FIG Commission 4 - Hydrography

Working Group 4.1
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.
Assess the impact of international standards on current industry practice.
Review standards from alternate reputable sources relevant to Hydrography.


Geoff Lawes, Australia
(taking over from Neil Hewitt, Australia, February 2021)

Specific projects

  • Support the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) through the work of its Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee (HSSC) by participating in HSSC working groups to review hydrographic standards and guidelines, primarily:
    • S-44 – IHO Standards for Hydrographic Surveys (the most recent version is the 5th Edition, February 2008).
    • S-100 – IHO Universal Hydrographic Data Model (January 2010).
    • C-13 – IHO Manual on Hydrography.
  • Support FIG members on the FIG/IHO/ICA International Board on Standards of Competence for Hydrographic Surveyors and Nautical Cartographers (IBSC) in reviewing and updating competency standards.
  • Promote recognition of professional pathways.
  • Represent Commission 4 on the FIG Standards Network and other international fora where appropriate.
  • Support the work of other FIG Commissions and Working Groups, and participate in Commission 4 events where possible.

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