HYDROGRAPHIC INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
An exciting area to work in, the hydrographic industry has many links and associations within both public and private sectors.
Stemming from the Greek Hudro - meaning 'water' and Graphos, meaning 'written,' hydrography is the science of seas, lakes and rivers.
In physical terms, this includes the mapping of seabeds, searching for minerals, land reclamation surveys and the analysis of dams, lakes and waterways. Technologies and technical skills relating to surveying, computing, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), depth sounding and sonar continue to play an increasingly important role.
Marine science, geomatics and surveying are applied sciences that have strong links with hydrography. The following list gives an indication of the roles and tasks that these professional sciences entail:
Many opportunities exist in the disciplines that support the industry. Some of these include:
Hydrography combines information and physical resources through its inter-disciplinary components and develops the potential for large scale commercial activity while supporting the sustainable use of resources through research and monitoring.
AHS EDUCATION AWARD
The University of Otago offers a number of degree options and postgraduate qualifications through the Department of Surveying and the Department of Marine Science which operates the Portobello Marine Lab. In addition a dedicated coastal vessel is used for offshore hydrographic surveying.
The industries associated with hydrography work closely with related universities to ensure a steady stream of well educated graduates are employed each year. Graduates from this School are sought after both by New Zealand and overseas companies.