We are living in a time, where people can decide based on data. But every data comes from certain research or survey. Depending upon the nature of the data, there can be different surveys or research conducted to get the required data. The collected data gives insight to the analysts, to make them well aware of decisions. Some surveys are easy and the data collected from them can easily be interpreted to make the decision, also those surveys can easily be completed in less time because of the smaller magnitude of the survey. But there are some surveys were limiting the magnitude seems impossible or there can always be more ground to cover. One of those surveys is the hydrographic survey, which is used to check the depth of the water bodies like the sea or river. The directional movement of water currents or preparing navigating charts. The applications of hydrographic surveying are very wide. The role of the hydrographic surveyor can be challenging because they have to survey one of the massive natural resources i.e., water.
Hydrographic surveying has made possible our current lifestyle because it has a profound effect on our lives. After all, without hydrographic surveying, there will be no possibility of safe navigation in the sea. Without the movement of goods at sea, the global supply chain will collapse. This means the hydrographic surveyor helps us to provide the things we need to function normally in our daily life. But there are also critical applications of hydrographic surveying like;
- It is very common to see bridges that connect one end of the water body to another end, even there are many areas in the world that their connection with the land is only because of these bridges. These bridges cannot be built properly without hydrographic surveying. With hydrographic surveying, the architects will have enough information to design the structure of the bridges that will withstand the water flow and pressure.
- Hydrographic surveying is not only for sea navigation charts but, they are also important for the development of sea dock and harbours. There are certain requirements to develop shipping docks and harbour, all these requirements can be checked with hydrographic surveying. No sea docks can be built with the data from hydrographic surveying
- Hydrographic survey is very important to explore the land for irrigation. This is not new, that water is the key component for agriculture and irrigation. The hydrographic surveying will help to predict the future movement of the rivers and the flow of water. This will help to plan the future of irrigation in certain areas. Even if the new area needs to be dedicated to agriculture, then it can be done after the hydrographic surveying.