The following are links to references that are useful for all hydrographers, and may be useful in preparation for taking the Hydrographer Certification examination. Hard copies may be consulted during the open-book exam.
Study Materials For Hydrographer Certification Exam
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- “Hydrographic Surveying” US Army Corps of Engineering Manual (EM) 1110-2-1003
Notes: This link will get you to the USACE EM Catalog do a search for “Hydrographic” using the Engineering Manuals search box. Or click link below to go directly to publication. Download by selecting Pub Number
Specifications and Deliverables,” Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service NOAA
Notes: This will link you to the Standards and Requirements home page where you can find the up to date Hydrographic Surveys Specification and Deliverables.
- “IHO Standards for Hydrographic Surveys,” (S-44):
Note: Link is to the Standards Catalog, locate S-44 and download English, Spanish or Portuguese variant.
- IIHO Manual on Hydrography" (C-13) (Jan 13, 2010, corrections to Feb 2011):
Note: C-13 is considered a Capacity Building reference vice a Standard, so is in the Capacity Building Catalog of publications. As before you have your choice of language.
- “Tidal Datums and Their Applications,” (2002) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, National Ocean Service, NOAA: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/tidal_datums_and_their_applications.pdf
- “Computational Techniques For Tidal Datums Handbook,” (2003) Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services, National Ocean Service, NOAA: http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/publications/Computational_Techniques_for_Tidal_Datums_handbook.pdf
- “NAVIGATION RULES (International-Inland) COMDTINST M16672.2D, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard:
Note: This is not a PDF, and in it’s electronic form is not allowed into the Hydrographic Certification Exam. It can be printed see Print Friendly button.
- “American Practical Navigator,” Nathaniel Bowditch, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency:
Vol I - https://thenauticalalmanac.com/2017_Bowditch-_American_Practical_Navigator/Volume-_1/2017_Bowditch_Vol_1.pdf
Vol 2 - https://thenauticalalmanac.com/2017_Bowditch-_American_Practical_Navigator/Volume-_2/2017_Bowditch_Vol_2.pdf
Note: Vol 1 is 110 MB and Vol 2 is 45 MB so it is quiet a large volume. Since you are not permitted a computer/laptop/kindle/tablet in the exam, I recommend you purchase the Book. The 2019 American Practical Navigator “Bowditch” Vol 1 and Vol 2 is available from Amazon in hard back for $71.99. A great resource for seamanship and navigation.
- An alternative is Dutton’s Nautical Navigation, 15 Edition available for$50.36 while not quiet as good as Bowditch it easier to read (i.e. prettier pictures).
“Chapman Piloting: Seamanship and Small Boat Handling,” 68th Edition, Edward S. Maloney, Morrow, William & Co., available from http://amazon.com
Note: Good book on Seamanship cost about $44.00 for Hardback, make sure you buy the latest edition (currently 68th for 2017).
- “NAVSTAR Global Positioning System Surveying,” US Army Corps of Engineers Engineering Manual (EM) 1110-1-1003
Notes: This link will get you to the USACE EM Catalog do a search for “NAVSTAR” using the Engineering Manuals search box. Or click link below to go directly to publication.
- "Field Procedures Manual," (FPM) Office of Coast Survey, NOAA,April 2009
However for the latest version see below.
Notes: This will link you to the Standards and Requirements home page where you can find the up to date Field Procedures Manual. Recommend you download the most recent edition as it changes almost every year.
- "Seabeam Multibeam Sonar Theory of Operations Manual," https://www3.mbari.org/data/mbsystem/sonarfunction/SeaBeamMultibeamTheoryOperation.pdf
Notes: Excellent Manual on theory of Multibeam systems.
- “Side Scan Sonar Image Interpretation”, “Sub-bottom Surveys”, and “Side Scan Sonar and Magnetometer Surveys”, Black Laser Learning
Note: This is an excellent Side Scan Sonar Interpretation guide for those who are not familiar with Side Scan Sonar. Cost: $49.95
Or check out the Streaming ($9.95) guides to Side Scan Sonar
- Federal Radio Navigation Plan,” DOD/DOT. Download from:http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/pdf/2010_FRP_FINAL_Signed.pdf
Note: This covers GPS information, and Radio Navigation
The following additional references provide background information and should be considered for inclusion in a hydrographer’s technical library:
- "Understanding Tides” NOAA NOS CO-OPS http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/pub.html
“Our Restless Tides” NOAA NOS CO-OPS http://tidesandcurrents.noaa.gov/pub.html
Note: If you are unfamiliar with tides and/or currents these are a good place to start.
- Hydrography for the Surveyor & Engineer,” A.E. Ingham, ISBN# 0632029439, Blackwell Science, 238 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142
Note: Google prices for this book $5.15 (library book) to $20.56 Again for individuals who would like some additional information on Hydrography.
- “IHO Transfer Standard for Digital Hydrography
Note: Explains electronic charts and transfer codes
- NOAA Hydrographic Manual Fourth (and final) edition 1976
Note: Old school and has been replaced by the NOAA Field Procedures Manual and NOAA Specifications and Deliverables.
A quick note you may not bring any phone/laptop/e-reader/computer/tape recorder or any other electronic device other than an approved calculator into the exam. You may bring any printed material into the exam that you chose. If desired you can mark up / tab out your printed material. All PDFs need to be downloaded and printed out. You may print out any or all parts of the PDF, your decision. If you choose you may condense your notes, handwritten/typed/Word Doc, and bring them into the exam.
You may not make notes in or highlight your printed material while taking or after the exam. You will be given paper to make any notes, doodles etc. on during the exam, this will be returned to the proctor after the exam.