Fellowships and inaugural Alan Ingham Award winners announced

6 April 2017

At its Annual General Meeting which was held in conjunction with Ocean Business 2017 in Southampton yesterday, The Hydrographic Society UK honoured two of its members with Fellowships.

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Chairman, Ian Holden, announced that good friends and frequent golf partners, Laurie Smith (left) and Mike Tranah (right) were being recognised for their outstanding long-term contributions to the profession, their vigorous championing of young people setting out in the industry and their tireless commitment to the work of the Society. This brings the total number of members recognised in this way to 23.

Laurie Smith began his career in hydrographic technology in 1965, initially working for the Decca Navigation Company, Racal Survey and Wimpole's Geodata before co-founding Del Norte Technology Ltd in 1987 - the company he still owns and operates today. Mike initially worked for Gardline, Oceonics and MK Services before joining Seatronics in 1992, where he remained until his retirement in late 2014 - principal in sales and customer relationships roles within the UK and Europe. Both men are widely known and respected throughout the profession.

Also at the AGM, John Dillon-Leetch, Chairman of the Society's Education Committee, announced the inaugural winner and runner(s)-up of the Society's Alan Ingham Award which dedicated to the memory of the prominent hydrographic educationalist and noted author who founded the Society 45 years ago.

The winner, adjudged the author of the best dissertation paper and receiving a prize of £500, was declared to be William Dann for his paper entitled 'Bathymetric Data Derived from Free Source Satellite Imagery'. Will is currently in the final year of his BSc (Hons) Ocean Exploration at the University of Plymouth and is due to graduate this summer.

This year's runners-up, each winning £150, were named as Thomas Ford, who graduated from the MSc Hydrographic Surveying programme at University College London in 2016, and Christopher Baxter, who is also in his final year on the BSc course at Plymouth.

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Ian Holden (left) and John Dillon-Leetch (right) are pictured congratulating Chris, Will and Tom on their achievements

All three will have their prize-winning papers published in the Society's popular Soundings magazine later this year.

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