Announcement and Technical Program

The U.S. Hydro 2013 Conference, presented by The Hydrographic Society of America, will be held at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, LA, on March 25-28, 2013. U.S. Hydro 2013 is a continuation of the series of hydrographic conferences that alternate between the United States and Canada. This is the fourteenth U.S. Hydrographic conference and follows on the very successful U.S. Hydro 2011, held in Tampa, Florida.

In addition to the technical papers, the conference will feature an extensive series of Workshops, social program, Exhibition Hall, and a Student Outreach program.

The conference will include technical sessions and a poster session on the latest developments and applications in hydrographic surveying, multibeam and side scan sonar, data management, electronic charting, marine archaeology, and related topics.

The latest PDF copy of the conference schedule can be found here: US_HYDRO_2013_Calendar.pdf.

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The conference registration fee includes admission to technical sessions, workshops, exhibit hall, two hosted receptions (Exhibitor's Happy Hour on Tuesday and Wednesday nights). One day registrations do not include the social functions.

Early Registration and payment is available until 5:00 pm EST on March 15, 2013. The Full/One day Conference registration for Members is $375/$175 and for Non-Members $500/ $250. Students of 'Member' organizations may register for $50.

A 'Member' is an Individual Member in The Hydrographic Society of America, The Canadian Hydrographic Association, Canadian Hydrographic Service, or the International Federation of Hydrographic Societies (IFHS). All New 'Members' must be in good standing as of February 15, 2013.

There is no charge for accompanying guests. Spouses are welcome to attend the Tuesday and Wednesdy Happy Hour in the Exhibit Hall.

Registration is 100% refundable if notification is made by email to by 5:00pm EST March 15, 2013.

ONLINE and Early Registration ends at 5:00pm EST, March 22, 2013.

There is NO 'Exhibits Only' category. All persons must register as one of the above categories to view the Exhibits!

Registration is now available here online. Click here or on the Registration link to pre-register for U.S. Hydro 2013. If you are experiencing problems signing up online, you can download the manual registration form (PDF).

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The Exhibit Space, with 60 exhibitors of hydrographic survey equipment and services, is currently sold out! Use the email on the Exhibits Page to be see about being placed on the waiting list. Exhibits will be open from March 26 through March 28.

For more information on exhibits, contact Christine Roca at 860-635-1500 or by e-mail at

To download the Information and Application packet, and view the booths sold to date, visit the Exhibits Page.

Accommodations and Travel

The New Orleans Sheraton has set aside a block of rooms for US HYDRO 2013 at a discounted group rate ($139 USD + taxes). To take adavantage of the discounted group rate, contact the Sheraton reservations at 1-888-627-7033 (toll free) and request the US HYDRO 2013 rate. This rate is only available until March 11, 2013.

If you have any problems contact

Accompanying Persons

When delegates register they may also register Accompanying Persons at no additional cost.

The Accompanying Person will be issued a Conference Badge which will allow him/her into the Exhibition hall where they are welcome to partake of the Continental Breakfast and the Coffee Breaks. Badge holders may attend the Happy hours. You must register each Accompanying Person. The conference does not allow a visitor without a Badge in to the Exhibit Hall or the conference events.

This registration cannot be used for additional persons staffing an Exhibit Booth.

Accompanying Person’s Program

Monday, March 25, 2013

Time TBA - Meet at French Quarter Visitor Center, 419 Decatur Street, (504) 589-2636

The French Quarter Visitor Center shares the history and traditions of the city and the delta through exhibits and films. After touring the gift and bookstore we can continue to the French Quarter, have beignets and maybe a carriage ride.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013 (cost $70.00)

8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. – East Bank Plantation Tour. Guided tours of Destrehan Plantation, San Francisco Plantation and Houmas House. Lunch can be enjoyed at the café on the estate (lunch is on your own). After lunch, experience the southern splendor of this “Sugar Palace” when your tour guide leads you into 16 rooms filled with period antiques and Louisiana artwork.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 (cost $45.00)

10:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Meet at the gateway to the Garden District, on the corner of Jackson and St. Charles Avenue. We stroll through a lush four square block area of this amazingly vibrant neighborhood, loaded with grand antebellum homes of Greek, Swiss and Egyptian Revival as well as Victorian, Baroque and Italianate architecuret. We thread a cohesive story that encompasses all that has happened here and the literary giants, sports titans, legendary tycoons and the men and women who changed the world we live in, before arriving at the most photographed of all New Orleans’ walled cemeteries. The Lafayette Cemetery #1. Here we will explain the unique above ground entombment culture of the Creoles.

We cross the street at 1:00 p.m. for lunch at the internationally renowned culinary Mecca known as Commander’s Palace. You will be treated to a four course feast in which we will break down their elements and explore the origins of Cajun and Creole cooking and the history of cocktail culture of New Orleans while sipping on a splendid array of martinis, tea, coffee or sodas. After dining in this glorious Victorian Mansion we offer a tour of Commander’s Palace.