Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
 

Academic Advisor

STEM

Venesha Lankster

Venesha Lankster
Academic Advisor
ETC - Engineering Technology Center, Room 123A
(405) 945-3215
Venesha@osuokc.edu

 

STEM Scholarship Application

   

Contact:

Ryan K. Hightower, PLS
Department Head, Construction Technologies
(405) 945-8615
rhighto@osuokc.edu

 

Topographic/Hydrographic Surveyor

Another area often overlooked when thinking about land surveying is hydrographic surveying. The land under bodies of water also must be surveyed.

 

Topographic surveyors measure and map the shape, contour, and location of land features such as valleys, mountains, and man-made objects on the surface of the land and below bodies of water. Underwater topographic surveying is known as hydrography.

 

Hydrographic surveying requires training with different types of high-tech equipment and is used to measure erosion, guide dredging projects, explore for oil, or mark underwater hazards. The shipping industry, government researchers, oil companies, and utility networks rely heavily on these types of surveys.

 

The demand for surveyors who have training in hydrographic surveying is high. Land under water constantly changes due to currents and storms, so waterways are often surveyed and re-surveyed to record changes. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, only 5 percent of the Earth’s oceans have been mapped.