Hydrographic howler

  • Date: 27/03/2014

A hydrographic surveyor was appointed to conduct a survey for a harbour authority. The surveyor made a mistake taking the readings as they had not allowed for the depth of the transducer on the survey vessel. A total of three data sets were taken, each containing the same error. This resulted in the readings showing half a metre too little and the harbour authority restricted access to the harbour for certain seagoing vessels.

Fortunately the parties involved were able to reach an amicable solution instead of bringing a claim against the surveyor.

It is very unusual for such issues to be resolved so harmoniously and more often than not ITIC has to get involved, whether to preserve commercial relationships, or in order to support Members through the litigation process.

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