrographic Surveyors specialise in mapping, measuring and analysis of data acquired in marine environments. Hydrographic Surveyors map the sea floor, shipping channels, waterways, ports and locate currents, shore lines and other marine features. This information is used in; charting relevant information for navigation, dredging, locating offshore resources, planning marine constructions, to measure erosion.

Hydrographic surveyors work in a wide range of differing situations depending on the area of specialisation and may work in the shipping industry, government research, oil companies, and utility supply.

Hydrographic Surveyors may perform the following tasks:

  • use specialised technical software, global and some terrestrial positioning systems, sonar and echo sounders to provide data for the production of nautical charts and maps;
  • use remote operated underwater vehicles to acquire data in deep oceans;
  • dealing with clients, internally and externally, to provide results in appropriate formats;
  • managing projects, both onshore and offshore, as vessel-based managers;
  • producing reports;
  • provide accurate and reliable information for other disciplines, such as: navigation; oil, gas and mineral resource exploration; dredging; coastal works; seabed telephone cables; environmental monitoring; aquaculture; marine wind farm development; oceanographic research; and bridge construction;
  • source information on sea bed type, water movements and waves, the provision of data for oceanographic studies;