December 2015 saw the retirement of two AHA stalwarts from their roles in the Association:
Bill Steen has been president for nearly a decade. Under Bill's watch:
Bill will still be heavily involved with the industry in his role representing Kisters.
- AHA conferences are now a major feature of the Australian hydrographic calendar, supported by practising hydrographers and vendors alike.
- Bill has led AHA to take a strong lead in setting national standards. As a result AHA took a key role in leading Technical Reference Groups which reviewed and recommended endorsement of National Industry Guidelines now published by the Bureau of Meteorology. He has represented AHA in the Water Monitoring Standardisation Technical Committee (and its predecessor) convened by the Bureau.
- Led the growth from a small club of hydrographers to a professionally run association.
- Instigated the appointment of a National Office as an executive support role allowing the committee to function more professionally
- Canvassed Industry support for AHA and members
Paul Langshaw has made an astounding contribution to AHA over many years as professional development officer and vice president. Some of the things he achieved include:
- Developed a Hydrographic training framework, initially with the Certificate IV and later the Diploma of Water Operations.
- Negotiated with professional service providers to deliver the formal qualifications, establishing the current partnership with Canberra Institute of Technology.
- Developed and delivered the hydrography basics course, now recognised as a prerequisite for the diploma.
- Recognition of terrestrial hydrography as a profession through ANZSCO (Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations) registration.
- Developing a professional certification program
This is quite a list, and when you consider he did it most of it as an unpaid volunteer!
Both Paul and Bill leave big shoes to fill! On behalf of the Committee and the Association we would like to thank Bill and Paul for their outstanding contributions.