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: to be confirmed

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  

Meetings usually commense at 19:00 for a 19:30 presentation UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, please check below for details

Please revist this page regularly to check for updates and additions.

Wednesday 15th February 2017 - 'A Visit to The Marine Robotics Centre' 

Venue: National Oceanography Centre, Southampton

Start Time: 1900

The Marine Robotics Innovation Centre is where science meets business, bringing together a range of industries to develop the next generation of marine autonomy. At the Marine Robotics Innovation Centre in Southampton, we host a community of innovative companies developing technology for platforms, components and sub-systems in order to aid and advance oceanographic research for the benefit of both scientists and businesses.

The National Oceanography Centre invested £3.5 million into the creation and development of this world-leading facility. With a range of specialist engineering and testing facilities, along with the world-class expertise of the scientists and technicians spanning more than 20 years at the NOC, we are able to accommodate and enhance the advancement of autonomous technologies.

The community, utilising available services at the innovation centre, share the specialised space with the NOC Marine Autonomous and Robotics Systems team who have extensive experience of the deployment of marine autonomous platforms in the ocean's most challenging environments.

The meeting will be held in the National Oceanography Centre, European Way, Southampton, SO14 3ZH on Wednesday 15th February, commencing at 19:00. There will be no charge for attendance and members' guests are very welcome - so arrive early to get the best seats for this excellent evening!

Registration is required for this event, please email to book your place by Friday 10th February.



Wednesday 22nd February 2017 - 'Thames Dredging Opportunitues - Perspectives from Regulators, Environmentalists, Contractors and Surveyors'

Venue: University College London, Market Place Engineering Building, Room 1.02, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Start Time: 1300 for 1330 start

This Young CEDA event is open to all and is a free event. Non-CEDA members are warmly welcomed. 

Through this seminar Young CEDA UK will facilitate a lively and relevant seminar on Dredging Opportunities for the River Thames, aimed at anyone working or studying in a related field. Through questions at the end of the sessions, we hope that both young and experienced professionals will be able to discuss the topics covered and conversations can be continued during the breaks. This will also be a superb opportunity to network with fellow professionals. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr Ian Selby, Head of Minerals and Infrastructure, The Crown Estate - Opportunities for the Marine Resource

Alex Mortley, Conservancy Manager, Port of London Authority - Dredging - a means to discover our maritime heritage

Steve Massey: Divisional Business Manager, Land and Water - Wandle Weir Case Study

Session Questions: The session will then be split with refreshments and a tour of the Flume Modelling Facilities at UCL, led by Prof. Richard Simons. 15:00 - 16:00

Katie Read, Environmental Coordinator, Dredging International - Operational Environmental Monitoring

Jeremy Littlejohn, Estimator, Boskalis Westminster Limited - Ecological Enhancement from Dredged Materials

Session Questions and Close (17:00).

To book your free place, please register at
via the link or search ‘Dredging' or ‘Young CEDA' on the Eventbrite website. Alternatively, you can send an
email to confirm your attendance to Please include in your email: your name,
email address, and whether, or not, you are a CEDA member.


Thursday 27th April 2017 - 'The Navigation of Navigation' - Joint RIN Meeting

Speaker: Professor David Last FRIN 

Venue: Warsash Maritime Academy

Start Time: 1900 

Navigation used to be about ships, aircraft and travel on land, at sea and in the air. But now GPS is ubiquitous and dominated by smart-phones, commerce, industry and telecoms.

Unlike gas, water and electricity, national governments do not understand this new utility and cannot cope with its vulnerabilities.

So who now is responsible for the navigation on navigation?


The meeting will be held at Warsash Maritime Academy on Thursday 27th April, commencing at 19:00. There will be no charge for attendance and members' guests are very welcome - so arrive early to get the best seats for this excellent evening!

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

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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