The postgraduate course Hydrography B has a duration of minimum one year, depending on previous qualifications and/or work experience. This year equals a total of 60 credits. The academic year is divided into two semesters. Throughout the year, students will participate in classes during four theoretical modules. These are alternated with periods of fieldwork in a hydrographic company or institute of choice, to obtain specialised skills in a real work environment.
The fieldwork is evaluated by means of a Training Record Book and permanent evaluation. This facilitates monitoring the progress of the candidates and offering assistance when necessary. After successful completion of the theoretical courses and sufficient fieldwork practice, the candidate qualifies as hydrographic surveyor – level B. The evaluation of the fieldwork takes place in September and January of each academic year. The theoretical courses are held at the Antwerp Maritime Academy and at Ghent University. The courses are based on the IHO S-5 Standards and Competences.
In the past hydrography was a purely naval concern (e.g. Admiralty Hydrographic Office UK) but since the 1950’s hydrography has been used in the offshore and dredging industry. Nowadays hydrographic knowledge is also used ashore, e.g. investigation of the underwater structure of reservoirs and dams. This specialized work is carried out by a hydrographic surveyor. He will not only be involved during preparatory activities but also during execution and follow up actions.