Southern Region

The Southern Region can be contacted at

The Regional officers (confirmed at the 11th January 2017 AGM) are:

Other Committee members are:

The Regionally-Elected Director on the Board of THS UK is: Mark Poole

The Minutes of recent Southern Region AGMs are available to download at the foot of this page.


The Southern Region holds regular meetings throughout the year, except in July and August, at which a variety of presentations of interest to members are given by guest speakers; we also hold occasional social events. We try to hold our events at various locations across the Southern region to ensure we reach all our members. If you have a suggestion for a venue please let us know and we will try to accomodate this in future events.


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Meeting Programme  

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Wednesday 6th December 2017 - 'A Festive Evening with the PLA'

Venue: Port of London Authority Conference Room on Tower Millennium Pier

Start Time: 17:30 - 21:00 

Registration is required for this event, please Click Here to book your place by Friday 1st December.

14:00 - Open Afternoon: Prior to the evening meeting, The PLA will have it's two major Hydrographic Survey Craft moored at Tower Pier from 14:00 on the day and visitors are welcome to attend and come aboard to see the craft and meet members of the Hydrographic Service Team. As well as the opportunity to take a short trip on the vessels and see Central London from the water.

17:30 - 18:00 - Meet at the Port of London Conference Room on Tower Millennium Pier

Festive refreshments will be served prior to the evening's presentations commencing

18:00 - Commencement of Presentations 

 1.Surveying the Thames: Marine Infrastructure Maintenance and Development Support - Port of London Authority, Hydrographic Service Team

The PLA have been surveying the River Thames for over 100 years using a multitude of technologies and craft. Technologies have developed to a degree that high resolution surveys provide valuable support in the design, monitoring and construction phases of existing or new marine assets. This presentation will look at the uses of integrated sensors including MBES, LiDAR and Photographic surveys acquired, processed and reported to facilitate marine asset, integrity monitoring, design and construction. A number of case studies will be presented covering bathymetry and asset inspection. Additionally, some new developments undertaken with our survey industry and academic partners will be presented covering geophysical, geotechnical survey provision for UXO, piling and dredge risk mitigation purposes as well as some unique delivery /review methods that have been employed in supporting both the PLA and their stakeholders.

 2."How Big? How and why small sonars evolve traditions" - John Fraser, Managing Director NORBIT UK

John who is well known to most of us involved in the Multibeam Industry has recently taken the helm at NORBIT after a varied and interesting career in the industry as surveyor, migrating into technical sales and business development roles. John is a Board member at THS UK and has been involved throughout his career in the support of R & D and academia in the development of new technologies and many interesting and challenging field studies. John will present on the theme of automation and miniaturisation within the industry covering some of the available technologies and challenges and opportunities for the future of surveying.

20:00 - Close

The meeting will be held at the Port of London Conference Room on Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames Street, London, EC3N 4DT on Wednesday 6th December, commencing at 17:30 with the open afternoon starting at 14:00. There will be no charge for attendance and members' guests are very welcome, prior booking for the event is essential.

All members of The Hydrographic Society UK (from any Region) and their guests are welcome to attend our meetings. If you would like to receive email notification of forthcoming events in the Southern Region, send your details to

Members of other marine professional societies are most welcome to attend our meetings, especially colleagues from local branches of:


Nautical Institute


Previous Meetings

27th September 2017: 'Seeing is Believing' - New Perspectives in Subsea Operations, hosted by Sonardyne

21st April 2016: 'The Future of Global Navigation Satellite Systems' - Professor Terry Moore

10th February 2016: 'The Mulberry Harbours - Past and Present' - Chris Howlett

20th January 2016: 'The Vertical Offshore Reference Frames Project' - Jonathan Iliffe and 'High Resolution Surveys on the Thames' - Jean-Philippe Cheminade (Geodesa) and Andrew Stanley (MMT)

16th December 2015: "A Festive Evening with MMT (UK)"

11th November 2015: Rolf Christensen "Which Way Are We Going? The Development of Heading Sensor Technologies"

15th October 2015: Dr John Bevan "Commander Crabb, What Really Happened?"

24th September 2015: Andrew Colenutt"Coastal Monitoring and Nearshore Seabed Mapping - Applications for Shoreline Management"

29th April 2015: "An Evening with Industry" Student Presentations & Poster Session at the National Oceanography Centre  

11th March 2015: Wouter Verbraak. "The Navigator's role in Ocean Racing and Lessons from the Stranding of Volvo 65 Vestas Wind" 

11th February 2015: Port of London Surveyors and Land Surveyor. "Developing a robust method for vessel dimensional control survey's using combined laser scanning, tracking, total station & photography"


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filmed at University of Plymouth (April 2017) 

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Southern Region meeting at IMarEST (January 2016)

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