A worldwide audience of over 300 specialist delegates is expected at the 7th international conference on High-Resolution Surveys in Shallow Water, to be held at Plymouth University, UK from 14-18 September.

Jointly organised by the UK Hydrographic Office and the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, it features three days of in-depth technical presentations with themed sessions covering analysis of a common dataset of nine comparative tests completed last summer in Plymouth Sound and Wembury Bay with sonar systems provided by Edgetech, Kongsberg, Teledyne Reson and WASSP.

Involving detailed assessments of backscatter, wreck survey and system calibration functions, the programme will also cover wider shallow survey issues such as policy, planning, collaboration and ongoing development in the fields of satellite-derived bathymetry and marine autonomous systems. Over 30 presentations are scheduled by leading speakers from Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Monaco, Norway, UK and the US.

Other main agenda items include an exhibition of equipment and services featuring 26 companies and organisations together with on-water equipment demonstrations and a series of free workshops hosted by Caris, Chesapeake Technology, Fugro Pelagos and QPS. The delegate registration fee, which also covers a gala dinner and other social events, is £400 plus VAT while reduced rates are available for university students. Further event details are available at www.shallowsurvey2015.org .

By David Goodfellow