Your chance to influence the IHO Standards for Hydrographic Surveys (S-44)

25 August 2017

** Deadline extended to 30th November ** 

At its 8th Meeting in November 2016, the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) Hydrographic Services and Standards Committee (HSSC) established a new Project Team on Standards for Hydrographic Surveys (HSPT) whose main task would be to conduct a comprehensive review of the IHO Special Publication No. 44, Standards for Hydrographic Surveys in order to develop and propose recommendations on the way forward, with the possible creation of a hydrographic surveys working group.

The first meeting of the Project Team took place 20th-22nd June 2017, at Palais de la Porte Dorée, Paris, France with Representatives from thirteen member states (Australia, Brazil, Canada, France , Germany, Italy, Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, UK, USA), Observers (International Federation of Hydrographic Societies) and Expert Contributors from iXBlue, University of Southern Mississippi, IIC Technologies, ARGANS and Fugro. 

During the meeting, a questionnaire was devised its purpose is to gauge the views of users and stakeholders of S-44 on a range of topics that will help to inform the decision-making processes of the Project Team. The current (5th) edition of S-44 was adopted in February 2008, a copy can be downloaded free-of-charge from the IHO website at

This is  where we need your help. The IHO greatly values the opinions of the members of all the IFHS-member hydrographic societies and hopes that you will find 10 minutes to complete the online questionnaire.

All completed questionnaires will be treated in the strictest confidence and processed anonymously. The closing date for responses is Friday 17th November 2017.

The results of the questionnaire will be published on the IHO website and this website and in articles in Soundings, IFHS News and other relevant publications.

Thank you for your cooperation. 


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