Andy Waddington is a hydrographer surveyor and an experienced mariner with theoretical knowledge and practical experience from a long career in surveying at sea.  He started his career in hydrography in the Royal Navy where he was originally trained in single beam echo sounders, electronic positioning and horizontal sextant angling(!) in the days before GNSS. 

During his 25 years in the Navy he was active in the transition to MBES, the universal adoption of GNSS as the primary positioning system and the introduction of ROVs as a major survey tool.  He was also fortunate enough to command a minehunter and an ocean-going survey ship.  For the past 10 years he has turned his attention towards other emerging survey techniques and has been involved in the development and operation of bathymetric LiDAR, satellite derived bathymetry and unmanned surface vessels.  He is a keen advocate of uncertainty budgets.

Andy has a BSc in Systems and Management and an MSc in GIS and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Civil Engineering Surveyors and an Associate Fellow of the Marine Institute.

Away from work he enjoys diving wherever and whenever the water is warm and clear enough.