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Recruiting and Training for the Future

Shekhar Murthy, Derrick R. Peyton, Duncan Wardle


IIC has long recognised the central role that education has to both

attracting high calibre people to the industry and secondly, to

maintaining high standards of quality.  Within the world of

hydrographic survey, training has evolved and has become more

structured and formalised and increasingly is provided with a degree

of academic rigour through colleges and universities.  Large impetus

for that structure came when the Fédération Internationale des

Géomètres, International Hydrographic Organization and International

Cartographic Association jointly published a recommended minimum set

of competencies relevant to the nautical cartographer .  This was an

important drive towards standardisation in the way that training was

built around a defined set of competences with clear products in mind.



The private sector is now looking to such standards to give some

structure to its own training and to capitalise on a rich vein of best

practice.  But there is also a deep body of knowledge within the

private sector, albeit with a different focus. The resultant students

have still needed that ‘finishing’ process of on the job training.

Our own experience is that the students we take from academic courses

still need some training to make them “industry ready”.


It is with this fundamental philosophy that we created the IIC

Academy.  Our operating environment requires that our people are

trained to deliver a service.  It requires a more rigorous

project-oriented focus to the way it views chart production –

deadlines are paramount even though quality cannot be compromised.


This paper provides an overview of theIICAcademyand how it strives

to blend the formalized academic rigour with the hands-on industry

ready attributes.  It provides examples of recent accomplishments and