FIG Commission 4
The Congress in Sydney, Australia was the main activity
in Commission action plan in 2010. Commission 4 presented nine
sessions, five of which were collaborative with other
commissions – 5, 7 and 8. These joint sessions featured work on
vertical reference frames (datums), positioning at sea, coastal
zone issues, capacity building, competencies and the
administration of marine spaces.
Mr. Andrew Leyzack
A number of presentations were from peer reviewed papers and two
sessions were offered as virtual posters in flash sessions. All of the
sessions were well attended and in some cases were subject to standing room
only. For the benefit of hydrographic-types a technical tour was organised
by Sydney Ports and co-hosted by Sydney Ports, Newcastle Port Corporation
and the Royal Australian Navy. In Sydney also the annual general meeting
plus an executive meeting of commission officers were held.
Four newsletters as well as an Insider’s View article on the Economic
Benefits of Hydrography were published in Hydro International. In the FIG
publication series two Commission 4 publications were launched: “Guidelines
for the Planning, Management and Execution of Hydrographic Surveys in Ports
and Harbours” (Publication No. 56) and “The Economic Benefits of
Hydrography” (Publication No. 57 was published as a web-only document).
Working Group 4.1 - Hydrographic Surveying in Practice
- Monitor and
report on new directions in Hydrographic surveying
good practice recommendations for project management and as well the
delivery of Hydrographic products and services
- Respond to opportunities to offer continuing professional development at
- Respond to direction from FIG Council to address emerging issues on an
Mr. John McCarthy
Working Group 4.2 - Standards and Guidelines
- Assist in the development and recognition of standards of competency
- Assist in the development of technical standards and guidelines .
- Cooperation with sister organizations and other appropriate bodies.
- Cooperation with FIG Commissions
Mr. Andrew Leyzack
Working Group 4.3 - Administering Marine Spaces
- Focus on land management within the near-shore, land/sea interface of a
- To promote and develop the work of FIG Publication 36, Administering
Dr. Michael Sutherland
Working Group 4.4 - Capacity Building and the Economic
Benefits of Hydrography
- Clearly identify the cost/benefits associated with Hydrographic products
- Promote Hydrographic Surveying as an investment.
- Market the Profession and the development of qualified personnel
- Provide support to the International Hydrographic Organisation (IHO),
Capacity Building Committee (CBC).
- Coordinate efforts to focus professional development where required.
- Investigate low cost alternatives for the delivery of Hydrographic
services and training.
Mr. Gordon Johnston