Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce

February 14, 2018

Hello Coast Survey,

I am proud to say we successfully held our 2018 Field Procedures Workshop last week in Portland, Oregon. Over 100 individuals attended the workshop including internal representatives from Coast Survey, Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, and National Geodetic Survey, our hydrographic survey services contractors and hardware/software vendors, and federal partners such as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Oceanographic Office, and University of Southern Mississippi.

We were honored to have Nicole LeBoeuf, deputy assistant administrator of the National Ocean Service (NOS), be our keynote speaker and attend all week. Ms. LeBoeuf shared her thoughts on NOS leadership priorities and the importance of diversity and inclusion. She also took the time to meet with many of our staff individually.

The Field Procedures Workshop is a week-long conference dedicated to presenting and discussing updates to hydrographic survey requirements and new hydrographic survey technologies. It is an opportunity for our technical staff at headquarters, field office branches, interagency partners and hydrographic contractors to come together to discuss the successes of the past field season and the expected challenges associated with the upcoming field season.

This year we focused on many aspects of both data collection and innovation such as lessons learned from hurricane response, best practices for backscatter data collection, and using new technology for surveying such as automated surface vehicles.

Our breakout sessions also gave attendees an opportunity to discuss technical topics in depth, including, but not limited to, re-invigorating the Field Procedures Manual, NOAA retention and recruiting, 2018 Hydrographic Specifications and Deliverables, and shoreline in an ellipsiodally referenced survey world.

Putting on a three-day workshop is no simple task. I would like to thank the Hydrographic Surveys Division’s (HSD) Operations Branch and Pacific Hydrographic Branch (PHB) for the heavy lift in planning and facilitating the workshop. Also, thank you to everyone who was able to attend as I know most, if not all of our attendees had to make travel arrangements to be there.

For those who are interested, HSD has posted all of the materials from the workshop on an internal google site.

Capt. Rick Brennan
Chief, Hydrographic Surveys Division