Postgraduate taught 

Geospatial & Mapping Sciences MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Hydrographic Survey GEOG5014

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course provides students with an introduction to Hydrographic Surveying and includes a field class.


The course will normally be taught during semester 2. Normally this will include a one-day field visit and a hydrographic conference / industry event .


GEOG5023 - Land Surveying II


Portfolio 60%.  

Class test 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


Most survey practical exercises cannot be repeated and must be attended for credit.
The Portfolio cannot be reassessed.

Course Aims

To introduce the particular environmental considerations, instrumentation and methods of surveying at sea. Aligned to guidance from professional surveying bodies this course covers traditional standard hydrographic surveying as well as, but not limited to, practices in the offshore energy industry.

The course will;
â–  Introduce the environmental forces that impact hydrographic surveying;
â–  Introduce suitable standards used in hydrographic surveying;
â–  Introduce surface and subsurface methods of positioning;
â–  Introduce the range of survey sensors available for performing hydrographic surveys;
â–  Introduce instrument calibration, adjustment and verification methods used offshore;
â–  Provide practical experience with industry standard software;
â–  Introduce hydrographic charts and appropriate datums.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

On completing this course students will be able to:

■ Explain the dynamic environment in which hydrographic surveys take place and its effects on surveys;

■ Assess the suitability of positioning methods for various applications;

■ Compare techniques available for measuring and reducing water depth;

■ Explain the operation and calibration of standard hydrographic sensors and systems;

■ Assess data collection techniques against standard survey classification requirements;

■ Explain how typical hydrographic surveys may be planned and carried out;

■ Discuss the content and representation methods of hydrographic charts;

■ Set up a hydrographic survey software system and experiment with it for common offshore survey operations;

■ Process and present collected hydrographic data including multibeam. 

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

  Attendance at all practical sessions