On 26 June 2015, the Hydrographic Society Benelux organised a workshop in “Het Keringhuis”, situated next to the Maaslantkering (storm surge barrier) in Hoek van Holland.
The theme of this workshop was the same as the theme of World Hydrography day, ‘Our seas and waterways - yet to be fully charted and explored’.
The workshop was kindly opened by the chief Hydrographer of the Royal Dutch Navy.
We invited Dick Schaap (project manager at MARIS) and Marc Roesbeke (application manager at the Flemish Hydrographic service), to shine a light on this theme. Their presentations were mostly about organising Hydrographic data in such a way that it is more openly available, and that different datasets can be combined, in order to make better use of the data and thus the effort by hydrographers over the world.
In addition to the very interesting presentations there was a tour and a video presentation about the Maaslantkering and structures in Zuid Holland that manage the never ending thread of water, which doesn’t only come from the North Sea.
The workshop ended with a nice drink organised on the terrace of Het Keringhuis in the warm June sun.