FIG Commission 4

FIG Commission 4 - Hydrography

The mission of commission 4 is to: Commission Chair
  • Promote the aims and objectives of FIG to hydrographers through the active involvement
    of national delegates from member associations and other interested parties in the activities of the commission.
  • Foster closer links with all sister organisations currently active within the global hydrographic community.
  • Develop guidelines and standards that will assist hydrographers in the provision of their
  • Disseminate information relevant to the profession through participation in international
    meetings, conferences and committees.

Commission 4 Work Plan 2019-2022

Prof. Dr. Mohd Razali Mahmud, MALAYSIA
Contact: FIGCommission4 [at]
Upcoming Events

FIG Commission 4 event
18-19 November 2019
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

10-14 May 2020,
Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Recent News

Commission 4 event 18-19 November 2019

FIG Commission 4 in collaboration with PEJUTA and UTM wil be organising a hydrography seminar on 18-19 November 2019 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The event will be supported by the National Hydrographic Centre, Malaysia and the Department of Survey and Mapping Malaysia. Together with the seminar, the Commisison 4 Annual Meeting will be held.
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Commission 4 at FIG Working Week 2019

The Working Week took place in Hanoi, Vietnam 22-26 April 2019. Commission 4 held its yearly meeting and was involved in several sessions covering the commission 4 areas.

Ocean Teacher Global Academy: OTGA/VLIZ Research Data Management Training Course

4-8 December 2017, Oostende, Belgium

Research Data Management (RDM) covers the planning, creating, storing, organizing, accessing, sharing, describing, publishing and curating of data. RDM is mandated by many funding agencies and increasingly by governments to provide access to funded research results. The management of data, particularly large-scale data, has many challenges, and the roles of researchers, facilities that manage marine data, repositories and libraries are coming together to provide access, preservation and archive of this data and the scholarly products associated with it.

The period for applications for the Training Course is open between  11 August – 30 September 2017. Apply through their web site: 


Commisson 4 at the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland 29 May - 2 June

Commission 4 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2017 in Helsinki, Finland 29 May - 2 June 2017

Commission chairs 2015-2018 at their meeting during the FIG Working Week, 29 May-2 June in Helsinki, Finland: Remy Boudon(comm. 6) Volker Schwieger (comm. 5), See Lian ONG (comm. 10), Angela Etuonovbe (comm. 4), Steven Nystrom (comm. 9), Kwame Tenadu (comm. 8), Enrico Rispoli (comm. 3), Gerda Schennach (comm. 7), Fahria Masum(comm. 2), Brian J. Coutts (comm. 1)

News from IHO

Dear friends and colleagues a Happy New Year from Commission 4.  

Please find a circular letter from IHO relating to the creation of a technical Project Team to develop new and updated Standards for Hydrographic Surveys.  

As FIG has observer status with IHO it may be possible for FIG to have a representative (or two) who would be the points of contact for the technical standards development and relay, disseminate and provide updates, on the work of the Project Team, to FIG Commission 4 members.  

As time is short and nominations need to be with IHO by 15th February it is suggested that, if you are interested in representing FIG, you email the undersigned with an expression of interest and a brief outline of current work/Standards experience. This is a non-funded activity that will involve numerous meetings at several international locations so any applicant is advised to identify appropriate financial support.  

It would be helpful if you are planning submitting a nomination directly with your own organization to let us know in order to get an idea of the scope of the FIG interests.

Best regards

FIG Commission 4

News from IHO

OGC Marine DWG Meeting - Vancouver, Canada, January 30, 2017

The next OGC Marine Domain Working Group meeting is scheduled for January 30th, 2017, 0900-1600.
Location: Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, 645 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada

OGC meeting page with Agenda:

Register here:

Sponsored by: IIC Technologies

You are invited to attend a meeting of the OGC Marine Domain Working Group (DWG) in Vancouver, Canada, January 30th 2017. The Marine DWG was established to address the gap in the OGC baseline with regards to marine geospatial data and to ensure knowledge is exchanged effectively between the relevant standards organizations, the OGC membership and the broader geospatial community. Although this group will not be the platform for creating new standards, it will be the platform to discuss and understand any issues, concerns, or barriers to interoperability to ensure that marine data can be effectively shared by the wider community.

With the recently finalized IHO/OGC Memorandum, this is a great opportunity to bring the community together. The Marine DWG meeting will be held the day before the IHO MSDI working group meeting, which will be held at the same location, from January 31st to February 2nd, 2017. This meeting will introduce the Marine DWG to the representatives of the MSDIWG, discuss areas of focus for the Marine DWG, develop a Work Plan, and collect feedback from MSDIWG Representatives and Marine DWG Members.

The high level activities of the DWG are expected to include;

  • Discuss the content of a conceptual model for a MSDI.
  • Discuss the types of OGC services that might be useful in providing hydrographic and seafloor survey data e.g. chart features, high resolution bathymetric coverages through standardized interfaces.
  • Define any areas for standardization and create necessary Standards Working Groups to address the gaps in the OGC, IHO and IOGP standards baseline.
  • Explore the potential for an interoperability pilots and testbeds that help define the workflows for ensuring that marine geospatial data can be used for purposes other than navigation. This will include identifying potential sponsors.
  • Determine the Big Data potential for marine data and identify relevant standardized interfaces and experiment with testbeds.
  • Promote the development of OGC best practices and standards to meet the technical needs of MSDI

This Marine Domain Working Group is open for all and we encourage any interested organizations to register and attend.

We hope to see you there!

Marine DWG Chairs

Andy Hoggarth: Sebastian Carisio: Jonathan Pritchard:

Commission 4 at the FIG Working Week 2016 in Christchurch, New Zealand 2-6 May

Commission 4 had five  technical,   inspirational  and thought provoking sessions. The Blue Economy Session as well as the other technical sessions was very interesting, well attended and great contributions were made. Of notes were -

  • The Hydrographic Surveyors role and contributions to the sustained management of our Sea's and Oceans.
  • Harnessing the data collected for science and the data collected for Hydrography.

As a follow up on promoting the importance of the Blue Economy for sustainable development, FIG commission 4 will be having a one day workshop on Blue Economy during the Ocean Business conference in April 2017.

Angela Kesiena Etuonovbe,
Chair of Commission 4,
making her report to the General Assembly

The Blue Economy Conference

14 April 2015 in Southhampton, United Kingdom

Blue Economy event was organised by FIG Commission 4 and IHO, and took place during the conference Ocean Business 2015.

23-25 November 2015, Cape Town, South Africa

FIG Commission 4, IHO and ICA are the organisers of the IBSC Stakeholder Seminar on Training and Education in Hydrography and Nautical Cartography. 

Web site:

Commission 4 at the FIG Working Week 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria 17-21 May 2015

Ms. Angela  Etuonovbe, Chair of commission 4 making her report to the General Assembly
Commission 4 had its annual meeting during the FIG Working Week 2015 in Sofia, Bulgaria, 17-21 May 2015.

Commission 4 Newsletters in Hydro International

A Career in Hydrography

Watch this brilliant video made by various representatives from Australia and New Zealand to promote the career as a hydrographer:

Commission 4 Newsletter June 2014

Commission 4 annual meeting 2014

Commission 4 will be having its annual meeting at the FIG Congress 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 17 June 2014 at 8:00 - 9:00. Commission 4 hopes to see many at the meeting.

FIG Commission 4

Ms. Angela Etuonovbe
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