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Entertainment during the opening

Rob Karis has written a dedicated song for the opening of the exhibition of Hydro12, aimed at having young people looking to the hydrographic profession. It was a welcomed element of entertainment after all official speeches!


Keynote Mark Heine: Autonomous Hydrographic Survey

During Hydro12, Mark Heine (Fugro) showed some insights in the development of the techniques that reach out the way hydrography may develop, one of them being autonomous hydrographic survey. For example by using gliders, as the Wave Glider. This instrument moves autonomously in the ocean or can stay in one location, capable to measure a variety of data. It can stay out there for a longer time as it uses solar panels to top up the energy it needs.

Manufacturer Liquid Robotics featured in an article in Hydro International in January/February 2012.

Pictures of Hydro12

During the conference, Camiel Hinderink has made pictures of Hydro12 to catch the atmosphere. Do you have images? Send them to us using, mentioning

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Award Presentation for Papers

The conference Hydro12 came to a conclusion on Thursday 15 November 2012 on board the SS Rotterdam, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. One of the final programme items was the presentation of the paper awards by Hydrographic Society Benelux chairman Leeke van der Poel. Awards were made available for Yves Plancke (Belgium) and in the ‘Student’ category (young scientists): Ruggero Capperucci (Germany).

Yves Plancke presented the paper, entitled High resolution topo-bathymetric and flow measurements and 2D hydrodynamic numerical modelling to evaluate the effects of the deepening of the navigation channel in the Western Scheldt, co-authored by Dries Vertommen, Kirsten Beirinckx and Gwendy Vos.

Ruggero Capperucci’s awarded paper focused on Sediment vs Topographic Roughness: Antropogenic Effects on Acoustic Seabed Classification, co-authored by Alexander Bartholomä.

The jury expressed the quality was there and decided to award runners-up in addition to the final award winners, sometimes with tight differences. Travis Mason (UK) presented the very first paper of the event and took the second place in the awards. Her paper, co-authored by Robert Kinnear and Andrew Colenutt, was entitled Beyond bathymetry – coastal marine mapping. The third place was for Caroline Gautier, The Netherlands, on Hydrodynamic Data from Radar Observations, which paper had contributions with co-authors Herman Peters and Jos van Heesen.

In the ‘Young scientists’ category, the runners-up were Cornelis Slobbe (The Netherlands), with the paper Lowest Astronomical Tide in the North Sea derived from a vertically referenced shallow water model, and an assessment of its suggested sense of safety. This paper was co-authored by Roland Klees, Marting Verlaan, Leendert Dorst and Herman Gerritsen. The third place, the paper Sediment waves: geohazard or geofeature? was presented by Victoria Putans (Russia).

After the presentation of the awards, the tunes of Biggles Big Band contributed to a good atmosphere when the delegates said farewell and were looking forward to the next event.

Hydro12 Has Taken Off

The conference Hydro12 made a start on Monday – the delegates were arriving in bigger numbers, the reception area changed into registration where the badges were displayed – the Queen’s Lounge of the SS Rotterdam as well as the Upper Glass Promenade turned into an exhibition area giving room for over 45 companies… At the same time, students were able to see the Rotterdam from a different angle and perhaps also underwater as several survey vessels like the Scheurrak (Rijkswaterstaat), GeoSurveyor VII ( and the Freedom from the Port of Rotterdam took the youngsters to show them how modern equipment works and which results are possible.

The presenters were asked to submit their presentation for a smooth seminar and were briefed. The attraction was of course the Icebreaker party – a get-together for all delegates on the SS Rotterdam. Without exception, the opinion was that the venue looked great – everybody together again in one place to bond, to exchange experiences and to enjoy the week.

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Odom Hydrographic MB1 Demos

Geometius and Teledyne Odom Hydrographic are organising, in close cooperation with Braveheart Shipping, free multibeam survey demonstrations with the new MB1.

This will be provided on board the survey vessel ‘MV Freedom’. The vessel will be moored near the conference venue SS Rotterdam. The demonstrations will be held at regular intervals during the conference

Tuesday 13 November            15:00 – 16:00

Wednesday 14 November       11:30 – 12:30      14:00 – 15:00  and  16:15 – 17:15

Thursday 15 November           10:00 – 11:00      15:00 – 16:00

You can book your preferred time slot in advance by sending an e-mail to or visit Geometius (stand nr. P5) or Teledyne Odom Hydrographic (stand nr. S5) at the trade show.


Seabed will be present together with Norbit and Novatel

You can visit Seabed in booth L14 in the Queens Lounge on Atlantic Promenade. Here we will show you a small range of Seabed products as well as the newly designed Seabed Traveller Case which contains the Norbit – WBMS 128-BA Multibeam, the Novatel Span CPT IMU, the Novatel Span SE-D, the AML Minos X SVP and Qinsy Survey software. The Traveller case having a total weight of less then 21 kg.

This traveller case will be demonstrated on our vessel Naatje located on the pier beside the SS Rotterdam. You can reserve your place for a demonstration by sending a short line with your preferred day and time to

Hope to see you there!!

Hydro12 on your smartphone

Hydro12 Programme App

Hydro12 Programme App

The programme for Hydro12 has almost been finalised. For the first time, Hydro12 introduces an app with the programme of the event. On any smartphone browser, go to to access it and to see the most recent programme and information about the speakers. By tapping on ‘Wanna Go’, you can mark sessions that you do not want to miss and they will become visible by tapping a separate button. Once you have created an account using your Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn user details, you can also meet other people with this app and start a network and discussions. WiFi will be available on board of the SS Rotterdam so make use of this clever communication tool for bringing delegates together. And of course, do not forget to register and make your travel arrangements! All the information can be found on the event website.

Go to on your smartphone browser to access it.

Discount registration for groups

Are you intending to join Hydro12? Bring your colleagues! As the conference is a perfect networking opportunity, the organisation is to make it attractive to come with a group and has created a discount. Group bookings of 10 delegates and more will receive the early bird discounted price, which saves 30 to 60 euros for each delegate, depending on your membership and ticket.

To qualify for the discount, please make sure every delegate registers individually and coordinate a common reference for the group. The contact person will receive one invoice for the entire group. This can save your company up to 600 euros (excl VAT)!

Register now in a group!

Register individually

Find accommodation (also on the SS Rotterdam)

Travel information

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Tragic Loss: Volker Böder

On 31 August 2012, the coauthor of two Hydro12-papers, Dr Volker Böder, professor at the Hafencity Universität Hamburg, died following an accident during surveying work on the Rhine near Basel. Hydro12 acknowledges the large contribution that Volker has made to Hydro2010, a conference that we frequently use as an example of a successful Hydro-conference. We regret this loss for the hydrographic profession and send sympathy to his colleagues, friends and family.