FIG Commission 4

Term 2011-2014

Hightlights Commission Chair

Commission 4 had five Working Groups:

  • WG 4.1 resulting in the FIG Publication 62: Ellipsoidally Referenced Surveying for Hydrography
  • WG 4.2 – Standards and Guidelines
  • WG 4.3 on Optimizing Multi-Sensor Systems for Hydrographic Applications
Dr. Michael Sutherland  
  • WG 4.4 – Maritime and Marine Spatial Information Management
  • WG 4.5 – Hydrography in Africa.

 Commission 4 representatives have been active in producing publications (both FIG Publications and other), organizing workshops/conferences/ conference sessions, participating in FIG Task Forces, and pertinently representing FIG on international Boards and at international meetings.

In 2014 Commission 4 has been involved in IHO Capacity Building Seminar, Monaco, March 5–6; and FIG/IHO/ICA International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC) meeting, April 11–17.

Mr. Gordon Johnston together with FIG Office organised a joint IHO-FIG-IMO-IOC Strategic Capacity Building meeting in Copenhagen, November.

Commission 4 continues to represent FIG on the FIG/ IHO/ICA International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC) jointly with IHO and ICA with 4 representatives.

Reports

Publications

Working Groups

Working Group 4.1 - Ellipsoidally Referenced Hydrographic Surveys (ERS)

Policy issues

  • Study and report on the technical aspects of using GNSS to vertically reference hydrographic surveys to the ellipsoid
  • Catalog the methods used to conduct a vertical datum transformation from the ellipsoid to vertical datums used for hydrographic and offshore surveying
  • Develop uncertainty models for both of the above

Chair

Jerry Mills
USA
E-mail: Jerry.Mills[at]noaa.gov

Technical Expert

David Dodd
CANADA
E-mail: usmhydro.david.dodd[at]gmail.com  


Working Group 4.2 - Standards and Guidelines for Hydrography

Policy issues

  • 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;

Chair

Mr. Andrew Leyzack
CANADA
E-mail: leyzacka[at]dfo-mpo.gc.ca


Working Group 4.3 - Multi-Sensor Systems for Hydrographic Applications

Policy issues

  • Assist in the development of technical guidelines for sensor integration (best practises).
  • Cooperation with sister organizations and other appropriate bodies (e.g., IHO, IMO).
  • Cooperation with other FIG Commissions (e.g., Commission 5).

Chair

Prof. Dr. Volker Böder
GERMANY


Working Group 4.4 - Maritime and Marine Spatial Information Management

Policy issues

  • Assist in the development and promotion of marine and coastal spatial information management issues supported by hydrography and hydrographic data and information.
  • Cooperation with sister organizations and other appropriate bodies.
  • Cooperation with other FIG Commissions.

Chair

Professor Jonathan Li, PhD
CANADA,
E-mail: junli[at]uwaterloo.ca


Working Group 4.5 - Hydrography in Africa

Policy issues

  • To raise the awareness of hydrography in all African countries.
  • To make available its potentials to various countries (Africa).
  • To enunciate its potentials as a vital component and catalyst to nation building.
  • To promote free exchange of information among all those engaged in Hydrography.

Chair

Angela Etuonovbe
NIGERIA
E-mail: aetuonovbe[at]yahoo.com