Practical Techniques in Hydrography 1 (Residential)


This module aims to explain the basic mathematical and statistical techniques required to collect and process data to published standards. During the 2 week practical session contained within this module, classroom-based tuition is blended together with practical sessions, where you will learn essential practical survey techniques including levelling, setting up a tide pole, use of total stations and geodetic GPS. During sessions afloat you will utilise a range of equipment, including positioning systems, side scan sonar, single beam and multibeam echo sounders, whilst also learning the fundamentals of seamanship and navigation.

Includes lectures in
  • Applied Mathematical Techniques
  • Introduction to Land Survey
  • Total Station Angle & Distance Measurement (Traversing)
  • Traverse Calculations
  • Optical Levelling
  • Introduction to Dimension Control
  • Navigation
  • Seamanship
  • Reduction of Soundings
Key skills learned
  • Mathematical techniques required to work effectively with hydrographic data
  • Practical navigation, seamanship and boat handling to safe standards
  • Practical survey tasks both ashore and afloat working as part of a small team
  • Preparation and presentation of data in the form of a scientific report



15 weeks part-time study (including 2 weeks of attended practical fieldwork)



20 transferable credits at academic level 4


Coursework; Practical Survey Competencies.