Practical Techniques in Hydrography 2 (Residential)


The module begins with a 6 week period of distance learning where students will develop essential skills in hydrographic survey planning and operation. This allows students to then attend the fieldwork session will where they will realise their planning activities by undertaking a practical hydrographic survey, working as an individual and as part of a small team. Students will undertake the setting up and calibrating of equipment prior to conducting detailed practical survey operations ashore and afloat using positioning equipment, side scan sonar, single beam and multibeam echo sounders. During the final 6 week period of post study students will further develop their data processing and presentation skills using industry-standard software packages.

Includes lectures in
  • Practical Survey Work
  • Sensor Calibration
  • Horizontal & Vertical Control
  • Survey Planning
  • Data Processing and Presentation
  • Teamwork & Leadership
Key skills learned
  • Appropriate and effective use of survey equipment for a variety of survey tasks paying due regard to the equipment limitations
  • Conduct of a hydrographic survey to required standards working as part of a small team
  • Appropriate techniques to analyse, process and present hydrographic data



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



20 transferable credits at academic level 5


Coursework; Practical Survey Competencies.